Independence and Monsters University

We were invited to watch Monsters University. Yes, it is that cool “MonstersInc” movie which we watched back in 2001, and remarked that Boon Xin looks like Boo (human girl).

You can read about Monsters University’s admission criteria here. But first, Daddy and Mummy wanted Boon Wee and Boon Kang to demonstrate some independence first. We need to know the kids are able to standup for themselves and more importantly, each other.

Our readers often hear Daddy nag that Singapore kids are too sheltered and comfortable (highlighted here and here). Are they able to face the “Real” world?

What are some of the simple activities which can encourage our kids to be more independent?
– walking two blocks to the convenience stall to buy bread.
– Waiting at gate, and bringing sibling back from school
– waiting at bus stop for younger sister
– bringing them across the road safely (Look Right, Look Left etc)
– washing their own utensils (cleanliness not up to standard yet :p )
– preparing milk for the younger siblings

Is the process simple? Maybe.
Is it necessary? Absolutely.

Throughout all these little actions, we are empowering the kids to think for themselves. One day, they have to make their own decisions. We can only bring them to a junction, but kids have to decide to turn left or right.

ps..
We are doing all these tasks in a controlled environment, and we sometimes tail the kids to make sure they follow our instructions. It is very common for European or US folks to send their young kids to fly home over ten hours by themselves.

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Back to our MRT train adventure. Boon Wee and Boon Kang took the train from Sengkang to Dhoby Ghaut to meetup with Daddy. After countless minders and reminders, we tell kids to stay together, at all cost 🙂

The first picture actually captures our text to each other. The boys wings hardened already, they dare to call Daddy Naggy!

Their reward? Movie night with Daddy 🙂
This is the prequel to the movie MonsterInc. Everything rewind back to ten years ago.
Young kids go to University to learn how to be “scarers”, their ideal job is to act Monsters and scare human kids 😡

How did Sullivan and Mike (the one eye monster) become best friends? They were always at loggerheads. How did they pull their team together, and raise up to expectations? The “OK” team proves everytimes that Teamwork Matters.

Video : Monsters University Triller

Just like the siblings in SengkangBabies, brothers and sister must work together and be there for each other.

Before we head home, we could not resist the ultra CUTE Yellow Despicables !

Monsters University start screening in Singapore from 20th Jun, and we would like to thanks Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Singapore for the preview.

Meanwhile, let Daddy Untick taking-MRT from Children’s to-do list.

Author: SengkangBabies

I am a Blogging Daddy of four. Our kids are roaming Singapore to bring you FUN, This blog is use to capture our kids' growing up phases, and we want you to leave our blog with a smile :)

2 thoughts on “Independence and Monsters University”

  1. Great post you guys are totally right it’s such an important life skill to learn to be independent! And even better having a bit of fun in the process withal big reward at the end!

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