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Who doesn’t want resilient kids?

March 26, 2016, 0 Comments

    “The greatest insurance policy parents can “buy” to ensure their children grow up to be healthy and resilient is to forge and maintain strong emotional connections.”  This single parenting adage seems to be a non-brainer and is touted in almost all parenting books. Yet, in Singapore, many are seen over scheduling our children for various activities. On weekdays, children attend school, then it is tuition and endless homework. On weekends we rush our children from one enrichment to another. All for good reasons to give our children a well-rounded education. My primary level children are getting busier these…

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How to have fuss-free birthday parties

January 5, 2015, 0 Comments

  I don’t profess to have all the answers, but I’ve discovered something which works for me, and hopefully for you! When the kids are much younger, their birthday parties were very very simple. Food, family members, relatives, “ang pows”, practical pressies, hugs and kisses is all the love they get on their special day. The older boy usually prefers a cosy group. During his 5th birthday, he invited his closest friends to one of his favourite place – The Fire station.  A team of very sporting Firemen took time to take the group for a tour of the station,…

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The character that will carry the gifts

November 29, 2014, 0 Comments

We don’t always have to train our children between right and wrong, black vs white. When they are no longer preschoolers, they enter a phase where their skills, talents and gifts becomes more prominent. But it seemed that something is still not in full bloom. I call this a process of germination. All plants require sunlight, air and water to grow, but different seeds require different amount of water as they do not imbibe as much as others.  When the environment is appropriate, the seeds will then germinate and grow. Seeds need good soil to grow.        …

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What inspires our children?

June 10, 2014, 0 Comments

I remembered as a child, the first person that left a deep impression on me professionally was a lady who emceed at a wedding. At 7 years old, my parents told me that lady was in public relations. I dreamt of becoming a public relations person one day & 16 years later, I did. After I got married and gave birth, I met one of Singapore’s well-loved lactation consultant. Her passion, expertise and professionalism left an indelible mark on me. She was a live wire. An inspiration to many many mums. As I go about educating my own children, I…

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Spirit of Excellence! – Cold Storage Kids Run 2014

May 20, 2014, 0 Comments

The results of competitive run is out today! So much can happen within one minute, and it separates the winner from those who didn’t win, or does it? This is our second time taking part in the run. In a family of two boys, it is no wonder that we do sports alot, intentional or not. They are always running, jumping, on their bikes, kicking a ball, swimming, climbing and swinging about in the playground, you name it! The boys enjoy sports so much it is easy to teach them good sportsmanship through these activities. “Run as you would usually…

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Together we find joy

November 6, 2013, 0 Comments

So many have written about motherhood. Why one more? Why so many more? The other day I would not be able to do marketing, it tires me physically. I wouldn’t be able to keep the house neat & tidy, it’s just that one more thing on our chore-list. One more meal to prepare. No, one more interesting, healthy meal to prepare. One more lesson to plan. One more toy to pick up. One more unlovable moment to love, one more teachable moment to teach, just that one more moment to cherish. Then one day, everything came crashing together. Tears flowed…

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Courage is his middle name

August 11, 2013, 1 Comment

My son had a breakthrough with God today. In this extroverted-obsessed world, my introverted boy did something he struggled with for the past 2 years. He would never perform in front of a large audience, solo. He loves music and plays well, but he does not care for the applause of men. He shy away from them. He would not be the first to shout out an idea, he prefers to observe. I personally do not see performance a big deal for kids under 12. It is rehearsed and staged. For extroverts, it is a no brainer. Lapping up in…

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One people, one nation

August 8, 2013, 0 Comments

I am not sure what it means to be patriotic, but I hope I know what it means to love people.  I tell my children it is important to be kind and care for others. I try to be kind by giving up my seats to those who need it more than me. We give “Ang Paos” to the cleaner who sweeps our corridor every year. And when we see the cleaner, my children goes up to him and say “Thank you for cleaning.” And we love friends who are different from us. My sons meet with a group of…

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Not the Foggiest Idea!

June 25, 2013, 0 Comments

There is a world-wide phenomenal, whatever will be shaken will be shaken. Earthquakes, monsoon, financial institutions, morality, marriages, confidence and more. When a child builds his sandcastles, he does not preserve it like an adult do after a piece of art. He crashes it and rebuilds something his imagination tells him to go. He is in the moment. He enjoys you, right where you are, beside him. A child is absolutely resilient. Sometimes. Yet we know that their immunity may not be, and as parents we are concerned how we can protect them. More important than getting the right fit…

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Whatever you do, keep your feet on the ground

May 14, 2013, 1 Comment

 Looking at the boys, I can’t help but to re-live my childhood. Parenting forces us to look at the other side of the mirror. Like a walk back into our own history, like it or not. We can choose to take a chance to make a wrong right, or ignore it and walk away. In this journey, we too discover healing for our own hearts. It is often mysterious. Of emotional management, we started to talk about appropriating expressions. We have a plush wine coloured chair set out in the living room. A CD player at one corner and a…