Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Good, cute little sponges.

I once saw a documentary on tv that showed how some children (who has just started school) behaved during their meal times. They were like showing the differences between children in Japan and America.

Japanese children: sat in tidy rows, in their cute uniform. They sat quietly while the food was served by.... their classmates! Everyone waited patiently until all the serving was done and after saying their “thanks” (together), they began eating, without much fuss. They were so cute. Once done, everyone delivered their own tray to the washing station. Tables; very clean!!

American children: sat in tables of fours. No cute uniform. Not sitting quietly. Happily playing, jumping and shouting at each other while food was served, by the canteen staff. They started eating immediately when food was served to them. Don’t have to wait. Some started mini food fight. They were so fun to watch! Once done, some delivered their trays to the washing station. The rest left them on the table. Big clean up for canteen staff.

Dad said that the show was about different lifestyles and cultures. There is no right or wrong. No one is better or worst... he he. I like my dad.

Dad said that children before school already learned lots of things from their parents. They are like very good, cute little sponges. They absorb everything they hear and see, including whatever is from the television. They also pick up vibrations of love, kindness, gentleness, anger, silliness or whatever from those around them. They do nothing else day and night but just absorb and absorb. They maybe playing with their toys or watching you washing your car, but they are... Absorbing! So, don’t think that kids are just doing nothing much. They are very busy people... he he.

I know that. Even when I am doing nothing, I am doing something... he he.

Dad said that, stuff that has already being absorbed will not come out easily. Maybe if you squeeze the sponges so very hard, it might. Aiyoh! Oops, that was my idea.

Dad said that whenever he got upset, he always made sure that he was not around me, in case I absorb all his upset-ness. He he.

by small bright head

27 comments:

napaboaniya said...

I agree that different cultures work differently on our minds.
How the Japanese are all brought up mostly with great manners in greetings and stuff.That's one thing about them that I admire :)

napaboaniya said...

Sorry, I forgot to add....
I love your blog's header picture!! :)
Cute!

Big Bright Head said...

thanks napaboaniya.. usually first time commenter gets a free hamper. but due to the recent fuel price hike, that is all canceled... he he

eastcoastlife said...

I must be like your Dad, go somewhere to rant and vent so my son will not absorb my bad anger management.

You're like my son, like to write about parent and child relationship, except my son isn't good at expressing himself.

speak in doodles said...

hehe...I kept thinking of sponge bob and how I want to squeenze him >.<
American children are able to be more relaxed and free. Is that a bad thing?

goolypop said...

In that case, parents have to tell the kids they are sponges, make them fully understand how dangerous that can be.. and train them to be able to de-sponge negative elements. Easier said than done! But awareness is the key word here ;)

4MalMal said...

this is so true, about the different cultures and sponge. I think the french kids are more like the Japanese. Quite surprising for me. I realised not all ang mohs are the same :)

Big Bright Head said...

eastcoastlife: children are really like sponges especially the younger ones... he he

speak in doodle: just different, no good or bad. better or worst..

goolypop: how to de-sponge them.. squeeze them la...

4malmal:totally agree.. those from europe are again different.

Lyn said...

i agree children are sponges. LOL we were blessed in our children. When we are out and we see children misbehaving, my husband always says its the parents fault

claire said...

so how often does yr dad get upset? i dont think its much cos u r always so vibrant and amusing.. :)
about the jap and the whites, surely the wide difference..cos of the east and the west..

zekerene said...

i agreed with wat ur dad said, no right or wrong, just different. I better behave good in front of my dotter, she mite be absorbing o.O

HN said...

I agreed with what Lyn said preciously: Children are sponges :)They are reflecting how parents are behaving on their daily routine.

p/s: Btw, I really *love* your blog header!

Sandhya said...

beautiful blog and lovely post! you expressed yourself very nicely!

Agnes Chan said...

hi there.. thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend!!

My Bug Life said...

Hi! Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Loved your blog header...so cute!

Pink Cotton said...

i think children absorb those bad stuffs faster than the good stuffs...haha

Annie Q said...

hahhaa, totally agree with you. Children are like cute little sponge, they absorb everything they see, they observe. Just like my two boys, they pick up my bad habit! hahahhahahahah

Big Bright Head said...
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Big Bright Head said...

lyn, thanks for coming all the way from USA. your husband has a point too...

claire: m'sian and s'porean are kinda of inbetween hor...

zekerene: not in front of daughter also must behave well.. he he

hn: you are so right.

sandhya: you have a nice blog too. will be stalking you already.. he he

agnes chan: thank you.. you too

my bug life: thanks for dropping in. first time commenter gets a hamper..... (waiting) oh, expired now.. he he

pink cotton: yah, somehow bad ones faster hor.. maybe becos got more bad ones la..

annie q: burping, not really consider as bad habit lei.. he he..

Yling said...

why is everyone earlier than me this time? i wonder what angel would be like when she starts school. i like both jap and us style. glad that m'sia is between them.

Posh Totty said...

Great blog, I will be popping in more regular now I know you are here :o) Xx

Big Bright Head said...

yling: in between is good too... he he

posh totty: thank you for dropping in.. love to see you back here again...

Me said...

Hey... saw ur comment in Nicole's post... jus wanna inform there is Stinky taufu in Malaysia... Which is in IPoh.....

Is in two pasar malam.... on tues is near pasar malam near tesco in Ipoh.... On weds is near the pasar malam near stadium....

Pinky_piglet said...

hmmm, cant remember, which type of the kids i look like when i was a kid....

Chobits said...

Big bright head, what a cute name! XD Glad that you have such understanding and kind dad. Appreciate every moment with him k. ~Cheer~

Alice Teh said...

Small Bright Head, that's a really nice dad you have there. God bless him! :)

DinoEgg said...

I prefer the American way hehe~ BUT when it comes to my own son.... i wish he would behave like the Japanese way... so contradicting.

Children... to quiet n polite I dun like, too loud n rough i also dun like. Abit of in between?? Too difficult to find 1 hehehe~

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