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Singapore STories At ArtScience Museum!



As part of its 170th anniversary, The Straits Times has collaborated with the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands to unveil an exhibition, “Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow”, that chronicles the nation’s metamorphosis through powerful photographs and stories. It is the first exhibition co-curated by the museum that is free to the general public! Embark […]

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The A to Z of Eczema in Children



Eczema is a chronic disorder of the skin that is more common in young children. According to a study done in 2002 (the most recent one here), the prevalence of atopic eczema in Singaporean school children was found to be about 20%, which is keeping with the rates in other parts of the world. But […]

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Choosing a Primary School for your Child: Consider the Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect



It’s once again that time of the year that drives parents of K2s into a frenzy. Yes, it’s time for Primary 1 registration and the stakes are high. Brand name primary schools are highly sought after and with the rule change in length of stay of those staying within the 1km proximity, some parents may […]

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Does Your Child Need a Self-Esteem Boost?



Some kids seem to have it all figured out, while others struggle to keep up. We know that everyone has different talents and develops at varying paces, so the more important question is, how are they coping emotionally? Oxford Dictionaries defines self-esteem as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities” – but what does this […]

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Kid-Spacing: When to have your next Child?



Choosing whether to have another child or not is a big decision for parents, and so is the timing of having a second, third – or more. The decision of how far apart to space your children is usually a personal one and factors that are taken into consideration include a couple’s finances, the availability […]

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Work-Life Balance for New Mums!



Not all mothers have the privilege of enjoying an extended maternity leave, longer than the prescribed sixteen weeks. Financial constraints or the desire to simply want to return to the workforce and resume their pre-baby routines may impose a pressing need on new mothers to adjust their lifestyles. So, what aspects of the process of […]

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Explore Singapore with your Kids: Marina Bay



Rain or shine, there is lots to do around Marina Bay. Built almost entirely from reclaimed land, the area is host to the world’s most expensive building, the largest atrium casino, boasts the world’s biggest elevated swimming pool, the largest light and water show in Southeast Asia and some of the most controversial architecture in […]

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SG50 Jubilee Weekend: The Family Edition



From red and white hair strips to nursing necklaces, retailers island-wide have gone on a creativity streak to whip up products for Singapore’s biggest birthday celebration during the Jubilee Weekend. Here are some that will please everyone in the family, from baby, to granny! For kids who can’t let go of the device SG50 app […]

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Introducing Hegen’s Revolutionary Baby Bottle…



“Press-to-Close, Twist-to-Open” – PCTO for short, and that’s Hegen’s patented tagline which accompanied the launch of the world’s first baby bottle without a screw neck! In other words, parents can simply press on and twist off bottle lids with zero spillage. Now, isn’t that a godsend? Last Tuesday, the 28th of July, saw the unveiling of […]

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Pregnancy Insurance is Peace of Mind for Your Baby Bump



With healthcare costs rising globally as well as here in Singapore, couples who are planning for parenthood are naturally concerned. While Singaporeans and permanent residents do enjoy subsidies for the cost of prenatal care like ultrasounds as well as the actual delivery, some parents-to-be are faced with unexpected situations during the prenatal and post-partum periods […]

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Endometriosis: What You Need To Know



Endometriosis is a condition that affects a woman’s reproductive health. According to the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s website, it is a common condition that affects about 10% of women and that as many as 30% of women who complain of severe menstrual pain are found to be suffering from endometriosis. So what exactly is […]

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Confinement Practices in Multiracial Singapore



As with any set of traditional beliefs, there are two camps into which new mothers faced with the daunting task of choosing whether or not to adhere to postnatal confinement practices are split into. On one hand, there are those who consider traditional confinement practices to be tiresome and impractical, hindering productivity and work-life balance. […]

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How to Design Your Baby’s Nursery



Are you welcoming a precious little bundle into your life and home very soon? Getting yourself emotionally and mentally prepared to bring a new life into this world are crucial facets of being equipped for junior’s arrival. Simultaneously, you should also be focusing on the creation of an environment in which your baby can thrive […]

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Be Prepared For The Unexpected: Protect Yourself Against Pregnancy Complications



As an expectant mother, it is only natural to dream of a perfect birthing process. Amidst excitement and anticipation, some of us almost never accommodate the thought of a medical mishap. Health complications can occur at any time – even when your baby is still in your womb. Did you know that Acute Fatty Liver […]

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18 Great Activities for the September School Holiday (2015)



The 10-day holiday from 4 to 13 September is on the horizon. As the wise mothers say, encourage your children to work hard but let them to play just as hard. How? One of these holiday activities below could be just the thing. Support a Community Club Theatrette Meet a young farm boy who mixes […]

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Get your Kid to Disconnect from that Gadget!



Every parent has experienced this at some point: you call out to your child but he or she is just too absorbed in the world of their mobile tablets and other devices to even notice what you were saying. You snap your fingers, call to them, but nothing works unless you snatch the device out […]

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The Unexpected Joy of Predictable Books



English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon once said, “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom”. He was probably not referring to early child development. As all teachers and parents of young children know, silence detracts from knowledge. Language acquisition is the result of active, repetitive, and interactive learning. In the first six years of a […]

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The Dark Knight Takes Over City Square Mall!



This September school holidays, be sure to head down to City Square Mall as it will be home to The Dark Knight himself! Bring your whole family and venture into the world of the Caped Crusader and join him on his quest to rid the world of criminals and injustice! The Dark Knight ‘Live’ On […]

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Prenatal Yoga: All you need to know



Are you a yoga practitioner wondering if you should continue now that you’re pregnant? Or perhaps you’ve heard that yoga is good for pregnant mothers but are not sure how to start as you’ve never tried yoga before. We speak to the experts and put together this little guide to help you figure it out. […]

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Getting Crafty with Hello Kitty!



On the 25th of August 2015, members of the blogging community were treated to a hands-on crafty morning, courtesy of Brother International Singapore. The leader in home and business IT peripherals that focuses on the “Customer First” approach, has recently launched PT-D200KT, an all new standalone electronic labeller from the Brother P-touch series. Specially tailored […]

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What My Teacher Taught Me



Both teachers and parents are similar in the way they want the children to grow well, learn more and develop positive attitudes towards life. Both teachers and parents ride the same emotional roller-coaster when the children under their care do not listen. But they celebrate with together with a child when the child has achieved […]

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Diaper Bags for Fashionista Mums!



It isn’t just any bag. It’s a diaper bag, and it needs to achieve the near impossible (or so we had thought) – looking totally stylish while simultaneously containing every single possible item you may be in need of during an outing with your little one. A diaper bag is an essential piece of gear […]

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Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby



You’ve decorated your nursery, read the pregnancy ‘bible’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and attended all the prenatal classes you’ve signed up for. What you didn’t expect was to have a premature baby. At first look, you may be amazed and even shocked at how small and fragile your preemie is. With an array […]

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Fashion Scoop: Seed Heritage Spring/Summer 2015



Our little ones are our pride and joy and yes, we love to play dress-up with them. Now that Australian fashion brand Seed Heritage is in Singapore, there’s more reason to do so! Seed Heritage opened its second childrenswear store in Singapore at Vivocity in August 2015 (the first store is at Parkway Parade). “The […]

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Dealing with Pregnancy Weight Gain



Pregnancy is that one (or more) span of time in a woman’s life during which she is naturally expected to pack on some kilos without hosting any qualms about it. However, as with everything else in life, moderation is key. It is highly crucial for an expectant mother to gain weight slowly and steadily in […]

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4 Educational Games to Create with your Preschooler



The preschool years are a precious window of time during which a child can explore and learn about his world in a relatively carefree environment. Mindful of the academic expectations on my children upon entering Primary school, yet wanting my preschoolers to learn in a fun and stress-free manner, I crafted some educational toys and […]

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Encourage a Healthy Body Image for your Child



In a world constantly bombarding us with images of “perfect bodies” and “hot bods”, it is almost inevitable that our children are exposed to body-related insecurities even at a young age. For confident children, a changing body may not be a big deal. But for those who aren’t quite as emotionally secure, the pressure to […]

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Teaching Manners to Kids aged one to 12 Years



Every parent hopes to have the dream child who impresses everyone with his or her good manners. After all, your child’s behaviour, good or bad, reflects on your parenting skills and more importantly, good manners create the foundation for children to grow into confident adults. Manners also determine the quality of their relationships for a […]

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Equip your Preschooler for Primary School Maths



Most primary school children tend to “under perform” in maths, says Ms Peggy Zee. The Early Education Mathematics Specialist with 32 years of experience says that because children in school are “passive recipients of ready-made concepts”, they end up being equipped to complete assignments, but without the essential understanding required for successful maths study in […]

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Fresh & Fabulous: Open Farm Community



On the edge of Minden Road, sprawling over thirty-five thousand square feet, lies a revolutionary experiential space that is Open Farm Community. (OFC for short!) Apart from being a green mix of urban farmland right in the heart of Singapore, it also serves as a horticultural hub. It was officially launched by Spa Esprit Group […]

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Confessions of a Kiasu Mum



I gamble—big time. In case you’re wondering, I do not gamble with money. No, my stakes are far higher, with no room for mistakes. In a society where ‘kiasu’ parents send their children for multiple “enrichment” classes to give them a competitive edge, I am taking chances with my children’s future prospects by not hot-housing […]

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Simply Life: A Brand for Babies, Toddlers & Kids



Homegrown label Simply Life held its brand launch party at Vineyard at Hort Park, last Tuesday, 22 September 2015. The brand, founded under Creative Moms Pte Ltd, has been built on the belief that our journey through life should be an uplifting and joyous one. Simply Life designs and produces products ranging from home-ware and […]

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Choosing your Obgyn: The Quest for Dr Right



As everyone who has ever visited a doctor knows, it’s not always hunky-dory from the get-go. Bedside manner, expertise, personality, cost of fee – there are so many factors involved. And when it comes to choosing an obstetrician-gynaecologist (obgyn), the stakes go up by leaps and bounds. After all, this is the person who is […]

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Starting the Bond Early: Communicating with Your Bump



Even before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to start developing the bond with my baby as early as from the womb. While many parents-to-be find it hard to grapple with the notion that a foetus (or embryo, if you start really early) is sentient, I don’t think that that’s a good reason to […]

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10 Stylish Strollers For Baby (and you!)



Baby on the way? You will need to invest in a new set of wheels then! We are referring to strollers, of course! There is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to strollers these days. As with all other baby products, strollers have also gone through their fair share of […]

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Pororo Is Coming to Singapore!



If you have got a toddler or preschooler at home, the name Pororo is bound to ring a bell. For those of you who are not too familiar with animated characters, Pororo is a little penguin who hails from South Korea. He is typically seen wearing blue dungarees, big round aviator goggles and a tan […]

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10 Foods & Drinks to Fight The Haze



The haze has made its annual appearance yet again. This time, however, it appears to be lingering for longer than usual. It has created an environment to which most Singaporeans are adapting fast without many complaints, most probably because they are aware that the situation is something we do not exercise much control over. N95 […]

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Anger Management for Children



You have probably seen the 2003 Hollywood flick, “Anger Management”, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. The plot revolved around adults. Slightly more than a decade on, anger management is no longer an issue that concerns only the grown-ups. Given the pressure placed on children by their parents to excel in both academics and extra-curricular […]

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How Creative Confidence can help your Child



“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently” – Henry Ford Have you ever wondered why your child seems to do badly at creative writing even though he has tuition classes to help him excel in the subject? Think again. Could your child be lacking in the area of creative thinking? […]

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Does your Child have Spinal Problems? Consider Chiropractic Care



If your child plays with a tablet or a phone, think about putting it away. A 14-year-old girl in Colorado in the United States was recently diagnosed with ‘text neck’, a condition she developed after spending too much time on her mobile phone. This is not the only kind of spine-related problem that a child […]

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Telling my Children that I have Cancer



When a parent receives a cancer diagnosis, one of the first things that comes to mind is how much to tell the children, and if they are young, whether to withhold the information from them. Nobody likes breaking bad news, especially to kids who may not fully grasp the implications of something as “big” or […]

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8 Tips to Survive a Multi-generation Holiday with the Family



The wonderful thing about travelling with family is that there are always extra eyes and hands to help you out with the kids, both during the journey itself, as well as for the entire duration of the trip. And should anything unexpected happen — touch wood! — you’ll have family to help. The tricky part […]

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Cyber Security And Your Children



Did you know that Singapore has one of the highest mobile broadband penetration rates in the region? At the heart of this are our children, who are often more tech savvy than their parents. In an era where technology is evolving quickly, some parents are left baffled by the prospect of keeping their kids safe […]

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Prenatal Yoga Classes in Singapore: Here are 5 of our Favourites!



The practice of prenatal yoga seems to be rising in popularity in Singapore, and the number of options available for mums-to-be seem to be growing at the same rate as her baby bump. Once you’ve checked with your obgyn and been given the green light, it’s time to shop around for the right yoga studio […]

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Hospital Maternity Tours in Singapore: Gleneagles Hospital & KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital



If you’re a first-time mum like me, you know how life-changing it can all be. Not only do you have to deal with debilitating pregnancy symptoms, which creep up on you and turn your life upside down, you’re also faced with a mountain of things to do to prepare for the new arrival. Exciting as […]

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Pororo Park Singapore is Open! (Review)



Pororo Park Singapore opens this Wednesday, on 11 November 2015, at #02-29 Marina Square! Here’s what you and the kids can expect to see, do, and play with there. Conveniently located in the heart of the city at Marina Square’s new retail wing, little fans of Pororo can delight in the 11,000 sq ft indoor […]

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Hospital Maternity Tours in Singapore: Mt Alvernia, Mt Elizabeth (Orchard), & Mt E Novena



Last week our (blissfully!) pregnant writer took you on hospital maternity tours though Gleneagles Hospital and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. This week, we’re bringing you through the rest of the 10 maternity hospitals in Singapore — a few at a time — as you choose the best place to birth your precious one. Do […]

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Hospital Maternity Tours in Singapore: Parkway East Hospital, Raffles Hospital, & Singapore General Hospital



Some parents like to choose when their Baby makes his or her entrance into the world. But all mums-to-be like to choose WHERE Baby will make his grand entrance. After all, you may not be able to decide on the time (especially if you’re having a normal delivery), but you certainly can decide on the […]

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23 School Holiday Activities for Children to enjoy this Year-End! (2015)



Can you believe it? After the flurry of graduation concerts and SA2 exams, the reality of another year coming to an end kicks in. Whether you are going overseas on a winter holiday or not, It is time to schedule activities for the school holidays again. If your child tried an activity last year and […]

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Help Your Child Cope with Bullying



We have all probably heard of the notion that one who is a bully is indeed a coward. But is putting across this universally acknowledged truth to a child who is a victim of bullying enough to console him or her? As adults, we of course understand that it is never the fault of the […]

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