Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 So Anjali turned 11 last week. There has been just too many things going on, what with races and hackathons that husband and I didnt really have the energy to plan any kind of celebration. Anjali was ok with a simple thingy and thattha and patti came over.

And then Sophia stepped in. She gave me a shopping list - chocolates, marshmallows and diapers. (I managed to find cheap adult diapers in the store)

And then the day before it was cream cheese.

Thattha asked patti whether she could get cake. Sophia gave her a withering look and baked her own cake. It was flat

 And delicious. Everyone had second helpings - even thattha. And Sophia got all the crumbs stuck to the tray :) She handled the party invitations and spent all afternoon cutting snowflake napkins

The theme, as I understand, was winter wonderland.

Hence the diapers and snowflakes and the cheese cake. I still have small amounts stuck to the corners in the living room

We told Anjali that she is very lucky to have a sister who plans her party.

As for me, I walked into the Jurong library and borrowed some books for the kid, and wrapped them up (in a upcycled plastic table cloth leftover from the cat cage conveyer belt).

Anjali enjoyed the books and the table cloth got folded and put aside for the next project, whatever it may be

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What happened to Sophia or when punishments backfire

Last night, Sophia wanted to learn "Oovoru pookalume" and sing it for a minute in Tamil class. I spent some time teaching her the lyrics and the song. Anjali, who was working with husband on her math, complained about the racket, and after 15 minutes looked up and said

"Sophia, what homework did you not finish?"

"I was wondering how to ask the same question Anjali", I said

The story is that their Tamil teacher has implemented a one minute compulsary tamil talent time for students who have not finished their homework/ didnt get their work signed etc

"I have done my homework!", Sophia insisted "I just want to sing."


"I think I am going to not do my homework tomorrow, then I can sing"

Sunday, January 21, 2018

In coding and computers

Anjali is on a goal to earn a million dollars before she is an adult so that she is financially secure. This conversation is based on that.
Anjali. Mom, I didn't earn a single penny today.
Me. How much did you want to earn?
Anjali. 166 dollars.

Facts, feelings, findings and future

Recently, we attended a programme and learnt about journalling. One of the things we looked at is how a journal should consist of facts, feelings, findings and future.

Here is my journal

Anjali and I had an argument today. I told Anjali off for being rude and specifically teenagerish, and how she is flippant about stuff and doesnt work on things for long enough.

Later, looking through Anjali's homework, I noticed that her Math homework was rather advanced and done through very quick and dirty ways. Ordinarily, I would take atleast five minutes to solve them (it took me five minutes to crosscheck each question), but this girl had them all down as one liners with just the answer.

I find that Anjali is very intelligent. However, with the intelligence, somes a feeling of superiority and entitlement. I am not quite sure, as a parent, what to do about it except to whack it off her, though I am not sure whether this would be a good solution.

I did notice, however, that Anjali cheered up at the pool. Is the next step to whacking play?

I wonder if a question to ask Anjali everyday would be to write about or share about what challenged her or to find one thing to do that challenged her.

In other news, I am making good progress in R and data camp.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The joy of teaching electrical engineering to a 10 year old.

Husband: Anjali, you dont need a breadboard for this. You just need these
Anjali: Ah. I have some here as well
Me: The ones you have are male-female. These are female to femals
Anjali: Whatever
Me: Do you know why these are called male male jumpers?
Anjali: Yup. because they have two pointy ends
Me: And do you know why these are called female-female?
Anjali: Because they have ... nothing.

Thank heavens

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sophia is starting a new blog!

I am excited to announce today that Sophia is starting a new blog. It is over at kyasophia.blogspot.com. check it out!

Anjali's experiment

I had an interesting conversation with Anjali this morning which merits recording. WE were talking about the need for kids to learn to spell (not very high because there are spell checkers) and have good grammar (not very high also) and to write fun stuff (high)

I was telling her that I thought that schools made kids learn rote is because they wanted to train factory workers a hundred years ago.

Me: Imagine a toothpaste factory that needed workers to screw caps on toothpastes. They need to be highly disciplined cap screwers otherwise there wont be good toothpastes

Anjali: Yay! Then we wont need to brush our teeth

Me: Well, then your teeth will get rotten and you cant eat any chocolates

Anjali: Actually no. I did an experiment and didnt brush my teeth for one week. They were still fine afterward.