• Dad's Notes

    Ready into Fatherhood

    Being a dad is not so easy as you think. You have to prepare all things about fatherhood. Preparation for being a good dad is more than just reading story books, childproofing the electrical outlets, and buying a mini-bus. That’s an easy stuff. The important things are those that most first-time dads learn along the way. Here, you can learn about it. Understanding Fatherhood You’ll be more important to the kids than to anyone else. Don’t be afraid. The kids need you but you don’t have to force yourself to things that you can’t do. Let mommy do the works what you can’t do. You need an understanding about fatherhood…

  • Dad's Notes

    Being a Great Dad for Children

    Who wants to be a daddy here? You may not have a child yet, but soon you will. Although you don’t want it but certainly you’ll have one. Prepare yourself to taking care of your child. Being a dad is not always smooth. You will have to make well-planned preparation and good mentality to be a great dad for your son or daughter. Being a Great Dad for Child’s Growth What will be felt when having a baby? It absolutely will make you feel perplexed and happy. As a dad, you want to be a good one for your kids. You want to carry them on your shoulders. You will…

  • Dad's Notes,  Family Time,  Work-Life Balance

    Working Mom vs Traveling Dad

    It’s been two years after my wife quit her job, and it’s been one year after I moved to work out of town. The two consecutive episodes in which our kids revealed objection yet they knew they had to get along with both of them. Throwback, I and my wife were two working parents, dealing with the same industry, banking. Working in service industry in a severe competition brought us to spending overtime for work. Reaching our doorstep beyond lullaby time was the normal situation for us. Real crazy. We never had enough time to gather ‘round with our kids. When we got home, kids had slept away. When they…

  • Kids and the Piano

    Music Learning for Kids: 15 Things Parents Need to Know

    When I decided that my daughter have music learning –piano in particular- for years ago and followed by her younger brother two years after, I was actually finding myself at a crossroad. While I was dreaming of my kids were to have musical skills on one hand, I had a big doubt if this would work out in upcoming years. Sometimes, many parents think that talent and historical record of a family on a specific achievement are the determinant prerequisites for kids’ success in their learning. In fact, parents have no obligation to have a musical education background. And, children don’t have to be specially endowed with music talent. Everybody…

  • Dad's Notes

    My Dad, My First Love

    A couple of years ago I read a Facebook status of my colleague when we were in university. She was in grief as she just lost her father who just passed away. On her Facebook status, she uploaded a photograph of her father when he was quite young, with a caption: “My First Love”. A love of a daughter to her father. All this time, indeed, I never thought that a father would ever be the first love of his daughter. When they love each other, it is a sure thing. A father –alongside mother- raises his children with love, embedding values of life, and being a role model. The…

  • Motivation

    Jack Welch, a Down-to-Earth Boss

    Jack Welch is the most admired CEO by other CEO’s in the world. Their minds always refer to Jack Welch when it comes to the question: who is the best CEO in the world. What Jack Welch did in the 1980’s is actually rarely done by other CEO’s in most giant companies until nowadays. The CEO’s in large companies generally control theirs from the headquarters. Jack is different. He had been the most important person. However, much of his time had been spent with a direct going from top to down to his employees. He never stopped moving from one factory to another factory listening to his employees. He was…

  • Guest Posts

    6 Easy Cleaning Tips for New Parents

    Usually, before the baby arrives home, people have enough free time to deal with all household duties. They can cover the weekly domestic chores by the means of professional cleaning products and have peace of mind that their house is clean and well organised. Bringing home a baby is a special time for everyone. It is full of love and pleasant emotions as well as sleep deprivation and a variety of messes. In most of the cases, parents learn how to deal with them on the go and this is linked with a huge hassle. Here are some helpful tips that will make your life easier. Make a new cleaning…

  • Kids and the Piano

    Year End’s Music Recital

    Indonesia Young Musician Performance 2017. It has been what my kids keep looking forward to in every other year. Yes, it’s a joint music concert for kids who are in beginner phase of learning music. A place for them to show their talent playing piano, violin, or cielo –instruments most played in such a music event. Initiated and arranged by Staccato, a music magazine, this concert has been expected by every participant from all over Indonesia since it’s held in marathon series which take place in many big cities in Indonesia consecutively, including my hometown, Surabaya. And my kids participated in this event for the second time from the first…

  • Kids and the Piano

    Kids and the Piano: Recalling the Initial Struggles

    In my eyes, playing piano is beautiful. Mastering this type of music instrument might auspiciously put our feet on many steps ahead, I believe, since it’s so much likely to be an added value embedded to someone when coming into future thresholds in life, like new schools and even work circumstances. Indeed, having piano skill had been a very long-lost dream of me and my wife, coincidentally, long before we were united as a family. As we had never had the chance to make it real, we intended to deliver the valuable favour to our kids. And thankfully, we could avail ourselves of it this time. Three years ago, Rasha,…

  • Dad's Notes,  Family Time

    Too Young for School?

    Too young and not ready yet for enrolling the Elementary School stage. That’s the fact you can find on Attar, my son. He’s now on the second stage and about to reach 7 years old while he was 5.10 when entering Elementary School. And the other fact is that he has got less satisfying results on some of his evaluative exams. Is this likely to blow my head up? Maybe. But I’d rather get my feet firm on the ground and look ahead. Some friends and relatives had warned us beforehand about the consequences of enrolling class prior to the standardised age, 7 years old of age. Quite staggering, respective…