The New Age Parents Free Online Parenting Magazine And Portal Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:39:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What Is Global Developmental Delay? Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:56:04 +0000 Many have heard of special needs conditions such as Down Syndrome, Hyperactivity Disorder or Autism. But what is Global Development Delay (GDD)? Learn more about the signs, symptoms and what to with a child with GDD.

Global Developmental Delay

Signs And Symptoms

A child is diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay (GDD) when he or she has a significantly late acquisition of milestones in two or more areas of development, during the developmental period (0 to 18 years old).

Areas of growth and development include:

    • Speech and language – cooing, babbling, saying the first word, combining words together, understanding and responding appropriately to what you are saying
    • Motor skills (movement) – sitting up, walking, holding small objects
    • Cognition – ability to learn and remember new things, recognizing familiar people and objects
    • Social and emotional – responding and interacting with others, smiling, showing emotions


GDD is not uncommon. It is present in 1 to 3% of children in the world. GDD can be caused by a myriad of factors. Most of the time, it occurs due to genetic or chromosomal abnormalities related to the development of the brain and spinal cord. Other causes such as pre-natal and post-natal complications, environmental stress can also give rise to GDD. Sometimes, the cause of GDD is unknown.

Importance Of A Diagnosis

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The first step of course, would be getting a diagnosis for your child at the paediatrician’s. Many parents fear a diagnosis because of the stigma and “label” associated with their children thereafter. However, the importance of a diagnosis should override those initial concerns. Research has emphasized the importance of a diagnosis; here are several reasons why.

Firstly, it allows for a better understanding of the child aimed at increasing quality of life. This will aid decision-making for management and intervention. Secondly, it allows health professionals to anticipate certain outcomes and provide the appropriate recommendations with regards to the holistic care of your child. Lastly, this will also increase access to services such as support groups, educational support and accommodations in school.

Management And Intervention

Management and intervention of GDD comes through various mediums, depending on the symptoms that your child displays. For example if speech and language is an area of development that is slow, a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) will help assess, diagnose speech and language difficulties, and work with you and your child in therapy to improve his or her communication. An SLT could work with you to help your child understand others better, or express himself or herself better, or establish a form of effective communication for your child and other communicative partners.

Likewise, if your child has difficulties with movement or motor skills; an Occupational Therapist will help assess areas of difficulties, and conduct therapy sessions aimed at improving certain skills required for functional daily living. These are but some examples. You may want to speak to your paediatrician to get more information regarding the different therapies available and necessary for your child.

Equipped with this information, it is important that you are tuned in to your child’s development and flag out difficulties as early as possible. Early management and intervention focusing on the child has been found to be a positive contributing factor to the child’s quality of life. Furthermore, parent involvement in the management and intervention has been proven to more effective than a lack of. Working with health professionals in setting realistic goals for your child is hence vital in the whole process.

Your Well-Being As A Parent

As a parent, it is so instinctive to focus completely on your child that you forget about your own well-bring. As with any other disorder, GDD affects not only your child but you and your whole family as well. Having emotional, mental and physical support during this journey is essential in ensuring your own quality of life. Only then, will you be able to provide the best care for your child and family.

By Rebecca Ng, Speech Therapist at THK Therapy Services 

This article was first published in The New Age Parents Oct / Nov 2014 e-magazine

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Parenting With Love Seminar: Preparing Your Child For Primary School Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:47:03 +0000 UPDATE: Promoting and upholding bilingualism‬ as the cornerstone of Singapore’s education system was one of the most critical decisions that Mr Lee Kuan Yew made. Our speakers at our Parenting With Love Seminar will be talking about how parents can help children to Excel in English, and share tips on how to Fall in Love with Mandarin. In honor of Mr Lee, we have decided to make the event FREE.

The New Age Parents and New Age Pregnancy Parenting Seminar is back! Learn about how you can prepare your child for Primary School, not just in your child’s academic work, but also helping them to navigate the social terrain.

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  • Excelling in English

English is a complex language. The plural of box is boxes; but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes. One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, yet the plural of moose should never be meese. As your child enters Primary 1, their vocabulary will gradually expand. How can parents support their language development? What is expected in the English Primary School Syllabus? Learn about the various important elements of English reading and writing in Primary School.

Speakers: Fiona Walker, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Schools, Julia Gabriel Education and Lynette Chua, Head of School Support Services, Julia Gabriel Centre

  • Tips for falling in love with Mandarin

Having trouble getting your child to converse in Mandarin? How can parents help their children develop a positive attitude towards learning Chinese? Our speakers from Chengzhu Mandarin Centre will share ideas on how parents can make learning Chinese fun.

Speakers: Huang Ying, Head of Chengzhu Mandarin Centre and Iris Lim, Principal of Chiltern House Preschool

  • Does This Make Cents? Getting Your Kids Started On Money Management

How much allowance should you give to your kids? Save or spend? Which concept should  you teach your child first and why? Learn how you can discuss money issues with your children in fun and age appropriate ways. Ernest will be sharing his expertise and real life tested money management techniques.

Speaker: Ernest Tan, Certified Financial Planner, Master Money Coach, Author of Raising Financially Savvy Kids

  • Bully Proof Your Child

New school, new friends. It’s a social jungle out there. What are the tell-tale signs of a child who is being bullied? When do we step in and when to leave it to the kids to resolve their own conflicts? Understand why children need to learn how to manage their own conflicts in school, and learn practical suggestions for coping with bullies.

Speaker: Dr Vanessa von Auer, Clinical Director and Clinical Psychologist at VA Psychology Center


Parenting with Love Seminar Preparing your child for primary one

Date: 25 April 2015, Saturday

Venue: Mochtar Riady Auditorium SMU Administration Building (Level 5) Singapore Management University, 81 Victoria Street Singapore 188065

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm (Registration begins at 12.30pm)

Programme Highlights

Lucky Draw

  • Top Prize: 2 Day 1 Night Stay* at Montigo Resorts, Nongsa Villa in Batam
  • Other attractive prizes for you and your Primary School going child

On top of that, each participant will receive:

  • A Parenting with Love Booklet, which covers the speaker’s talks and insightful Primary One tips from experts
  • A goodie bag worth $30!

* Terms and conditions apply

Early Bird Rate (till 21 April): $5

Bring your friend/spouse along Early Bird Special: $8 for a pair

Normal Price (after 20 April): $15

UPDATE: Admission is now FREE! For those who have already paid, a refund will be made.

IMPORTANT: To allow everyone to have a conducive and uninterrupted time to learn from our speakers, children are NOT allowed to attend the Seminar with their parents. There will also be no child minding services available.

Please register ONLY if  you are able to commit on the event date and time as there are limited seats available.

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Children Baby Maternity Expo CBME Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:11:45 +0000 Children Baby Maternity Trade Exhibition Now Open To Public!

One Day Only Exclusive Peeks to South East Asia’s First Business-To-Business Exhibition.

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CBME South East Asia will open its doors to public visitors on 18th April 2015, Saturday from 10am – 8pm. Visitors to CBME South East Asia can expect to explore new Children, Baby and Maternity products from more than 120 global brands. The exhibition will feature several country pavilions from with brands from North America, Spain, Korea, Taiwan amongst many others. Pre-registration is required for individuals who are interested to visit the exhibition.

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Kindly complete the form and bring it along with you on your day of visit.

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Julia Gabriel Centre English June Holiday Programmes Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:00:37 +0000 Julia Gabriel June Holiday Programmes 8th – 12th June 2015.

Build expressive and confident literacy skills this June holidays! Adventures include joining the carnival, secret missions around Singapore’s famous monuments and culinary cook-offs, for young learners and primary students aged 6 months to 12 years.

Sign up now!
Forum +65 6733 4322 | Tampines Mall +65 6444 6735

Julia Gabriel June HP 2015

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Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse’s Safaric Day Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:22:21 +0000 Join us for our 2nd anniversary celebration on 25 April for a SAFARI-FIC time!

Celebrate with us as we wander through the grasslands with our teachers in our storytelling sessions and snack on healthy safari snacks! Waiver of registration fee upon enrollment!

Be the first 20 to call us at 6762 8878 to register your interest and receive a goodie bag. For more information, visit

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Chengzhu Mandarin June Holiday Programme Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:48:33 +0000 Come aboard our June holiday programmes!

Mandarin Holiday Programmes 8th – 12th Jun 2015

Chengzhu Mandarin Centre has very exciting holiday programmes in store in June! Have fun in the kitchen, enjoy a host of stories and dubbing your own cartoon. What better way to inspire creativity and nurture a love for Mandarin!

Sign Up Now!
Call 6737 5348 or visit us at Rochester Mall #03-01

Chengzhu Mandarin HP June 2015

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Things To Consider Before You Share Your Children Pictures Online Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:19:54 +0000 Social media

Most parents share photographs or videos of their children online with the simple intention to share their joy or an event with their family and friends. We highlight some of the possible dangers and negative effects of posting photos and videos of your child online.

#1 You Are Creating A Profile Of What The Child Seemingly Is To Others

Your photos, descriptions and comments acquired, all pool and build up a trail of your child’s personality and ‘growth’ online. The general group of friends and family may well be delighted to be part of this daily news and to be involved in your family life. But based on settings, the same or even multiple-fold more people can also be involved bearing in mind the permutation effect. Others may not know you or your child personally, but they can make their own interpretations or own assumptions.

In a bad scenario, comments have even been posted by total strangers on other parents’ facebook about how their child may have behavioral issues based on the anecdotes they observed online. The child is denied having a chance of being really known by who he or she really is. Some already had their “digital portfolio” cut out for them at birth.

#2 There Is A Cost To Bear

We cannot control what others think, but why subject you or your next time grown up child to unnecessary judgments or projection from others? Does your child even want to know years later that the diaper dances he shared with you were seen by your colleague’s cousin or used for other purposes? Privacy is a cost and there are much more dire costs than that; identity erosion, shame, stigmatization etc.

According to a September 2014 article in The Guardian, “Right now, Facebook and other sites use the personal data they collect to help advertisers reach their target market; it is how they make money. But that business model could change, and new tools are being developed to capture personal information all the time.” There is a future risk involved. What is shared now can be used against us.

#3 Consider The Ethics

Always pause when you are posting photos of OTHER children. There is a difference between taking a picture in a zoo with throngs of children versus posting pictures of your friend’s children. The worst is posting your friend’s birth online on your way out from visiting the ward – let the new parents share their own news. Secondly, consider the age of consent of the children. Toddlers in their young age have the ability to say – “Don’t want” “Don’t take”. Do we respect what they are able to verbalise, or do we dismiss them?

What to avoid posting online

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Intimate photos

Bath pictures, naked photos, compromising photos of your children should not be posted. What you won’t go out in, keep private. Yes they may seem cute to you, but the digital world is not as innocent as it looks. Children’s modesty should still be protected, at this age when they are not able to, we as the parents should be cautious and protect them.

Just because they are not physically developed, does not mean that their bodies can be shown all around. When posting, consider not just your own interpretation, but the impact or how it may be misused by others. There are pedophiles out there and people who can copy or edit the pictures shared. Note that once your information is out there, it is not yours anymore. Period.

Photos which reveal personal details

Some photos are tagged with family members, geographical locations and detailed-filled descriptions. Why is there such a need to? By simply tracing tags, one can easily look up the family, the schools, the places your child frequent after school etc….the things he/she likes, the achievements, the down moments. People can map out a lot from online data. Probably 95% of your friends’ and their friends won’t do that. But all you need is just 1-2 creepy fellows, isn’t that the truth?

Keep the blood and gore to yourself

Believe me, I have seen postings of gory placentas fresh after birth and postings about toilet poop. The principle to hold – what is or was once inside of you, should not be made public. Enough said. There are parents who post pictures of nappy rash in forums for discussion. I cannot help but cringe how this child would feel. It may be “medical” but still, it is your child’s body, in a forum subject to comments by others.

Photographs of other children

This point cannot be emphasized enough. There is quite a considerable group of parents who do not post much of their children online. A father once shared with me that he does not post any photos of their four children online intentionally – they share photos through email etc. It was a deliberate effort not to distribute access online.

Some others limit their “view settings” for photographs and pictures. However, experts point out that even if privacy settings are customized, this does not stop others from uploading pictures of your children. So please have some consideration. Before you post a photograph of other’s children, consider if permission is needed and if it is necessary.

At the end of the day – before you click remember “What you share out there, is no longer yours”.

By Som Yew Ya

This article was first published in The New Age Parents Feb / Mar 2015 e-magazine

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SG 50 Jubilee Weekend Fact Sheet Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:10:34 +0000 To celebrate the island’s 50th birthday, many of Singapore’s places of attractions will be opening their doors to the public free of charge, together with a host of activities planned over the extra-long National Day weekend.


Sentosa SG50 Celebrations

Free Admission

Entry via the Sentosa Boardwalk is now free all day every day from March to 31 December 2015.

For those who drive or take a taxi into the island, enjoy a free admission after 5pm on week days (excluding Public Holidays) from Monday 16 March to 31 December 2015.

Sentosa SG50 Promotions

  • Limited Edition SG50 Sentosa Islander Card

Enjoy unlimited island admissions to Sentosa and a host of fabulous privileges year-round with the Sentosa Islander Membership! Sign up to be a Sentosa Islander membership this year and get a new limited edition SG50 card design.

  • MegaZip Adventure Park – $5 off ticket price (Valid for ClimbMax, Megabounce, MegaZip, NorthFace and ParaJump)
  • Combat Skirmish LIVE – $5 off ticket price (Valid for Indoor Maze and Tunnel Battle)
  • Sentosa Merlion – $8 for Adults (U.P. $10); $5 for Child/Seniors (U.P. $7) – Valid for Local Residents. Free entrance on Aug 8.
  • Sentosa 4D AdventureLand – Free *Pirates* for every purchase of full-priced Adult/Child ticket

Activities to do at Port of Lost Wonder Sentosa

  • Wings of Time – $12 for Child/Seniors – Valid for Local Residents. Free show on Aug 7.

Sentosa Wings of Time

  • Underwater World Singapore – $15 for Adults (U.P. $29.90); $10.30 for Child (U.P. $20.60)
  • Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom – $12 for Adults (U.P. $16); $8 for Child (U.P. $10); $10 for Seniors
  • Free entry to Fort Siloso on Aug 9 and Cable car rides on Aug 10

After 5 Promotional Offers

These will be available for guests to enjoy a fun time out on Sentosa to celebrate the nation’s Golden Jubilee throughout the day and in the evenings. From dining treats to attraction visits, hotel stays to spa experiences, Sentosa will have something special for all Singaporeans to enjoy!

For more information and to keep updated on the latest promotions, visit

Here are 10 Exciting Things to do at Sentosa!


50% discount


50% discount at the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, free for seniors 60 and above.


Free Admission for local performances, workshops and bazaar


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Stay tuned for more!

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Common Bowel Problems In Children Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:15:36 +0000 What kind of food should you provide for your child for better digestion and bowel movement? Dr Goh Han Meng, Paediatrician at SBCC Baby & Child Clinic answers some commonly asked questions.

Q: What are the common bowel problems you notice in most children?

Feeding concerns range from gastro-esophageal reflux in infants to picky eating in older children. Others include poor weight gain, diarrhoea, recurrent abdominal pain as well as constipation. A common problem that I pick up, but is usually not noticed by the parents, is delayed toilet training, which can worsen constipation.

Q: My child has hard stools. What food can I introduce to him to make him clear his bowels?

The necessary ingredients for soft stools are soluble fibre and adequate water intake. Various fruits contain larger proportions of soluble fibre. In our local context, I usually recommend the consumption of dragonfruit or papaya. Certain juices like pear and prune juice also contain insoluble sugars that help the stools to retain water.


Q: My child seems to have watery stools all the time. What kind of food should I avoid or give him?

The key is to determine if the stools are really watery or not. In the presence of good weight gain, “watery” stools may actually be normal for the child. I usually ask for a picture or a stool sample as interpretation varies on the description “watery”. Food avoidance depends on the cause of the problem.

For example, those with lactose intolerance should avoid lactose-containing products, the most prevalent of which is cow’s milk formula. Rarer conditions like cow’s milk protein allergy may improve with total breastfeeding or switching to a formula that is extensively predigested.

Practice Address:
SBCC Baby & Child Clinic (Ang Mo Kio)
Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 560721
Tel: 6456 8874
Fax: 6453 2278

This article was first published in The New Age Parents Dec 14 / Jan 2015 e-magazine

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Helpling Giveaway Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:08:07 +0000 Mother’s day is around the corner and it’s time for mummies to take a break, or for the daddies out there to give back and show your wife some appreciation.

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