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    Don’t Cry Baby
    Babies have not learnt the gift of speech yet, so they communicate with the only way they know – by cooing at you, smiling, laughing, and (what we dread most) crying. Crying is your baby’s way of communicating with you his feelings of hunger, pain, fatigue, fear and frustrations. It is also a way for ...
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    The Art of Fatherhood
    While there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach for fathers to follow, there is little doubt on the importance of being a hands-on father in all aspects of raising a child. After all, fathers play an equally crucial role as mothers in shaping the development of their child’s socialemotional, cognitive, language, and motor skills. ...
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    Dealing with Failure
    Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” The German philosopher knew early on that failure could actually be an opportunity for improvement – excellence even! Naturally, as parents, we want to be proud of our children. We consider their success as an extension of ours, a testament to our ...
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    Teaching Your Child About Sharing
    Why should one share in the first place? Why teach children to share? One main reason is that sharing builds relationships where there’s mutual acknowledgement which helps develop compassion, respect and understanding towards one another. When you share something with someone, there is an automatic acknowledgement of that person’s existence and needs. This is usually ...
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    Your Best Bet In Bringing Up Your Child
    As parents, providing your child with proper nutrition and an excellent education is a good start. However, our modern lifestyle has too much emphasis on bringing up the next child prodigy who will excel in either sports, studies, or even better, both! This situation often leads to a sad lack of concern on two other ...
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    Avoiding The “F” word: Favouritism
    Parental favouritism is defined as the perceived or actual practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one child at the expense of another. In many instances, even when parents are determined to treat their children equally, they soon find that this is easier said than done. There are many different kinds of favouritism and various ...
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    Bringing Up Mentally Challenged Children
    Children who are mentally challenged are often referred to as being intellectually disabled. It is characterized by below-average intelligence or mental ability (i.e. learning, reasoning, problem solving, etc.) and a lack of adaptive behaviour required for day-to-day living (i.e. interpersonal skills, self-esteem, ability to follow rules/obey laws). Numerous factors can facilitate its onset, but more ...
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    Looking Good & Feelin’ Great!
    Writer Markus Zusak in his internationally acclaimed book I am Messenger puts it most elegantly, “Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” For teens, this may be hard to digest. When our children approach puberty they become increasingly conscious of their body image. Body image ...
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    When Enrichment Becomes A Burden
    RINGGGG! It’s Saturday morning, 9am, time to hit the snooze button. “No, oh no, little Charlie has taekwondo at 10am, arts class at 1pm, swimming lesson at 5pm. How about my darling Jane? She has ballet at 11am, arts class at 1pm and music lesson at 3pm. I have to get up and get them ...
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    Outsourced Parenting
    Housemaids have become an integral part of family life in Malaysia, some may say it’s a necessity – they provide much needed support to parents who often don’t have extended family around to assist with childcare or dualcareer parents who are often left with little choice and require help as well as support to carry ...