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Creativity - Methods In The Madness - Susan was trying her best to create a masterpiece for her art assignment. The colors whirled across the paper as she tried to conjure an order of symmetrical designs, but it simply turned up as a mess of sloppy circles. Baffled and distraught, ...

Pneumococcal Disease - A Growing Threat To Children's Health - Each year, more than one million children throughout the world die as a result of pneumococcal disease - a group of illnesses caused by the bug Streptococcus (S.), pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. Young children are particularly suscepti...

A Blast From The Past - It all started when a school bully burst a balloon in my tender ears. I immediately burst into tears, but as children are wont to do, this only encouraged him to repeat his performance. Loud blasts continued to ring in my ears for that day - an...

Building His Attention Span - The typical two-year-old is on the go the whole time, rarely settling quietly at the same activity for more than a few minutes. With limited attention, he flits from one toy to the next. It's almost as though he has so much energy that he can o...

What Happens When You Are Pregnant? - Hair Thicker crown as hair loss slows down temporarily. Oil glands secrete more oil, giving hair a healthy sheen. Breasts Enlarged to prepare for breast-feeding. May see green veins on them but this is temporarily. Breasts A...

Parents Should Set The Example - How parents behave, conduct themselves, and the kind of choices they make with regards to their lifestyles have a deep impact on their child's value systems. Children, especially toddlers, love to imitate and model themselves after the adults a...

Nurturing A Creative Child - Most parents tend to pack their children's waking hours with activities in the hope that they will advance their mental development. But when left to their own devices, children may actually become more creative. In this day of hyper enrichment...

First-born Vs Second-born - What do the scientist Albert Einstein and the anthropologist Margaret Mead have in common? They were both typical first-born children - intelligent, successful and high achievers. And what about the revolutionary scientist Tycho Brahe and radic...

Coping With The Death Of A Child - Psychiatrists say the grief for a dead child is more intense than that for the death of adult family members because most people believe parents should outlive their kids. The age of the child and circumstances surrounding the death affect how ...

Fatty Acid Good For New Mum And Baby - DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is a fatty acid essential for optimal growth and functional development of the brain and eyes in infants. Current research suggests that adequate DHA may help to prevent pre-term labor and decrease the risk of post...

Sustaining Interests In Enrichment Activities - Some children don't know how to talk about the way they feel. They resist or say they don't want to continue after one or two lessons. Often, all it needs is time. Let your child know that you'd like him to try a few more lessons. He may settle...

Tips For Working Dads - Raise The Kids Yourself It's important to be as hands-on and involved as possible in their upbringing so you forge a closer relationship and don't miss our on any part of their childhood. Maintain Constant Communication Even when...

Listening To Your Child Views On Enrichment Classes - Listening To Your Child Views On Enrichment Classes Spend time and talk to him. Your child may already have a clear idea about the type of activities or classes hed like to attend. Ask him about it, as he may be shy to bring it up. Be prep...

Lifeskills - Contextual Understanding And Social Skills - Lifeskills - Contextual Understanding And Social Skills Ever thought what skills you'd like your child to have once her school-going years come to a close? Like the abilities you pride in yourself, chances are these have nothing to do with...

Enrichment Activities - Enrichment Activities Time To Start? At what age should you send your children to a drama class, learn a musical instrument, take up a sport, or learn dance? There is no correct age to start. It varies from child to child and you can'...

Lifeskills - Responsible Choices And Effective Expression - When their school going years are over, what do you want your children to be able to do? Apart from study skills, what from study skills, what other skills should your children have? School learning focuses mainly on information acquisition, wh...

Visiting A Fertility Clinic For First Time - So you've been married a few years and trying for a baby without success. Perhaps something is wrong with one, or both of you. To get answers, you need a doctor. It is easy to get to see a doctor who specialises in fertility issues. One can cal...

Building Your Child's Immune System - Taking care of sick children can be rather challenging for parents. Waking up in the middle of the night to the sounds of your child's cough, feeling your child's feverish body against yours, and cleaning up vomit is something you may be famili...

Underestimating The Enemy - Rotavirus - In What Ways Can Parents Prevent Children From Contracting The Rotavirus? Rotavirus spreads primarily via the fecal-oral route and research has shown that the virus can be found all over homes and day-care centres, not just areas directly ...

Deadly Diarrhea - It looks like a bout of diarrhea or a simple case of gastric flu. But, if left untreated, the rotavirus can results in brain damage in children. Almost every child below five will be infected with the virus at least once. Thankfully, a severe r...

Little Helping Hands - All you want, is for the kids to pick up their toys after play-time. But no, the only chores they ever want to do are the more adult ones like washing the car, mopping the floor or cleaning the dishes (Notice how all these involve water and the...

Reality Check For Parents - Reality Check For Parents It's great to involve your kids with your daily chores, as long as you keep your expectations in check: Be Realistic And Involved Keep your expectations realistic and be sure the chores and are safe and ...

In Pursuit Of A Child - Jaslyn And Albert had been married for several years, but remained childless. It did not help matters that both parents ah taken to dropping hints about the joys of grandparenthood as early on as their first year of marriage. To make matters wo...

In The Line Of Vision - What Should I know Bout Myopia? The condition is not just inconvenient because your child has to wear spectacles or contact lenses. It can present risky complications later in life and these couse trigger some of the conditions: Retin...

How To Dealt With The Financial Demands Of Becoming A Parent? - There are several key indicators of whether a country has joined the league of developed nations. The obvious signs are a developed infrastructure, a rising standard of living and a highly literate population. However, often overlooked, yet pai...

Pregnancy - Pregnancy occurs as a result of the fertilization of an ovum by sperm. With fertilization cell division begins, and the fertilized egg develops into a mass of cells called the morula that move through the uterine tube into the uterus. The morul...

Menopause - Menopause As a woman approaches midlife, in her mid-forties to early fifties, her estrogen production declines, she stops ovulating, and her supply of eggs runs out. This stage of her life is called menopause, or "change of life". The body...

Contraceptive - A contraceptive is any agent or device used for the prevention of conception (fertilization of an egg by a sperm cell). It is a fact that four out of five women who have unprotected intercourse become pregnant in a year. The one common thing ab...

Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease (HFMD) - What Is Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease (HFMD)? It is an illness caused by intestinal viruses, the most common being coxsackie virus and enterovirus-71 (EV71). A person with HFMD usually has the following symptoms: Fever for two to...

Colorectal Cancer - Don't Let Colon Come To A Full Stop - Should I Be Screened For Colorectal Cancer? Yes, everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer. It is very treatable if diagnosed early. In fact, it is also a very preventable cancer. By prevention, I am referring to detecting non-canc...

Cerclage Operation - Cervical incompetence is a medical condition where there is structural weakness in the neck of the womb (cervix). It is usually the result of prior injury such as an abortion or from an inherited condition. The physical weakness in the cervix m...

What Is Rotavirus? - It is a very common virus and is one of the first to infect very young children. It can be seen only using an electron microscope that can magnify the virus particles 70,000 or more times. It looks like a very small "golf ball" although it has ...

Baby Steps - For housebound new Mums, here are nifty ways to bounce back into shape with baby-in-law. Keeping fit when you are a busy new Mum definitely isn't child's play. It can be hard work as you juggle different demands - but there are ways you can sha...

Are You Worried About Your Child's Bedwetting? - Cheer up. We'll give you pointers on how to deal your child's bedwetting. For starters, we'd like to reassure you that managing your child's bedwetting is not as difficult as it sounds. While there are no quick answers, there are ways to h...

Is She Ready For Preschool? - Many first-time parents are keen to know how they can help their children prepare for primary school. Aside from the cost issue, what else do parents have to consider when deciding on how to guide their child's development and education? B...

Develop Resilience In Your Children - There are kids who graze their knees but keep on running. And then there are kids who stare blankly at the trickling blood and decide to sit things out. Put the difference down to resilience. It's that basic "hang in there" instinct all parents...

What Doctors Wish Parents Knew - Basic first aid and other vital information you need to save your child in an emergency - and spare you a lot of panic. Take two dollops of wrong assumptions about child safety. Add a big dose of panic when an accident happens. Throw in misconc...

Preparing For Baby - A new mum always has lots of questions about parenthood, but there is always help around the corner to get you through pregnancy, childbirth and baby care. Here are some resources you can try: Attend Antenatal Classes As well as picki...

Why Does She Cling To Me? - Sometimes, it seems as though your one-year-old won't let go of you for five minutes - you can't even step into the shower for five minutes without her trying to get under the water beside you, or screaming the place down, or both! And if you t...

The Kindness Revolution - Being little themselves, young children love to retell the Aesop fable of The Lion and the Mouse to anyone who would listen. The moral is rarely lost on them: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." It shouldn't be ...

An Absent Father - Life is challenging enough when you are a single mother, having to cope with the parental demands of raising a child on your own and the emotional demands of balancing work and home. And just when you think you have everything under control, yo...

Adolescent Depression - After Lenas (not her real name) father passed away when she was twelve, the now 17-year-old student fell into depression. Her mother, 49-year-old clerical staff Sonia (not her real name), recalls that Lena did not shed a single tear at her fath...

Fearless Toddler - The year-end kindergarten report from the teacher reads, "Tim is a diligent boy who thrives well in a secure environment. He will certainly grow to be a successful student when he aims for greater heights." Read between the lines for ...

Don't Breed A Bully! - If your child is bullied, you'd hardly stand by and do nothing. But what if your child is the bully? You shouldn't stand by and do nothing either. If you notice that your child is disturbingly more aggressive than others, you'd be well-advised ...

Trio Of Kids - Since I had my third child, everyone I meet - friends, colleagues, neighbors even - asks me, "How are you coping?" I say, "Great, it's not that difficult really!" And they look at me in disbelief. The truth is, it really is ...

Imparting Values In Young Mind - Every parent wants the best for their child. But besides achieving good grades in school, it's equally important for children to be equipped with the right values. Respect for others, honesty and kindness are just some values that parents ought...

Clarity Of Purpose - Where Am I Going? - "They just don't seem to know where they are heading." "I wish they would show interest in something." "If they carry on like this they'll achieve nothing." As parents of teenagers, we have most probably said somet...

Teach Them Good - Bringing up a child to have grace, decency and courtesy is the responsibility of the parents. But how many parents actually know just how to do it? Linda, a expert in parenting, shares her experience and expertise in this area. How Young C...

Breastfeeding - Pulling The Plug - A beachside holiday prompted Lynn, 27, to think about weaning her then five-month-old daughter off breast milk. "We were going to Phuket and I could not imagine taking my pump and cooler box everywhere. I would end up being holed up in the...

How To Ensure Your Baby Gets Premium Breast Milk - By now, if you are an experienced mother, you would know that where breastfeeding is concerned, it works on a demand-and-supply process. That is, the more you give, the more your body will make. However, as Ginny, a doula and childbirth educato...

Breastfeeding: Milk Not Enough - Many nursing mums think they have inadequate milk when in fact they don't. If you're one of them, try to have realistic expectations. Don't compare the rate your breastfed baby is gaining weight to a formula-fed baby. Don't look at the woman on...

Baby Massage - The Power Of Touch - While a baby's life seems filled with nothing but pleasures like napping, cuddling and cooing, there are stresses as well. The environment, hunger, colic, wind, overstimulation and new situations can bring anxiety to a baby. Massage can help ea...

Communicating With Your Baby - Communicating with your baby during her first year is tough, for the simple reason that she cannot speak! She cannot tell you why she is crying, she cannot explain to you what she is feeling and she cannot use words to describe her needs. So, s...

Baby Size Do Matters - Henny makes sure television programmes get broadcast on time - it is part of her job. However, when it came to her baby's birth schedule, the 2'7-year-old television broadcast scheduler could not be so spot-on. She checked into the labor ward a...

Common Childhood Worries - What If She Drank The Water In The Bathtub? If a child swallows some water from the bathtub, this should not send alarm bells ringing. However, this does depend on how much soap or detergent was put in the bath. The worst-case scenario is ...

Why Does She Cry? - At times, this first year in your baby's life can seem totally demanding. Sometimes you feel that all she wants is to feed or cry, and that you are completely occupied with these two tasks throughout the day. To some extent, you are right! ...

How To Deal With The Havoc Pregnancy Has Wreaked On Your Body - You've just been wheeled out of the maternity ward. Thanks to the high of cradling your newborn baby, your 12-hour labor is fast becoming a fuzzy memory. You marvel at the perfection of this little person who has been growing inside you for the...

Babies Are Such Visual Creatures - Parents and television are like Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, a love-hate, can't-live-with-them yet can't-live-without-them combination. As children, we grew up with television too, like Sesame Street and the Muppet Show, and the odd episode ...

When Breastfeeding Becomes Hard - Engorgement is simply a case of too much of a good thing when your cups runneth over, as it were - your breasts just too full of milk. This can result in granite hard breasts which, as one can imagine, can be so throbbingly uncomfortable they h...

Adapting To A New Carer - Just when you get your child-care plans organised and manage to return to work, the person who normally looks after your toddler during the day decides to move on, leaving you in the lurch. After much hassle and running around, you find a repla...

Feeding Solids To Children - Many mothers wait excitedly for the day their babies will be able to have meals with the family, but when the day comes, it's not uncommon to see jars of baby food piled up in supermarket trolleys. While these foods are convenient, they cannot ...

A Time For Everything - A new mother learns about her priorities while juggling the demands of motherhood and work. Here is her story... I'm so organized and neat, I can tell if somebody has moved the books in my bookshelves by an inch. The house is spick and spa...

How To Deal With Picky Eaters - Mrs Lim was at her wit's end. "My four-year old daughter was so picky about her food. The only way I could get her to eat was to spoonfeed her like a baby. Moreover, she would only take a few mouthfuls at each meal and as a result, she was...

Screaming Toddler Under The Shower - Useful Dos And Don'ts When Showering Your Child Here are some tips to remember the next time you give your child a bath... Do... Have a routine Explain to your child what to expect during the shower Use positi...

Tips For Raising A Terrific Preschooler - The preschool years are an exciting time for both children and parents. It is the time when children pass through babyhood and enter childhood. During their third and fourth years, children enjoy a great deal of social, emotional, cognitive, an...

Breastfeeding - Pulling The Plug - A beachside holiday prompted Lynn, 27, to think about weaning her then five-month-old daughter off breast milk. "We were going to Phuket and I could not imagine taking my pump and cooler box everywhere. I would end up being holed up in the...

Caesarean Operation - When Yvonne, 32, was wheeled into the labor ward at 10.30pm, her contractions.- two minutes apart - were coming hard and fast. It seemed that she and her husband, first-time parents, would soon be meeting their baby daughter face-to-Face. "I as...

Compassion - The Giving Tree - Is Your Child Loving and gentle? Emotionally astute? Generous in spirit? Imaginative in self-expression? If you ticked off more than one of these traits, congratulations, you probably have in hand a comp...

Episiotomies: The Dreaded Snip - Of all the squeamish discussions about birth experiences, probably nothing makes a woman cringe and cross her legs quicker than when talk about labor turns to the big E. No, it is not the epidural, but the episiotomy. Many women are questioning...

Her Friends And You - Friendships are very important to children at this age. They want to have pals, to be popular, and to be surrounded by friends in the playground. Friendships are often volatile, however, perhaps leaving your eight-year-old feeling distressed an...

My Child's Not Talking - The first three years of life is an amazing time of learning for a young child and a very exciting time for parents as they watch their child develop new skills every day. Developing spoken language is one of the important skills children acqui...

What About Supplements? - Let's admit it. Poor dietary habits among children are becoming the norm. Attracted by `cool' advertisements and ready access, many children today tend towards high-fat, high-sugar, and highly processed food. Once they start school, peer influe...

Asparagus: Heavenly Spears - Nurturing a child's healthy attitude towards eating right is as important as developing a nutritionally balanced diet plan. And in most cases, the key word here is "plan". Planning the right essentials - the likes of veggie-must-have ...

Those Good-Bye Blues - Separation anxiety is a development phase which most children experience. If you child cries or has a tantrum when being left at preschool and you feel guilty about leaving your child, understand that this is a sign of healthy attachment. Be pr...

Having A Baby - Becoming a mother is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life. It can be joyous. It also can be a time of uncertainty and worry. So getting informed is the first step to having a healthy pregnancy. We speaks to Dr Ann, an obstetrician a...

Lose The Baby Fat - We offers you 7 ways to help you drop the excess baggage right after your big delivery. After a woman delivers, she loses six kilos immediately and continues to lose two to three more once her uterus regains it's initial size. While it may soun...

Food On The Go - If you are too busy to cook for your child or simply don't know how, join the ranks of parents who have little control over what their children eat. But better yet, maybe it's time to do something about it. "We go out for dinner nearly every ni...

Parents Who Choose To Blog Online - Baby books and scrapbooks are making way for a new generation of parents who choose to journal online. Irene, an IT manager in her 30s and mother of two, first heard about "slogging" two years 'ago when some mothers started discussing...

Pay Attention To Risk Of Stimulant Drugs For Kids - Stimulants such as Ritalin, commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), have come under intense scrutiny as they may increase the risk of death from heart attacks. In February, a panel of experts in the United States...

Scrap Paper Reminisces - Most parents today are either too busy with work and child rearing or home duties that they do not often have the time to take up a new hobby that let alone a hobby that they are enthusiastic about. Not many have the luxury or the time to engro...

My Child Can't Sleep Without Her Pacifier - What if your child won't give up the dummy? Learn how to tackle this typical toddler problem. Problem Michael explains, "When Rachel was three months old, we gave her the pacifier for hygiene purposes because she had the tendency...

Anaemia In Pregnancy - Anaemia is a condition whereby the level of red blood cells and haemoglobin in the blood is abnormally low. How would developing anaemia during pregnancy affect your own baby's health? During pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body has ...

Pre-Natal Check-Up - "Is this test necessary" That's a common question among mums-to-be a every pre-natal check-up. A. Alias clues you in on some of the most common tests you can expect to undergo at some point during your pregnancy. Most mums-to-be are v...

Misconception About Labor And Childbirth - Stop Laboring Under Misconceptions. With all that is said about childbirth and labor, it's hard to tell fact from fiction, especially when old wives tales are mixed in with experiences shared by well-meaning mothers as the only truth there is. ...

How Your Baby Grows - Your baby will cross numerous milestones in the first crucial first year. he first year of your child's life is an enormously exciting time because your new baby will be developing at an astonishing rate. Hang around and you will be able to wit...

Curing Colic - Why do some babies cry for no apparent reason and only at specific times of the day? How can you differentiate a normal cry from a colicky cry? What can you do to overcome this problem? Your baby cries every evening for hours at a time, an...

The Meningitis Scare - Meningitis is one of the most feared illnesses throughout the world, particularly for parents or those who are involved with young children. This disease can strike without any warning and cause a perfectly healthy child to die within hours. Fi...

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child: Respect - How can you inculcate the values of empathy, tolerance, patience, respect, etc? Greta always thought she and her husband Mark had raised their daughter, Joanne, to be respectful and caring at all times. She felt upset, then, to discover that fo...

Music Madness - Music is not only an important part of our environment and lives, but it is also a beautiful way to enhance your child's brain development. Imagine your child as a foetus. Within your womb, your child hears the timbre of your heartbeat, which y...

10 Minute Workout - If you think you don't have the time to workout with your new baby, please do not fret. Here are some routines you can complete in minutes. Being a new mum means you will be busy all day, but that definitely doesn't preclude you from wanting...

Boosting Your Child's Immune System - Is there a need for vaccination against the common ailments like flu, chicken pox, etc? Children are our most precious gift. As parents and health professionals, we want to do our utmost to keep children strong and healthy. How can we promote t...

My Son, A Bully? - Shocked to get a letter from the teacher about your son's behavior? How could your angel be a bully? Could he be lacking a sense of empowerment? Homemaker Joanne was surprised when her husband called one day with alarming news: Their son, Jacky...

Weird Pregnancy Changes You're Not Expecting - Your feet have grown, your belly's got a stripe... stay calm by knowing what will happen to your body over the next nine months. Being pregnant stirs up a host of emotions-you're happy, excited, and even a little scared at times because while y...

Keeping Whopping Cough At Bay - Is vaccinating your baby against whopping cough enough protection? The deadliest trait of pertussis or whooping cough, is that it is an airborne disease. It is transmitted via miniscule droplets of saliva when coughing, sneezing or even ...

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