The Functions of Baby Teeth

There is a tendency for parents to treat baby teeth as being dispensable since we all know there will be a second set of adult teeth replacing them anyway.  As a dentist, I would often see parents coming into the clinic for check-ups but their children would never sit in the dental chair unless thereContinue reading “The Functions of Baby Teeth”

How Many Colours in a Rainbow?

I have a gripe about some of the educational materials that children are exposed to.  It relates to the colours of the rainbow.  Every adult knows that rainbows have seven colours.  Well, okay, since we’re being pedantic, rainbows are basically the splitting of visible light into a spectrum of colours of which seven are mostContinue reading “How Many Colours in a Rainbow?”

Funny Saturday: I Want Transformers

Here’s a true story (names have been altered to protect the identity of the real people) and a great reason why I should be glad that my second child is a boy.  Okay, there might have been some embellishments on my part but the story is essentially correct. A brother – let’s call him CainContinue reading “Funny Saturday: I Want Transformers”

A Novel Way of Getting Kids to Eat Veggies

Part of raising a happy, confident and successful child is to raise a healthy child (hmmm… perhaps I should add that to my blog description – learning how to raise a happy, healthy, confident and successful child).  This is the reason why I occasionally explore options for healthier eating and supplements, such as probiotics andContinue reading “A Novel Way of Getting Kids to Eat Veggies”

Kid Snacks: Chocolate Cereal Clusters

As a parent of a selective eater, I’m always on the lookout for “healthy snacks” packed full of goodness yet tasty enough to entice the taste buds of a fussy toddler.  Where we live, it isn’t easy to find “healthy” snacks for kids on the supermarket shelves. Often the best option is to resort toContinue reading “Kid Snacks: Chocolate Cereal Clusters”

Growth Checks for Children

My friend, V, sent me this very interesting link from The Star for checking the growth of children.  Most BMI charts we see are usually for adult reference, but this is a BMI chart for children.  Since there has been a constant concern about Gavin “losing” weight ever since he started to lose his babyContinue reading “Growth Checks for Children”

Why We Need to Pay Our Teachers More

When I was approaching the end of my high school years, my Uncle tried to give me some careers counselling advice.  Except that I don’t think it was advice so much as it was more like him telling me what I should do.  So what did he tell me to do?  Become a teacher. Yes,Continue reading “Why We Need to Pay Our Teachers More”

QoW: What's Your Edu-Parent Style?

This is an interesting article I received from DreamBox Learning which I wrote about some time back.  Here is the full newsletter.  The article is about educational parenting styles, which is a topic that I have been particularly interested in lately.  At the end of the article, you can take a quiz to identify whatContinue reading “QoW: What's Your Edu-Parent Style?”

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”