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These Expert Tips Can Help Your Child Beat Exam Stress!

Tests and exams can be a major source of stress during the schooling years for both children and their parents. However, there are ways to help your child cope with the pressure and ace the exams. Here are some simple pointers to help you get started: 1. Look out for the signs of exam stress Recognise the warning signs that your child is feeling stressed … Continue reading These Expert Tips Can Help Your Child Beat Exam Stress!

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The Rubber Band Method of Disciplining Children

“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers   As parents, we are aware of the importance of disciplining our children. As we try to instil good values in them to set them off on the path to good behaviour, we soon realise that disciplining a … Continue reading The Rubber Band Method of Disciplining Children

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Psychologists Say That Children Develop Better When We Let Them Be Bored

“I’m bored, Mum!” “Dad, there is nothing for me to do!”   These simple phrases from our children have the power to grab our attention, and for most of us, the first thought that comes to mind is to help them “solve” their problem right away. We respond to our children’s boredom by filling their days with structured activities and after-school programmes, but experts say … Continue reading Psychologists Say That Children Develop Better When We Let Them Be Bored

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The Bruised and Beautiful Apple: What Your Child Needs to Know About Bullying

Bullying in children is common and not harmful most of the times if it is done in a playful, mutual way and both parties see the humour in it. However, when the teasing and name-calling become hurtful, unkind and constant, it crosses the line into bullying and this needs to stop immediately. Bullying involves tormenting a person in physical, verbal or psychological ways and is … Continue reading The Bruised and Beautiful Apple: What Your Child Needs to Know About Bullying

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25 Different Ways to Ask Your Child “How Was School Today?”

Don’t we all want to know all about our children’s day at school – like if they made new friends, or if the math teacher was talking too fast? Yet, when you pose the question “So, how was school today?” to your child, chances are the answer you get would go along the lines of “Great!” or “It was alright, I guess”. Feeling exasperated with … Continue reading 25 Different Ways to Ask Your Child “How Was School Today?”

How Birth Order Affects Your Child’s Personality

Researchers believe that birth order is just as important as gender and almost as important as genetics when it comes to your child’s personality. Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist who studied birth order since 1967 and author of The Birth Order Book: Why You Are The Way You Are, shares that in most cases, the first born and second born in a family are as … Continue reading How Birth Order Affects Your Child’s Personality

10 Stories about Singapore to Read with Your children

As we celebrate Singapore’s birthday this August, you might want to take a walk down memory lane and paint a picture in your child’s mind of how our Little Red Dot progressed from its sleepy state to the bustling city it is today. These books will definitely come in handy to help your little champs learn and discover more about Singapore, its founding leaders and … Continue reading 10 Stories about Singapore to Read with Your children

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What is the Difference Between Preschool, Childcare and Kindergarten?

Preschool. Childcare centre. Kindergarten. These three terms are all it takes to baffle first-time parents in Singapore who are looking for care arrangements and/or an early learning programme for their children during the tender years. But what is the difference between these early childhood education providers and which one should you opt for? A Preschool Programme In Singapore, preschool is used as a general term … Continue reading What is the Difference Between Preschool, Childcare and Kindergarten?

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Warning: You Might Be Ruining Your Child’s Love of Reading by Doing These Things!

Studies have linked the benefits of reading to children from birth as one of the key factors that determine their success in school as this builds up their ability to read and comprehend. In fact, numerous studies conducted over the years have shown the impact reading can have on a child’s brain development. An excerpt from The Child Trends Data Bank cites this: “Children develop literacy … Continue reading Warning: You Might Be Ruining Your Child’s Love of Reading by Doing These Things!

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Study: Watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood Helps Pre-schoolers Develop Social and Emotional Skills

Your child starts developing social and emotional skills from the moment he/she is born, and this growth continues in the years that follow. The development of these skills during the pre-school years is crucial for your child to excel in primary school and beyond. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics also states that early social-emotional development “is a fundamental part of a child’s overall … Continue reading Study: Watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood Helps Pre-schoolers Develop Social and Emotional Skills