The New Age Parents http://thenewageparents.com Free Online Parenting Magazine And Portal Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:03:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.6 Free Entry To Science Centre Singapore Attractions http://thenewageparents.com/science-centre-free-entry-golden-jubilee/ http://thenewageparents.com/science-centre-free-entry-golden-jubilee/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:46:43 +0000 http://www.todaysmotherhood.com/?p=26594 Science Centre Singapore celebrates Golden Jubilee Weekend with free admission for Singapore citizens.

Waterworks Science Centre

In conjunction with the nation’s SG50 celebrations, Science Centre Singapore (SCS) will be providing free admission to Singapore citizens during the “Golden Jubilee Celebrations @ Science Centre Singapore” from 7 to 10 August 2015. This free admission also includes entry into six other SCS attractions – the “Human Body Experience” exhibition, the “Interplay: Where Science Meets Art” exhibition, KidsSTOP™, Snow City, The Cliff @ Snow City and the Omni-Theatre.

Singapore citizens will be required to present their National Registration Identity Cards (NRIC), valid Passports, National Service identity cards or Pioneer Generation cards at each attraction entrance to gain admission. Each card will admit the holder and up to four children below the age of 16.

During the “Golden Jubilee Celebrations @ Science Centre Singapore”, all other visitors will be able to purchase day passes, priced at $25 each, at ticketing counters. These day passes will grant them entry to all SCS attractions.

Admission for all visitors will be on a first-come-first-served basis at each attraction, subject to each attraction’s capacity. Frequent updates on admission to SCS attractions and their approximate queue time will be made available on SCS’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScienceCentreSG. Members of the public are advised to check SCS’s Facebook page on the day that they plan to visit the Science Centre.

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, SCS, said: “The Science Centre has inspired generations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics since 1977. As the nation celebrates its Golden Jubilee in August, the Science Centre is happy to open its doors to Singaporeans for free over the Jubilee Weekend, and to share with them the creative and experiential science learning that we bring through our various attractions and programmes.”

Operating hours for the various SCS attractions can be found below:

Operating hours for the various SCS attractions

Updates leading up to the “Golden Jubilee Celebrations @ Science Centre Singapore” will be made available on SCS’s Corporate Website at www.science.edu.sg.

Free Entry To Science Centre Singapore

About Science Centre Singapore
Science Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution and a leading regional Science Centre. A custodian of creativity and innovation, the Centre has captured the evolution of scientific developments through unique and relevant exhibitions and shows.

The Centre houses 14 exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 exhibits, and another 30,000 sq metres of outdoor exhibition space showcasing the Waterworks exhibition, Ecogarden and Kinetic Garden. Other Science Centre Singapore attractions include the Omni-Theatre, Snow City and KidsSTOP™.

The Centre and its partners have played a pivotal role in transforming the way students and the public interact with and learn about science & technology. Together with the Omni-Theatre, KidsSTOP™ and Snow City, it has engaged and enriched close to 30 million students and visitors since 1977.

The Science Centre, Omni-Theatre and Snow City received 1.30 million visitors for FY2014/2015. For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg

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Discover And Train The Power of Your Child’s Brain http://thenewageparents.com/eeg-biofeedback-official-opening/ http://thenewageparents.com/eeg-biofeedback-official-opening/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:15:43 +0000 http://www.todaysmotherhood.com/?p=26299 Why Should You Come For Our Official Opening?

The programme most effectively helps children (age 5-12) to condition and/or train their brain to focus when on a task and learn how to relax when it is time for sleep to get quality rest; all without the use of medication. These result in the conditioning of the brain to be task-orientated, highly focused and extremely efficient in maximising the potential of our brain’s performance.

Parents can choose to attend a preview talk sessions where we share more in-depth information about of programme and a short demo session for your children, or a comprehensive brain profiling session where children are able to do a complete EEG training session to map out their brain profile.

Enjoy 50% Off Previews and Brain Profilings.

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Date: 11 Aug (Tues) to 16 Aug (Sun)
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Does This Make Cents? Getting Your Kids Started On Money Management http://thenewageparents.com/getting-your-kids-started-on-money-management-2/ http://thenewageparents.com/getting-your-kids-started-on-money-management-2/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:42:09 +0000 http://thenewageparents.com/?p=98196 How much allowance should you give to your kids? Spend, save or invest – which of these concepts should you start teaching your child first? Money Coach Ernest Tan shares practical tips and tools that empower you to raise your child to be financially savvy.

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It’s not all about Grades

“I was a top student in my school. I’ve got a Masters Degree. I am really hard working. I got a job in prestigious company. So, how come I am not as rich as you?”

Although educational qualifications and hard work is really important, it has little to do with being able to generate sustainable wealth. Having the skills to achieve good grades and perform really well in your job does not mean you possess the skills to become a money master.

The ability to be a money master is also a skill on its own; a set of positive money habits and attitudes that can be acquired. Just like cooking and driving are skills we learn over time. The trouble is schools don’t teach us enough on the skills to become financially successful.

Do you as a parent, have the mindset, habits and skills to raise junior to be financially savvy?

First Lesson: Spending

Who taught you how to spend and how did you learn it?

From as young as two years old, children learn almost everything from mimicking their parents, and this includes how you manage your money. For example, a trip to the supermarket to buy groceries shows your kids how you spend and handle your cash.

Here’s another fact to ponder on. Ever wondered why in same families, the parents have always been struggling for money for many generations? I believe we model after our parents’ money behaviors, beliefs, patterns and attitudes. Since our parents were not imparted with good money habitudes or money management skills, they did what they could by working very hard, and struggled to have money to bring us up.

If you want raise your kids to be money smart, you need to set yourself as a good role model by understanding and teaching your kids the following concepts.

Understand Earning, Saving, Spending, Sharing and Borrowing

Here are some important questions or points to note:

Using Money Jars

how to teach kids about money - different saving Jars

Kids learn much faster when the lesson are fun and visual. As soon as kids are given an allowance, I encourage parents to give each of their kids a set of the money jars (kid version) and also show them their own money jars (adult version).

Show your kids how to portion part of their allowance into their money jars whenever they receive an allowance. Have your kids to set goals on each of the money jars, i.e. Saving Goal, Spending Goal and a Sharing Goal.

Every time your kid adds money to the savings jar, count together with them on how much they have saved. Talk to them about how much more they need to reach their goal and the estimated time needed to achieve it.

Giving Allowance

When giving your kids an allowance, especially for young kids who are new to handling their own money, consider giving them a small amount of money, and help them portion the realistic amount of money into their different money jars.

“It costs $1 less and it tastes the same!”

As your kids grow a little older, include your kids in family financial decisions process. For example, explain to them the reason why Mummy decided to buy Brand A fruit juice instead of Brand B fruit juice.

Never too young to learn about investments

Raise Financially Savvy Kids

Teach your kids about compound interest as soon as the school teaches them about simple interest in their mathematics subject. Have your kid use an online compound interest calculator to see how much money they can acquire if they invest in it. According to the interest rate, how quickly does the money grow? Research shows that by using specific numbers in your discussions, it is more effective than merely describing the concept of compounding to your kid.

Delayed Gratification

Inspire your kids to set long term spending goals for something more expensive. For example, if your child has a habit of buying a snack after school every day, he may decide he’d rather save all that money on snacks to buy a Xbox instead. The concept of delayed gratification is enforced when children goes through the process of thinking about what they have to give up in order to purchase a bigger ticket item.

The Habit of Giving Back

teaching our children the value of empathy

Have discussions and talk about charity with your child. Bring them along when you make a certain donation. The more you expose your children to acts of generosity; it slowly becomes ingrained and a practice and habit that your child may adapt as they grow into adulthood.

According to developmental psychologist Marilyn Price Mitchell, children who perform acts of kindness experience increased wellbeing, popularity and acceptance among peers. This, in turn, leads to better classroom behavior and higher academic achievement.

Ernest Tan is a money coach, author of the book ‘Raising Financially Savvy Kids’, Founder and Managing Director of Ernest Resources Agency Pte Ltd and Jopez Academy; a financial education company that coaches children and their parents on financial literacy, money and life mastery through its proprietary training courses and board game.

For more information on how you can develop positive habits to help kids become future money masters, read ‘Raising Financially Savvy Kids’. Now retailing at SGD$22.90, you can grab a copy of the book at all major bookstores such as MPH, Popular, Kinokuniya and Times.

This was first published in Parenting with Love: Preparing your child for Primary School

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Wishes In A Bag Teachers’ Day Gift Pack http://thenewageparents.com/teachers-day-gift-pack-wishesinabag/ http://thenewageparents.com/teachers-day-gift-pack-wishesinabag/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:20:36 +0000 http://www.todaysmotherhood.com/?p=27144 Wishes In A Bag Teachers Day 2015

On this special day, let’s show our gratitude for our Educators who tirelessly nurture and care for our precious little ones.

Wishes in a Bag is pleased to present our Teachers’ Day Gift Pack Catalogue 2015 on www.wishesinabag.com.sg

Gift Packs @ S$7.90 each
Enjoy a 5% discount with no minimum purchase this SG50. Order before 1 September 2015 to further enjoy *free delivery.

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10 Empowering Phrases All Children Need To Hear From Their Parents http://thenewageparents.com/10-empowering-phrases-all-children-need-to-hear-from-their-parents/ http://thenewageparents.com/10-empowering-phrases-all-children-need-to-hear-from-their-parents/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:03:27 +0000 http://thenewageparents.com/?p=98017 “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napoleon Hill

Words have power. Our words have the ability to deeply hurt another human being or hinder progress, or to encourage and uplift a person’s spirits. As a parent, your words have tremendous potential in shaping how your child views himself and the world.

We list down 10 phrases and questions that will help you to build into your children’s lives in positive ways.

1. I love you

show your love

To say that Asians are just not as expressive as our Western counterparts is a thinly veiled excuse for our passivity as parents. Our kids are searching for love, and surely the best place they can get it from is from you, their parent. Tell your kids how much you love them – not just on special occasions, but every day.

2. I will be here

ways to encourage your child

When your child is going into unfamiliar territory or fearful about something, this is one of the best things you can say. Instead of promising all kinds of rewards or delivering ultimatums, assure your child that you are for him and cheering him on – whether or not he does good or bad. Your presence matters to your child so much more than any gifts money can buy.

3. How was your day?

We all view our experiences through our own personal lenses, and your child is no different. Even if you have spent the whole day with her, chances are that her take-aways from the experiences shared are different than what you had. And if your child is in school, that’s a few hours of time when she has been making memories apart from you that you don’t know about. Taking the time to find out how your child feels about her day is a great way to keep the connection strong.

4. Please wait

So many things are instant this day, at the touch of a button or swipe across the keypad. Our children need to learn the beauty of patience and the value of delayed gratification, and this is one lesson that simply can’t wait. The next time your child asks for something and you’re tempted to drop what you’re doing and come to his aid, ask yourself if the need is really urgent. If not, why not say “Please wait”?

5. It’s okay to be sad / mad / scared / glad

Our children need to have their feelings validated, but too often we ask them to suppress how they really feel. For instance, when our child is afraid to go into a dark room, we say “Don’t need to be scared, it’s nothing!” Or when one child snatches a toy away from his sibling, we might say “Don’t get angry with him, he’s your younger brother.” In these scenarios, we are effectively telling our kids that (1) their feelings don’t matter and (2) they should not be feeling these things – and this message can have grave implications for how our children make sense of their emotions and decide on their best course of action in life. Instead, acknowledge your child’s emotions and coach him to find handles to manage his response. For example “I know you’re scared of the dark. What will make you feel brave enough to go into the room?”

6. I’m sorry, will you forgive me?

forgiving your children

A recent study confirms that a strong mother-child bond in the early years is key to a child’s emotional

We always ask our kids to apologize for their mistakes, but we adults often go scot-free when we’ve messed up an appointment time or packed too many activities into our child’s day. Be mindful of occasions when you could have done better, and be humble enough to apologize to your child. This models repentance for them, and reminds them that everyone makes mistakes once in a while.

7. I believe in you

acts of love

Our children need us to be their biggest fans, without buttering up a swollen ego. On the one hand, don’t be over-generous and general with your praise. On the other hand, avoid praise only for success or accomplishments – remember to let your child that you believe in him even before the task is attempted – simply because you believe he can.

8. Go for it!

father and son relationship

This is similar to the statement above, but it’s a little more than just cheering your child on. Challenge your child to do hard things, to reach for new goals. Things like music lessons, taking part in competitions, learning a new sport – the going may get tough, but such experiences teach our children (and ourselves!) the invaluable lessons of patience, perseverance, resilience and courage.

9. Wow, how did you do that!

Ask this question to your child and watch their little chest puff up with joy and pride – in a good way. Don’t take for granted those activities that we do so easily and forget to see the hard work, creativity and initiative your child invested into making it happen. Like her putting on her own shoes when youe said it was time to go out. Or him managing to follow the instructions in his Lego kit manual.

10. I’m proud of you

10 Reasons Why You Should Hug Your Child Everyday

Our children are bombarded by all manner of messages every day – from us, from their peers, from teachers and from the media. Messages that tell them they are not good enough, or not clever enough, or not popular enough. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way. So encourage, encourage, encourage.

By Dorothea Chow

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Win A Brand New Dyson Pure Cool http://thenewageparents.com/win-a-brand-new-dyson-pure-cool/ http://thenewageparents.com/win-a-brand-new-dyson-pure-cool/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:28:59 +0000 http://thenewageparents.com/?p=98235 Breathe Easy with the latest Dyson Pure Cool!

TNAP is giving away two sets of Dyson Pure Cool (worth $999 each) to two lucky winners!

To take part in the contest, all you have to do:

1. Like The New Age Parents Page and join our mailing list.

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2. Solve this simple Dyson Crossword puzzle and fill in your particulars together with your answers.

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1. It can run for six months, or 4382 _____ of continuous use.

4. It takes less than _____ seconds to replace the filter.

6. The Dyson Pure Cool’s filter has been _________ 254 times, meaning it can trap even the smallest particles.

7. The Dyson Pure Cool has been accredited with the ______ mark to ensure that your baby sleeps at night.

8. Dyson’s filter technology captures 99.95% of ultra-fine __________ as small as PM0.1.

9. The Dyson Pure Cool is a 2-in-1 fan and __________.

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2. Its compact footprint makes it 70 percent _________ than a conventional purifier.

3. The Dyson Pure Cool uses patented Air __________ technology to circulate purified air around the whole room.

4. The Dyson Pure Cool has an in-built __________ timer.

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A Quick Guide To A Cleaner And Healthier Home http://thenewageparents.com/a-quick-guide-to-a-cleaner-and-healthier-home/ http://thenewageparents.com/a-quick-guide-to-a-cleaner-and-healthier-home/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:28:31 +0000 http://thenewageparents.com/?p=98234 The task of ‘cleaning’ your home can be daunting and disgusting. Deciding on where to start can often lead to headaches! We spend a lot of time in the home, watching TV, cooking, sleeping or just relaxing, so it is quite important to have a clean home. Not only does it feel more comfortable, but the added benefits to your health is another main reason to keep it spotless.

Here are a few quick and helpful suggestions to make stains, dirt and dust disappear by using everyday items in your home.

DIY a healthy home has never been easier!

Houseplants

Indoor houseplants can be hidden sources of mould. Be careful not to over-water plants, as the dampness encourages mould growth. Mould releases spores into the air which can cause allergies.

Bed-bugs-bite

While you lie in bed ‘snug as a bug’ you’re closer to the truth than you might think. Warm, humid conditions make the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and as you shed skin-cells on your bedclothes you’re providing lots of food for the little critters. Vacuum your mattress regularly – use a mattress tool for maximum effect to get rid of those nasty mites.

Snug in a rug

Rugs collect a lot of dust, skin-cells and dirt. People can lose up to 28g of skin a week – that’s the equivalent of a bag of chips – a dust mite’s paradise. Don’t let dust mites get comfortable in your home. Shake rugs outside to get rid of dust and dirt and then vacuum thoroughly to make sure you remove the dust mites and their droppings. Remember to take care when vacuuming delicate rugs. Ensure that the brush bar is switched off and use the escape valve to reduce suction.

Cat’ choo

While your cat is meticulously licking its fur to clean and groom itself, it is actually transferring allergens from its saliva into your house. These can cause itchy noses, runny eyes and even asthma, so vacuum regularly to say goodbye to sneezes – bless you.

Cleanest carpets

Not all floor tools are designed for all floor types. For an excellent clean on carpets look for a floor tool that has a rotating brush bar. The bristles agitate the carpet to release more embedded dirt and dust.

Carpet crawlies

Carpets are the perfect hiding place for dustmites, where they cling deeply in the fibres. Vacuum at least once a week to reduce the number of dust mites and to remove their food source.

Bin monsters

Bins are a magnet for bacteria. Dirty hands and waste food transfer germ monsters onto the lid and rim. Wipe the lid regularly, use lining bags and disinfect weekly to make sure your bin doesn’t become a health hazard.

Curtain and blind care

Curtains and blinds harbour dust and pollen, so clean them regularly using Dyson’s upholstery tool or soft dusting brush attached to the wand of your vacuum cleaner.

This article is contributed by Dyson.

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Breath Easy And Stay Cool With Dyson Pure Cool http://thenewageparents.com/breath-easy-and-stay-cool-with-dyson-pure-cool/ http://thenewageparents.com/breath-easy-and-stay-cool-with-dyson-pure-cool/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:28:12 +0000 http://thenewageparents.com/?p=98238 Did you know that babies breathe up to four times faster than adults?

This potentially makes them particularly vulnerable to fine particles, especially so if they crawl around on the floor and disturb settled particles.

Don’t underestimate these small pollutants! They are considered dangerous as they are small enough to travel deep into the respiratory tract with both short and long term health implications – especially in children and the elderly.

300 million people worldwide already suffer from asthma; by 2025, it is anticipated that another 100 million people will join them.

Falling onto kitchen floors, upholstery and hard to reach places, these invisible villains are easily re-suspended into the air when disturbed. Such disturbances can be caused simply by walking around the house or from children playing – pretty much anything that causes a vibration.

How can we make our homes cleaner and fresher?

Using powerful Air Multiplier™ technology and an energy-efficient DC motor, the Dyson Pure Cool purifier fan draws in air via a mixed flow impeller.

Why it’s so good

The air is passed through a patented 360° Glass HEPA filter. Unlike other purifiers that rely on non-woven filters, the Dyson Pure Cool;s filter has been pleated 254 times, meaning it can trap even the smallest particles – including pollutants, pollen, bacteria, viruses and particles down to PM0.1.

The clean air then leaves the amplifier loop at a high velocity and is directed over an airfoil-shaped ramp. This way, a long-range stream of smooth air is released, purifying the air you breathe.

Dyson Pure Cool purifier fan is the only purifier that can also act as a fan, meaning the machine purifies and circulates all year round.

Only after six months of continuous use will you need to replace the filter. And it takes less than 60 seconds to do so.

Breathing in clean fresh air every day is very much possible.

Here are five other reasons why the Dyson Pure Cool is too cool not to have

1. Pit-stop filter maintenance

While most other purifiers have a laborious filter changing and cleaning process, the Dyson filter can be changed in a simple 4 steps process in less than a minute. And the filter has been engineered to last for approximately 4382 hours. So based on 12 hours of use every day the filter will need to be replaced approximately once a year.

2. A most efficient purifier

The filter was specifically designed by Dyson engineers to remove even the smallest of harmful particles. The Dyson Pure Cool traps 99.95% of ultra fine particles, as small as PM0.1.

3. Space-saving

Combining Dyson Air Multiplier technology with a brand new filter medium has allowed Dyson to radically change the form of traditional purifiers – reducing the compact footprint by 70%.

4. Two in one function

The Dyson Pure Cool both purifies and circulates the air – ideal for the hot Singaporean climate.

5. As quite as a sleeping baby

The Dyson Pure Cool has been awarded the Quite Mark accreditation. Rest assured, the whole family can sleep as sound as a baby. It also has an in-built sleep timer.

Dyson Pure Cool is available in two colours (White/Silver or Iron/Blue), retailing at $999, at all good electrical mutiples and department stores.

TNAP is giving away 2 sets of Dyson Pure Cool to two lucky winners!

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more details.

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Clique Conflicts: Saying No To Peer Pressure http://thenewageparents.com/clique-conflicts-saying-no-to-peer-pressure/ http://thenewageparents.com/clique-conflicts-saying-no-to-peer-pressure/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:53:15 +0000 http://thenewageparents.com/?p=98215 When your child enters Primary School, they will meet and make new friends and from their own cliques in school. Cliques may not necessarily be all bad. But what do you do if your child is picking up some bad habits from his new group of friends?

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Understanding Peer Pressure

Children give in to peer pressure for many reasons; to fit in, to be liked by others and not to be made a joke of. The herd mentality may give the false impression that since others are doing it, what’s wrong with doing it too? Since others all have an iPhone, I should be entitled to have it too.

It is hard to be the only one who says “no” to peer pressure. The child would need to be in tune with his or her own values and beliefs and the self-confidence to be firm and walk away. It is helpful to have one or two friends who also believe in the same values. This decreases the power of peer pressure.

As children are still building their identity and their discerning skills are still being developed, parents need to be aware and help children protect themselves and handle difficult situations.

#1 Strengthen your Relationship

Being close to your child will make your child more willing to listen and accept your views and values. You can be a source of support to your child in handling peer pressure. If you are close, your child will be more accepting when you point out the bad habits you have issue with from their clique.

#2 Build on your Child’s Self Confidence

Children with good self-esteem and positive self-worth are more inclined to befriend good role models. They will also be more confident in resisting peer pressure. Build on your child’s strengths; praise and affirm their achievements and self-worth.

#3 Talk about Peer Pressure

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Talk to your child about the challenges of peer pressure. Help them understand that some people may not like their choice, but there are others who may support or feel the same way. Friends may respect a different decision, and not all people have the courage to resist peer pressure. Friends who make others do things they are uncomfortable with may not be a true friend.

#4 Set a Good Example

Be a good role model. If you encourage your child not to pick up certain vices such as smoking, using vulgarities, gambling or drinking, you too, should walk the talk. Giving up your bad habits will make a deep impact on your children. Likewise, as parents we should not be striving to keep up with other parents.

#5 Be Connected to your Child and their Friends

Be in tune with your child by making time to communicate with them frequently. In this manner, you will be more aware of what’s happening in their life, and potential peer pressure issues that might surface. When discussing these issues, remember to be sensitive and not to make judgements immediately. Overreacting or being dismissive will just break the communication.

It is also helpful to get to know your child’s friends. This will give you a chance to discern their character and values, and the influence they have on your child. And even if you do not agree with your child’s choice of friends, refrain from alienating them entirely.

#6 Teach your Child to Analyse

If you have set some limits for your child (e.g. no overnight stays or no buying of certain products), explain your decisions instead of just saying “no”. It is important for them to understand, so that they can learn how to discern for themselves. Help your child to develop decision making skills by guiding them to analyse the consequences of their own decisions. Having the capacity to make their own decisions can be empowering, and lessens the likelihood of others making decisions on their behalf.

Saying no

#7 Teach your Child How to Say No

Saying “no” or walking away from situations can be very difficult, even for adults. If your child dislikes certain activities that his or her friends are doing, you can try to role-play with your child on the appropriate responses when faced with such requests. For example, you can pretend to be your child’s friends and enact a possible scenario in class. From the role play, help your child develop his or her response.

#8 Set Boundaries

If your child has to come in constant contact with a group you feel is a bad influence for your child (i.e. same project team or same class), set limits and practise boundaries. For example, it is okay to interact in class, but your permission is needed to hang out after school. Sharing knowledge and helping each other with homework is fine, but lending and allowing your homework to be copied is another.

By Som Yew Ya

This was first published in Parenting with Love: Preparing your child for Primary School

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Chiltern House Preschool Open House Aug 2015 http://thenewageparents.com/chiltern-house-open-house-aug2015/ http://thenewageparents.com/chiltern-house-open-house-aug2015/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:32:06 +0000 http://www.todaysmotherhood.com/?p=27254 Day: Saturday
Date: 15 August 2015
Time: 9am – 4pm

Waiver of $200 registration fees*

Shaping Beginnings

A new beginning takes shape at Chiltern House.

Our logo, like building blocks, shows how our learning structures are designed to spark imagination and discovery. Through a proven preschool curriculum which includes our unique Julia Gabriel EduDrama methodology, we unravel realms of knowledge for children to explore; from the rich landscapes of language to the wonders of the natural world.

Your child’s first experience of school will be one to cherish. And it all begins here.

Visit www.chilternhouse.com.sg/open-house-15th-august for more information.

Chiltern House Preschool
Tel: 6346 6130
Email: enquires@chilternhouse.com.sg
Facebook: ChilternHousePreschoolSingapore
Website: www.chilternhouse.com.sg

Chiltern House Centres
East Coast: 6345 9912
Mountbatten:6242 8368
Thomson: 6299 5161
Forum: 6737 1966
Turf Club: 6468 8566

Please call the respective centres to indicate your attendance.

* Upon confirmation placement during the Open House.
Terms and conditions apply.

Chiltern House Open House Aug 2015

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