Raising Resilient Children

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Raising Resilient Children

Postby markfch » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:11 pm

DS was complaining that he doesn't know the time while in sch. Fine, I told me to wear the Transformer watch I got him in K2. After 2 days, he came back and commented that his friends were making fun of him because of the 'childish' watch. Fine, I went and got him a Swatch watch, one w/o any cartoon design. Now he tells me that he doesn't want to wear it as his friends said that that design is not allowed in school. :stompfeet:

I told him that I am not going to buy him another watch. This is just wasting my money. If he cares so much about other people's comments, then very simple - don't wear any watch. I told him angrily not to be such a weak person. :mad:

Now that I cooled down a bit, I put myself in his shoes and I think I'll react the same was as him. Is there a better way to deal with this? What would you do if you were in my shoes?
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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby puff » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:56 pm

Let him choose his own watch n let him know he make the choice so he got to stick to it :)

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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby Guest » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:17 pm

I will ask him to check on the valid watch models permissible in school and take it from there. If the model is really not acceptable, then he has to pay for the next watch since he has not found out the information before making the purchase of the Swatch watch.

However, my gutfeel tells me that something is amiss. If a transformer watch was acceptable, it would be strange that a swatch was not acceptable. What special swatch do you have or the boys are just pulling his leg?

So far my kid can wear even the bulky baby G(with stopwatch and timer functions) to school albeit I prefer her to wear a metallic "cheap" dress watch (not smelly). Fabric belt swatch watch pink colour is allowed but I dislike the sweat on it making it dirty and smelly.
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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby Mdm Koh » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:26 pm

I think the best solution in this case will be no watch at all, until he can learn how to disregard others' comments. It's what I would do.

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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby vlim » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:28 pm

markfch wrote:DS was complaining that he doesn't know the time while in sch. Fine, I told me to wear the Transformer watch I got him in K2. After 2 days, he came back and commented that his friends were making fun of him because of the 'childish' watch. Fine, I went and got him a Swatch watch, one w/o any cartoon design. Now he tells me that he doesn't want to wear it as his friends said that that design is not allowed in school. :stompfeet:

I told him that I am not going to buy him another watch. This is just wasting my money. If he cares so much about other people's comments, then very simple - don't wear any watch. I told him angrily not to be such a weak person. :mad:

Now that I cooled down a bit, I put myself in his shoes and I think I'll react the same was as him. Is there a better way to deal with this? What would you do if you were in my shoes?


you are a good daddy markfch to put yourself in your ds shoes... well, to me I will get him another watch so tt he will feel better as the existing one might be really too kiddish ...afterall the new one can last him at least for the next 2-3 yrs..

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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby Pen88n » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:22 pm

markfch wrote:DS was complaining that he doesn't know the time while in sch. Fine, I told me to wear the Transformer watch I got him in K2. After 2 days, he came back and commented that his friends were making fun of him because of the 'childish' watch. Fine, I went and got him a Swatch watch, one w/o any cartoon design. Now he tells me that he doesn't want to wear it as his friends said that that design is not allowed in school. :stompfeet:

I told him that I am not going to buy him another watch. This is just wasting my money. If he cares so much about other people's comments, then very simple - don't wear any watch. I told him angrily not to be such a weak person. :mad:

Now that I cooled down a bit, I put myself in his shoes and I think I'll react the same was as him. Is there a better way to deal with this? What would you do if you were in my shoes?


Is the Swatch watch chosen by your DS or you bought it for him without his input?

If it was chosen by him, I would not get him another watch because he made the choice and he should stick by it. If he wants another watch, then he has to fulfill his part - eg. get all subjects Band 1 by year end (or higher standard like top 3 in class :evil: or do some housework for a year) - whatever both of you agree on, then he will get a token of appreciation for his effort for the year - his new watch chosen by him.

If the watch was not chosen by him in the 1st place, then I would bring him to choose a watch of his choice. That will be the choice he has to stick to for the next 2-3 years (unless watch spoilt under no fault of his). Again, if he wants to change watch due to change of taste, it will only be thru' an appreciation of some extra effort he put in to achieve something.

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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby Vevey » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:26 pm

How abt verifying w the sch on any restriction on watches & take it from there?
If there isn't any restriction, then role-play w ur son to ignore/refute his friends' comments.
If the watch is indeed disallowed, then guess really hv to buy him another watch. He can still wear the swatch for family outings. :)

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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby LOLMum » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:30 pm

my ds said he would be worried if classmates said school doesnt allow students to wear that watch design. so need me to check with school. if school said ok, he would just wear it.

for all other comments like childish, not nice, cheap etc comments, ds said to ask your ds to ignore the comments and tell classmates to mind their own business.

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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby markfch » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:42 am

puff wrote:Let him choose his own watch n let him know he make the choice so he got to stick to it :)


But I've already bought a new watch. It's not cheap, cost me $69.

ksi wrote:I will ask him to check on the valid watch models permissible in school and take it from there. If the model is really not acceptable, then he has to pay for the next watch since he has not found out the information before making the purchase of the Swatch watch.

However, my gutfeel tells me that something is amiss. If a transformer watch was acceptable, it would be strange that a swatch was not acceptable. What special swatch do you have or the boys are just pulling his leg?


Can tell your dd must be very mature. Agree. That's why I asked ds if next time his friends say cannot wear underwear, does that mean that he'll not? He found the example very funny but I was fuming mad when I said it. I think his friends are playing tricks on him too, knowing that he's such a sensitive boy.

Mdm Koh wrote:I think the best solution in this case will be no watch at all, until he can learn how to disregard others' comments. It's what I would do.


That's what I told him. It's either he a) ignore friends' comments and be strong, b) checks with his FT if he wants to be assured or c) don't wear watch if it really bothered him but don't complain to me later he doesn't know the time.

But as I analysed the situation again, I think I may have expected ds to grow up too fast. I mean which 7-yr old kid will not be influenced by what his friends say?
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Re: P1 kid who's very easily swayed by friends' comments

Postby markfch » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:51 am

Vevey wrote:How abt verifying w the sch on any restriction on watches & take it from there?
If there isn't any restriction, then role-play w ur son to ignore/refute his friends' comments.
If the watch is indeed disallowed, then guess really hv to buy him another watch. He can still wear the swatch for family outings. :)


Yah, told ds to check with FT if he's really bothered. Good suggestion. I may try role-play to strengthen his resolve to withstand his friends' criticism. Thanks. But if really not allowed (unlikely though), of course I'll bring him to choose another watch and he'll have to be responsible for that decision making process.

vlim wrote:you are a good daddy markfch to put yourself in your ds shoes... well, to me I will get him another watch so tt he will feel better as the existing one might be really too kiddish ...afterall the new one can last him at least for the next 2-3 yrs..


I thought it's a bit wasteful to get ds another watch after 1 week, just because of comments from friends. It's not those few dollar things that I can close my eyes, that watch is not cheap to me.

The thing that bothered me most is why is ds so weak? Why can't he shake off comments like I do. Then I remember I'm 6 times older than him. I'll like to make this one of those character-defining moments whereby ds learns to be stronger and more independent.

Pen88n wrote:Is the Swatch watch chosen by your DS or you bought it for him without his input?

If the watch was not chosen by him in the 1st place, then I would bring him to choose a watch of his choice. That will be the choice he has to stick to for the next 2-3 years (unless watch spoilt under no fault of his). Again, if he wants to change watch due to change of taste, it will only be thru' an appreciation of some extra effort he put in to achieve something.


Nope, watch was chosen by me during ds's enrichment. Unless really confirm from sch that that ordinary-looking watch is not allowed, it's unlikely I'll get ds another. Where do I draw the line? Next time could be school bag, pencil case or shoes. It'll never end unless he learns to cope with criticism.
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