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Christmas & Grateful kids

November 27, 2012, 4 Comments

I don’t know about you, but the world is literally screaming “Shopping!” come Christmas every year. Kids are going “Yeah… I’m going to get presents!” So much about the true meaning of Christmas. I have a confession. Actually one of the most coveted items I have on my list today is the Note II. With my Galaxy S,  I am already doing so much, I can only imagine how powerful Note II is. I could possibly make my life go so much faster with the convenience it brings. Instead, I think the hubs got me a laptop. He said it…

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Being a mum…

October 9, 2012, 1 Comment

An Interview with Sharon of Oak Tree Baby by myplayschool.net by Rachel on September 21, 2012 I am Sharon, a stay home mum of two boys, aged 3.5 and 5.  We are a family who is passionate to see the next generation rise to become strong and we love to empower others to do the same.  My blog Oak Tree Baby was founded on the basis of growing strong kids and not just smart ones.  Our days are filled with simple pleasures of playground, nature play, and regular time spent together cuddling up with piles of story books or toy…

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Why Playing helps in Parenting

June 25, 2012, 1 Comment

The first time I saw this video was at Prune and Nurture. I like what the author of the blog said about play “So often we belittle a child’s playtime and think that it is a waste of time. Do you know that play is very important to a child’s development and even to our family well-being?” Specially as Asians parents, we almost always look for a reason to do something and play does feels like a waste of time because we can’t actually measure or quantify the benefits immediately. Our kids loved for us to stay home… to play! …

Training our little baby

March 19, 2012, 0 Comments

We were on a TV program when my eldest son was 15 mths old.  From birth he was always rocked to sleep, but right after we learnt about the possibility of a child sleeping on his own, we trained him to do so. He was also able to play contentedly in his playpen for up to 30mins. Check out the first family being interviewed and see if you can pick up a tip or two!

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Child-led

December 22, 2011, 0 Comments

I believe in following a child’s leading. Each child is gifted differently and so following his lead helps to nurture where his interest lies. My son has an aptitude for things that require fine-motor skills. So we let him pick up a child-scissors and let him have a go with paper. If he does not like it or can’t do it, he is free to do something else. But since he was doing well, we give him more opportunity. He started cutting at one plus and has been at it for a year now. What he is not allowed to…

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

October 29, 2009, 0 Comments

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards – Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Ph.D. (Author), Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Ph.D. (Author), Diane Eyer Ph.D. (Author) Publishers Weekly “Play is to early childhood as gas is to a car,” say Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff, explaining that reciting and memorizing will produce “trained seals” rather than creative thinkers. Creativity and independent thinking, they argue, are true 21st-century skills; IQ and other test scores provide a narrow view of intelligence. The authors walk parents through much of the recent research on the way children learn, debunking such myths as the Mozart effect, and pointing out that much learning unravels naturally,…