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Name: modgurl
Location: Singapore

New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:31 am

Dear Blogger,

Last week I started my training at the childcare centre. I was supposed to go to the learning centre for the course last week, but it was delayed to this week. So for a week, I was at the childcare centre as a blind woman.

Surprisingly, I was able to fit myself right in. Even though I don't know anything about lesson plans and nobody bothered to brief me about it, I do know children. I know that they learn through play. I also know that children do not like to be treated like children. They prefer to be treated like very young adults if I can say that.

There weren't that many children in the centre yet. So I found that it was easier to manage. I was assigned to assist the kindergarten children which was a lot of fun. The younger kids were fun too.

Many people ask me how I can work with children. Believe me when I say that working with children is more stress-free than working with adults. There are moments when children will misbehave and throw tantrums, but that's what children do! Even adults do it too! Adults are even more sinister.

So do I deal with those moments? Patience and a lot of acceptance. First of all, adults must accept that this is typical children behaviour. If you can't accept that, then you've already lost the battle. Secondly, be adaptable. Sometimes certain situations call for different roles. The child might need a play mate or a friend or a confidant or even a disciplinarian.

I am not a super nanny or a child educator specialist (not yet anyway), but I believe all these traits come from experience of being a mom. There was no school to teach women to be mothers or men to be fathers. I don't know if there should be a school for that. We all learn to care and nurture our children through trials and errors. We learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. We adapt.

So how was school? I didn't really enjoy it that much. I really felt like I was in SMU all over again. For my blog readers, I think you know what I mean. I don't know what is it about Singapore schools that make me feel so stifled. Come on guys! Aren't we in school to learn? Don't just limit your learning to the textbooks. Go beyond that! Ask questions! Explore!


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