Everyone wants a good set of teeth. But to do that, you need the support of a professional dentist without burning a hole in your pocket. I was lucky to stumble upon B9 Dental.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, March 28, 2016
Earlier I wrote an article about implementing parental control in response to an out of control teenager who acted without much thoughts about his actions on others. This article - Why few child prodigies grow up to be geniuses? is the exact opposite to the ideology of implementing rules and controls for a child.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Around the beginning of last year, Singapore's first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away. The whole nation was mourning, myself included.
A week later, a 16 year old youth was charged for uploading a video on YouTube. It made headlines on the news and unfortunately, the boy who had achieved his fame in less than what one would like, did not look like he had learnt during his first court appearance.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This post is dedicated to all who need a word of encouragement, free and abundantly found in the word of God or the Bible.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
And he said: “Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven...."
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
It was a 4 year old birthday party. Thinking of a theme along the child's interest was not hard. However, bringing the Plants vs Zombies theme alive was challenging.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
April is the month in which the pupils here start their First Semestral Assessment. In creative writing, my eldest son needs a lot of help even though he had come a long way from Primary 1 (Grade1 equivalent). He received no tuition except for my sporadic coaching.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Five weekends ago, I attended the weirdest but most extraordinary course that I have ever experienced in my life. I salute to its creators and thought it is a forum worth exploring to those who have never tried it. The impact on me was so great that I had to share it on my blog. Throughout the 3 days, a forum leader guided us through its key ideas through only conversation.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
This year, I had a wonderful opportunity to share something about Chinese New Year with the children at the school again.
As I was shopping for a vase for my own pussy willow in the house, I was inspired to let the children make a mini one to take home with them.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
It is the beginning of the year. Children all over Singapore started their new year in various local schools. This year marked the milestone of my 2 yr old going to school. I was amazingly surprised at how ready he was to go to school when I asked him several times.
As he was the youngest, I was not in a hurry to put him away in school.
The experience in the first week brought back memories of how his older siblings went through separation anxiety.
My youngest did not even look back when he said "Bye" to me. But according to his teacher, in only an hour, he was looking for me and tearing as if his mum would never come back.
I could totally identify with his anxiety as there was no familiar caregiver to lean on. The environment was also new. Even though the teacher brought him to his older sibling in pre-kindergarten, this did not comfort him.
Surviving my children's separation anxiety means :
1. Tackle the separation anxiety within myself
I was very anxious when my first child went to play school. I did not understand how a young child feel. Eventually, I discovered that if I want to help the child to settle in a new environment, I had to be strong myself emotionally.
2. Understand the child's temperament to decide whether to take it slow or to leave the child to cry
My eldest started preschool at 16 months. He was crying so much that no amount of reassurance could stop him. He finally settled at 24 months. On the contrary, the rest who started later adjusted in two weeks or less.
3. Give a familiar object to bring to school
This helps so much to ease separation anxiety for my children.
4. Separate at appropriate age
I noticed that my subsequent children did better than my eldest. I believed it was the age in which they started school as mentioned before. It was easier to talk to them as their linguistic ability and understanding improves.
5. My need vs the child's needs
I needed time off when I was pregnant with another child. This meant leaving the child with another caregiver helps. It was hard but I realised children are so resilient and adaptable like us and understood mums' needs as much as we understood theirs.
6. Give plenty of reassurance
This cannot be overemphasised. I gave heaps especially after school.
7. Use older siblings to guide and encourage
My youngest did not want to join in the art activity in school at first. He was only staying up to 2 hours. When asked, he wanted to paint at home, not in school. I then showed him his brother's paintings which convinced him of the possibility of doing art in school.
8. Get a friend whom the child plays with to go to school together
This worked out so well for my eldest who had no siblings then.
9. Expect different personalities and adapt to the method in which the toddler was brought up as an infant
All of my children are different, with two being more able to cope with frustration than the others.
I therefore learnt to be more patient with the "less resilient" ones.
I also had different methods of bringing up the children when they were infants, two being breastfed and on demand (means more secure) while the other left crying. In addition, 1 out of the 4 was bottlefed and I felt less strong bonds compared to the rest. I thus discovered that when they were going through crisises in life such as this, I had to help in accordance to the ways they were used to when they were infants.
10. Anticipate illnesses
As young children gather in the school to play, they get sick more easily. The illnesses affected me quite a bit as they interrupted the normal school going routine. However, I realised I could comfort the child better if I took him home.
All in all, I am still trying to help my 2 year old cope his separation anxiety. But I know it would be over all too soon and he would be on his journey to independence with plenty of love and support from home.
May you have a wonderful year with your children..