Parenting style and Angelica

May 21, 2012

So far we have been very lucky with Angelica when shopping at the supermarket. She seems to understand very well when we tell her that we will not buy everything she wants. For example, the other day, she grabbed a box of Smarties, but quietly put it back on the shelves when we told her that we would not buy it because we already had some at home, and that we would give her some later.

I think our parenting style has a lot to do with her reaction. We don’t  lie to her. When we tell her “one last bite,” we mean one last bite. We will not come back with another “one last bite.” We also try to give her an explanation she can understand whenever we say no. In the case of the Smarties, we did give her some when we got back home as promised. We don’t always say no either.  When we feel that she deserves a treat, we will give her. If not, we will tell her “not this time” or “next time.”  And most importantly, in our opinion, we let her explain why she wants this or that, and not just say “because we said so.”


Am I a glutton for punishment?

April 20, 2012

I must really like Psychology for even if I always complain that there is a lot to read, I keep taking them. In May, I will be taking “Developmental Psychology” which will be my fifth Psychology course after Introductory Psychology, Psychopathology, Social Psychology, and Physiological Psychology . To say that I cannot wait for this course to begin would be an understatement. I have the feeling that the reading for this course is going to be very interesting (to me) because I will be able to compare it with what I am experiencing in real life.

I think the reason why I keep taking Psychology courses is that in each one of them, I learned a valuable lesson. For example, in Social Psychology, I learned that to persuade someone to do something, we can evoke fear and give the same person an option to get rid of the negative feeling. Salespeople like to use this strategy when they want to persuade someone to buy additional warranty.


Aap Jaisa Koi

March 1, 2012

For those who don’t know, “Aap Jaisa Koi” is a Hindi/Urdu song sung by Nazia Hassan and released in 1980. I looked for this song for quite a while without success and gave up. Not knowing the title of the song meant that my chances of success were virtually nil. But today, I struck gold when I least expected it. While listening to “Pisime Zouké” by Zouk Machine on YouTube, I clicked on one of the suggested links and was pleasantly suprised to hear the song that I had been looking for for so long. I am so happy to be able to listen to this song again, 32 years after having heard it for the first time.

Early Christmas gift

December 25, 2010

I got an early Christmas gift yesterday. I passed my PSYCH 261 – Physiological Psychology course. According to the instructor it was one of the hardest course in Psychology. It was more like taking a Biology class to be honest. Over the past few months, I was not able to study as much as I would have liked. Before the arrival of Angelica, I used to go to bed between 19h00 and 20h00, and wake up between 03h00 and 04h00. I would then study before heading to work. But, with Angelica around, the earliest I can go to bed is 21h00. It would not have been too bad if Angelica did not wake up at about 02h00 quite often. But, that’s life, and I had to accept it. Because I knew I did not have the best preparation for this exam, all I wanted was to pass the course.  The grade I got was among the lowest I got so far, but suprisingly, it was one which brought the most joy.  This was because usually, based on the amount of work I have completed, I knew I was not going to fail the course. This time it was different. I did not know if I was going to pass the course or not.

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année 2011 – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 22, 2010

Je voudrais vous souhaiter un Joyeux Noël (si vous célébrez la fête de Noël) et une Bonne et Heureuse Année 2011.

Pour beaucoup , Noël perd de sa magie lorsqu’ils se rendent compte que le Père Noël n’existe pas, mais la récupère avec l’arrivée des enfants.


I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate Christmas) and a Very Happy New Year 2011.

For many, Christmas loses it’s magic when they learn that Santa Claus does not exist, but gets it back with the arrival of children.

The apple did not fall far from the tree

November 8, 2010

I am a very fast eater, mainly because I tend to put a lot of food in my mouth at once. And when I watch my daughter eat, I can honestly say that the apple did not fall far from the tree. She tends to put a lot of food in her mouth too 🙂

Halloween 2010

October 31, 2010

Angelica dressed up as a little bee.


My Little Bee