Kids have their own minds

Young children are sensitive creatures in unique ways indeed, as was made obvious by Tee Hun Ching's column (Taming My Kids' Irrational Fears, The Sunday Times, March 20).

When my boys were little, I could not understand why they always wanted a broken toy fixed instead of replacing it with a new one or why one made-up Teletubby story after a bedside chat each night was not enough. Logical adult reasoning cannot explain their preferences or be used to understand a child's mind.

Long as the parenting journey is, we are first-time parents all over again in each new situation encountered with our kids, whose early years are really formed in a world only they know.

Ooi Mun Kong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2016, with the headline 'Kids have their own minds'. Print Edition | Subscribe