How I Taught my Toddler to Read, Write and Do Math
Hi fellow parents, I started homeschooling my 4 year old daughter Maeleth ever since she was born since our financial condition at home wasn't stable yet and I am working from home anyway.
However, recently we were able to enroll Mae in nursery school thanks to government subsidies so that her school fees are only $3 per month. Really thankful to God for that.
Before she started school on 1 September 2020, I've been teaching her how to read, write and count ever since she was 2 years old.
I believe that children have a great capacity and potential to learn, so I didn't hold back for my daughter.
Mae also shows the interest to learn, so your toddler's attitude towards learning new things is important too. Make the learning fun by making it seem like play time and they will absorb the knowledge better.
I must first give a disclaimer that I am not trained or certified as an early childhood educator. I am just sharing the methods I used to teach my daughter which happened to work for her. Hopefully some of these ways I used can be helpful to you!
Wearing Kids Face Masks in School - Protection from COVID-19 and other Sicknesses
Summary: Wearing kids face masks in school has been effective at reducing the cases of children falling sick. Your little one can wear a mask and yet look stylish and adorable!
My 4 year old daughter Maeleth recently started school on 1 September 2020. For the past 4 years, she has been with my wife and I at home, 'homeschooled' in a way.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, it is mandatory for children to wear kids face masks to school.
It is compulsory in Singapore to wear face masks when you go out, whether you are an adult or a child. I believe this prevention measure is why the cases of COVID-19 in Singapore have dropped to single-digit new cases each day.
Even in preschools, teachers and parents are realizing that their little ones are staying healthy and not falling sick as often as before.
The law requiring children to wear masks in preschool will be lifted soon, but Mae's school sent all parents a letter, saying that they strong recommend that the children continue wearing kids face masks to school because it has been effective in keeping them healthy.
It really sucks when little ones fall sick. Besides incurring medical bills, there is the stress of caring for a cranky, ill child.
Wearing a mask is effective protection because kids don't fully understand the importance of practicing hygiene. They touch their eyes and mouth with dirty hands, and pick their boogers whenever they feel like doing so.
Besides that, there is the transmission of germs when fellow student sneeze or cough in other students' faces.
Nowadays, there are beautiful kids face mask designs available for purchase. Let's look at some!
COVID-19 Quarantine in a Singapore Hotel: a Parent's Experience
Hi this is Milton! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my sis-in-law Adeline Kang was quarantined with her family in a hotel in Singapore after relocating back from Sydney recently. It is a law in Singapore that whoever returns from overseas has to serve a "stay-home notice" of 14 days before they can leave their home or location of quarantine. She has graciously allowed me to share her story on this blog. If you are keen to read about her parenting and products review blog called "Ader IBlog", do check it out here. Without further ado, read her quarantine story below!
Children Room Ideas: Princess Room Design for Little Girls
Playing around with children room ideas since my daughter is growing up and might have her own room soon.
For the girl's room design, I chose a look I like with a feminine taste and that princess theme that many girls like.
I have included links to the furniture which resembles the one in the photo. If you like the look, feel free to shop it and build a similar room as well.
Frozen 2 is Coming — How to Protect your Child’s Soul From Elsa’s Magic
I wonder what’s the new hit song they have composed that is the equivalent of “Let It Go”?
One thing I know is that it’s going to be super catchy and extremely attractive, and everyone around the world is going to be crazy over it.
The world is so skilled at producing high-quality animation that captures the imagination and arrests the heart. That’s the danger of the quickly incoming Frozen 2.
I have no qualms watching it myself because I know that it’s just for entertainment and I don’t covet magic or anything, but to a little child watching it, it is tempting them to seek magic.
The main character, Arendelle’s Queen Elsa, is a character designed based on the Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, who is basically a witch.
Elsa was born with ice magic and is able to use these magical powers whether for good or evil.
““‘Don’t turn to those who are mediums, nor to the wizards. Don’t seek them out, to be defiled by them. I am Yahweh your God.” (Leviticus 19:31 WEB)
We know that magic and witchcraft is of the devil. He has an extent of supernatural power, but it is greatly inferior to God’s power.
“The magicians tried with their enchantments to produce lice, but they couldn’t. There were lice on man, and on animal. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is God’s finger:” and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he didn’t listen to them; as Yahweh had spoken.” (Exodus 8:18-19 WEB)
Try as he may, the devil can’t create life. His powers are no match for God’s.
After all, he is a creature whereas God is the Creator.
Should we allow our children to watch Frozen 2? I think it’s ok if they are able to understand that it’s purely for entertainment and enjoying a well-written, fictional story.
However, if they don’t understand that, you may find them dressing up as Elsa after watching the movie, and pretending to have ice magical powers.
Don’t underestimate what a sampling of the occult from a young age can lead to — it’s not just harmless fun.
As they grow up, they may be tempted to seek hidden power from dark sources, such as playing with ouija boards, casting magical spells, or practicing witchcraft.
Satan wants them hooked from young, so that they will be easier to tempt and deceive when they grow up.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 WEB)
The question I want to ask you is: Who is training up your child in the way he/she should go?
Are they acquiring a taste for God’s word, or for the deceptions in the world?
This is important because what they are trained in from young, will be difficult to remove from their programming when they are old.
How can Your Christian Faith Help You Guide Your Children into Adulthood?
When your child becomes an adult or begins university studies, it can seem like the world is their oyster. Did you know, however that stress, anxiety, and depression are among the most common adjustment problems youths face as they cross the bridge from childhood into adulthood?
A study of over 10,000 students showed that many students can struggle with adaptive social and emotional skills, though the good news is that these issue can be overcome.
In addition to taking advantage of specific programmes at universities to promote mental health, students can also rely on one powerful tool that can help them feel that they are never alone: their faith.
Flying with Kids Doesn’t Have to Be a Nightmare - Here’s 7 Ways to Make it Better
Some parents may be in a dilemma about traveling to faraway destinations with their kids, especially little ones — when they are at the peak of their energy levels and eager to explore the wonders of the world around them.
Having a family myself with first-hand experience of traveling with a toddler, admittedly it can be challenging, but it is not a bleak situation.
Aside from trying to book cheap flights online when you’re traveling, there are also other things you can do to make your flight more enjoyable and stress-free as a family.
Here are some ways that you, as a fellow parent, can adopt when embarking on a flight with your kids.
Disney On Ice Review - Mickey's Super Celebration 2019 Experience and Tips to Stay Ahead of the Crowd
Disney On Ice Review - Mickey's Super Celebration 2019 Experience and Tips to Stay Ahead of the Crowd
Hi dear reader, we just attended Disney on Ice at Singapore Indoor Stadium earlier today. It was the first-time ever for Maeleth, Amilee and I.
In short, the experience was world-class and awesome!
I don't want to give away too much spoilers in this post in case you're planning to go over the next few days (the show runs until 24 March 2019) so I'll focus on sharing tips on how you can stay ahead of the horde of show-goers before and after the show!
Kids Toilet Training Tips: How we Skipped the Potty and Started on the Toilet Bowl
I still remember how excited I was when my daughter Maeleth Sarah Goh at 30 months old (2.5 years old) is finally peed in the toilet bowl after so many months of encouragement.
She used to be so afraid of sitting on the toilet bowl and would cry and strongly protest everytime we attempted to carry her to the toilet bowl. But it's true that when she's ready, she'll do it.
Perhaps she grew taller and the hole of the toilet bowl looks smaller now to her than it did previously.
Whatever the case is, be patient and don't worry or compare when other kids are starting. When your child is mentally prepared, he or she will want to try.
The night when I asked Mae "Do you want to sit on the toilet bowl?" and she replied "Yes I want to try", I was so shocked. I was expecting the usual answer: "No!".
It's these moments in the parenting journey that are so fulfilling and amazing to experience firsthand.
My heartbeat was racing excitedly and when I saw her pee for the first time while sitting on the toilet bowl, my heart swelled with happiness!
Only a parent will understand this feeling. It's funny how the things that excite you change when you become a parent!
We skipped the potty (the little kids sized portable toilet bowl) because we feel that if your child gets used to the potty, then you have to retrain him or her to use the actual toilet bowl later on.
Without further ado, here are some kids toilet training tips that we believe helped Mae to eventually become mentally-ready to use the toilet bowl.
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Hi I’m Milton Goh, I'm 29 years old and i'm a blogger who writes about Christianity, Parenting, Life Lessons that I learn from Movies/Shows, and Lifestyle.