Last Thursday, the first day of 2009, me and my wife brought Ikhwan, our son, to his new primary school, located between our house and our workplace. Time moved so fast and out of a sudden, my son is now entering standard one in a decent primary school. I still remembered the feeling when I was at his age, very eager to go to school. I climbed my fathers closet to try out my metal school badge. It was such an exciting moment. However, now, all the school badges are mostly cloth or cotton and either stick or stitch to the uniform. Some of the present school also have the student’s name tag attached to the uniforms as well.
A week before school, took a passport size photograph at studio.
Not just Ikhwan, Marsya, the second child of ours will continue her education in the same kindergarten – Tadika Ijazah. She’ll have another two years to go (including this year) before she enter the same primary school as his older brother. Alya, the youngest of all, will also join her sister in the kindergarten. She’s still too young but I decided to expose her earlier. She just turned 3 years old last November, so in January, she’s 3 years and 2 months old. I hope she’ll enjoy the pre-school life and can become independent earlier.
My son with me near the school canteen.
Ikhwan lining up with his new friends – new classmates. He is in 1 Bijak.
Ikhwan sits in the middle of the class.
Alya will be going to school tomorrow. She’s 3 years 2 months old.
That’s it, all three kids of ours are schooling. This is certainly going to be a different lifestyle for the family. We can now only take long quality holidays during the school break, unlike previously. We also have to properly coordinate the transportation arrangement for the kids. It’s a little bit tough because all of them have different schooling time. Check out their schedule:
Religion school: 0900 – 1030 Hrs Primary school: 1300 – 1830 hrs. Iqra’ – 2030 – 2100 hrs.
Marsya and Alya:
Kindergarten – 0800 -1100 hrs. Iqra’ – 2030 – 2100 hrs
Bringing Ikhwan for Friday prayers.
Nothing really new for Marsya. She’ll continue her kindergarten pre-education.
On top of that, Ikhwan is a boy and it’s my responsibility to bring him for Friday prayers every Friday afternoon. Luckily I have resigned my process engineering job in Pasir Gudang and moved in closer to my family with my new job. I have already brought him 3 times for Friday prayer so far and I’ll continue doing that until he can go by himself.
Training Ikhwan to change my Kancil flat tyre. He’s tightening the bolt.
Having three kids schooling for me is really changing our lifestyle. It’s easy to grow kids BUT it’s not easy to grow good and responsible kids who obeys the God, Islamic way of life and parents. Its really a challenge for us and we have to do everything right. We have to provide good education, good teaching, good example, good and halal food etc. We love them a lot but we don’t want to spoil them by giving them whatever they want. InsyaAllah, we’ll try our best to grow and lead them being a good Muslim, a good human being.
Trying hard using his body weight to tighten the bolt.
As I mentioned to my wife last week, our life can be segmented into few stages. I didn’t get this from anybody. I just thought about it while I was with Ikhwan performing Friday prayer last week. The stages in life which grows parallel with responsibility…
Stage 1: Age 0 – 6: We basically couldn’t remember anything. No responsibility at all.
Stage 2: Age 7 – 12: We begin our formal education and begin to gain confidence in life. Our learning curve increase and our creativity begins. We have small responsibility in our education.
Stage 3: Age 13 – 17: We begin searching our own identity and we’ll normally encounter an identity crisis at this stage. Still, the responsibility is mainly on our own education.
Stage 3: Age 18 – 23: We are nearly thinking as an adult. We are going to be a little bit more mature in thinking and various areas. We have reach our optimal physical shape. Some has responsibility to earn money to support family while some have to focus on his/her studies.
Stage 3: Age 24 – until married: We have a job and we are responsible on all our own action. Some have responsibility to assist their family and siblings. Some begin to focus seriously in career.
Stage 4: Married life – We have extra responsibilities towards our spouse and our in laws on top of our own family. We need to act like an adult as we are now having and growing our own family. We have to plan the financial cleverly and spend wisely. We’ll have kids and we have additional task to nurture and educate them.
Stage 5: Married life and children schooling – At this point, we have to be a really good example for our kids. Our kids are watching us and we also need to give them all the love and support that they need. We need to provide them all they need but not all they want. That’s a different in that, please figure it out yourself. Our time is controlled by the kids schooling schedule and we can only take long breaks during the school holidays. Hence, we better plan all our activities systematically, efficiently and effectively. At the same time, we need to perform well at work. We don’t want to get fired or not getting salary increament. Our kids are growing up and we need the money to feed them.
Stage 6: Married life and children turning teenagers – Have not reach that point yet.
Stage 7: Married life and children getting married – Have not reach that point yet.
Stage 7: Married life and getting grandchildren – Have not reach that point yet.
Yesterday, while having a nice lunch, my kids had roti bom. Ikhwan took his time to read newspaper. He was attracted to the accident that killed 10 people at Kelantan.
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