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Monday, July 30, 2012

Raising Independent Kids

I have not been feeling well for the past 3 weeks. First I was down for two weeks with some virus that my son passed on to me. After recovering for 1 day, I fell sick again. This time it was chicken pox, passed on from my dear daughter to me. I had adult chicken pox.

It has been a tough 3 weeks. Despite being sick, things around the house still needed to be done otherwise there will be no meals to eat and the family would not have clean clothes to wear. The kids have been good. They have been helping me to cook the rice, to wash the dishes, hang the clothes, wipe the tables and shelves, sweep and mop the floor.

I realized that the trick to raising independent kids is to close one eye. Being sick and down with fever, I was too tired to hover around them checking their work so not only did I close one eye, I closed both! All I could do was lie down and give instructions and to my surprise, it was done. They helped with the housework and did their own homework without fuss and they did it rather well too.

When I was down with really high fever, I closed both eyes as the man and the boy pottered around the kitchen to make fresh juice and cook porridge. Of course, they left a wet mess on the kitchen floor but I was too tired. I didn't see it, not with both my eyes closed.

I only saw the cute things they did. Like when the boy asked me "Mummy, can I button the clothes so it will look nice?" when he hung it up. "Sure", I said and the next day when he was in school and I was keeping the clothes, I had a big smile on my face despite the fever when I kept the clothes and saw one little school uniform hung on the clothes line all nicely buttoned up from top to bottom. That's so sweet.

That is how I discovered how to raise independent kids. The trick is to give them small tasks they can handle and then leave them to it without hovering around giving instructions. Trust them to do it and they will. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Supersized or Undersized Clothing

Do you ever have a problem shopping for clothes that fit your size and frame? Once, when I ballooned during my post pregnancy days from size M to size 2XL, sometimes I had trouble finding nice clothes to fit me. It made me irate to see all those lovely clothes for women advertised for small sized people only. Plus sized people should be able to wear fashionable outfits too. Why ever not?

So, I am so happy to come across G&L Clothing. It has a very wide range of clothes sizes for people of different frames and sizes. Small and petite or big and tall, you will be able to find something that fits you there. Their bottoms are for people with 26 to 80 inch waist lines while their tops cater for people who wear S sizes to 10XL and 5XL tall. Wow! What a variation. I like that a lot in a store.

I also like the ability to be able to mix and match my clothing. I am pear shaped, so sometimes I fit into X sized tops but I require XL bottoms. I prefer to buy my outfits separately and it is great to be able to find a store that has sizes for everyone.

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