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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

He Earned It!

When he got his 3 exam papers (Chinese, English & Science) back last week, my boy was disappointed as he didn't get a single full score in any of the papers.  The previous related post is here.  He scored 95% and above in the 3 papers with Science (Chinese) scoring 99%. Hahaha..  Sei mou.. only one mark away to qualify for the reward.  To reward or not to reward him?  In fact, I wanted to get him the aquarium even before we tied the deal but I thought it would a good idea to make him earn it so that he would appreciate his reward more.

My boy makes us proud as he didn't appeal nor did he attempt to sweet talk us into getting it anyway.  He knows and accepts he will not get the reward if the conditions are not met and he is perfectly ok with it.  Nevertheless, deep down, my heart melted when I looked at his sad face and tempted to get it for him.  Daddy advised me against it saying I would convey the wrong message if I went ahead and got him his reward even when the expectation was not met.  Well, he has got his points there and since my boy didn't make a fuss, I took it as fate but my mind was working hard trying to convince myself to get him the aquarium anyway... Hmmm... as X'mas gift perhaps. LOL...

Last evening, when I went to pick him up from school, while walking back to the car,

Ian : Mommy, I have something very exciting to tell you. 
Mommy: Yes?
Ian: Wait until we get into the car.. something very exciting! This cheeky boy of ours.  How much he wanted to keep me in suspense but unfortunately his tone has betrayed him. Hahaha..  As soon as he gets into the car, he digs out his BM paper. Deng.. deng..  I got 100%!  Can we go and buy the aquarium now?
Mommy: We must go home, eat, shower and then go with daddy.
Ian: Yay!

We are so happy for him, not because of the 2 exam papers that he aced but the taste of success has definitely given a huge boost to his confidence.... this is what matters and it's priceless..

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Anonymous miche said...

wow! 100% for BM...congrats!!!
now, please share me ur tips on how you teach ur son BM. i'm a nyonya and my girl is pretty week in BM. :(

November 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

I am really impressed by Ian, not soley his academy performance, but his attitude. You too do a great job in parenting. Your husband must reward you too, after rewarding Ian.

November 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger mNhL said...

Congratulations to Ian! Yay! Finally he got an aquarium. Mummy and daddy taught him well !

November 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger eugene said...

Bravo Ian,, encouragement and kind words sure go a long way,,, kudos to you too,, a job well done

November 3, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Alice Law said...

Congratulation to ian, that's a stunning performance!

November 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Annie Q said...

Well done Ian!! I can imagine his happy face when his wish/dream come true to get an aquarium!

Well done mummy!

November 3, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Anonymous suituapui said...

Hooray for Ian!!! Pat on the back. Don't forget to make him promise to clean it once a week and change the water...or at least help dad/mum to do it - considering that he's still small. Good chance to teach responsibility and for parent-child bonding. I've seen fathers doing everything...while the kids enjoy sitting there, relaxing and watching television...

November 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger michelle@mybabybay said...

He saves the day for you. He is definitely a smart boy. BM so hard to score can get 100%. Kudos to him and he deserve it!

November 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Shenny's mommy said...

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah, Ian Boleh!

November 3, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats to him! yay for aquarium! heheheh

November 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Anonymous jessie said...

Well done, Ian. And well done, mommy too. I believe you've been doing a fantastic parenting job...look at Ian's achievements :-)

November 3, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Inspired Momx1 said...

Miche: I had the same problems too before he had his 1st exam this year when I realized he didn't know the meaning of most of the words. He got all correct in his workbooks simply because teacher made them copied from the blackboard! From then on, he has a book to write down vocabs that he's yet to master and I practice those words with him every now and then. Apart from English books, I also make sure he reads books in BM and Chinese too. When exams approach, that's the time to practise on the workbooks I got for him from the bookshop. I may sound kiasu but what choice have we got, rite? *sighs*

November 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Chew Lee said...

well done, Ian.... way to go...

I have to agree with your hubs on the advice he gave u. Ian indeed earned the reward.. He is sure a happy boy...

November 6, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

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