Friday, October 18, 2013

Her Talent? Making the Ordinary Extraordinary #50xBrightKids

Watching your kids grow up is full of surprises because every child is a genius in their own way. Some kids recognise words at the age of 2, some paint like Picasso at the age of 4, while some others {like Lil Pumpkin!} can sing and dance along with music even before they learn to talk. Being talented is not just about all academic excellence or being book-smart.

I may be biased since I'm her mother, but I reckon Lil Pumpkin is talented in many ways :) She has excellent memory, pronounces her words {even those she's heard for just the first time} superbly, runs like the wind {well, at least I'm panting whenever I'm chasing her!!}, can pull a zillion funny faces like Jim Carrey... but the one talent that I'm most proud of and admire the most, is her ability to make the ordinary extraordinary.

In her eyes, the mundane ordinary stuff that we usually take for granted come alive, and she finds joy in the simplest of things. She notices the clouds in the sky, the pebbles at our feet, and the flowers by the paths. Her creativity and imagination takes her to places that we, as adults, may have forgotten as she sees the dinosaurs in the clouds, magic in the rocks, and jewels in the flowers to put in her hair. There's magic and wonder in everything she sees and touches.

I guess as parents, that's something we should try to learn and appreciate in our children too. It's not just about noticing their big accomplishments like scoring As in exams or winning gold in competitions, but their everyday achievements. Talents that may seem "ordinary"... but are actually things that make your kid special and extraordinary. You know, not everybody is able to hold their milk bottle with just their feet, put their whole fist in their mouths, or do an eyebrow dance :P

Recently, the long-standing Dutch Lady brand introduced a new growing up formula milk powder for children aged 1 years and above - Dutch Lady ActivGold. Helping children to unleash their potential, Dutch Lady ActivGold is specially formulated with 50% more DHA and other important nutrients for overall mental and physical development. To celebrate its launch, Dutch Lady ActivGold wants to recognise and reward talented kids like their parents too!

If your kid has a talent, start flaunting it by tagging #50xBRIGHTKIDS on Instagram. 50 kids will be selected from the contest to be featured on Dutch Lady ActivGold advertisements as a form of recognition, and each winner will also receive 1 carton of Dutch Lady ActivGold products worth more than S$200 and S$100 gift vouchers! I'll be posting those 2 pix above for the contest ;p

So snap away and remember to celebrate their everyday talents :) For more details, see the #50xBRIGHTKIDS website. Contest period is on now until 30 November 2013. Winners will be notified on Instagram by 15 December 2013.

* Disclosure: This is a sponsored advertorial for Dutch Lady ActivGold. All opinions are my own.



An Apel a Day said...

Your little pumpkin is certainly smart, cute and something special. I just love the photos you take of her.

Unknown said...

Really like the second photo of her!

And in the third - wow! Never realised her eyelashes are SO long!

Unknown said...

Lovely photos!

Unknown said...

It's amazing how quickly and how much children learn in a short space of time isn't it!

mail4rosey said...

Turning the ordinary into something extraordinary is something children do, and you're right it should be oh so appreciated!

I love the picture of her holding the flower. How gorgeous!!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I used to love that saying "ordinary into extraordinary" until I read it in 50 Shades of Gray. Worst book series ever, and ruined a great phrase. hmph! lol.

Anyhow, I do love how children always can look at something so ordinary and find wonder and beauty in it. Wouldn't it be fabulous if we always held on to that ability?

Grace said...

You know, one of the great joys of having to get to know you and your blog - is also getting to watch Lil Pumpkin grow into a beautiful, confident girl. x

Ai Sakura said...

Alissa: aww thank you!

L Lee: haha yes they are! I'm soooo jealous!

Kate: thank you :)

Stephanie: I'm always thinking, "where did my baby go??"

mail4rosey: yes such a simple, yet amazing thing to do :)

Theresa: omggggg did you have to bring that up?? haha yes I'm pretty sure the world would be even more amazing if everyone thought that way

Grace: thank you so much! means a lot that you said that :)

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

Oh that is so true, it's not all about being super intelligent, my girl is heart smart! She can feel sad and happy for those who are in pain - excited! Remind me again Ai and I'll try and get an IG pic done xx