Funny Friday: Cause and Effect

Gavin got a Thomas and Friends Big Big Loader for his birthday.  Although it is largely a fairly passive toy that requires him to watch Thomas, Jack and Cranky at work, he often tries to help them out by picking up the little balls of coal. Unfortunately, that also means he drops them.  One ofContinue reading “Funny Friday: Cause and Effect”

Early Childhood Education – Are You Pushing Too Hard?

I stumbled across these Kumon workbooks at MPH bookshop last night.  While shopping at Midvalley Megamall, Gavin insisted on taking his regular stroll through MPH to check out what’s new in the Thomas and Friends section (which, incidentally, was nothing).  As I waited for him to tire of looking at the same old Thomas booksContinue reading “Early Childhood Education – Are You Pushing Too Hard?”

Tell Me Thursday – Music Class

Here’s the scoop from the first ever music class I tried to organise for Gavin… I started by collecting all his noise-making toys into a box and presenting it to him to try one by one.  If I could read Gavin’s mind, I think he must have thought, “Boring, Mummy,” because we were through allContinue reading “Tell Me Thursday – Music Class”

Babies Need Love to Survive

When Aristotle was born, I used to get warnings from well-intentioned relatives that I shouldn’t carry Aristotle too much or he would get spoilt and expect to be carried all the time.  One of those well-intentioned relatives happened to be my mother who was rather proud of the fact that she left my brother toContinue reading “Babies Need Love to Survive”

Review: DreamBox Learning K-2 Math

I received an email to check this new online math game for children some time back.  It’s called DreamBox Learning.  They were offering a free trial, so I signed up to give it a go. What is DreamBox Learning? It is an interactive, online program designed to engage children and teach them math through aContinue reading “Review: DreamBox Learning K-2 Math”

Why Does My Toddler Act Up?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to children acting up.  One school of thought believes that all children are born bad and it is up to the parents to set them straight.  The other school of thought believes that all children are good but it is how parents channel their energies thatContinue reading “Why Does My Toddler Act Up?”

Discipline Tactics for Toddlers – The Teaching Conversation

Since my earlier difficulties in getting Gavin to apologise, I think I’ve discovered a tactic that works pretty well.  I read about it from “Raising a Happy Child” by Steve and Shaaron Biddulph.  It is called the “teaching conversation”.  It is intended for toddlers in possession of some amount of language skills because they areContinue reading “Discipline Tactics for Toddlers – The Teaching Conversation”

Dengue, Chikungunya and Toddlers with Viral Infections

It’s day two, Gavin’s fever is still elevated.  The doctor’s diagnosis is a viral infection due to a lack of nasal congestion and phlegm, and Gavin’s complaints about headaches and back pain.  With reported outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya in the area, we were naturally concerned so we took Gavin to see the doctor.  OurContinue reading “Dengue, Chikungunya and Toddlers with Viral Infections”

Sights and Sounds: Puffing Billy – Dandenong Ranges

We were recently in Melbourne for a holiday and this is a good place to take the kids… If you have a child that loves trains – especially Thomas and Friends – then you really have to take him on Puffing Billy (up in the Dandenong Ranges). Puffing Billy is an old steam train that puffsContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Puffing Billy – Dandenong Ranges”

The Hidden Dangers of Smoking

I know a lot of smokers who avoid smoking around their children to protect them from second-hand smoke.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be enough.  Paediatrician, Jonathan Winickoff, now warns that we need to be aware of third-hand smoke – “the tobacco toxins that build up over time—one cigarette will coat the surface of aContinue reading “The Hidden Dangers of Smoking”