Thursday, February 25, 2016


Calder has a new habit - lying prone on the floor. I saw him doing that in Sunday School and at home. He would relax his limbs and neck and turn his cheek to one side to achieve maximum contact with the ground. What a curious sight. Unfortunately, he tried doing that at the supermarket today, and was chided by the cashier. I tried explaining, "Calder, you cannot lie down on the supermarket floor. People walk here and there and they have sai sai (shit) under their shoes. You want to lie down on sai sai?" (Calder is afraid to touch shit - my neighbourhood has its fair share of dog shit.) And Calder reacted, "No!" I hope he gets the message.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Sometimes, I'll ask Calder to help me hang the laundry. It looks simple but involves repeated demonstration and simplified instructions.

For a top, like T-shirt:

1. Hold the shoulders.
2. Flick flick flick!
3. Put over the wire.
4. Stretch!

For bottoms
1. Hold the waist...

I wish I can leave him with the laundry. But he is easily distracted and may end up fiddling with a pen from the study table (which is right beside the laundry rack). Or disappear into one of the bedrooms without having finished the chore. However, on the occasions when he could focus, he would even go to the washing machine to check if there're more clothes for hanging. Quite some way to go but I'm not giving up. After all, reliable laundry help is surely something to look forward to!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Happy Face

This schedule board is pasted on my kitchen wall. At first, it was merely used to let Calder know what to expect of the coming week (including days when Mommy has meeting and so will not be home). At the end of each day, that day's program will be removed from the board. Later I decided to stick a happy face there if Calder did not throw any tantrum that day (he was apt to do so every day). Guess what - within 3 weeks, Calder stopped throwing tantrum! 


Saturday, February 20, 2016


Calder had been nursing a loose milk tooth. Today, he showed me his shaky tooth again. Jokingly I said, "Calder, take out." Guess what? Immediately he yanked that tooth out!

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Calder is apt to turn words he doesn't know into food that he knows. When we were reading Bible stories, "Abraham" became "Apple Ham" and "Egypt" became "Eggplant". Today he turned "permission" into "persimmon".