I borrow this interesting book, ‘101 Things Every Kid Should Do Growing Up” from our library – simple and easy to read.

As I go through this book, it brought me back to those fun and memorable childhood that I had – it is like re-living my childhood again.

I remembered those days where I went to a little puddle of water after rain to catch tadpoles for our oscar fish as feed, the rustic kampong days of Lim Chu Kang where my grandma lived, my head got stuck in between the rails when I watched the jackfruits behind the old bus-stop, my uncle let me sat on his lap while I controlled the steering wheel of the pick-up….Wow! I missed those days!

This is a list of my favourites that I hope Dot would be able to experience though she may only be able to do some activities when she is older.

This is my checklist and is subject to changes 🙂 :

1. Every child should do something to make the world a better place.

2. Every child should go outside at dusk and stay there until it’s dark, watching the stars come out.

3. Every child should camp outdoor.

4. Every child should play with play dough.

5. Every child should receive notes of support and encouragement.

6. Every child should catch snowflakes on his tongue and eyelashes.

7. Every child should write a thank-you note of gratitude to a relative or teacher.

8. Every child should own one really fun piece of clothing.

9. Every child should turn off the television for a weekend.

10. Every child should eat home-made ice-cream.

11. Every child should help create a scrapbook of her childhood memories.

12. Every child should go to a museum.

13. Every child should build a gingerbread house and then get to eat them.

14. Every child should spit watermelon seeds. She spit out some pomegranate seeds and ate some!

15. Every child should do a “senior study”of their parents and grandparents.

16. Every child should receive praise for who she is and what she has accomplished.

17. Every child should have a favourite book or bedtime story.

18. Every child should receive an award.

19. Every child should make a special homemade present for mom or dad, grandpa or grandma.

20. Every child should express creativity.

21. Every child should learn how to swim.

22. Every child should experiment with simple science.

23. Every child should take music lessons.

24. Every child should help bake a cake from scratch.

25. Every child should grow a vegetable garden.

26. Every child should blow bubble gum bubble until it pops.

27. Every child should experience a family car trip.

28. Every child should write a journal.

29. Every child should create a holiday keepsale.

30. Every child should participate in a “-thon”.

31. Every child should create a self-portrait.

32. Every child should build a sandcastle.

33. Every child should go on a factory tour.

34. Every child should write a “memory letter” each year.

35. Every child should explore other cultures.

36. Every child should play dress-up.

37. Every child should ride a horse.

38. Every child should spend some time on a farm, even for short visit.

39. Every child should visit the place(s) where mom and dad grew up.

40. Every child should create a board game.

41. Every child should write a letter to a favourite actor, athlete or hero.

42. Every child should have a pet. She has some little fish to feed every day.

43. Every child should have a hobby.

44. Every child should decorate her room according to the theme of her choice.

45. Every child should have a secret hideout.

46. Every child should play classical games.

47. Every child should mark birthdays with a celebration.

48. Every child should clown around.

49. Every child should make a pizza.

50. Every child should learn to appreciate the different abilities of people.

51. Every child should blow soap bubbles.

52. Every child should spend some time alone with each parent.

53. Every child should build a model.

54. Every child should go for scavenger hunt.

55. Every child should see mom or dad laugh.

56. Every child should publish a book.

57. Every child should have a best friend.

58. Every child should experience the feeling of love, safety and security.

59. Every child should participate in an extracurricular activity.

60. Every child should have a pen pal.

61. Every child should have a personal library card. Dot has hers when she was around 1-2 month old!

62. Every child should enjoy lazy days, sometimes.

63. Every child should experience the ocean.

64. Every child should be given a camera to take pictures, and the freedom to take whatever pictures she wants to take.

65. Every child should produce a video.

66. Every child should make a meal for the family.

67. Every child should do chores around the house without being paid.

68. Every child should spend time alone.

69. Every child should experience the beauty of nature. Mom and dad always bring Dot to explore nature!

70. Every child should learn the value of money.

71. Every child should have the opportunity to act like a child.

72. Every child should have a dream for the future and an adult who believes in that dream.

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