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Faith to a 5yr old – a good thing to sponge?

….and so the seed of thought was planted!

Trivial Pursuit Question: “What name is given to energy taken from the Sun”?
My 5 year old son answers: “God

An innocent answer from an innocent soul. It got me thinking, what actually triggered him to answer that question in this way. Although he was unable to explain why, I nevertheless embarked on trying to understand his logic (as parents often do).

Had we been responsible in some way? Not wanting to make this post sound religious, it provided some evidence towards the fact that how we perceive the notion of God, at home, has been gently absorbed by our children. We have strong beliefs in our religion, Sikhism, however that bores out of our own understanding and respect.

…..and so there will always remain two schools of thought !

That God created the Universe and everything contained within it, or that the very existence of what we know and what we yet don’t know was the result of complex atoms, protons and big bang explosions (note I am not an expert in the Sciences or did I take the liberty to research the net just to form that last sentence).
I respect science and this something we cannot move away from. However I am also fortunate to have the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh Holy Scripture) in our lives from which to derive logic and understanding.

…..and so there remains a challenge

I find it’s a hard balance to strike, I reason with my children that although how the elements function in this world and beyond may have a scientific explanation behind it, to a degree, there is definitely a force that navigates our destiny to an extent. Now you may say, if I can’t see, I can’t believe. But then we are not close enough yet to feel I guess. I am not a confused individual and neither do I want my children to grow up like one, but it’s important that they take the time to learn themselves with guidance from us, not to an extent that it becomes over consuming.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Sikhs’ first Guru, explains that in this age, the age I am in now, will view those “mad” who talk about religion. Our lives are advancing so much so quickly that we may almost fall into the trap of thinking we are the core reason of this entire existence…but then I am still learning so what would I know…

This post was inspired by an inspirational moment triggered by an inspirational individual. Thanks

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Summer Holidays Over, How We Kept Them Busy

For a large majority of school kids in the UK, today will be their first day back to either their existing school or a new school.  Having just been off the phone to my wife, she recounted scenes of some kids crying because of new teachers or no teachers.  Anyway, I am sure most parents will be glad to see their children back in the school routine and Summer holidays now over.

I must admit, for the first time, we felt that the Summer break did run through quickly, but this was down to some shrewd planning and kind help from family.  So, how did we achieve this? Continue reading “Summer Holidays Over, How We Kept Them Busy”

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Were you this Passionate about something as a kid?

A few nights ago, as I was sitting upstairs listening to some music, suddenly there’s this ruffle sound coming from the hallway downstairs.  It would then stop, then start up again, it was as if something was being arranged, re-arranged.  I turned down the music and made my way downstairs, no sound now, no trace of anyone/anything.  I dismissed it!

The next morning, I open the shoe cupboard in the hallway, the top drawer where my shoes are kept only to find this… Continue reading “Were you this Passionate about something as a kid?”

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At home, we have a human parrot

What better way but to start with the definition of a parrot:

A copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated

Well, this is the perfect description of our 2 1/2 yr old.  We started noticing this some weeks back, how he would jump on the very last word any of us used in a sentence.  However, he wouldn’t jump on saying that single word, he would waffle a sentence that included that word.  Ok, I have parents all over the world nodding, been there, seen it, but it’s actually so funny which then turns into so annoying.

We then decided to run an experiment.  In the car, while driving, our little one started copying our eldest, he was in the groove so I asked my eldest to make up a sentence and see how his little brother coped.  It was hilarious, our little one was spot on, it was like an echo!

We have now moved onto words containing 14 letters or more, the results are staggering.

Human Parrott Experiment continues……

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When relationships go bad, “Kids” must be protected

In the space of 1 week, I managed to travel forward in time to see the impact of something that happened in the past, and to see how something that is happening now, may end up being the future.  Confused?  I bet!

  Continue reading “When relationships go bad, “Kids” must be protected”