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Justina | Mum In The Making  Child of God, homeschooling mama of 4. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ Sunny SG Storyteller at:

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My counters are never neat thanks to her. But I'd rather have this garlic inspector, than neat counters any day. Ok, except when she starts throwing my enamel cups! πŸ˜…
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#kidsinthekitchen #makingmummoments

"Parenting is ambassadorial work from beginning to end. It is not to be shaped and directed by personal interest, personal need, or cultural perspectives.
.... Here's what this means at street level: parenting is not first about what we want for our children or from our children, but about what God in grace has planned to do through us in our children."
- Paul Tripp (in Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family)
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I've recently started reading this book, and this was a much needed reminder. It is both humbling yet liberating to know this: that we are but stewards of our children, who are dearly loved and held in His hands! 😊
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[Christian friends, if you've yet to read any of Paul Tripp's books I'd highly recommend them. His writings/talks on parenting have been such a great guide to us! We picked up this book at our church bookshop, but this is available on Amazon, & I think the Kindle version is currently on offer.]
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#makingmummoments #theyareHis

"The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children."
- Charlotte Mason
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I've been re-reading about the Charlotte Mason approach, & her ideas about the cultivation of good habits was a reminder of how intentional we need to be when it comes to bringing up our kids.
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I realize that there are days where I am just winging it, & I spend a fair bit of time fighting fire. Yes, I have 4 kids with different personalities & needs, but I realize I want to be more intentional & focused when it comes to habit-formation. It means saying "no" to many things, so that I can say "yes" to having time & energy for the kids.
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I've read that it's best to work on one habit at a time lest it becomes overwhelming, so these weeks we are just working on their mealtime behavior, as it's a huge issue at home (anyone else?). J2 is also back to helping me cook almost everyday! 😊
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#makingmumcookswithkids #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #homeschool #charlottemason

Sometimes I forget how much I depend on J1, when it comes to watching out for his younger siblings. Today, I went to settle some matters and came back to see this: he was trying to get some work done, while keeping his sister occupied by sticking stickers on his toes for her to peel. πŸ˜‚ And he enjoyed this so much, he continued doing this even after he was done with his work! So thankful for this kid. ❀️
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[We just set up a little table for her to use, and it looks like it was the right move to put it next to big brother's desk! We do need to get her a slightly higher stool though.]
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#makingmummoments #homeschool #siblings

There is so much that I want my kids to learn. To know that courage is grace under pressure. That we can be brave and strong, not because we have no fears or no weaknesses, but because we trust in a God that enables. I want them to know, that turning the other cheek is not a sign of weakness, but an indication of a bigger heart and a larger spirit. That sometimes, the hardest thing is to be nice in a world that is looking out to be number 1, but it is still the right thing to do. I want them to remember, that kindness & empathy are two of the traits that set us aside from the animals. And for the boys, I want them to remember, that it is having a kind heart that make great men, not how fast you can run, or how high you can jump.
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There is so much to say, but I settled for this reminder to "Be brave, be kind". This is going to be hung on their room wall, & I hope it serves as a daily reminder to guard their hearts & minds in Christ too!
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[This custom neon light from @neonprojectsg was an unexpected win from a giveaway, & we are so blessed to have received this. Thank you, Edison, for being so patient in advising & guiding me as we discussed fonts, layouts & colours, this turned out so beautiful! And thanks @mmlittlee for running the giveaway! 😘]
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#neonlights #makingmumhome2 #neonprojectsg #bebrave #bekind

Good morning from these 2 sleepyheads! 😊
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#makingmumartwall #kidsart

We were reading about the life of Joseph recently, & it struck me how the Bible is full of examples of families who don't get along. πŸ˜…
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In Joseph's case, you see how favoritism splinters family relationships, you read about how the brothers can plot to sell off their own kin, and even lie to their father about it. Yet in the midst of it all, God works out His perfect plan, turning what was a familial disaster into part of a bigger, better story, as summed up in the words of Joseph himself:
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"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Gen 50:20)
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As a parent, I always worry and grieve when my kids fight and don't get along (which is about every day!). Teaching them to love their siblings is always a work in progress, and I know that it will take time & a lot of wisdom to help them to be able to get along and truly love each other in words & in action.
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There is much that we can do to help them in this aspect, but that being said, there is also only that much we can do. I'm learning that we must do all we can, but we also have to trust that God is the one that transforms hearts and minds, & not us through our bribes & nagging.
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Just as He is able to turn a family feud into a series of events that saves an entire nation, He is at work in our families, imperfect and flawed as we all are, to write a bigger & better story, one that is more than we can ever imagine. He truly does make things beautiful, in His own time.
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#makingmumsometimestalkstoomuch

Exploring the cloud forest yesterday @gardensbythebay . J4 has been feverish since last night (due to her vaccinations), so we're taking it slow today. I hope everyone has been having a blessed weekend!
#makingmumexplores #gardensbythebay #cloudforest

Practice is never a lonely affair when you have #siblings ! She was pointing out notes to him, but whether they were the right notes is altogether a different matter. πŸ˜† #makingmummakesmusic #makingmummoments

M E N T A I K O F R I E S. Do I need to say more? πŸ˜†
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Ok, maybe I should include the details just in case! Baked these sweet potato fries in the oven (a little salt, olive oil, 40 minutes at 200C with some tossing in between). They were then dusted with furikake, & served with a dip of Japanese mayo & IKEA's Kalles cod roe spread. The mini cocottes from @lecreusetsg were perfect for serving individual portions of fries (can you imagine the fighting from the boys, if it was a communal bowl?), & I used little silicon muffin cups from @daiso_official to hold the dip.
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I have to thank @feliciatgl for the great idea to use the Kalles spread (so brilliant, Felicia!). I guess it's not the real deal, but it's yum & the boys loved it, & that's good enough for me! Happy fries-day folks!
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#makingmumcooks #sweetpotatofries #lecreusetsg #lecreuset #mentaikofries #foodstagram #whati8today

I walked out of my room yesterday morning to see this newly completed piece on the art table. J2 had painted it when he woke up, and according to him, it is a rainbow monster. I love it so. ❀️
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Painting aside, it is a reminder to me about the value of having a prepared environment, something that is emphasized in the Montessori philosophy. When I take the time to ensure that materials are readily accessible, and I am receptive to their sensitive periods and milestones and can set out suitable materials, learning & exploration readily happens.
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I am a rather disorganized person, and many times I've not been able to do this for the kids who are at four different stages. But this is encouragement for me to simplify & to keep trying!
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#makingmumpaints #j2paints #montessori_on #homeschool #kidsart

We took a stroll through a park after dinner, and it was rather dark. When passing through a particularly dark part, the boys instinctively reached for my hand, & said they were scared.
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I reminded them of Psalms 23, and how the valley of death would have been so much scarier than this darkness. We recited verse 4:
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"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me."
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There was silence, after which J1 solemnly told me that he felt better. And told me to always read Psalms 23 whenever he was scared. 😊
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We've been reading Bible passages with the kids (on top of reading Bible stories). I realize these short sessions are opportunities to sow, though we may not see any immediate fruit. We must not underestimate the power of God's Word to transform our kids. Tonight's incident was a reminder to remain faithful in the reading of His Word as a family! 😊
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[This photo was recently snapped at a different park, as it was too dark tonight to take any decent shots!]
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#makingmumsometimestalkstoomuch #makingmumexplores

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