To blog or not to blog on my Circuit Breaker experience?
Because 10 to 20yrs down the road, I would like a walk down memory lane and remind my family and myself on the precious moments spent uniquely together as we #stayhomeforSG.
Before 8th April the start of Circuit breaker, my hubs posted this.
My hubby’s post! Sharing here so we can all prepare together and embrace the coming month more meaningfully!💪
一个月的时间，说长不长，说短不短。If you don’t plan to use it wisely, it’ll be gone in a flash…
- Store up on books! Not groceries
The first place we brought the kids to after school yesterday was the…. library! (Just as PM was declaring the lockdown oops 😬… circuit breaker)
Library was almost empty, supermarkets had Super Long queues.
Library will be closed, supermarkets won’t.
We need books just as much as we need food.
- Support local!
Many of us will be cooking at home (judging from the rush for groceries) Many of us will also dabao. As much as we love the convenience of food delivery, please do support our uncles and aunties at the kopitiams and Hawker centres. They are remaining open for us. Let’s help them survive this too.
- Go green
We were gaining some traction in our environmental efforts before Covid19 (eg using less plastic, more recycling bins, etc) Let is continue to keep up these efforts.
If you are ordering food delivery, choose to do without disposable utensils.
If you are going out for takeaways, bring your containers and reusable bags.
Let us not be so focused on the ‘gorilla in the room’ and lose focus on other important issues.
- Have a daily schedule for yourself and your kids
Students get a holistic timetable in school with time spent on academic subjects, and non-academic subjects too. Think through what you can do with your kids in the following areas:
a. Cognitive (which should be well-covered by HBL)
b. Aesthetics (some art and music infusion)
c. Social & Moral (brainstorm with your kids on some ideas how they can still contribute to community. Eg write appreciation cards to Teachers, what are they going to do with their pocket money since they’re not going to school)
d. Physical (have some outdoor time at Parks, or do home gym exercises. There are many good videos online)
e. Spiritual (now is a good time to have your family devotion and prayer time. Get your kids to start praying for global issues)
Am actually excited about the multitude of things we can do together as a family as we are now all mandated to stay home as much as possible. It’s a circuit breaker, but it’s a wonderful time to RECONNECT with FAMILY, and to do those things at home that you have been putting away doing.
Have fun everybody!
Fast forward we are left with 1 week’s time to savour before phase 1 of CB commences.
Home-based Learning was a new level of IT intensive learning. Parents, teachers and students alike had to grapple with the ‘how tos’ of hbl in the midst of academic progress.
We had our share of IT woes but the very woes were the catalyst for real growth. It forced us out of our comfort zone and we emerged with a new set of skills and a more flexible mindset. I also did my first Zoom Art Workshop!
I found it amazing that the Student Learning Portal could support such a large network of students during this critical period of stayhome learning. As mentioned before, this hbl takes on a deeper meaning- home-based learning loving
And home-based loving learning.
This stay home period has left a deep impression on me.
School is just a building.
The students and teachers make up the schooling.
Education is not the school’s responsibility, it resides in the hearts of each child’s home.
With the intense three times a meal daily and constant rubbing of shoulders, sparks fly with tempers and impatient words jabbing at vulnerable spots.
We overcame all these with much prayers, reflections and lots of love.
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#hbl day 17: Hooray another week of hbl conquered! Last night a gentle reminder from Holy spirit- stop trvialising my kid when one doesn't know something 'basic'. '你这个字也不会??? /有没有搞错? /这么简单你也不会??" (You don't even know this word? What? So simple, like that also don't know??) If each day i say this a few times, in a week the kiddo would have heard more than 15times how 'stupid' i have insinuated him or her to be. Where did all my growth mindset go to??? A long way to go… That's why we need the Holy Spirit to work in us! Thereafter, i prayed for help to coach my kids more patiently. It's precisely because they don't know, that there is a need to coach. Whatever that is lacking, this is the best time to help zoom into the root of the issue. More than that, I need to be more pro-active in showing my affection. My middle kid always almost pounces on me for a quick hug or kiss whenever he feels bored. That's a lot of times throughout the day! So i decided to 1. Catch them by surprise and pounce on them with HUGS & KISSES every time i walk around the house. 2. Start the day with PRAISE and WORSHIP songs to have breakfast together and prepare for hbl. 3. Commend their EFFORTS in hbl and revision. 4. Give them the ATTENTION when a need arises Today, I'm rewarded with warmth and satisfaction in the faces of my kids and in my heart. Oh don't forget your other half too!😍 #growingupdays #parentingmoment #reflections #thanksgiving #radiatejoyfromhome
Love spells- hugging every other moment when we pass each other along the living room, kissing each other whenever we take breaks, cooking and baking together our favourite food, sending each other small notes and random comical emails, playing games and having one to one hands-on activities with each child on different days.
Kids thank God that they get to eat every meal with both papa and mama.
During this important period where my eldest will sit for his PSLE, God continues to work in us.
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These days, my prayers have changed from," Dear Lord, help sonny to focus on his studies for PSLE, to God, grant him wisdom and direction in His life in you." Today, after a lecture on an issue, the Holy Spirit enlightened us on how focusing is not the issue. PSLE is neither the goal. This boy has been obedient and responsible is many aspects of his life. And I am proud of him. It's just this motivation aspect in studies that has yet to emerge. Does he have a thirst for learning or desire to grow? If it is not there, all the nagging and pushing can only go so far.. I shared with him how that was the case for me in my O levels. I had no desire to learn my academics until I decided to seek God for that desire. After school daily I'd kneel and ask God to give me that desire to be hardworking and for help in my studies. God heard that prayer and I was transformed since then. Desiring to learn and please God became stronger as the years went by. This time, I asked my son to seek God. To ask Jesus daily for a desire to learn and a teachable heart to listen to God. This will be our prayers from henceforth. Also wrote a card to encourage him. This #circuitbreaker #stayhomesg period has been a good time of deeper reflections and plowing of the ground. As we learn how to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and slowly grow to abide under the shadow of the Almighty, our joy will be complete. (Ps91:1) Slowly, PSLE has lesser hold on me. Slowly, Jesus is redeeming my heart back to Him alone. 'But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.' Matthew 6:33 NKJV Dear friends, how about your heart? #faith #reflections #spiritualencouragement #growingupdays #parentingmoment
Our CB routine- Kids take on chores despite having a domestic helper at home. They serve each other warm water upon waking, make their own beds, sweep their rooms and take turns to wash up the family’s dishes after each meal. It helps that there are three of them. Each one is in charge of a meal clean-up.We have our own devotional time before breakfast. Then revision time for the morning. This week we started wearing masks to simulate and condition ourselves for start of school. Kids take 15mins break after each 40mins till lunchtime.
Thereafter, kids play games a while and I coach my eldest by going through mistakes and corrections for an hour.
It’s either free play or TV time or just plain leisure reading and exercise regime. Papa gave a tailored set of exercises for the boys and girl. Ranging from 50 to 100 burpees, push ups, skipping to weight strengthening moves. These sets are done throughout the free gaps of the day. On top of that, they either go for short jog around estate or climb stairs or do basketball moves outside the corridor.
With CB holidays, we baked and cooked much more with them. I also tried many new recipes that I’ve never imagined doing. I also managed to complete 1 coloured illustration for a project I have been working on. It took a few months of experimental work but I discarded it eventually.It was disappointing but the Lord used an artist friend to encourage and guide me. I asked the Lord for a fresh idea. When a boy rammed into our chalkboard accidentally, that sparked the idea and it quickly took form. With 4days of work, God answered our prayers and it was completed before my work from home starts! You may not know, but I dislike doing art simply because it takes too much out of me. But I LOVE teaching art. For the sake of this project, I needed much help from God. Imagine my euphoria when I finally completed 1 part of this project! I will share about this when the time comes.
In the midst of all these, I finally got to fulfill this desire and have a solid time of bible studying with my growing ones. I also had more 1to1 times with each kid.
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#hbl day4: Some background- It is amazing and blessed when my thoughtful church mate gifted this set of bible study materials to us in year 2013! God gave her the foresight to get for us and now 7yrs later, we finally are able to use this resource at an age appropriate phase! And what is more marvellous is the fact that we finally get to use this in a time like this..#circuitbreaker and #hbl period of #stayhometogether. Am excited to have this kids' resource as the kids have reached a plateau in bible reading since a todd. Boys said they covered the whole bible about 5times already… so now it's a great opportunity to teach them how to study the bible deeper for a more meaningful understanding of God. As my eldest did pretty fast, he also wondered which yr AD or BC when an Old testament book was written, so i showed him the concordance to read up more. It is indeed a privilege to study His words together! A cell mate mentioned that somehow she felt that God is forcing us to return back to basics- bringing God back to our own home literally. Let's not forget to disciple our children in the Lord too! 🙏 #thanksgiving #kidsexperiencinggod #biblestudyingwithkids
We planned what and how to give love offerings to friends or others in need and sent our care to the Foreign Workers via prayers cum simple cards of encouragement.
I thank God for a regained healthy body fit enough to jog more than walk and the longer moments of communion with Him.
This post is really more for my records than for anything… It’s not about how much we have accomplished but how much God has tilled our hearts’ ground and gave us this blessed opportunity to take time to reconnect and enjoy the simple home pleasures of life in our safe haven. More importantly, to remember the safest heaven as we ride through this pandemic together.
Reminds of this song
Through it all, I know that God is in control,
Like the sun, after the storm,
His love comes shining through.
Yes I know His love for us
Is greater than all of life’s trials
Like a child in His arms
He will carry us through it all.
Let’s press on Singapore as we embrace a new norm!
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