The New Age Parents Free Online Parenting Magazine And Portal Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:43:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 It’s My Child’s Birthday! Contest Winners Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:53:45 +0000 TNAP It's my child's Birthday Contest

Congratulations to the following winner of The New Age Parents ‘It’s My Child’s Birthday!’ Contest! They have won themselves a 1 kg ice-cream cake* from Swensen’s and a children’s book hamper worth $100!

October 2014 winner:

  • Janet Cho

November 2014 winner:

  • Wina Lee

December 2014 winner:

  • Loke Mee Fong

January 2015

  • Siti Hajar Sharina Hoe

February 2015

  • Ang Shien Yang Roy

March 2015

  • Koh Seok Ling

Winners will be contacted via phone or email.

Important Notes:

  1. For the cakes, winners can only choose from the following range: Swensen’s Cooline classic range and Cooline KidBits range (excluding Soccer Mania, Princess Party and Number Rumble)
  2. The classic cakes are available at Swensen’s outlets.
  3. The Kidbits cakes are made to order and would require at least 3 working days to process the order.
  4. Winners will have to self collect the $100 book hamper at The New Age Parents (TNAP) office.

swensens cakes

Swensen’s Cooline Range of ice-cream cakes

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Art And Craft Activity: Sandbox Adventure Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:50:08 +0000 Sandbox Adventure Art Activity for kids

Activity Duration: 3 days

Age appropriate: 3 – 7 years old


A child learns by the following factors: observing, listening, playing, exploring, questioning, experimenting, and stimulating all/most of his/her senses (touch, taste, smell, vision and hearing).


  • Create a fun and explorative way of learning alphabets, names, or words
  • Parent and child bonding session
  • Incite Imagination
  • Encourage Recycling

Materials Needed:

create your own sandbox art activity

  • A box
  • Stickers
  • Plastic animals, fishes, figurines (theme related)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Paint and brush
  • Sand
  • Ice cream sticks
  • A backdrop drawing or picture
  • Glue
  • Colour Pencils

Day 1: Paint the Box & Learning Counting

Duration: 1 – 2 hours

  • Together with your child, tape the edges of the box (This is to prevent the sand from spilling out of the box).

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 1

  • Allow your child to paint the box with their favourite colours
  • You can encourage your child to use their fingers or hands to make prints on the box. Also a great time to encourage your child to explore the mixing of different colours
  • While your child is painting the box, write the numbers on the ice cream stick

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 2

  • For younger children, you can introduce numbers 1 to 10
  • For older children, you can introduce numbers in the multiplication order e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
  • After your child has painted their box, allow the painted to dry
  • Using the numbered ice cream sticks, introduce the numbers to your child and allow them to stick the ice cream sticks on the box
  • In this case, the theme of our box was going to the Zoo, so we used the ice cream sticks to represent the animal enclosure / fence

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 3

Day 2: Colouring the Zoo Backdrop

Duration: 1 hour

  • Create a backdrop for your box
  • This can be your own or your child’s drawing
  • You can also search online for pictures and print them out (like what we did)

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 5

  • Allow your child to colour the backdrop using colour pencils
  • Talk to your child about the theme of your sandbox
  • Ask them questions to describe what they might see or experience
  • Or ask them to recall and describe their prior experience (e.g. their last trip to the zoo)
  • You can also introduce letters and words relating to the theme

Day 3: It’s Play Time!

  • Allow your child to pour sand into the box

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 6

  • Together with the toy animals, allow the child to have fun with their sandbox
  • For a sensorial learning experience, ask your child to write letters or spell words on the sand

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 7

Learning the letter Z. Z for Zebra!

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First Angry Birds Playground In Singapore Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:15:16 +0000 Rovio Entertainment and Dreamkids Kindergarten team up to open the first Angry Birds Playground in Southeast Asia.

Rovio Entertainment and Dreamkids Kindergarten launched today the first Angry Birds Playground in Singapore. Based on the strongest elements of the Finnish national curriculum (one of the most respected in the world) and developed in cooperation with the University of Helsinki as well as partners like the NASA, National Geographic and CERN, the Angry Birds Playground is a groundbreaking early school educational concept developed by Rovio, which builds on one key value the company has tested many times: when learning is fun, it happens naturally.

dreamkids kids

The Dreamkids Kindergarten is the first Angry Birds Playground in Singapore and the fourth in the world, following kindergarten openings in China (Shanghai and Chengdu) in 2014.

“We are delighted to bring such an innovative program to Singapore” said Dawn Choy, Founder and Principal of Dreamkids Kindergarten. “We are confident that the fusion of Dreamkids’ value-based philosophy and Rovio’s Fun Learning approach create an amazing world of learning experiences for pre-school children in Singapore, benefitting from Rovio’s expertise in fun learning as well as the value add from Rovio’s great world renowned partners”

dreamkids kindergarten

“Working with Dreamkids and opening our first early childhood education program in Singapore is wonderful and we are truly delighted” says Sanna Lukander, VP Fun Learning at Rovio. “Our ambition is to make learning fun. We know from experience of our games that when kids truly enjoy what they do, they are enthusiastically engaged and curious. An early childhood education system that gets children engaged and in love with learning, benefits children as well as the countries that understand the importance of these crucial early years.”

For more information, visit
The Dreamkids Kindergarten
Rovio’s Fun Learning

dreamkids having fun

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How Your Child’s Brain Develop Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:51:06 +0000 Early exposure to a variety of learning experiences to build connections between the brain cells and maximize your child’s potential. Kuah Eng Liang, shares with us about the development of a child’s brain and why it is important to provide proper stimulation and develop the brain at a young age before 6.

Understanding the Characteristics of the Left and Right Brain

understanding your child's brain

You have probably heard or read about left or right-brained dominance, where each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. A “left-brained” person is considered to be more logical, objective and analytical while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more expressive, creative and intuitive.

Left Brain

The left brain is the “reasoning” brain. It controls the conscious mind, logic and reasoning abilities. It processes information systematically (one by one) but slowly and in small quantity.

Right Brain

On the other hand, the right brain is the “visualization” brain. It controls the subconscious mind, imaging abilities, creativity and intuitive senses. It has the powerful abilities to process massive amount of information quickly, and has great memory retention ability.

The characteristics of the left and right hemispheres of our brain are distinctly different. It is important for parents to understand the characteristics and to look for programmes that can help harness the powerful abilities of the right brain, such as high speed data processing, photographic memory, imaging as well intuitive senses, while not neglecting the analytical abilities of the left.

How your child's brain develope Heguru

Understanding the Development of Your Child’s Brain with Age

Richard Scammon’s curves of systemic growth summarize the differential nature of postnatal growth.

Understanding the development of your child's brain with age

Neural Curve

The “brain neural development” curve characterizes the growth of the brain, nervous system, and associated structures such as the eyes, upper face and parts of the skull. These tissues experience rapid growth early in the postnatal life.

In fact, at birth, a baby will have more than 100 billion neural cells in the brain. Missing at birth, however, are most of the connections between the cells. A baby’s experiences help create connections between the cells. There are ‘critical periods’ during which the brain has to be exposed to new experiences to develop new skills and competencies.

By the age of 6, more than 80% of the brain would already have been developed! It is hence important to take advantage of this short critical window from birth to 6 years old to stimulate and develop the abilities of a child’s brain.

By Kuah Eng Liang, Princpal of Heguru Education Centre, Eunos, Sengkang and One KM Mall

This article was first published in The New Age Parents Dec 13 / Jan 14 e-magazine

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Returning To Work After Giving Birth: 10 Advice For Mums Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:07:20 +0000 When I announced at work that I was expecting, and would be taking a year off to bring up baby, the congratulations, well-meaning advice and jokes came thick and fast.

But then popped up the inevitable question: Was I planning to return to work?

Making the decision to return to work after maternity leave is an important, serious and potential uncomfortable choice to make, and one that could be life-changing. The prospect is fraught with challenges, and can even feel like starting an altogether new job at an altogether different company!

‘What if I don’t fit in with the new team?’ ‘Am I dressed right?’ ‘Do I remember how to do my old job?’ The quandaries can be nerve-wracking.

going back to work after giving birth

No matter how many years of experience you bring back to the table, the playing field changed when you weren’t looking. Colleagues who continued at work are more on top of industry trends, ideas and have developed new skills. Old clients and old friends may have moved on.

Here are some simple tips to get back in the groove without getting overwhelmed.

1. Be open to change

Things will have changed and accepting this fact rather than resisting it will make your transition easier and smoother.

2. Keep in touch

Even before you return to the workplace, stay in touch with industry buzz. Read trade magazines, follow experts on social media and participate in online forums and discussions. Whenever you can manage the time, attend a weekend conference or reach out to former colleagues over the telephone or email to bring yourself up to date with the current situation.

checklist- to do list3. Get organized

On your first day back in the office, arrange a formal meeting with your immediate supervisor and make a simple bullet-point list of your tasks. Taking action on work items in decreasing order of priority will help get urgent matters out of the way, reducing stress and giving you a better idea of how to structure your workweek so that you are neither overworked nor left idle.

4. Jump into the deep end

There’s nothing like getting your hands dirty immediately to get into the swing of things. The more you delay direct action, the more your mental block will grow, and so will the pile of demands on your desk. Don’t procrastinate, stick to your deadlines and follow up on questions right away.

5. Take baby steps

Begin small. Break down large and complex tasks into smaller chunks of manageable items. A task that looks insurmountable at first becomes achievable when done in logical stages.

6. Focus and be disciplined

Stick to deadlines and avoid distractions. No ‘quick inbox refresh’ or ‘check my Facebook’.

Related Post: Time Management For Busy Parents

7. Talk

Share what you are doing with your colleagues so that any potential for error is detected and flagged sooner rather than later. Colleagues may have suggestions and tools to do a task more quickly or efficiently, saving you time and trouble.

8. Ask for help and offer help


Reaching out directly to colleagues to get support if you have questions about a task or project is the simplest way to get your bearings. When asking for help, just bear in mind that others have their own jobs to do, so keep queries to a minimum. Similarly, offering to help someone in their work will help you anchor and force you to think on your feet. Just make sure your help is welcomed by your colleagues, not pressurising them.

9. Reward yourself

As you complete each item on your to-do list, tick or strike it off. This helps you feel a sense of accomplishment and acts as an incentive to get more done. Work with concentration for a couple of hours and then take a break. Get some fresh air or make yourself a cup of tea. Remind yourself that your professional skills have not diminished during your hiatus.

10. Make every minute count

Put your coffee break to good use by having an informal catch-up with colleagues. The human brain retains more when data is delivered in a relaxed dynamic atmosphere rather than, say, a five-page memo.

Be productive and creative, and say hello to a stress-less comeback!

By Devyani Borade

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Fine Dining at Grand Mandarina Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:38:50 +0000 chinese cuisine in singapore

Looking for a Chinese restaurant with an elegant feel and great food? Don’t look any further! Grand Mandarina Restaurant, a new dining option in town offers delicacies fit for a king! Tease your taste-bud with the range of delectable foods prepared by the experienced chefs. Trust us when we say that you will get the best of both worlds – that perfect fusion that mixes the traditional and modern taste. What are the must-have on the menu?

Crispy Roast Pork Belly

Grand Mandarina

Honey Glazed Barbecued Pork Loin

Grand Mandarina Chinese Restaurant

Fried Soft Shell Crab With Chicken Floss And Curry Leaves

Best Chinese Cusine in Singapore

Roasted Duck with Perigord Truffle

Grand Mandarina Chinese Fine Dining

Empurau Live Fish (advanced booking)

Chinese Restaurant that offers Fine Dining

Tofu with Crab Meat and Egg White in Carrot Broth

Chinese Restaurant in Singapore

What we absolutely love is their thoughtful and attentive staff! Don’t we all love to be served with a smile? So, we say Grand Mandarina Restaurant is definitely a perfect place to host your guests or for a warm and private family gathering! They offer set-menus for corporate events, dim sum dishes and catering services too! Give it a try, you won’t regret!

where to eat dim sum in Singapore

Grand Mandarina Restaurant
Address: 325 New Bridge Road #01/02-00 Singapore 088760
Tel: 6222-3355

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It’s My Child’s Birthday! Swensen’s Ice Cream Cake and Book Hamper Giveaway Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:00:06 +0000 TNAP Birthday Contest Apr 2015

Does your child birthday fall in April?

From the month of September 2014 to April 2015, take part in The New Age Parents “It’s My Child’s Birthday!” contest and stand a chance to win a 1 kg ice-cream cake* from Swensen’s and a children’s book hamper worth $100!

*Winners can only choose from Swensen’s Cooline classic range and Cooline KidBits range (excluding Soccer Mania, Princess Party and Number Rumble)

To take part in our contest:

1. Like The New Age Parents Facebook Page

2. Fill in the form here:

3. Share this post on your Facebook and tag two friends!

Contest ends 22 March 2015.

Important Notes:

  1. For the cakes, winners can only choose from the following range: Swensen’s Cooline classic range and Cooline KidBits range (excluding Soccer Mania, Princess Party and Number Rumble)
  2. The classic cakes are available at Swensen’s outlets.
  3. The Kidbits cakes are made to order and would require at least 3 working days to process the order.
  4. Winners will have to self collect the book hamper at The New Age Parents (TNAP) office.

For more contests and giveaways, go to The New Age Parents Contest Page.

Terms and Conditions apply. Please also read our Privacy Policy.

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Coverpage Kid Photo Contest Feb Mar 15 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:03:26 +0000 Coverpage contest jun jul 2015

The New Age Parents™
Kids Photo Coverpage Contest
February / March 2015

Stand a chance to be the Coverpage Kid for the June / July 2015 Issue.

The New Age Parents’ Coverpage Contest (Non-Public Voting)

Feb Mar 2015 CoverThe 1st prize winner’s photo will be featured on The New Age Parents Online Parenting Magazine Coverpage

• In order to be qualified for the Coverpage Contest, you are required to join The New Age Parents mailing list (top right hand corner of page, above Featured Videos)

• This contest will be an INTERNAL voting contest by The New Age Parents panel of judges.

• The Judges decision are final and no correspondence shall be entertained.

* This contest is ONLY open to members residing in Singapore.
** Top 3 Winners of the past Coverpage photo contests in The New Age Parents will not be eligible for this contest.

How to participate in the contest:

1. To sign up our mailing list, fill in your particulars below:

(Existing members need not sign up again. New members need to check your email after signup to confirm subscription)

2. Submit your photo via this link

The contests photo submission ends 31 March 2015.

Information on the Photography Packages:
1st Prize Winner
photography by yew kwang- Coverpage Model for The New Age Parents Online Parenting Magazine Singapore.
– Photography by Yew Kwang package
* Up to 45 minutes of shoot in studio
* 2 different outfits (self provide)
* 10 high resolution images in CD ROM
* Value of package – $168

2nd to 3rd prizes
- Photography by Yew Kwang package worth $168
* Up to 45 minutes of shoot in studio
* 2 different outfits (self provide)
* 10 high resolution images in CD ROM

4th to 5th prizes
- Photography by Yew Kwang vouchers worth $48

Terms and Conditions Apply

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Coverpage Kid Photo Contest Jan 2015 Winners Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:21:19 +0000 Thank you for participating in The New Age Parents Coverpage Kid Photo Contest Dec 14 Jan 15!

We would like to congratulate the following winners:

The New Age Parents Coverpage Kid Photo Contest

Magazine Coverpage Winner: Aspen Ng (Submitted by Ma Hui Juan).

Aspen Ng

He has won a photography package from Photography by Yew Kwang worth $168, and will be featured as the Coverpage Model for The New Age Parents e-magazine Apr / May 2015 issue.

2nd Prize: Trixie Lee Wen Yee (submitted by Mandy Chee).

Trixie Lee Wen Yee

She has won a photography package from Photography by Yew Kwang worth $168 and will be featured in The New Age Parents e-magazine Apr / May 2015 issue.

3rd Prize: Lovelle Nurina Tan (submitted by Nurul Yuyun).

Lovelle Nurina Tan

She has won a photography package at Photography by Yew Kwang worth $168 and will be featured in The New Age Parents e-magazine Apr / May 2015 issue.

4th Prize: Chang Heng Rui Remus (submitted by Susan Chang).

Chang Heng Rui Remus

He has won photography vouchers at Photography by Yew Kwang worth $48.

5th Prize: Chia Wen Xuan Charlotte (submitted by Tan Yen Ling).

Chia Wen Xuan Charlotte

She has won photography vouchers at Photography by Yew Kwang worth $48.

* Winners will be notified by phone and email.

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Singapore Budget 2015: How Will It Affect Parents Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:49:44 +0000 On 23 February 2015, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered the 2015 Budget. Before we get down to the details of Budget 2015, here’s a quick Budget fact all Singaporeans should know.

What is the Singapore Budget all about?

In a nutshell, it is a report indicating how our government spends our country’s available funds. Each financial year, which begins on 1 April and ends on 31 March the following year, the government will review the existing budget. Changes are proposed and discussed in Parliament, and once it’s approved (along with the President’s assent), the budget is passed as the Supply Act. The budget allocation affects all Singapore citizens, regardless of age, race or income groups.

budget 2015

So how will this year’s budget affect parents and their families in Singapore?

Here is a summary of how it will affect your children, your cost of living and your parents.

Your Children

  • More Affordable and Quality Childcare

Choosing Between Childcare And Grandparents

A new Scheme, Partner Operator (POP) will be introduced to tie in with the current Anchor Operator (AOP) scheme. Schools under the AOP scheme are required to keep their monthly fees below $720, in return for subsidised rent and a grant that can be used to improve the quality of the school’s services.

The Government will also give a one-off top up to the Child Development Account (CDA) for every child up to the age of six this year.

If you live in a home with an *annual value of up to $13,000, your child gets $600.

If you stay in a home with an annual value of more than $13,000, your child gets $300.

*Annual value refers to the estimated annual rent of property if it were to be rented out for a year.

  • Top Up Child Development Account

Savings that you deposit into your children’s Child Development Accounts are now matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government, up to a cap of between $6,000 and $18,000. This depends on the birth order of your child. This is to help families pay for their children pre-school fees.

More information can be found here.

singapore childcare centre school fees

  • Full waiver of Exams

From 2015, examination fees for Singaporeans sitting for national exams in Government-funded schools will be waived. This covers fees for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), and GCE N, O, and A levels.

How much you save? Up to $900.

Coping with Your Costs of Living

  • Decrease in Maid Levy

Households eligible for the Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concessionwill enjoy a further discount on the monthly levy. Employers of foreign maids now pay $265 a month in levies, or $120 if they qualify for a concessionary rate. The concessionary rate will be cut to $60.

Are your children below 16? The concessionary levy will also be extended to families with children aged below 16 years (in the past the age cap was 12 years old).

This takes place from 1 May, 2015.

  • Increase in GST Voucher

From this year, Singaporeans will get $50 more in Goods and Services Tax (GST) Vouchers. The increase means that eligible individuals will receive up to $300 in cash.
Introduced in 2012 to help lower and middle-income households with their expenses, the GST Voucher is given in three parts – cash, Medisave and Utilities-Save, which provides HDB households with a rebate to offset their utilities bills.

Your Work

  • $500 Credit To Upgrade Your Skills

working mothers need more workplace protection

As part of the SkillsFuture Credit from the Government, all Singaporeans aged 25 and above will get an initial $500. This will be topped up at regular intervals and will not expire. Singaporeans can either choose to go for a short course with the $500, or accumulate credits for more substantial training in the future.

Leg up from other organisations


To help every Singaporean worker to be future ready as Singapore undergoes economic restructuring and transformation, e2i allows you to set up of an individual training account, and holds seminars and workshops. With the aim of developing better skills through professional development, and improving productivity for companies, e2i serves all segments of workers, from rank and file to professionals, managers and executives.

Visit for more information.

Your Aging Parents

  • Senior’s Bonus GST Voucher


Before the Silver Support Scheme kicks in, senior citizens who are aged 65 and above, live in Housing Board flats, and whose assessable income for 2014 is $26,000 or less, will receive a one-off “Seniors’ Bonus”.

The bonus of either $150 or $300 will be in the form of Goods and Services Tax (GST) vouchers and will be on top of the vouchers for those aged 21 and above. The amount seniors will receive will be based on the annual value of their home as at Dec 31, 2014.

For the full report on Budget 2015, go to

Summary of Budget 2015

Source: Chan Chun Sing Facebook

What do you think of this year’s budget? Share your thoughts with us in the comment box below!

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