Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My Little Girl Goes to Preschool

My little princess finally started preschool. We decided it would be the perfect time for her, it's summer session, so they have both work and play at the same time. She'll be acclaimated slowly into the academic world and not be in-shock. She went for her first day last week, and guess what... she didn't cry! I said, ok, that's great, her sister didn't really cry on her first day. Big sister cried on her 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th days.

On her 2nd day, or should I say, supposed to be 2nd day, she got an infection on her eye, so she ended up not going to school. So, today was her second day. Let's see, I called her when she got home and she said that she had fun, she played with her "friends" but was a little "shy". I asked, "Did you cry?" she said, "No Mommy!" (with all the confidence she can muster). Oh well, my little princess, I guess, she really is getting older... she didn't cry.

Can't wait for her 3rd day.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Own Lunch

There was a story of 3 men who were tired of the having the same fare for lunch each and everyday. They all said that if they got the same meal for lunch the next day, they would jump off the building they were working on. The next day, one by one they opened their lunch and each of them found the same kind of meal from yesterday. Yes, they all jumped off the building and died. During their funeral, their wives conferred and 2 of them realized that if they only knew, if their husbands only told them that they wanted a different kind of meal, the wives would have cooked differently. However, the one other spouse sobbed more, cried more, so the other 2 asked why? She replied and said, that it was her husband who actually prepared his own lunch each and everyday!

In life, "all of us prepare our own lunch." If we don't like our jobs, if we don't like the state of our relationships, if we don't like what's happening to our spiritual lives - we have no one to blame but ourselves. Because God has given us free will. He has given us the power to prepare our own lunch. If you want to earn more and be free from debt, if you're sick and tired of your bad habits, if we want to put more joy in our marriages, if we want to grow in our relationship with God - then go back to your kitchen and prepare yourself another dish. Because, you design your own future. You create your own destiny. Ask yourself what kind of future you want to have? What kind of life? What kind of eternity? You decide. YES, we can decide. BUT IT's EASIER SAID THAN DONE. No further comments.

Why Firstborn Children Are Smarter

Read this from Dinesh D'Souza

We are in an age of self-esteem, which is why only firstborns should read this article. It reports on new research that has found that the oldest child tends to be the smartest one in the family. Years ago psychologist Frank Sulloway published a book on this politically incorrect subject, and the latest studies corroborate his research.

In a way we are surprised to find out that eldest children are brighter. After all, siblings come out of the same gene pool and we might presume that they share pretty much the same upbringing and social environment. Still, the facts are that even children close in age raised in the same household are very different in many respects. One respect is that firstborns tend to be Numero Uno when it comes to brains. As a firstborn myself, I find this reassuring.
Eldest children seem to have IQs that are, on average, three points greater than those of the next smartest sibling. For second, third and fourth-borns who will no doubt write to inform me that they happen to be the smartest in their family, the term "average" means that this is a general trend and does not apply to every situation. By way of analogy, men are taller than women and it is no refutation of this general observation to point out that Eleanor is five feet eleven inches and Fred is 4 feet six.

The interesting question is why firstborns tend to be smarter. The main reason seems to be that firstborns get their parents' undivided attention, while subsequent children have to compete for mom and dad's time. This fact also has psychological consequences: firstborns tend to be conservative and believe in the system. Second and third children are typically more rebellious and also in some ways more creative. So when you run into guys like Michael Moore--creative but not very smart--ask if they are second, third or fourth in their family.

The new research also shows that when there are younger children in the house, the intellectual level gets "dumbed down" and therefore firstborns who share the home with other children are slightly less intelligent than firstborns who are only children. Asked what society should do about these findings, Sulloway answers, "Nothing." I agree. We firstborns tend to come out ahead and we'd like to keep it that way.

Thanks for the information Dinesh, it's reassuring, you're right. Obviously, I'm a firstborn too.

Relationships vs Achievements

Yesterday, as I was listening to the radio, a comment was made that people should start concentrating and working on their "people relationships" rather than spending a lot of their time on "achievements"...

Made me think though... I have a wonderful husband, 2 lovely kids, a loving family all-together, reliable and time-tested friends, I guess I've done a lot on people relationships. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind if I concentrated on achievements now.

Maybe, that would help me get to the "SELF" I've been trying to make "whole".