Making Kids Work

I was brought up with maids and hardly lifted a finger to do any work. OK, make that no work at all. This has caused me to be extremely LAZY. However, my in-laws are extremely HARD-WORKING people and tend to their huge garden every single day. Their garden is about 50,000 square feet – it can fit a life size soccer field within it. Can you imagine 2 old people above 75 years old still watering a million plants, climbing trees with a ladder to pluck fruits, plucking weeds and no, they do not have a gardener. At all. They do it all themselves. They have a maid, but she takes care of the house and the dog. But perhaps it is their hard work that keeps them alert and alive!

So. I am determined that my children know how to work. Being lazy is such a waste of time. I see it in me. I see it in my brothers. We definitely have the lazy genes. I already see it in T1! But I’m determined to change this laziness habit by making her do more work. More work as in pick up her books, take her dishes to the kitchen, set the table, help her sister, carry things, you name it.

In Kota Bharu, she was very happy to do work because it was fun. She helped Ama water some small plants……


She pulled weeds…………


She raked them……..


Amah and Kong-Kong’s garden is separated by a fence into the ‘other’ garden (or the orchard, where all the fruit trees and herbs and vegetables are). The fence also acts as a barrier to keep the dog at bay, especially when there are guests, like a big play pan…..or a big outdoor kennel. Lucky dog!


The truth of the matter is, nothing comes free in Kota Bharu. We all have to work for food……Booyah!

Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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  1. Hi, first time leaving comment here.

    Wowww..50,000 sq ft garden? That’s HUGE! But I agree, all those gardening work is making them stay strong and healthy. Just like my mom and dad 🙂

  2. Eh what lazy genes. Speak for yourself and your youngest brother. I’ve been doing housework since I was 14 :p

  3. wah…wonder how do both your in-law work out their huge home at this age? Seriously no need help from part timer?

  4. wow! i think that’s the secret to longevity.

    psst…don’t you just hate little brothers. i have one too and that’s enough! lol!

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