Living in the modern world today with almost everything concrete and covered with asphalt, it is no surprise that we push our children indoors instead of outdoors.
Hectic family life, heavily scheduled weekdays, and never-ending schoolwork are perhaps some of the factors why many families tend to keep their activities indoors. As a result, most kids lack the opportunities to see, feel and learn from the nature since they spend most of their time at home or in the classrooms.
What then happens to their tension or stress? Will they go unnoticed?
And then, the sedentary and most convenient activity for them at home will be the television or video games. No need to go out, no need for parents to entertain the kids. Just let them be with the TV or games, and that should pretty much keep them occupied.
I am pretty sure I have mentioned this before but let me just reiterate my point one more time.
I CRINGE WHENEVER I SEE MY GIRLS WATCHING THE TV OR PLAYING GAMES VIA THE HANDPHONE OR IPAD.
And do you think I am sorry for that?
Of late, we have gone back to nature, and we are really enjoying it so far. Now, do note that I am not so much of an outdoor person. I get into a panic attack each time I see a trickle of sweat on my forehead. But I also do realize that that trickle of sweat will not kill me. Besides, what’s a trickle of sweat compared to the neverending joy that these activities can bring to my darling girls?
Outdoor activities help kids to relief the hidden elements of stress, most importantly. Sharleez especially, has been really occupied with school ever since she started primary school. She hardly has time for play nowadays, and that got me worried for a bit.
I just want Sharleez and her sisters to let loose as much as possible.
Forget the rules. Forget the do’s and don’ts.
Studies have also shown that kids who spend most of their time indoors doing activities like playing games or watching tv are more prone to getting sick more frequently as compared to children who participate in outdoor games or activities.
OUR KIDS NEED ALL THE FRESH AIR THEY CAN GET!
Just yesterday, Tatek and I were planning where to bring the girls to. Tatek suggested going to the movies initially, but I thought we could do better than that in terms of planning something more meaningful for our three girls. I mean, I am very particular about the time I get to spend alone on days when Tatek and the girls are not around – I make sure I get to do stuff which I truly enjoy doing like reading and the works. So when the time comes for us to spend it together as a family, I make sure we get to do something that EVERYONE enjoys as well. Activities like going to the movies and indoor playgrounds can potentially turn into routines, and we wouldn’t want that.
SO WE WENT LONGKANG FISHING!
The last time we went longkang fishing, the girls were still very small. They lost interest after a few minutes and started whining. I remember ending up catching the fish instead.
Yesterday was different. The girls were especially excited when we told them that we would be catching guppies in the small pond. To make it more exciting for them, I even turned it into a competition. In this case, the person with the most number of fish would win. No prize or anything for the winner; it was all done in the name of fun.
But because it was a competition, my girls were truly gung-ho about it and were so focused throughout. Tatek and I were not even allowed to borrow their fishing nets for more than three seconds. LOL.
Mysha was super serious about catching that she ended up catching only three fish. LOL.
In fact, there was even one time where Sharleez exclaimed to me, “Mummy go and get your own net and catch your own fish la.”
$4 per person for 30 minutes of longkang fishing.
Fishing net and bucket provided.
MAINLAND TROPICAL FISH FARM.
No.1 Pasir Ris Farmway 1,Singapore 519352
Telephone: (65) 62873883, 65843643, 65812550
Fax (65) 62884200.
You might also want to try the Pasir Ris Kids’ Kampong, which I personally prefer due to the more kid-friendly environment and activities there. Click HERE for more information.
Do not worry if you do not catch any fish or enough fish because they will give you more fishes in the oxygen-packed bag, which you get to bring home.
You can even purchase the fish food at $1 for a small packet to feed the Koi fish.
Myreen caught the most number of fish yesterday, just for the record. And she was also the most relaxed one throughout. No pressure, no nothing. Just plain good fun!
Oh, what happened to these three bags of fish?
Did we bring them home? YES.
Did we transfer them into a fish bowl? NO.
Did we fry them and serve them with nasi lemak? NO.
Did they survive? NOT ALL. SOME ALREADY RIP THIS MORNING.
I was telling my girls that the fish they caught would not survive for long if we were to keep them at home. The girls got all so worried and asked whether there was anything that we could do.
“Yes, we could release them back into the longkang and let them be free.”
And we decided to do just that today. Believe it or not, that was our main agenda today. Before Tatek went out for the SuperShiok delivery, he said the following to me.
“B, go and get ready. Later we go out with the girls to release the fish.”
We went to Pasir Ris Canal, and boy were we excited to see that the water level was very, very low. Must be due to the dry spells. So what does this mean?
WE WENT RIGHT DOWN TO THE CANAL TO RELEASE THE FISH!
My god, it was so fun! The adrenaline rush when I was down there was indescribable.
At this point, you must be wondering where Sharleez was, right?
Well, she did not want to go down because she feared the police might come and catch us. LOL.
Good job girls for setting the fish free! I am so sure you girls must have felt really glad and relieved right after you did that good act.
See, nature can provide our kids with a sense of wonder, and a deeper understanding of their responsibility to take care of the Earth and the things around them. When we as adults model admiration and respect for the natural world, our kids will do just the same. And that will in turn help to shape them to become more compassionate and responsible individuals, don’t you think? Some life lessons are best taught in the most subtle way possible.
And oh, let’s learn some English together while we are at it.
“Fish” can imply singular or plural, e.g. one fish, five fish of the same species
“Fishes” can imply many individual fish(es) of differing species
So now do you understand why I was using fish instead of fishes throughout my blog post?
So do not go emailing me to tell me that it should be fishes instead of fish. :S
LIKE WHAT THE FISH, MAN?!
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