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”

Activities for Kids that Promote Flourishing

Flourish on Amazon. When we talk about our parenting goals, we often speak about wanting our children to be healthy, to be successful, and to be happy. The scientific term we’re really looking for is “flourish”. What we want for our children is for them to flourish. In one of the workshops we had at school,Continue reading “Activities for Kids that Promote Flourishing”

When Harry Potter Met the Lord of the Rings…

“The truly creative changes and the big shifts occur right at the edge of chaos.” Dr Robert Bilder, a psychiatry and psychology professor at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. We had an unwitting experiment in “free play” that brought about some rather interesting results. After a continuous string of misbehaviours, I got fed upContinue reading “When Harry Potter Met the Lord of the Rings…”

LEGO Benefits Children in Many Ways

LEGO is a toy that spans generations. As children, we’ve played with LEGO, and now we hand the baton over to our children. Well, some of us anyway. Others remain big kids in the LEGO world. There have been complaints that LEGO is no longer the toy that we grew up with because the sets areContinue reading “LEGO Benefits Children in Many Ways”

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?”

How Do You Nurture Creativity in Children?

There was an article I read recently titled: “Why Creativity is the Most Important Quality You Have” and it relates creativity to having a purpose in life, being driven, fulfillment, and happiness. Creativity ensures greater success and helps you stand out from the crowd above and beyond simply having a good resume and academic transcripts.Continue reading “How Do You Nurture Creativity in Children?”

Parent Seminar: How to Raise Happy & Creative Children

There’s a parenting seminar coming up on How to Raise Happy and Creative Children. Yes, we’re a little late to post about this but there’s still time to register for it. Here it is in a nutshell: How to Raise Happy and Creative Children Speaker: Mdm. Teoh Poh Yew Madam Teoh is a very experiencedContinue reading “Parent Seminar: How to Raise Happy & Creative Children”

Handwriting Activities: Linking Memory Story Writing

This activity was something we started doing recently for a number of reasons: handwriting practice exercise creativity screen-free activity Daddy is very particular about Aristotle’s handwriting, but the thing about handwriting, unfortunately, is that you have to practice to get better at it. The problem with practicing handwriting is that Aristotle finds it boring. IContinue reading “Handwriting Activities: Linking Memory Story Writing”

The Inverse Relationship between Screen Time and Creative Play

We’ve been really busy lately moving house and I’d gotten very lax with screen time. I figured that I could restore the balance again once we were done with all the moving and in the meantime, there would be relative peace and harmony while all the tedious stuff was happening… …and then Aristotle did somethingContinue reading “The Inverse Relationship between Screen Time and Creative Play”

Rory’s Story Cubes

Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages 1 or more players Reinforces artistic expression Ages 8 and up Playing time: 15 minutes Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. There are infinite ways to playContinue reading “Rory’s Story Cubes”