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Mum In The Making  Child of God, mama of 4. 🇸🇬 Sunny SG 📚 Kid lit 🖍 Crafting 🏡 Home decor 📝 Homeschool 🍳 Cooking with kids Our easy salmon broccoli pasta recipe:

https://snugglesandkisses.net/2017/01/22/4-quick-easy-recipes-from-busy-mums/

Today the boys spotted some Kinder Joy eggs in the fridge and asked for them. J2 and J3 were the fastest to take one each, and they chose the ones with "boy toys" in them (the eggs are marketed as having boy or girl toys). J1, who was busy caring for his sister, picked his egg last, only to find that the only eggs left had girl toys in them.
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I tried to comfort him by telling him he could open up one egg to see if the toy was suitable. He did, and it was a fairy with butterfly wings, which he said he would give to his sister. By now he was close to tears. J2, seeing his koko so upset, offered to share his toy, and J3 actually gave his toy to J1!
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These kids. They may fight with and tease and worry each other all.the.time, but at the end of the day, I am glad they have each other. 😘
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[Snapped this quietly when I chanced across J3 teaching his sister the actions for the book "From Head to Toe", during our England trip!]
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#makingmummoments #siblings #siblinglove

Someone now has her own place at the art table, with her own pink stool! She's been cranky and crying half the morning, but thankfully these jumbo beeswax colour pencils kept her busy and happy for abit. #makingmumcrafts #makingmumartwall #ikeasg #articulategallery #makingmumstudio

Good morning and hello, weekend! This little miss is running a fever, so we're staying home and taking it easy today. Have a blessed weekend! #makingmummoments

I've had some mothers remark to me that they could never "teach" their kids, because they cannot do any crafty or interesting activities. These days however, I'm learning that these activities are just the icing on the cake, and while lovely to have, are not absolutely necessary.
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What is essential though, is taking the time to be totally present with your children, and being available: available to answer questions, available to lend a listening ear, available to provide resources when they need them. That aside, give them books. Good books, living books, books with rich language that fire their imagination. And finally, give your kids time and space, to play, explore, and dream.
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I do love beautifully planned out activities, and I must give a big thumbs up for those who constantly inspire us with their creative teaching methods. That being said, for those who feel like you don't measure up because you don't do such activities, remember that learning happens in a myriad of ways, and it's best when it is enjoyed by both parent and child. Go dive into a favourite book with your kid instead! 😉
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[J2 has finished learning phonics and has moved on to reading aloud Dr Seuss books. He is always very tickled by the zany pictures! 😂]
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#makingmumlearns #readingtogather #homeschool #makingmumreads

I think a major factor which contributed to such a pleasant visit to the #ChildrensBiennale @nationalgallerysingapore were the kind and caring gallery hosts. Many not only tried to introduce the exhibits to the kids but talked to the kids as well.
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Some went beyond the call of duty to help. When J3 freaked out and didn't want to go into an exhibit, one gallery host brought the older two in on his own accord, so that I could stay with the younger kids outside.
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When we were about to enter the Firewalk exhibit, the host there told us I had to ensure I was holding on to all the kids' hands. He then stopped short upon really seeing my troop, and asked (in disbelief) "are you the only adult with them?". After which, he helped me to bring the older two across, while I held on to the younger two.
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So thankful for these kind folk, without which I don't think I could have coped with the four of them! 😅
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#nationalgallerysingapore #makingmumplays #makingmumexplores #funforfreesg

Aside from the Obliteration Room (see previous post), here are some of exhibits that the kids particularly enjoyed over in the #ChildrensBiennale @nationalgallerysingapore (swipe for more!):
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• The Sonnet in Blue, by @tran_trong_vu : The kids loved exploring this maze of handmade flowers, & I loved reading the poems penned on their petals. This piece was inspired by the tradition of penning wishes & hanging them on trees or street corners. I couldn't help wondering what happens to all the materials after the end of the exhibition: It'll be such a pity to take apart this work of art!
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• Homogenizing And Transforming World, by @teamlab_news :
The kids loved running about & touching the large balls & seeing how they changed colour! However, J3 initially was terrified, and needed some time to adjust to the lights & sounds around him.
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• Firewalk: A Bridge Of Embers by #MarkJustiani :
I'd read so much about how scary this was, & assumed the boys wouldn't be keen, but I was wrong! Firewalk is a glass bridge that allows you to peer into the depths of an archeological site, which appears endless due to the use of mirrors. 🙈 The older 2 loved it & spent the whole time peering at the little details. J3 was quite scared, but he reluctantly went along, because there wasn't an option of walking on the side. 😅 I felt quite dizzy the 1st time, as I was holding the hands of J3 and J4 and they were pulling me in different directions!
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#makingmumexplores #nationalgallerysingapore #funforfreesg #makingmumplays

Was feeling somewhat more recovered today, and I had to bring the kids out so that they won't get in the way of our cleaning lady. So we headed to the @nationalgallerysingapore for the #childrensbiennale (yes, it was another one of those #yestheyareallmine days 😆).
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I decided to bring the kids today to beat the school holiday crowd (the arrival of the school hols are an indication for homeschoolers to finally stay home! 😂), and we had a pleasant time exploring all the exhibits at a leisurely pace.
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I loved that they chose to hold it in the National Gallery, with its soaring spaces and open corridors. The exhibits were widely spaced out, so I'd think it won't get oppressively crowded on weekends. (However, some gallery hosts tell me it can get quite crowded, so try to visit on a weekday if possible.)
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The #obliterationroom by #YayoiKusama was understandably one of the kids' favourite exhibits. They had a field day pasting the circle stickers everywhere, and examining all the features in the room, J4 included! It was interesting to observe the process of "obliteration", as coined by the artist, who uses dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms, and I wonder how this room will look like 2 months later! (Swipe to see more, including a quick look around the room!)
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The Children's Biennale is free for Singaporeans, and runs until 8th Oct, and we will most definitely pay another visit if we can! Do visit if you have time during the holidays!
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#makingmumplays #makingmumexplores #nationalgallerysingapore #funforfreesg

Woke up this morning with this frantic feeling. You know, that desperate, clawing feeling, where you are overwhelmed and everything seems to be unraveling? I spent yesterday resting because I was sick, and there was a sink full of dirty dishes (dishwasher is still spoilt and the new one only comes tmr), books and toys strewn everywhere, mountains of unfolded laundry (because I have been stuck to baby for the past week and have not been able to do any housework), and a crying baby who was woken early.
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I know I've been privy to the oft used reminder to "savor every moment" when it comes to kids, but I have to #keepitreal too: the home doesn't get clean if you don't do it (unless you have a helper), and most of motherhood isn't picture perfect and you won't see it on IG because it isn't. It's messy, sometimes desperate, sometimes full of tears, sometimes full of frustration and angst.
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I think instead of trying to make things picture perfect, we can just count our blessings. Because while messes are part of this motherhood gig, blessings are most definitely part of it too. Like chancing across their building structures, a kiss from a repentant child, the giggles from a baby at play.
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Deep breath. Now to tackle those chores. Here's wishing you a blessed, real-life Thursday my friends!
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#makingmummoments #makingmumplays

We've been thinking of adopting a dog for the longest time. (We adopted one previously for a few years, but he eventually became the in-laws furkid, which was great since he helped fill their empty nest. But we do miss him so!)
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However, a pet is a huge commitment, and we're holding off until the kids are a little older and more responsible. Meanwhile, they are delighted that @hasbrosingapore sent JJ the pug along, and they've been lavishing so much love on him! He barks and sits when you pet him, and is constantly being hugged, fed or dragged around by one of the kids, J4 included. (More in Stories.)
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Seeing the kids with JJ warms my heart. Welcome to the J family, JJ! 😉
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#makingmumplays #hasbrosingapore #jjthepug

"In my anger, in my frustration, in my confusion and fear, I was grappling for why. Consumed with why.
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It’s an insatiable question—why. The kind you can ask and ask and ask without ever getting your fill.
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And in all of that struggling—in all of that grappling—I lost sight of who.
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We may never know why something happens—why this circumstance, why this outcome, why this dratted, discouraging setback. Those aren’t answers easily found.
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But who? Who is all around.
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In every breathtaking sunset, in every star-strewn sky. In rain drops that fall on thirsty land. In the sun that rises, chasing away the coldest, longest of winters. In the pages of the well-worn Bible I hold in my lap every morning.
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.... Not a sparrow falls outside of His care.
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When we find ourselves walking through a dry and weary land where there is no water, shaking our fists at why...
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Fix the eyes on this God.
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Remember and rest in who.
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Maybe comfort isn’t found so much when we ask “Why is this all unfolding here and now?” — maybe comfort is found more when we rest in Who is enfolding us all here and now."
- Katie Ganshert (link to full article on my FB page @makingmum)
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As our skies weep with those in Manchester, this post leapt out at me and gave me comfort. Go pull your children close, and give them a hug today.
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[A broken-winged butterfly that the boys discovered in the #RainhamMarshes . A reminder to me that God cares and holds us in His hands, and that if He cares for these little creatures, what more about us!]
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#makingmuminEngland #makingmumtravels

"You are teaching your living, breathing, made-in-the-Image-of-God students. The resources are there to help you do that. It's that simple, we just forget when we get all wrapped up in "getting through" all the math lessons before the end of May, or finishing every science experiment in the book before we call it good and move on. It doesn't really matter how far in the book we get. What matters is what happens in the mind and heart of our student, and for that matter- in ourselves. You know this. I know this. But we've got to start living it. We are all spinning our wheels because we're frantically trying to "get through" published curriculum as if turning the last page in the book by the beginning of summer vacation will somehow mean that our children learned something. Truth is, they do learn something from that. But it's not at all the message we want them to internalize. We are teaching people, not books."
- Sarah Mackenzie, Teaching from Rest
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Woke up this morning with a bad sore throat, a woozy head, but also these two and their bright smiles. I don't know how we got through the day but we did. And this quote was so apt, because I was so close to losing my temper and pushing for them to finish their assigned work. You know, just get it done so that Mama can say we did school for the day. 😬
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"People, not books.". Relationships, over to-do lists. Love, over curricula. Please let me remember!
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#makingmumlearns #teachingfromrest #makingmummoments

"License 2 Draw" by UuDam Tran Nguyen was the boys' top pick for #Imaginarium @singaporeartmuseum . This robotic drawing machine drags markers across a huge canvas, and the boys loved pressing the buttons to move it! (Swipe to see it in action.) J4 was fascinated too and the brothers would try to "drive" it over to her, much to her delight!
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For those who are asking, this exhibition runs all the way until August, and is free for Singaporeans. It's best to go on weekdays to avoid the crowd!
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#makingmumexplores #makingmumplays #funforfreesg #singaporeartmuseum

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