Category: nicole

Do Your Kids Need A Pencil Grip? My 11 year old does!

Do your kids hold their pens/pencils in a really strange way? Don’t get me wrong, the kids can still write neatly but the angle of the pen is wrong, or the fingers are sticking out weirdly, or the placement is just totally not normal. I mean I’ve seen adults who hold their pens differently from…




How Much to Give for Primary School Allowance?

This is the question many parents face when their children start school. How do we decide how much to give? Would it be too little? Or too much? Would my child go hungry? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide on the amount. Step 1: Identify what your kids can spend on First up,…




Tween Parenting: Laying the Foundation at Preschool

Bringing up girls is a test of one’s discernment, patience and wisdom. And especially for Mummies. I think before man invented mirrors, there were Mummies and Daughters! Nicole is now 10, and Nadine is 7. And of course the younger one is on her own journey as she grows up. Nothing is replicated in the…




The Cliff Review – Rock Climbing Is For All!

One of the most exciting outdoor activities my kids enjoy is Rock Climbing. It is safe, the kids get a good mental and physical workout, and every climb is different, so it’s never boring! There are a few Rock Climbing schools/clinics in Singapore, and we were invited recently to check out a really cool one…




Bilingualism – My Woes Then & Now

One of the biggest struggles I had when I was in school was mastering Mandarin. Let me rephrase that, it was learning Mandarin. I need to be very careful here, as I’ve had sticks and stones thrown at me for being so lousy at the language and forgetting my Chinese roots and being a total…




Unexpected Mum of 3

When I was growing up, I had friends who really loved children. I mean we were in our teens, and they would love playing with kids from Children’s Church, or the neighbour’s baby, or do baby talk with the stranger’s child in the lift. They would squeal in delight and say “so cute!” or repeat…




Primary School Kids’ Schedules

When we decided to have kids, we were comforted that there were childcare options readily available in office, or various centres near home/office. When they started pre-school, we had to tighten our belts to send them to full-day childcare centres. There was no way we could do those 3-hr kindy since we are working full-time….




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