Bread For the Brain

After 3 weeks of school holiday in my country, including one and a half week of Idul Fitri holiday where factories and most companies in my country close during the season, I become so glued into the very leisure or slow motion mode. No morning hurry to prepare brunch-box and drive 2 kids to 2 schools of total distance 12 kms before the morning traffic starts. And no need to prepare breakfast for hubby before drive kids to school. No need to make sure kids review what they study at school on weekdays. Yay…

But mid July the school will start again. We need to make sure the young one learns a lot to be able to read, write, count & do simple math before the young one tested for the elementary school eligibility, in the same school as the older one. While the older one should have had the proficiency in math: plus minus up to 100. Why? Because the next level, the older one will start multiplying & dividing.

As a stay at home mom, it seems my brain has not been working during the “real” holiday. But I think I have come to consciousness that I need to activate and feed my brain regularly through learning everyday. I and every human being need to feed their brain on a daily basis, because that’s a human nature. I am struggling to do it everyday, to have time & energy to nurture my brain, even though it’s only a bite of mini-knowledge-cake. I see that some people in my surrounding, specially the stay at home moms (some are at my age or a decade younger, more are the old style traditionalist) that they don’t need to activate their brain, or believe so that women with kids don’t need to study/achive more in knowledge/expertise except if it can help the family income. I think that believe is too bad. So many unused potentials for the betterment of human kind. But I believe that it is every human’s Nature and Right to use the brain we are equipped with for a betterment through learning and studying in real life as well as using books as the tool. And I also do believe in part time job, which everyone could give more their expertise and energy to the economical productivity system for the progress and more development of their own country.

I believe that no single seed, effort nor deed is wasted. 

It’s Not My Fight 

It’s not my fight… Over there,
My fight is to train my kids of what’s right….Over here,

What’s proper and ethical,
What’s flow from the heart and what’s logical,

to encourage creativity,
to teach them discipline and responsibility,
to interact in integrity,

to let them practicing persistence and endurance,
to help them to be hardworking and competence,

to have love, big heart and kindness,
to diligently bear any consequences.

Ah, certainly not an easy task,
Help me Almighty, I would ask.

~a mother & homemaker/Indonesia

Teacher // Educating

Patience and Inspiration go a long way – – a life time. 

Today, May 2nd, is The National Education Day in Indonesia. This event makes me remember some of my best teachers and my kids’ teachers. One of them is the teacher in the kindergarten, who taught my kid before, told me something I always remember & give me hopes when I find difficulties in helping my kids learning: 

Patience and attention is younger kids’ idols. / Sabar & perhatian itulah idola anak-anak kecil. By Teacher Puji Susanti (Ms.) 

What Everyone Wants // Human

How pleased and joyful I am at the moment, my kids (5 & almost 7) are healthy, playing together while chatting each other without quarrelling in a peaceful environment. 

I guess this moment is what everyone, every family,  every human wants in life. No matter where you are, who we are. We are the same, human. 

— 

Senangnya anak-anak sehat saat ini, bermain bersama sambil saling berceloteh dengan rukun, di lingkungan yang aman dan damai.

 Saya kira saat-saat seperti ini adalah saat-saat yang diinginkan, di rindukan oleh setiap orang, oleh setiap keluarga, dan oleh setiap manusia dalam hidupnya. Tidak peduli di manapun kita berada, dan siapapun kita. Kita semua makhluk yang sama, manusia. 

(Indonesia language) 

Decluttering Updated, 16 Mar 2017.

I didn’t do the routine Wednesday long decluttering session as committed, I didn’t wake up earlier enough to do that. However, I accomplish a couple of decluttering these 2 days:

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Toys & multi-purpose locker, @after the entrance. BOTTOM 2X2 of kids toys were done last week. The 2nd rows from TOP (Left : kids helmets & jackets. Right : drawing papers) are done today.

1. Two rows from TOP in above locker.
2. One big bag of various cluttered objects: toys, dolls, garment, kids socks, pencils & unused pen, kids papercraft/works.

Yup, not much & still insignificant yet. But I try to keep the ball rolling. Okay, that’s all for now. Thanks for dropping by.

Cheers.

Decluttering Updated, 14 Mar 2017.

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Our horrible closet cupboard. One for all 4 of us.
LEFT is mine, family towels, financial drawer, our medical documents & some other documents, pianika, some knick knacks, sanitary pad. CENTER, top is my hubby hanging long sleeve shirts & a few mine on the left. Middle is all kids’ cloth. Bottom is my hubby’s short sleeve shirts folded, few my hubby’s knick knacks. RIGHT, my hubby’s clothes & documents.

I’ve been reaching to the realization point that for kids, too many toys wouldn’t be better for them. Mostly, they confuse where to put back and forget where they put their toys in the designated place before. Because the toy cupboards/lockers have been fully loaded. This leads to they just only play with 1-3 of their most recent toys, which they oftentimes fight for them. I haven’t been doing much decluttering since last time, the beginning of 2017. I lost the momentum and overwhelmed seeing my kids lockers of toys, books, drawing/school equipment. But a week ago & today I did some decluttering.

Yes, I got an impulse to decluttering again. The reason behind my recent decluttering is the tremendous emotions; tensions in the effort to help my first kid to learn for his mid test, he needs lots of help. It’s no wonder I need to lose the steam out. And hope I get the momentum to transform my home into ideal, an efficient & effective home, which really help us to enjoy, enhance & explore our family life.

What I declutter in a week (a week ago & today):

1. Four racks of Kids toys’ locker. These racks look neat until today because I organise the toys per category better, quite a lot of toys were tossed, so they’re not overflow anymore. Including tossing mini white board & full set of magnetic letter-number-sticker tri and repair-needed big plastic water gun. All are 2 big bags to donate to my temporary domestic helper.

2. Baby things: Set of Richell potty training, baby musical light, toy. And one of my too small underwear. All in good condition. All went to the cousin family that has their 2nd baby, their first is 10 years. Another pot for milk powder & party long sleeve shirt went to my friend’s new baby boy. One rack in our clothes cupboard is organised.

3. While preparing for the yearly tax, I tossed quite amount of paper from the financial drawer.

4. The surface above the brankas (big safe deposit for documents/valuable things) is organised.

In order to make quick & comprehensive changes towards my goal, I plan to declutter for 1 hour every early morning every Wednesday & Saturday to tackle big tasks.

I think that’s all for now.

Have a great day. Keep healthy & take care.
See you soon.