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Walking the dog

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Diet : Noodles only

K told me yesterday at lunch time that he, “Like noodles, don’t want rice.” And then decides that he had quite enough of the food on his plate after 2 mouthfuls.

After numerous battles at the dining table with a toddler, I have learnt to choose my battles wisely.

Since K has no qualms to share his preferences about his meals, and giving him a wide variety does not seem to keep him interested in food…

So it will just be Marcaroni, Hong Kong noodles, Spaghetti, Fish noodles, hokkien noodles, prawn noodles moving forward.

Any other tasty noodle recipes to share with me?

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A book a day chases the boredom away

I love to read. And I hope K learns to love books as much as I do.

I was overjoyed when I realised that K loves being read to. Every day, he will ask to ‘read book’ and it has become a routine for him before bedtime. Each time, he gets to pick a book that he likes from his bookshelves and always will ask for ‘one more time’ and scrambles down his bed and will quickly pick up another book from his bookshelves.

I prefer to shop online for K’s books.

Borrowing from the library just does not cut it at this point, as K always want to read the same books for a certain period of time. And I always end purchasing the same book from Amazon.

Getting 30+10% off books, once in a while, as Border’s preferred member, does not convince me either to visit the local Border’s bookshop regularly. One gripe that I have with Borders is that it is extremely difficult to find the books I want. There is a huge selection of children’s books at Borders, but somehow with their inefficient cataloging system, it is almost impossible to get hold of the titles that I prefer.

Recently discovered these really cool online sites that come in handy when I don’t want to spend time browsing in the library or Singapore’s local bookshops. Lookybook is this really great site that lets you look at children’s picture books from cover to cover, all at you own pace. This site lets you pick a book listed in their bookshelves, browse the words and pictures on every single page of the the book that you select. No more making the wrong assumptions on the right book to buy online! A site started by 30-something Australian mums to help people choose books for the children. The site gives factual reviews and personal recommendations of numerous children picture books.

Reading the reviews from these sites, I recently got these books for K that have resulted in zero post-purchase dissonance;

Alphabeeps by Deborah Person
An alphabet book that brings together K’s interest in vehicles and my interest; to get him interested in the alphabets. He loves the book and has learnt to recognise a number of alphabets from this book.

One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
A clever die-cut book exploring counting and words, blending together art and imagination. Yiyi previously got this for K from the same author Black! White! Day! Night! – A book of opposites and he enjoyed it thoroughly. So when I saw it on lookybook, I knew K will like this book. He especially likes the part about ’10 ants’ – ’10 ants in my pants’ since he has recently acquired a love for catching ants.

Toilet tales by Andrea Wayne Konigslow
A humorous tale on why animals should never use the toilet, when toilets are meant for kids.
I am subtly trying to get the message across to K that he should start considering using the potty soon. I have to use books to help as I have a strong-willed toddler does not takes it well when he is forced into doing anything. The last thing I want to do is to turn him off toilet training altogether.

How to heal a broken wing by Bob Graham
A book that teaches empathy and compassion. This book has few words but plenty of illustrations which allow for further discussions and intepretation. K gets completely intrigued by the storyline and the pictures.

In the meantime, K does not show any signs of getting sick of these 2 classic books (which I bought a couple months back) anytime soon. He requests for this Richard Scarry’s book to be read to him at least once a day.


Hurray! Looks like I may be on my way to raising another reader in the family.

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