Americana Family: Trends in Childbirth and Rearing for Millennials

When it comes to Millennials, those between the ages of 23 and 34, ideas about child birthing and rearing tend to deviate from earlier generations. Trends in these aspects of having and raising children will inevitably tend to change with prevailing attitudes. Since Millennials place different values on what is important, as concerns their children, it is understandable that they will endeavor to indulge a new generation of children with these values.… [Read more]

My Wish for 2014

As I look back at 2013, the posts I’ve written in the Marketplace, the articles we’ve shared on our Facebook page, and our Twitter messages, I’ve come to appreciate the power of social media. I am convinced now more than ever that our vision of leveraging social media to effect change is one worthy of continuing, one we must push forward.… [Read more]

Celebrating birthdays

 

Birthdays are one of many special occasions that many of us celebrate. Coming around once a year often reminds us that time whizzed quickly past us and that we are now a year older with more experiences to look back on.

As a kid you really look forward to your birthday. You can’t wait to grow older and cut the birthday cake.… [Read more]

Understanding the Need to Take Time off to Reflect

Waterlily

It’s summer and half the year is already over. Days tend to pass very quickly when one is busy with work or  taking care of kids. Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming as there are so many things to do on a daily basis. You can get mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the day.… [Read more]

Who They Are

“What if your son is gay?”

Most people just chuckle uncomfortably when my son tells them about his love of princesses and tiaras and all things “fancy”. But some rude people actually ask me this question outright. What if your son is gay?

Usually I just shrug my shoulders and say, “then he is.”

But the answer isn’t really that simple, is it?… [Read more]

Surviving the Summer Holidays

Monkey boy painting

The summer holidays are on us again. School is out and the kids are free to run wild. It need not be all chaos at your household this summer as there are many different activities which you can do with your children to occupy their time meaningfully.

  • Sign them up for art camps, or do painting/drawing at home:  It would be great for them to capture their surroundings down in print using different mediums in art.
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Children and guns…a post about a post

I recently wrote a post on Sulia titled Kids start playing with a loaded gun at home, 10 year-old boy is dead, shot in the chest. The post pulled in numerous comments that spoke to gun safety, parental negligence, the National Rifle Association, firearm education, stockpiling weapons, and alcohol and drugs. I believe that the comments are so good that they need their own post; hence this.… [Read more]

Putting Colors into Your Life

Sketching of a Street Scene

 

Life is like an empty canvas when we are born. With each experience we add on to the threads that make up the fabrics of our life. As we paint on the canvas we wonder how the final picture will turn out. What will it be? Will it be a bright and happy drawing or something that is dull and that depicts agony?… [Read more]

Another Child Lost

The AP carried a story about a 5-year-old boy accidentally shooting his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky. It seems that he had received the gun as a gift last year. The gun was a Crickett, a company that specifically makes guns, clothes and books for children. A little gun for a little kid and the little kid, who was used to shooting the little gun, picked it up and killed his little sister.… [Read more]

Sausages and Eggs Anyone?

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It gives you the energy that you need to get a head start on the things that need to be completed. Why, then, are so many kids and adults reluctant to give this meal the emphasis that it needs?

Many times we use insufficient time or even the lack of appetite as a reason for not eating breakfast.… [Read more]

How to Keep Kids Safe on a Vacation

It is the school holidays and the school has been closed for the mid-term vacations over here in Singapore. It’s time to visit places and go on the trip to the promised theme park or beach, which the kids have been dying to go to.

Here are some tips on how to lessen the worries and stresses that you may have when you bring your kids out to a busy place.… [Read more]

Yahoo! Examples of Irony and Hypocrisy!

Dear Marissa Mayer,

Ok, I don’t know anything about business. I have never worked from home other than making a little bit of money here and there with my writing, so to be honest, I have found myself agreeing with both sides that write about your managerial decisions you have decided to enforce at Yahoo!.

But really, this letter isn’t about your decisions to tell your employees what they can and can’t do.… [Read more]

Teaching Kids about Love, post Valentine’s

This week is the week of Love as we celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February.  Love is not just for people who are dating but also between friends, siblings and relations.

Love: An intense feeling of deep affection

It is something that we feel, an attachment for a person or an object. If you teach children how to respect and love they will act in kind.… [Read more]

Kids and Screens – Part 1

My son is three and a half years old. He has used my husband’s tablet, my Nook, both of our phones, a laptop, and the wii. He has his own Leap Frog and a V-tech tablet. Yet, he spends most of his day having tea parties or playing trains or running around outside.

Some people are horrified at the number of “screens” my son can manipulate and use.… [Read more]

Engaging your Child through Holisitic Education

In this fast-paced society of ours it is important for an individual to be able to perform well in many different aspects. Gone are the days where only excellent academic results and a high IQ are able to see you through your adulthood. Nowadays EQ (Emotional Quotient) matters more than IQ. One is expected  to have good  academic results, relate well to others, be hands on, physically fit and have an understanding and appreciation for the Arts.… [Read more]

Raising WMAs (White Males, American)

I was born to a middle-class, white, married couple in 1978 in a safe, conservative town in Michigan. My parents are still married almost forty years later, and they still live in the home I grew up in, and they still have good jobs – and because they are smart with their money, they are comfortable.… [Read more]

3 Tips for Dealing with Unpleasant People

Do you have days where you just wish you were able to strangle someone or drop him into a boiling pot of water? I recently had such strong emotions running through my mind when I was angered by a nasty e-mail that I received. Reading profanities that were splattered all around in the content and being accused of doing something which I haven’t done really made my blood boil.… [Read more]

Summer on a Budget

I have two kids: a 3-year old and a 4-month old. We are together almost every day during the summer months.  I also have a budget of about $3 a week for “child entertainment”.

And let’s face it. Playing in your own yard with your own toys is fun for about 5 minutes. On a good day.… [Read more]

Happy Father’s Day

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972 (under President Nixon), 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.

Happy Father’s Day!  In the U.S., today is the day we honour the men who don’t receive nearly enough praise during the rest of the year.  … [Read more]

Surviving the Summer Vacation in Singapore

The kids are on holiday as school is out. It can be quite chaotic having all three kids at home. They can be very boisterous when all of them are together. Sending the kids off to summer camp is not a norm here. Most classes that are for the kids are for a few hours and are either running for a single day or, the most, a week.… [Read more]