The importance of child-mother or child-stable adult figure
relationship has been well documented in attachment literature and
research around the world. The physical and emotional availability of
the mother enables the child to develop a secure sense of the world. We
now know that secure babies and children explore their surroundings
more, resulting in creating meaningful explanation of the world around
him/her. More current research also shows that a small behaviour such as
regular eye contact allows synapses in the brain to form, creating
pathways in the brain for normal development of the children. This
highlights the importance of adults, especially mothers in crucial
developmental years of infants.
children would be less fearful of
their surroundings, and more likely to learn how to regulate their
emotions. As they grow older, they are less likely to develop
behavioural or mental health problems. Secure children are also more
likely to have quality relationships later on in life. After all,
children learn how to form and sustain relationships base on what they
see, hear and experience. They are also more likely to learn better at
by Dr. Daphne Su
Unfortunately, there are some things that cannot be measured.
Stay At Home Moms are not Economical Liabilities.
Our contributions are just Intangible.
Not measurable by mere numbers such as the GDP.
We, the Stay At Home Mom of Singapore,
Works Harder than the Maria next door!
Tending to details on the home front
so as to motivate our husbands
to be fully committed to his profession.
Regardless of weekday, weekend or public holidays
pledge ourselves to educate our kids to our best abilities.
Sophia surprised us by hosting part of the program in Mandarin.
Happy kids with their candy loots from the lion dance
The Yearly Yu Sheng Affair
Officially the license to mess up the table and yet not get scolding thereafter.
Our Family Photo
Keeping Traditions Alive
Offering tea to the elders and saying auspicious new year greetings,
before receiving ang bao!
This is Sophia's last year in EcoKidd before moving on to Primary one next year.
I honestly can't wait for that to happen any time sooner.
We understand that the turnover rates for childcare centers are high.
The measly low pay plus long working hours.
We've seen too many great teachers leaving.
But, what have the management done to retain good, talented teachers?
School fees has been increasing every year.
I wonder how much of it
(or perhaps I should rephrase, if ANY OF IT)
has gone as incentives for good teachers?
As far as I know,
Some of the dedicated teacher has not seen a pay increment for the past 5 years.
Is it a purely profit driven business
so that the owners could change into
a bigger, better cars and lavish bungalows?
Business models of Childcare Centers that served only the best interest of its shareholders
will not last long
if they failed to retain their best teacher.
I've always supported Ecokidd all these while
even though I've
seen good teachers leaving through the years.
But things took a turn for
the worse with the new center supervisor
who is not friendly,
autocratic, patronizing &
to what I can see - a control freak as
I really hate to call the center & have her answering my call.
Her telephone etiquette
is best described as crude.
Most parents make the choice of childcare centers
by looking at the environment, the curriculum, and teachers.
without good teachers,
environment and curriculum doesn't mean much either.
Dear Management of EcoKidd,
You are making a grave mistake
by not listening to your teachers, parents or the kids.
I implore the management of Ecokidd
to look into the issues raised
as Ecokidd reputation is at stake
& that's definitely
Shuffle the word cards and arrange them into a 4 by 4 grid.
Lay a continuous line of winding words with your colored chips.
Outrace your opponent.
Play offensive by extending your own line,
Play defensive by blocking your opponents' line.
The FIRST to get from side to side or top to bottom wins the game!
It does looks like some really exciting board game.
Afterall,we aren't expecting anything less from David L. Hoyt;
the world's most syndicated daily puzzle and word game creator.
In order to properly review this board game,
I've sent Word Winder to the most stringent reviewers in town.
Hiroshi with his favorite colored word winder chip.
He likes RED because Ferrari is RED too!!
After 30mins of intensive face-off,
the blue team did emerge as winners!
The Victorious Blue Team!
On the overall,
we love this game.
The game was simple enough for a family to enjoy together.
induces a child's hunger for learning new words.
My one and only grouse would be
I hope the word cards could be made out of plastic instead of cardboard.
Having indentation on every letter would be a bonus!
That would solve our problem of sliding word winder chips
when someone accidentally kicks the table.
Word Winder is available at Toys R’Us and major departmental stores.
It retails for SGD$29.90.
P/S: Many thanks to our neighbor; Sneha & Saurav
in pitting our mental wits on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
This product is sponsored by Emway Singapore/ TPR.