11 letters, 1 reason

(introduction) Values Education time. Our teacher gave a lecture about the “awkward” stage of saying sorry. We had a Respect Challenge and, it was nice, and awkward.
Here’s what we did:

1. Write 4 sorry letters to 4 classmates.
2. Gather up in a circle, no noise and no reaction.
3. Give the letters to the 4 classmates you wrote to.
4. Go somewhere alone and read the letters.
5. When you’re in the classroom first, cheer the next person who goes inside the classroom, even if you hate that person. I was the last to go in, and my 24 classmates cheered. (AWKWARD)

Guess how many letters I got from my classmates. You got it, 11 letters. I have the most number of letters compared to everyone!
Here are the letters I got. Happy reading!

To: Garrett
Sorry if sometimes I get irritated because you’re enough to irritate me already sometimes because you’re too noisy.
From: Classmate 1

To: Garrett
Sorry Garrett because I also go on your opponent’s side.
SORRY!
From: Classmate 2

To: Garrett
Sorry because I always don’t respect you and I always say “blah blah blah blah” when you are talking to me. I always shout at you.
SORRY!
From: Classmate 3

To: Garrett
I’m sorry for saying in my mind you’re annoying and so noisy and sorry for saying bad words to you in my mind.
I’M SO SORRY
From: Classmate 4

To: Garrett
Garrett, I’m sorry if I always shut you up. I am so sorry because you are so talkative, but when you talk you gave me facts or opinions that I can learn. So, for being talkative I will thank you for all the facts that you are saying. Can you do me a favor? Please forgive me, and if you don’t, I will always seize myself for what I have done.
From: Classmate 5

To: Garrett
Sorry Garrett if I sometimes get mad at you. It’s just that, Garrett you’re so noisy but even if you are like that I am still your friend. Sorry if I am sometimes sensitive or insensitive.
From: Classmate 6

To: Garrett
I’m sorry Garrett, I’m really sorry because I always shout at you and I know you’re mad at me too. But, I’m always sorry.
Garrett, I always think you’re sort of a nerd and weird but you’re not!
I’m so sorry Garrett! I’m so sorry I bullied you! Please forgive me.
From: Classmate 7

To: Garrett
Sorry because I shout at you.
From: Classmate 8

To: Garrett
Sorry that before, me and your other classmates tease you. I did not know how you felt and that’s why I want to apologize.
From: Classmate 9

To: Garrett
I’m sorry if I teased you before but I will try my best not to do it anymore. But pls. my request is you can raise your hand before answering. I promise I haven’t told anyone your crush.
From: Classmate 10

To: Garrett
Sorry I made fun of you and thought you were annoying. It wasn’t until you told me that I stopped.
From: Classmate 11

YOU ARE ALL FORGIVEN.

Tips on Discipline

Mom was invited to give a talk in a parents’ orientation at the school where I studied in preschool. Mom asked me to write some tips on discipline for new parents. Here they are:

1. The idea that discipline is about punishment is a big fallacy. Unfortunately, many parents believe this mistaken notion. If you believe this, then try to believe this instead: Discipline is not about punishment, it’s about obedience for his/her own good.

2. Set up simple, everyday rules to be followed. Set up rules that your child is capable of ONLY, otherwise your child won’t follow your orders. Make sure that the rules are for his/her own good too.

3. If your child is always procrastinating that he’ll follow you later, let him be, but make him promise to do what you said. There’s an explanation behind the “Later”. Your child has a schedule like you, the problem is that it doesn’t match with the schedule you’re giving him.

4. You’ll need a lot of patience if your child can’t obey you yet. No one progresses at the same rate. Just keep giving orders until she/he gets the hang of it.

5. Your child’s personality is critical if you want rules to be followed. You can’t give demanding orders to an easy-going, care-free child, but make the orders easy but important.

My Dad

Dad&Garrett in SG 2010
My dad is hardworking, diligent, polite and firm. He works hard for me, Gabrielle and mom. He is never lazy, he always minds his manners, and he is a big believer in discipline. He can’t afford to always relax because he has to attend to his customers 24/7. He’s a huge fan of Apple because he uses the gadgets as a tool in his work. Here’s proof that he is a fan of Apple:
An iMac
Three iPhones (4, 4s, 5)
One Apple TV
A MacBook Air

If you ask me how he got those attitudes, read my post “Different Lives, Similar Values”.

Dad and I get confused on the date of Father’s Day, so I’m giving this message early.
Happy (advanced) Father’s Day, Dad! 🙂