Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014
Parenting
 
Growing up, Dr Muhammad Nazir Amir was always a diligent student as his father constantly drove home the importance of education to his two children.
My older daughter dreads the wet season and it's not because it keeps her indoors. She knows that the cold spell from the rain quite often attracts moths into our house at night.
When music teacher Aaron Low noticed that his two sons were forming a clique, excluding their two sisters, he started rostering a different kind of family outing. Every month, the 38-year-old would take each of his four children out in turn.
When national silat athlete Mira Azman suffered a serious knee injury two years ago, she got bored refraining from strenuous sporting activity and turned to something altogether different - modelling.
It was a poignant moment. Vin Diesel, in the shape of an anthropomorphic tree, was weaving a protective nest of twigs around the Guardians of the Galaxy in an act of self-sacrifice.
Unlike many parents who are quick to praise their children, Ms Lai Yuin Yuin thought her five-year-old son Reynard was "just like any other normal kid". "I would not praise him all the time," says the 37-year-old senior assistant administrative executive.
When real estate agency owner Christopher Pang's wife, Julie, went for a holiday in Vietnam recently, he looked after their three young sons on his own.
Among the squabbles my wife and I have over our two daughters, there is a kind that takes us on the trail of the girls' misbehaviour, over the rocky roads of my wife's murderous glares and voice-of-doom tirades directed at them, slowed down by my hapless pleas for a truce between mother and daughter(s), before coming to an almost abrupt end with my wife declaring: "I'm a teacher, I know how to discipline misbehaving children."