Lessons from a Hiking Adventure in Kota Damansara

Over the Summer Holidays, we took a hike through a new trail in Kota Damansara. I had never been there before, but I thought we would try something new. I think I remember seeing the words “family friendly” somewhere and figured the boys could manage it. The trail we took was pretty easy up untilContinue reading “Lessons from a Hiking Adventure in Kota Damansara”

Competitive Fire – Favourable Odds and Conditions

This is the last post in a series of articles I have written on competition. The first three articles can be found below: Competition – Why Kids Need to Play to Win Being Competitive – Warriors vs Worriers How to Increase Your Child’s Competitive Fire In this article, we will examine several variables that affectContinue reading “Competitive Fire – Favourable Odds and Conditions”

Parent Cheat Sheet: Metacognitive Questions

At the end of every enquiry unit, parents are invited to school to observe what our children have done. We are also encouraged to ask the kids questions about their work. This is something I’ve always struggled with because I never know what to ask to make it meaningful. How can you make it meaningful?Continue reading “Parent Cheat Sheet: Metacognitive Questions”

How to Increase Your Child’s Competitive Fire

In our earlier posts, we wrote about how competition benefits our children and how genetics can affect our children’s disposition towards competition. In this post, we’re going to look at how we can increase our children’s competitive fire. 3 Things Parents can do to Increase a Child’s Competitive Fire According to Po Bronson and AshleyContinue reading “How to Increase Your Child’s Competitive Fire”

Supporting Grit Development

In an earlier post, we looked at the activities that help to build grit. In this post, we’re going to explore ways for supporting grit development and gritty behaviours. Just like a personal trainer who helps us work towards our health and fitness goals, we are going to learn how to function like grit trainersContinue reading “Supporting Grit Development”

How to Instill a Love for Reading in Your Child

On Tuesday, I was invited to speak at the Popular Bookfest 2017 at the KLCC Convention Center with Michelled Lim-Chua, author of The Mindful Mom, on the topic: How to Instill a Love for Reading in Your Child These are some of the highlights from our discussion. Why Reading? “A nation that does not read muchContinue reading “How to Instill a Love for Reading in Your Child”

Blue Whales and 13 Reasons for Teenage Suicides

We had a parent workshop at school recently about the TV series 13 Reasons Why based on the book by the same name, written by Jay Asher. Although I had heard of the series, I had no idea what it was about. It came onto the school radar when teachers discovered that kids were watching theContinue reading “Blue Whales and 13 Reasons for Teenage Suicides”

The Power of Adversity in Developing Grit

Gattaca is a movie that has inspired me since the day I first watched it. It is a movie about achieving your dreams even when nobody else believes you can – or should – achieve those dreams. If you’ve never seen it, you can read the plot summary below and click the link to theContinue reading “The Power of Adversity in Developing Grit”

The Effects of Social Media Influence on Our Children

The following article is a guest post from Jessica Freeman. Jessica Freeman is a blogger and freelance writer from Sydney, Australia. She enjoys covering various topics, from education and technology to motivation and productivity. She also has her own blog where she presents top writing tips. Follow Jessica on Google+ and Twitter. The Internet: allContinue reading “The Effects of Social Media Influence on Our Children”