Dutdot.com is 3 years old! Belated happy birthday!

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Posted on : 29-01-2012 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, Mompreneurs

Hello.

I’ve been heavily swamped with lots of work and preparations for our upcoming international and local flights this end of month. I’ve totally forgotten my blog’s 3rd year birthday! Ugh.

So this year 2012 marks my 3rd year of blogging at dutdot.com. I’ve been an absentee blogger lately because of personal and professional commitments. But I can say that I’m grateful that this blog has surpassed the 3-year itch! Hurrah to 300 more years of blogging.

I can’t blog for more today since I’m busily preparing for our travel to my home country two days from now. I’ll update soon.

New year’s resolution: “Formal” Homeschooling 2012

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I have been informally homeschooling my two daughters from 3rd trimester on my tummy up to now — my first born at 2.9yo and my youngest at barely seven months. The problem, however, with not having a curriculum to follow is that anything goes, anytime, and anywhere. Although I didn’t call it “homeschooling”, I think the kind of developmental milestones that I am seeing on my daughters (esp. my 1st born) will fall into the category of homeschooling. My toddler sings, dances, watches movies, talks in English, sometimes Spanish, and Arabic, plays with her toys, solves puzzles, plays the piano, and guitar, watches youtube, plays with the iPad, iPhone apps, and now, the laptop (although occasionally).

For over a year now, I’ve been looking for the pre-school or nursery to enroll my 1st born. She’s now 2.9, and has been “pretending” to read. She recognizes the letters, the alphabets, and knows some phonics, but when it comes to teaching her how to read, she does it on her own. She doesn’t want to be taught! She’s so independent (a trait that I can also see in my 6months old), you know, almost in all aspects of her life. The only thing that she doesn’t know at this stage of her life is to bath herself, but she knows how to brush her teeth, wash her hands and face, change her clothes, remove her soiled diaper (she still uses diaper especially when she sleeps), prepare her milk (I saw that when she prepared her milk, and I got too excited and maybe she got too nervous that she threw the milk from the bottle). She also knows the word “exercise”, and what it means, and she does find time to exercise by following Leslie Sansone’s DVDs. Recently, I bought her a VCD containing Jazz steps for kids. She’s not much into it yet, but I think she’ll love it, too, soon.

I thought that by enrolling my 1st born to a nursery or playschool will make her learn more. But I think that I’ll just continue and upgrade what she’s learning at home (from me, if her mood is right), and mostly from herself, and other DVDs/VCDs. Why? I don’t think it would be a good idea to let her start formal education outside home. We’re living overseas, and majority of the playgroups, nurseries that I found (online) were far from where we are residing. I really don’t want to stress out my child in commuting everyday or every other day.

So for 2012, I resolve to “really” focus on her “homeschooling”. I’ll create a curriculum (Overseas Homeschooling Curriculum) for her that we’ll follow for a year, and let’s see about the developments. I’ll also check if there’s an online homeschooling curriculum that my toddler can follow.

Why the sudden focus on formally homeschooling my toddler and baby (not much formal homeschooling though since the youngest is just 6months old)?

I’m a firm believer of lifelong learning, and early learning. But this quote has enlightened me more than ever.

Now is the only early childhood you will ever be able to share with your child.  These are golden years. It might be worthwhile to once again thoughtfully consider how you really want to spend your time.  What could you put off until later in order to maximize and preserve these few precious years with your child?  Your sacrifice today will mean a stronger academic and emotional future tomorrow.  Your love, time and attention mean so much.  In a child’s world, there is simply no substitute for you!

~ Jane Claire Lambert

After all, it’s just a matter of proper allocation of time. Now, it’s time to put into good use the 8 triple rule I read long ago but haven’t practiced yet: 8-8-8 (8 hours for my work & personal development); 8 hours for my sleep and home obligations); 8 hours for my family (recreation, bonding, homeschooling, catching up).

How about you moms? How do you divide your time? What’s your take about homeschooling?

Speak-Kuwaiti Book.

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Posted on : 04-01-2012 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Kuwait Events, Networking for Moms

My Speak-Kuwaiti copy is here!

I’ll post a review soon.

Happy 2012. Happy Leap Year!

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2012. New Year. Leap Year.

I wasn’t aware that today’s year is leap year until I read it at WIKIPEDIA. This means, there’s an extra day for February – 29. So today’s year is not a common year.

I guess 2012 will be my year, too, for my professional growth as WAHM. I just purchased (Free Order) a domain from my hosting. It’s a beautiful gift at the start of this year. I will work on that new domain over the next few days prior to releasing it on my 3rd year as WAHM. How time flies. I still remember that fateful day of Jan 2009 when I vowed to never work for anyone else anymore. I am not closing my door for my dream job (international field). But for now, I feel blessed. I am blooming where I am planted. I just feel grateful that I can spend much time with my kids but lately though I have been busy with my deadlines at work.But at least, my kids get to see me most of the time – at home.

I have to catch up with my readings, too. I want to devote an hour everyday to finish my readings. I also would like to start, really start sewing my kids’ dresses (from scratch). I have so much to do but I need not overwhelm myself. Looking back over the past years, especially the year 2011 that has just recently passed, I realized how important time is. It just passes through so quickly, and if we’re not aware of how we peruse our time, we’d end up wasting most of it.

I haven’t prepared much for my goal setting for 2012 because I was beating a deadline on the eve of New Year. But, I didn’t let Dec31 pass without drafting a general goal for 2012. I was able to cover almost all aspects of my life in my goals for 2012, but I have yet to simplify them and make them more specific and attainable given the time frame of one year.

It’s important at the onset of the new year to have a clear path to tackle throughout the year. As much as possible, it should be on a daily plan scale and also should include a large scale – say plan for the whole year on what to achieve and how to achieve them. And if you have toddlers or children who will study a few years from the current year, it’s important to incorporate them as well. I still am battling with the dilemma on where should we really be living two years from now. It’s because two years from now, my 1st born will enter school. She’ll be 5 then, and I want her to have a good start at school. This year, I should (rather my hubby and I) be able to finally know where to settle — here or there. It’s just a matter of proper timing and execution.

Today’s the 4th of Jan. 2012. So far, so good.  The first three days of this month have been productive for me. I accomplished much, and worked so hard that last night (actually at 3am), I decided to declare Wednesday as my day off. This is the good thing of working for oneself. You can declare your own day offs without asking for anyone’s approval.

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope to post frequently here.