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Writer’s Workshop: Parents -In-Laws

Family Photos

I was extremely nervous when I met  my in-laws for the first time. We have been dating for about a year and it was the first time that I flew in to Hong Kong with him to meet his parents.  It was a major step in our relationship to be introduced to each other’s parents and see whether they approve of our union. I have heard from friends that it was essential to get support from his parents as it would certainly be to my advantage if we do get into rough patches in our relationship in the future.

Meeting his parents for the first time felt like going for a interview and hoping that the end outcome would be in a favourable position for me. Even though I have been briefed about what to expect and also brought along specially selected gifts I was afraid that I may give the wrong answer to any questions which was asked and fail the “assessment”.

I knew that if you love a guy you will have to take the whole package which comes with it and a big part is to be able to hit it off with his parents. Maybe I have been watching too many Chinese drama serials where the boy’s parents can literally make “hell” for the girlfriend if they disliked her or found her status too lowly and not comparable to their son. Looking back it was just me letting my imagination go wild and scaring myself.

The meeting went off well and I did leave a favourable impression on them. It was the start to a relationship which has been 13 years ans still going on strong.

How was your 1st meeting with your parents-in-laws?

What advice would you give new couples?


Jenny MatlockMama’s Losin’ It

Preparing for Primary 1- First Day of School(Part Four)

Taken on the 1st day of school

Jan 3rd 2011 was the day which marked the start of Monkey Boy’s 1st day in Primary 1. It was a really important day for both him and me. It was a reminder to me that my little boy has grown up and reach another important milestone in his life. For him it was the start of his academic life as a student in a large establishment ( school) of more then 1500 pupils.

It’s a vast difference for him to have 30 students in his class as compared to only 5 pupils in Kindergarten 2. He will not be getting all the attention from the teachers like he used to get in Kindergarten also he would have much more to cope with on a daily basis.

I was worried if he would be able to adapt to the changes and learn how to cope with the new timetable. Luckily my fears were unfounded and Monkey Boy was able to adapt to the new environment quite easily.

Both of us started preparing for the 1st day of school about a month before. After the orientation in November 2010 we purchased the necessary stationary and books and got him a brand new schoolbag. We also got 2 sets of school uniforms and another 2 sets of PE- attire and school shoes to go alone with it.

I labelled all of his books for him and wrapped them in plastic so that they could remain in their pristine condition longer.  Monkey boy also got a new wallet and lunch box for school during the December holidays.

After much discussion it was decided that Monkey Boy was only allowed to buy food the maximum 2 times a week from the school canteen and on other days he was to bring the food that was packed for him. Food sold in the school canteen isn’t really that healthy and the portions are rather small. I want to ensure that he is getting sufficient nutrition for his age so he has to bring food from home and pack it in his lunch box by himself. He too was in charge of washing and polishing his own school shoes as now at 7 yrs old he has to have more responsibilities around the house

How was your child’s 1st day of school?

Here is the whole series if you have missed out any parts.

  1. Registration Process for Primary 1
  2. What is expected of your child.
  3. Before  Primary 1
  4. Preparation for the 1st day of School