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Building core strength for toddler

Building core strength for toddler

My baby is now a toddler. He is now more expressive and he loves to be out and about. He starts to learn to climb the stairs just outside my parents’ place when he starts to stand up on his own. He started off taking careful and slow steps. After more than a month of almost daily...
Fun with the Gruffalo

Fun with the Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is one of Dot’s favourite read aloud books and as of now this is the most borrowed book from the community library. When we first borrowed this book for Dot when she was about two years old and I was pleasantly surprised that she could sit through the whole reading as this book...
{Product Review & Giveaway - Closed} Toddibox - enriching minds, enriching lives

{Product Review & Giveaway – Closed} Toddibox – enriching minds, enriching lives

Last week we received a box of goodies from Toddibox, which is packed with Christmas themed crafty, experimental, thinking, musical and reading activities. It is suitable for children from three to six years old. All activities are pre-packed, except for the story book, in the box and are made up of these components: Ten Fingers...
Encouraging Dot to persevere

Encouraging Dot to persevere

Recently Dot likes to play jigsaw puzzles and she is able to identify the right piece at the right place. However, she sometimes has difficulties fitting the pieces together and this frustrates her. Seeing her frustration, I will sit by her side encouraging her to finish her puzzles, asking her questions where the pieces should...
Organizing space for our toddler

Organizing space for our toddler

Toys and books were all over the house! Such a mess! New member in our family means more storage space to keep her stuff which accumulates as she grows. Though at only one year old then, she has already quite a handful of toys (mainly gifts and hand-me-down) and children books from friends and I....
My little scientist out and about

My little scientist out and about

Dot, my little scientist, is curious about everything that captures her attention. Her inquisitive eyes sweep across quickly and spot things that we do not see – so sharp is her sight. She lays her hands to touch and feel things that stir her curiosity. She hits something with another object to hear what sound...
How to keep Dot warm on a cold, rainy day

How to keep Dot warm on a cold, rainy day

On one cold, rainy afternoon, Dot did not have any long pants at grandma’s place. Thinking how to keep her little legs warm – why not wear mommy’s t-shirt over her clothes!
It is still possible to exercise together with a toddler

It is still possible to exercise together with a toddler

Our family of three jogging weekly. We hope that by including Dot in our weekly exercise, she will grow to love exercising and makes this part of her life as she grows up. There are many health benefits associated with physical exercise and do you know that exercise can also keep us young? It’s still...
Habit training #1 - Dot learns self-control and order at the library

Habit training #1 – Dot learns self-control and order at the library

We are people of habits – young and old alike. Naturally, we are inclined to do something whether it is beneficial or detrimental because knowingly or unknowingly habits are weaved into our lives. Whether we intentionally train our children habits or not, they will still form habits which will determine their success in life. Sow an...
Russian dolls make great sensory activities for toddler

Russian dolls make great sensory activities for toddler

Her grandparents went on holiday to the cold Harbin, China and bought a few Russian dolls as cultural souvenirs. They make good sensory activities for children and Dot loves to play with them as she finds it fascinating to see a doll with many dolls within. She called them, “Baby”. It is a fun  activity...
Training Dot self-control

Training Dot self-control

I remembered a few months back, J and I attended a series of classes on infant and toddler. I review the notes again and see how we have applied them in our parenting journey thus far. Inevitably, we still fall short in some areas, gain grounds in some and are working on some. Parenting is...
Dot learns to pretend play

Dot learns to pretend play

At around 17 month old, Dot starts to pretend play. She will coax her plush cow toy or other soft toys to sleep by patting on it, read stories, feed and offer drink to them.  Recently she even gave her small piece of bread to the Ben & Jerry cow! Some imaginative games we do...
Ten things every child needs

Ten things every child needs

“Ten Things every child needs for the best start in life” is the research-based documentary that highlights the importance of seizing the golden opportunity during the first three years of a child’s life to help nurture and give them the best start in life.  They can definitely reach their full potential if we help them!...
Dot loves the playground

Dot loves the playground

Dot first visited the playground when she was about 14 month old. The first few times, she observed her surrounding and the people there. After that she is like an animal on the loose – climbing and running around. Ever since she plays at the playground when the weather is good  in the evening –...
Dot learns to feed herself

Dot learns to feed herself

Dot just passed 17 month. How time flies! She has been picking up words fast and now she is able to voice her likes and dislikes  just simply with “Yes” or “No”. She can even let us know that she would like to have cheese with her bread. She definitely loves her new found independence!...