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A 40 something dad of five and a half wonderful kids with amazingly different traits and temperament from whom he wants a break from at times, yet wish they never grow older.....and be with him always.....(howzat possible?)and now wishing that he can be a stay at home dad......

06 December, 2007

Well done Ib


School : Assalamu'alaikum.

DoF: Wa'alaikumsalam

School: Is this Ibraheem's Dad?

DoF : Yes ...

School : Just to inform you that Ibraheem is eligible to be admitted to Primary One. In fact he did extremely well considering that he didn't go to our kindie.

DoF : (stumped but smiled from ear to ear...). Owh...

School : Don't forget to come to the book-sale from 10th to 13th December!
That's the teleconversation before lunch today. Mmm..I was stumped as I really thought that admission to Primary One is a matter of right and that the entrance exam the other day was for streaming purposes. Don't tell me that kids who are not up to the mark would be sent to K1? Anyway, I once used to be the super kiasu dad - but only with Khadijah....Even for her entrance exam to Ib's school's predecessor, I bought tonnes of work books (this school uses Singapore syllabus for Maths Science and English) and drilled her for almost two weeks... I got to a point where my blood pressure would shoot up weeks before exams...! She would cry everytime I drilled her for her exams and of course the results came out with briliant colours. I then came to realise that it's all a process and that forceing and drilling are creativity-inhibitors.
Came Yusof's turn, I had to learn to be more relaxed and let the joy of learning to come naturally..Ib didn't have to go through worksheets with me before the exam and I just threw him into the deep end! Some parents may disagree..but that's us.
Well done Ib....We are so proud of you.

13 comments:

ms hart said...

Do4+1,

I was the anon who knew yr name during those debating days. Anyway, we too learned to tone down by the time we got our 2nd child! With our 1st one, macam u all jugak, kiasu like what!! In fact due to our 2nd child's birthdate in early January, we could actually enrol her for std 1 one yr earlier but we decided to just let her join along with those kids of the same birth year eventho she ws more than ready. All because we wanted her to enjoy her pre-school years to the fullest ie without homeworks, and lots of learning thru play and creativity with attentive teachers.

Ok, congrats to Ib and of course the parents for being so passionate with the family!!

Anonymous said...

DoF+1

congratulations to Ib and thank you very much for the wishes. if you have any specific doa, pls ask Superwoman for my contact. I'll be leaving for Tabung Haji on Friday night.

FTM

Xis said...

Haq
firstly... congrats to Ib.... hmm.. anyway.. if I were Dijah.. I would not only cry... I be dead... heheh.. but again.. ocngrats.. that's I guess how parents start to learn how to take care of their kids.. and ensure their success in life.. hmm..

Minahsongeh said...

Congratulations Ibraheem!

Mior Azhar said...

Congrats to Ib!
And I'm with you bro. I used to want to be a kiasu dad too.But don't have the brain, heart and desire to do so in the first place. As long as they are doing reasonably well in school, I'm a happy dad already.

Dad of 4+1 said...

Ms Hart - you are right..all of us should live our lives to the fullest! I wish the world is as safe as when when we grew up.....(sigh). A lot of things that our kids can't experience what we did!

Dad of 4+1 said...

FTM - Our du'as are wth you and family always!

Dad of 4+1 said...

Xis - That's why you tak dapat dad like me! LOL! Well ya.. it's about trial and error....and specific to each child! How's parenting with Jared?

Dad of 4+1 said...

Zu - TQ

Dad of 4+1 said...

Yup Mior I always tell them, so long they have done their best, that's all we care!

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FloweRinTheDesert said...

hey DoF, where is Ib going to school next yr?

the reason i asked is becos the conversation's similar to the one i had when i got the call from my daughter's school. She's starting std 1 nxt yr too. Even the book sale was on the same dates.

I'm sending mine to an Adni 'branch' in KD.

on my mind certainly constantly

on my mind certainly constantly