Source Website: http://www.todayonline.com/Columns/EDC110904-0000190/Surprise---your-kids-might-teach-you-something-back
By Christopher Toh, email@example.com, 04:45 AM Sep 04, 2011
PHOTO: Surprise – your kids might teach you something back
Art by Yen Yok, Copyright © MediaCorp Press Ltd
There's the obvious financial planning that's needed, which starts from even before the baby is born until death do you part. And trust me, it doesn't get any easier unless you win the next S$10-million Toto draw - every year for the next 10 years.
PHOTO: Tiger Mum
But what surprised me was how much we parents actually can learn from our kids, even as we're teaching them life lessons. And it's not just rediscovering the joys of playing with toy cars or paper aeroplanes or the like. There are some quite tangible aspects too.
And since my sons have been playing the "mathematics CD", I now know how to sing the multiplication table in the key of D.
"Go and clean up your room."
"What?" Eyes still glued to the page.
"Stop reading now and go clean up!"
"Why are you shouting?"
PHOTO: There's the key lesson every parent eventually learns: Patience.
Christopher Toh, Today's deputy features editor, is a beleaguered father of a three- and a five-year-old.
- Today On Sunday, Sunday, September 4, 2011, Page 12, Parenttoparent, Column