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Does Your Family Need a Staycation?

I’ve been in love with the concept of staycations for years. It’s a great thing to do with your annual leave or any other time you have off, especially in a recession like this one we’re in.

That you can’t afford to travel somewhere on vacation does not have to mean missing out on all the delights of a vacation. By planning a staycation you can enjoy the pleasures of a vacation that don’t involve travelling. Read more about it HERE.

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Is Your Toddler Too Young To Read?

You’ve probably heard that readers are leaders. Did you know that there are certain pre-reading skills a child learns before they actually start reading? That’s why it’s never too early to place a book in front of your toddler and read to and with them.

Of course, at two and three you can’t really expect your toddler to read, but if you have a little one you’d love to instil a love of books in, here are a few pointers to start with. Read more…

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5 Fun Ways To Teach Your Child Through Play

Teachers attest to the fact that when children spend too much time playing or watching TV, it creates windows for unlearning, and may also cause a child to start losing concentration in class as his mind repeatedly drifts off to playful thoughts.

Does this mean children should have little or no play? I think not; all work and no play still makes Jack a dull boy, last time I checked. However, parents can help their young ones by varying their play activities, and also by engaging in the kind of play that includes learning. Here are some tried and tested edutaining activities. Continue reading…

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5 Tips For Parenting When Mum And Dad Work

At a seminar I attended years ago when I was a single woman, a speaker told a story to buttress the point she was making about work-life balance that stayed with me.

A little girl whose mother had just started a demanding job was having a hard time adjusting. Before she woke up in the morning, her mum was gone, and she was usually in bed by the time her mum returned. One day, she left a note for her mother before going to bed. It read simply, “Mummy, long time o.”

The woman resigned that month, and who can blame her? Things are even more challenging in homes where both parents work and kids come home to caregivers with whom they spend most of their waking hours. What can working parents do to raise healthy, well-adjusted children? Read more…

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8 Tips For Raising A Thoughtful Child

Have you ever watched a child express sensitivity, compassion or generosity you wouldn’t have associated with their age? Chances are the child wasn’t just born that way. Those traits were instilled in him or her from an early age.

If you’re looking to raise a kind child, you want to take these tips to heart:

  1. Teach your child gratitude. Even at 18 months, children can start learning to say “tanchu” when someone gives them something or does them a favour. Make it a habit. When they forget or get carried away, always ask, “Have you said thank you to aunty/uncle?” It may take a while but if you’re consistent it will definitely stick. Also, thanking them when they give you something helps. There’s nothing quite like teaching by example.

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6 Tips For Husbands Of Stay-At-Home Mums

Many people think being a full-time homemaker is easier than being a working parent, but people who know can tell you this isn’t true. Being a stay-at-home mum can be deeply rewarding, but it is quite stressful.

So husband, if you and your wife have decided that you will keep working while she stays with the kids and manages the home, here are just 6 of the many ways you can make her life easier. Continue reading…

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5 Simple Things You Can Do To Become A Better Parent

Only someone who has never attempted raising a child can say that parenting is easy. In fact, when most people first have their children, one of the things that strike them is just how much their own parents went through for them.

Parenting is also a journey that never ends, and we learn every day. As such, regardless of what stage you’re in or how old your children are, there’s always something you can start doing to improve your parenting and I’ll be sharing with you a few I’ve learnt. Continue reading…

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What Kind of Learner is Your Child?

Observe your children in action, take note of their interests, and pay attention to how they solve problems.
 
By being an observant parent, you can identify even from a very early age, whether your child learns primarily by looking, listening, or doing (having a dominant style doesn’t mean they can’t learn in other ways). You can also talk to your children’s teachers and people who interact with them regularly. 
There are 3 types of learners identified by experts… Read more