Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Power of Encouragements

We spent a day (well, half actually) at my brother-in-law's place recently. Surprised to know that my two elder nieces woke up at noon during their school holiday. I myself woke up around 10am only when I was their age... Ooooops.

The second niece Miss H was playing on the piano. She played well but not quite confident though. I decided to sit beside her and gave her some encouragements instead. I helped her with the tempo and praised her when she did well.


Amazingly, she played better after that, more confident I mean. My wife watched from behind and told me the changes after we'd left. That's what encouragements and praises can do to a child's self-confidence.

Miss R is 4 years old and is in the process of learning on how to write A, B, C. All the adults were chatting, paying little attention to this young cutie pie. Lacking attention, she was unable to focus and a bit reluctant in doing the practices. I sat next to her and took some photos.

Upon realizing that her Uncle Josh is paying attention on her, she started to show me what she was doing.
"I want to write A, see it got three strokes, oneee, ttwwoooo, and threeeeee." She chanted while following the dotted lines of the strokes.
I smiled and said, "Hey, that's beautiful! You'd already wrote four 'A's, let see how many 'A's can you write."

"I can write a lot!" she claimed and continued to write her beautiful 'A's.
"One, twooo, threeee, fouurrrr..........twenty eightt... twenty nineee....... " We counted the 'A's together.
"Yeaayy... another one to go to reach thirty!" I said excitedly.
She was encouraged, and wrote forty 'A's in the end. Contended.

I gave her a big clap. she smiled proudly.

Wow, raising a child and nurture their self-confident is not an easy job. Full attention by the parents are definitely required. A little encouragement does push people to walk extra miles. That's the Power of Encouragements.

p/s. The power of Encouragements applies to adults too.

24 comments:

nazzman ibrahim said...

papa josh leh ajar nazz main piano tak!!!!!!!!!!hehehe

suw said...

agree agree :)

Josh said...

[Nazz] Boleh, bayar dulu yer, RM50 sejam. ;-D

[Suw] Yup, encouragement does matter.

Inah said...

pls give me some word of encouragement :)

Ms B said...

Words of encouragement do wonders to kids. I can see how much my girl has grown and benefited from the edu system here.

I never impose her to do things, unlike most parents back home (tuition, piano, language etc. when can they play?). Instead, she takes initiative to develop her own interests. At present, she's learning violin and mandarin at school (the school subsidizes. Not bad for an English school, eh?)

Tropical Banana said...

Oh <3 my sisters are soo cute.
Where am I? Haha.

Words of encouragement,
rare in today's world.

budleee said...

aww josh, you would make a great father..

so...

get busy.. now !!!! :p

Faisal Admar said...

didn't know you can play piano! i love richard clayderman tau! can you beat him? nanti tolong main ballade pour adeline for me can ar?

btw, i want to praise my niece too! she loves books.

Anak Jawa said...

josh perlukan penyanyi ker?
AJ offer baik punyaaaa

*** mati ler sibuk2 nk nyanyi!!!

PUTUBAMBU said...

now you know..!

yazrie said...

Kannn...WELCOME TO THE CLUB..!! Sekarang baru tau kan bukan senang nk nurture and encourage kids..Hehehehe

Hairie Otai said...

LUV this entry.. thanks Josh! ;)

Josh said...

[Inah] Go Inah, Go!! ;-P

[Ms B] Wow, that's great for your children. And Yah, nice school! Can I attend the school?? ;-P

[Miss banana] Yah, they're cute, just like their elder sister. Seen her before??
Since it's rare, why don't u multiply them?

Josh said...

[Bud] Huh??? i AM busy! ;-D

[Faisal] I don't play piano actually, i play other musical intruments. That's why I know the tempo and tune thingy.

[AJ] Nak, josh nak penyanyi OPERA CINA! AJ boleh??

[Putu] Yes, now I know!... aiyooo....

Josh said...

[Yaz] Yaaaa cikgu. Cikgu anak berapa?? hehehe
Naper cikgu tak pernah encourage Josh??

[Hairie] Thanks bro!

rerama salju said...

Josh ,nak jadi jiran u blh tak?tolong encourage my son to study...

:: NbC :: said...

agree..

(patut lah rasa slow je keje ni, kurang encouragement & inspiration may be)

hehehehe

kak ja said...

Entry yg dipersembahkan secara bersahaja tp hasilnya cukup menarik.. Tahniah, Josh!!

Anak2 Josh nanti mmg bertuah dpt u sbg ayah!!

Anak Jawa said...

suara kita yg lemak merdu ni disuruhnya nyanyi lagu opera cina.

aiyooo, suara AJ ni dah masuk tv tau!!!!! kih kih kih

Josh said...

[Rerama] Your son x suka study ye?? ROTAAAAN... ! hahahaha... just joking. Actually, I got a friend with such child, memang anak dia tu x suka study. So, he parents took turn to spend time with the child, only to find out that he had been scolded by the teacher, "Awak ni pemalas!"... aiyooo....
Now the son is picking up.

[Pinky] Go Pinky Go!... erm... i still think Dr. Chen can encourage you better. hehehe

[Kak Ja] The sifu is talking, tenkiu sifu!

[AJ] Ye ke??? (buat-buat tak tau...) hehehe..
Tau suara AJ merdu, tu ler nak test sesuai buat opera cina ke tak. Boleh?

Ad said...

wah..next alicia key

Josh said...

[Ad] Hahaha.... Alicia Kunci kot. Dia kurang pandai pasal nyanyi-nyanyi ni.

yazrie said...

chaiyookkk..chaiyoookkk...see? i encourage u now.. hehehehhe

Josh said...

[Yaz] suddenly I felt encouraged!