I’m going to honest. Am I a fan of children? Nope. Do I get possessed by ‘Kid Talk’ aka “Come come let Aunty bao bao!” every time I see kid? Nope. Am I experiencing the joy of children? Yes. We (Sis, BIL, nieces and hubby) recently were involved in a MEGA FUN film shoot for MaybeBaby’s ““Times May Have Changed But The Joy Of Parenthood Remains”. Have you seen it yet? The trick to looking like picture-perfect parents who have got everything together – a personal stylist. Woa. What’s this I woke up with? Several hours later, the ballooning doesn’t» Read More
Our trusty metal stallion, ‘breathed’ its ‘final breath’ last week after having served us well for the last 9 and a half years. We have had her since Kristen was 3 months old and many of our family’s memories were made together with this car — like our numerous holidays up to Malaysia, the first trip home from the hospital for all three boys, etc; so, in some ways, when the tow truck came for her, we were all a little sad. After a short period of ‘grieving’ , the next step of course was to ask ourselves ‘what next’? Do we» Read More
This is an entry about thinking and talking positive. No, I’m not going to be all preachy or trying to sound clever about the importance of adopting a positive psyche in child-raising. I’d just like to share a little anecdote from our recent conversations with Claire. At 18 months old, Claire is pretty competent at comprehending what we tell her or snippets of family conversations constantly taking place around her (when you have 10 people milling around the house all day, there’s always one or more conversations going on from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight daily.) The thing is – Claire» Read More
I turned 35 earlier this week. 35 is a rather strange age to be at. It dawned on me that from now on, I’d no longer belong to the category of the early thirties, and that every day after my 35th birthday, I’d be moving steadily into my late thirties. Isn’t this the phase where people have kids who are already in primary school and whose lives get overtaken by homework, tuition, CCAs, enrichment classes, etc. Uh huh, the parents’ lives, not just the kids’. I hear my older colleagues lamenting about PSLE and can’t quite empathise with the stress» Read More
Yes, it’s true, children are our little joys, but this post is not exactly about that. It’s actually about life as a stay-home mom. To be honest, things can get pretty routine, mundane, and well…boring! The only thing that keeps me sane is treasuring the little joys that each day brings. And so, here’s a list of some of the little things that I give thanks for: 1) Angel Baby I can hardly believe that Caris is now 8 months old! 2/3 of a year has already zoomed by, and as a stay-home mom, I have been able to enjoy» Read More
“If you eat too much candy, later the ants come and find you.” As parents, we are guilty of saying some pretty stupid things. After all, how many times have you threatened to call the police on your kids, scared them into submission by using that security guard downstairs, or tried to get them to behave at a restaurant by saying that the waitress was watching? As if the waitress actually wields some sort of power, and the superhuman ability to make your child sit still obediently. If she did, I will be first in line to bring my kids» Read More
Hands up those of you who have used electronic devices to ‘distract’ our kids whilst we attend to important business calls or even check Facebook? It is a common occurrence to see parents having a peaceful meal whilst the child has an iPad perched right in front of their dinner. This is usually coupled with some caregiver, usually the helper, deftly shoveling minced food into the mouths of these kids who are busy shooting flappy birds or slicing fruits like ninjas. Let me be the first to admit that I’m completely guilty of this. I have found myself more caught» Read More
Fans of Maybe Baby must have caught the new video that has been playing at their roadshow at Raffles Place last week. What?! You haven’t yet seen it?! *aghast* Just kidding! You must – the video is lovely, and NOT just because it stars moi… and Dannie… and Coco… and Claire… and my sister… and Ronald. Uh huh. That’s right. Pretty much the whole family got into the act. It all happened when I Love Children called me during a weekday jaunt to the NTUC supermarket near my office (yes, I’ve joined the aunties shopping for groceries at Tanjong Pagar» Read More
You know you’re reading a good book when you’re down to the last few pages and suddenly, every page turn brings an odd mix of reluctance and anticipation. You slow your reading pace down. The words seem further apart. You relish the spaces between each line. After blazing through hundreds of pages to get to the end, there’s almost a dread that it’s over so fast. That’s the way I feel now 5 days to the wedding dinner. Over the last few weeks, busying myself with wedding preparations was part of my daily routine. Firming up the program, printing artwork,» Read More
Many of us are probably not unfamiliar with the carrot and stick system— if you do something, you will get rewarded with something else. I have been brought up pretty much the same way too, if I scored an A in the finals, then daddy will bring me to Sentosa, etc. Much has been said through parenting experts about the value of such a system that has seemingly worked wondrously for many parents, but to the detriment of children. When the carrot is removed, will the child still be motivated to do things? Especially when it involves things that are» Read More
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