Yusof - His self-confidence has improved a lot. Not that he did not have any. It's just that he employed it in a negative manner e.g. he thought he knew everything etc. What we think is that now he feels that stiff competition (in the form of her sister's presence in his school, mind you) is no longer there. It's an about turn this year for him!
His latest creative-mind at work is that he has turned very entrepreneurial. His had a business without our knowledge (until recently) selling all his stationery second hand, which I bought for his use (and I thought that stationery was his staple diet). No, he didn't stop at straight forward wheeling and dealing! I just found out two days ago that he's just like Richard Gere in Pretty Woman who buys ailing companies and strips the assets and sell it at abominable prices! Actually not quite but close enough - picture this : his shaker mechanical pencils which I bought him in all colours possible; he stripped it to parts and sold them as spare parts (you know how sometimes you'd lose the eraser or other little parts of the mechanical pencil like the spring etc - You know who to turn to now for mechanical pencil parts! LOL). Dilemma - it's the creative mind at work but it's also contrary to the school rules; so it had to stop! Well with logical explanation, he has stopped doing it!
Anyway, it's also the first test of the year week for him....knowing him - "it's all easy peasy" (to quote him; we just have to wait for the results to be announced....sigh....!)
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Ibraheem - He's improved leaps and bounds! From an extremely insecure baby to an almost overly friendly and confident child! Thanks to the teachers at Athfaal (his kindy) and Lorna Whiston whom have given him the room and space to develop at his own pace. The quantum leap came about last year after he was casted as one of the main characters in his end of year school play/concert. Ever since he discovered the exhilaration of performing on stage, his suppressed exhibitionist trait surfaced almost instantaneously!
The first year of kindy, he cried half the year everytime I left him. No, I couldn't just drop him off and leave! Had to sit with him in the classroom whilst his other friends played and diligently assembled before class - I also had to read at least three books to him (this went on for about 3/4 months!), but it didn't stop him from crying when I left!. I just had to do a cold turkey on him and just left him with his teacher one fine day barking and wailing and you name it! He was alright on the sixth month!
It's amazing now how he enjoys going to school. He'll be in year one next year! How he's grown!
Umar - He is the most independent of them lot. Schooling is no problem to him...no crying; no waiting for him on the first day or second or third (get the picture?); he can sit alone upstairs without being accompanied whilst the rest of us are downstairs at home (unlike Yusof till to-date!).
All said, he has somehow developed this feeling of insecurity this past month....He's constantly crying over the most trivial reason like if I continued talking to his siblings he'd say "You dont love me" and....C R Y! And he talks like a baby now and behaves like one too!
Well may be another posting to explain this behavioural changes!