Extra-curricular Activities: The Benefits of Drama and Musical Theatre

Self-control in children predicts future success and imaginary play helps children develop their self-control. By extension, isn’t drama and musical theatre is a form of imaginary play? So can it be extrapolated that drama and musical theatre helps children develop self-control? Drama and Musical Theatre Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combinesContinue reading “Extra-curricular Activities: The Benefits of Drama and Musical Theatre”

What are the Benefits of Nature on the Cognitive, Emotional, and Physical Health and Development of Children?

I fell down recently and took skin off both knees. It was quite nasty. Aristotle and Hercules were in awe of my wounds. Most probably because they have never sustained such injuries before and that got me thinking… When I was Hercules’ age, I had already experienced my fair share of grazed knees. So hadContinue reading “What are the Benefits of Nature on the Cognitive, Emotional, and Physical Health and Development of Children?”

The Power of Play – it’s Good for Parents Too!

In an earlier post, we talked about why play for good for children, but did you know that play is good for parents, too? Well, play is good for all adults period, but parents especially should get into the habit of playing regularly. Why do adults need to play? Similarly to children, play helps adultsContinue reading “The Power of Play – it’s Good for Parents Too!”

Art Benefits and Why Clay Art is Great for Children

I have written about art benefits before, but here are more benefits on why children should get into art: encourages creativity improves connections in the brain in the default mode network helps to develop visualisation and interpretative skills allows children an avenue for self-expression teaches children that there is more than one right answer (multiple points ofContinue reading “Art Benefits and Why Clay Art is Great for Children”

Extra-Curricular Activities: The Wondrous Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument

Extra-curricular activities – so many to choose from and so little time to do them all. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what your child likes best and what your child is willing to sacrifice his precious time for. However, if you could choose, what should it be? Obviously theContinue reading “Extra-Curricular Activities: The Wondrous Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument”

Sports and Exercise: Why Tennis the the Best First Sport

Some time back, I wrote about the top 5 activities I would recommend for early childhood development. I chose swimming as a first sport because it teaches children water safety which is something every parent desires because it can prevent accidental drowning. Here is the perspective from Monster Tennis why Tennis is the best firstContinue reading “Sports and Exercise: Why Tennis the the Best First Sport”

Early Literacy: Even More Reasons to Start Early

Another one for the case for early literacy. Although 99% of children eventually learn to read in school, the main reason for the push for early literacy is not necessarily to give your child a headstart in school, but to ensure that he is functionally literate as highlighted by KL on the BrillKids blog: TheContinue reading “Early Literacy: Even More Reasons to Start Early”

Tandem Nursing – Reasons for Not Weaning the Toddler

Although there was a lot of protest when I said I was going to tandem breastfeed my two boys, it was pretty much accepted and I went on to nurse Gavin even after Gareth was born.  However, with Gavin’s declining behaviour in recent times, the discussion for me to wean Gavin has been revisited. HereContinue reading “Tandem Nursing – Reasons for Not Weaning the Toddler”

Breastfeeding Benefits for Babies

Although I have written before about breastfeeding and it’s benefits to mother and baby, I realise that I never really took an in depth look at how it was beneficial.  After recently reviewing the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, I thought I really ought to follow up with an article on how breastfeeding benefits babies.Continue reading “Breastfeeding Benefits for Babies”

Breastfeeding Baby – A Mother's Benefits

We often talk about why breastfeeding is beneficial for the baby, but rarely is there any consideration given to how breastfeeding might benefit a mother. In fact, most people seem to perceive breastfeeding to be a sacrificial practice that mothers offer to their babies. I’ve heard concerns from women that breastfeeding means saggy breasts andContinue reading “Breastfeeding Baby – A Mother's Benefits”