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February 10, 2017


Shawn M.

It also gives time for parents to digest what is going on this whirlwhind of managing activities/schedules... time to bond with eachother with out distractions is nice to have as well :) I will keep this in mind for Disneyland this weekend!


I can clearly remember getting the massive training blast soon after I joined my first company after graduate school. I had to re-learn most of it over the following months and years as the topics became important to my career. I guess it was good that I knew such training existed for when I needed it, but the full content of the class probably wasn't so useful right away.


Growing up, I was thrown into many of such activities as well. From piano lessons, to extra tuition classes after school, to dance lessons, art classes... perhaps it's the asian culture. I guess kids back in those days (or maybe it was just me) didn't have much of an opinion. More so, I wouldn't have dared to tell my parents, no I do not want to take this lesson, or that lesson.

However, what I was grateful of is that my mum, would make a point to ask if I was still interested in a specific class. Now, back then, you would think that's a trick question. I don't believe I ever told her the truth. :) Eventually, I was taken out of art class (I supposed she realize that I was nowhere near Van Gogh in the making) and dance lessons. I continued with piano lessons and only extra tuition classes that I really truly need. More importantly, I was genuinely happy with the arrangement.

My mum is a fair lady. Whatever lessons I got, my sisters went through it too. My youngest sister, at a very young age has given her thoughts specifically about piano lessons (and other lessons as well). She told my mum that she wasn't interested at all in learning the piano and the exams are stressful (right, forgot to mention that part where we had to go through the official exams, which puts a lot of stress to an activity that might seem relaxing and fun). So eventually, my mum took her out of lessons. 10 years later, she admitted to my mum that she regretted not following through with her lessons.

The point I'm getting at is, I believe that there has to be a balance between the things we offer to our children versus the things they like. I'll admit, when I was 10 and forced to take piano exams, I didn't like playing the piano at all. But as I grew older and when I understand and learned more about the beauty of music, I genuinely enjoyed playing the piano. If there was a more flexible option of just learning how to play without the exams, I might have enjoyed it even more when I was younger.

If the kid knows right from the start what he or she likes, that's great. But perhaps there are things that they they don't know and haven't discover that they like yet. And sometimes persistence do pay off. It is always finding that balance that is tough.


GREAT article! Great wisdom about training there.. really on point.

we try and let the kids have plenty of unstructured time… all their friends are in multiple sports, but not our kids. Our daughter asked to go to an art class once a week. We said as long you want to, yes. That’s it.
They do their homework, yes, but then they play together, or alone, or do errands with us, or play games with us, go on walks, watch the iPdas... whatever makes sense for them that day… so the weekends are very open for them. We figure they need the downtime to be.. kids.

I love this "To a hungry man give a piece of bread and not thirty one flavors, else he will throw up." Anand P Shah

Thank you for sharing, my friend

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