As my son grows older, I notice that he has a curious nature. He would ask, “Why this …? Why that …?” which I would be only too happy to answer except for my own inadequate knowledge. Because of this and the fact that I would also like to get him interested in nature, the world around us, the environment, etc. I began my research on educational science kits. The choices out there boggle the mind: weather kits, insect habitats, terrariums, solar power kits, etc.; I was spoilt for choice.
Category: Age Groups
It’s going to be Christmas soon and I’m sure many of us still have more shopping to do. Knowing my son’s fascination with toy robots, I have been researching for toy robots he’ll be interested in that will also be educational for him. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on toy robots under $50 for those under budget constraint. Therefore, this is a list of toys under $200 that I wish I could get for him.
Helicopter Mommy — I am one. Not. Well, maybe.
Being a first-time mother, doubts assail me almost every day on how to properly bring up my son. It doesn’t help when constant comments and well-meaning suggestions (“He is too thin. Feed him more. / The diapers are not suitable. Leaking all the time. / Cover him with blanket at night. It gets chilly”) are turning me into a hovering or “helicopter mommy”.
“NO! Stop that! No means no!”
How often do you hear yourself say that? Or something similar along that nature? Never? You sure are one lucky parent. Well, for those ‘unlucky’ few, the good news is, you are about to find out some tips on how to be firm with your children.
When we picture the campuses of the world’s leading educational institutions – Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton and so on – we’re likely to visualize leafy, green, open spaces, gardens, lakes and parks, along with the iconic buildings which symbolize those centers of learning.
ooray! Potty training done! Another tick off the toddler milestone checklist. No more throwing away smelly, yucky diapers. No more wasting money buying diapers. No more … oh wait, we still have to wash and...
Young children are naturally inquisitive and often want to put their new ‘discoveries’ in their mouth to learn more about it. Children can choke on food, just like adults, but it’s far more likely that they will choke on toy parts and other objects. It is therefore sensible to take precautions against them choking.
Every time someone is cooking in the kitchen, my son has been trying to ‘cook’ too. A Masterchef in the making, I can only hope. While I wholly agree to the idea of him learning to cook, letting him near a hot stove at his age is something else altogether. So, his father did the next best thing. He got him a Play-Doh Meal Makin’ Kitchen set.
Ever since we bought him the Peipeile Dough Fastfood Center, he has been asking for ice cream, strawberries, cars, fire trucks, robots, etc. made out of dough. So, since we wanted to check out and compare the quality of the different brands of modeling items, purchasing the Play-Doh Meal Makin’ Kitchen set seems to be the ideal solution.
Fever. Illness. Sickness. These could be the stuff of some parents’ nightmare. I know it is mine. Seeing your child trying to fight off an invisible infection. Feeling so helpless. The only thing is to make him feel as comfortable as possible.
I still remember those days where, as a child, I used to play with plasticine in pre-school. Though the smell left much to be desired, the joy of creating animals (especially snakes as they were so easy to shape and mold), vehicles and of course, food, more than made up for it. Hours and hours of fun just creating something out of lumps of colorful plasticine.