Merry Mondays {Linky party} – What our children need

Last Saturday, the family was excited to be at the preview party for the Port of Lost Wonder at Sentosa island.

But guess who had just as much fun as Sophie?

Me!!!

As a blogger, I’m usually armed with my camera so that I don’t miss out good shots of Sophie or the event that I’m attending. But because of that, Sophie has been getting lesser of my attention, no thanks to the photo nazi in me.

On Saturday, I told Alexis to give me some time to snap a few photos before joining Sophie. But when I said join, I really meant watching from the sidelines while he brings her into the pirate theme ship as I wasn’t prepared to get wet. But who would have known that I got so “lucky” and got dumped a full bucket of water from one of those sneaky lamp post looking structures.

What did I do? I laughed and told Sophie, that mummy’s going to get right into the thick of fun and join her. Which was just what she needed and exactly what she wanted to hear from me.

 

 

And that was the lesson that I learnt that day. That our kids don’t even care that we have a blog to record all their growing up moments if we were not really a part of those moments. What matters most to them is that we give them the attention that they truly deserved from their parents. Not just being physically present, but to be with them and being 100% engaged.

 

And for me, it felt good to be enlightened of this simple truth especially when I’ve been way too attached to my hand phone than I really should.

That afternoon, I enjoyed every single moment with Sophie as I held her hands to navigate away from the boys who went wild with their water guns. I’ll remember how I taught her courage by encouraging her to try the water slides and to have her go, “one more time mummy!” It was so much fun that I can even give a first hand review of the Port of Lost Wonder to other moms who are keen to bring their kids there!

 

Have you also been “guilty” of being physically present but not really there for your kids? Perhaps it’s time, we detox our lives by cutting out the unnecessary from our lives, like our hand phones, Facebook, Twitter, and giving our children the attention that they are looking for.

 

Do link up and share your thought for this week’s Merry Mondays post :) Have awesome week ahead.

 



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Comments: 22

  1. Regina April 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM Reply

    It sure looks like you girls had a ball!! Glad you enjoyed yourselves :)

    Susan… you’re right – sometimes we’re so busy trying to take that momentous shot and being on the sidelines, we forget that they would rather imprint the memory of having fun with us in their minds instead.

    … as long as Mummy doesn’t get wet… hahaaa!!

    • Susan April 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM Reply

      Regina,
      Well that was what I initially thought- that I had to “maintain image”. But you know what, when I let my hair down to join her in the playground, she felt confident to try the slides, even the bigger slides. So the next time, your son asks you to join him, don’t hesitate and you may find yourself reliving your childhood again.

  2. Klessis April 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM Reply

    You look like you had so much fun! Haha!!! I was also totally drenched by the huge bucket of water that poured out from the top. Gave me & my girl a big shock though! But so much fun!!!! =D

    • Susan April 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM Reply

      Yeah, it was fun wasn’t it? Give us parents the perfect excuse to join in the fun with them.

  3. Yvonne April 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM Reply

    Way to go, Susan! I’m sure as you looked back at those capture moments of you and Sophie happily playing together, the feelings are definitely priceless. ^^ And Sophie is gonna remember by those moments that Mummy plays with her THAN the awesome posts or photos you took of her.

    • Susan April 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM Reply

      Yes, priceless is the word :)

  4. Ming April 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM Reply

    Haha… WL got ambushed by the water pails too! Thank goodness I brought a complete change of clothes for him. :P It was our standard protocol. He will swim / waterplay with the daughter… and when all is done, he can go bathe while I wash the daughter. His other agenda is to build her guts up so that he can *develop* the girl into his roller-coaster buddy since I’m too chicken for such rides. :P

    • Susan April 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM Reply

      Well it was my intention to get Alexis to play with Sophie as well since I thought I could go around and catch up with the rest of the mummies who were there. But then getting wet was probably the best thing since it gave me the perfect excuse to be a child and just have fun with Sophie. As for roller coaster buddy, I think Yahn is almost there.

  5. Lee Lee April 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM Reply

    Wow, you sure had lots of fun. May I ask which is this PoW in Sentosa?

    • Susan April 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM Reply

      Hi Lee Lee,
      This is a new water playground along the Palawan beach. You can let your niece know about it. I’m sure she’ll enjoy it.

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  7. janie real April 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM Reply

    looks like a fun weekend! we’ll visit that port one of these days =) my girl loves playing w water! anyway, i am guilty of not being truly present sometimes too! going offline and unplugging every once in a while will do wonders.

    • Susan April 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM Reply

      It’s something that I need to keep reminding myself of to. of course, my hubby keeps me in check and gives me the glare when I’m too engrossed with my phone.

  8. June April 17, 2012 at 4:48 PM Reply

    I love love love that you jumped right into the fun! Way to go! I really believe that too…being 100% present with them, not with our many i-things. Love this post! :)

    • Susan April 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM Reply

      Thanks June! Our kids surly deserve no less than our 100% attention. It’s something that I’m still working on.

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  10. Lisa April 18, 2012 at 2:37 AM Reply

    WHAT A GREAT REMINDER! I also take a lot of photos and have to remember, that it’s ok if I only take 1 photo at an event, or no photos at all because at the end of my life, I won’t regret not posting more, I’ll regret not getting wet at the water park that one time ;). TKS! U are a great mommy!

  11. Summer April 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM Reply

    Glad you gals had fun! I totally enjoy going to any playground or water fun park with my girl and getting drenched is always on my agenda. Haha. After I snap a few pics. Then the camera gets stored in the locker and the real family fun starts. =) Sounds like a good place to visit next time!

  12. Elaine April 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM Reply

    Looks fun! So who took all those lovely photos?

    • Susan April 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM Reply

      My dear hubby :)

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