Turning Problems into Learning Opportunities for Your Child

Time to Exercise Brain Power!   Most parents want to avoid or prevent problems when their children encounter them, be it with their siblings or with their friends. However, problems are here to stay. Every day, we will encounter problems. Some are small problems which can be easily resolved, while others are more challenging which […]

Children of CareNights

     In my two years working with CareNights @ Morning Star, I have seen many children come through the centres’ doors. They come from different social experiences and family backgrounds. Some are rather shy, while others prefer a noisy atmosphere, so maintaining order in the centres takes patience and genuine care for the […]

The Many Benefits of Building Blocks

The Many Benefits of Building Blocks

    Children these days are becoming increasingly attached to technology. Forgotten toys sit in dusty corners of shelves, abandoned by children who choose to play digital games on their phones or tablets instead. However, one toy appears to have transcended time and still remains popular with children these days: Lego. Did you know that […]

  • April 17, 2020
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Caring for Children is Like having Popping Candy

  Have you ever had popping candy?   When the sugar crystals first hit your tongue, it gives you a surprise. Sour bits pop and fizz in your mouth as though they have a life of their own. Then when it simmers down, a few remaining pieces still go off at random, leaving you with […]

  • March 16, 2020
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True Acceptance is More than Acknowledging Reality

  When I first started working with children in 2010, it was meant to be a step towards financial independence while waiting for university to start.   I remember my first day as if it were just yesterday. Children were screaming and running around, doing pretty much whatever they wanted, giving little heed to anything […]

  • February 24, 2020
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The Case for Journeying with Families

  Radio silence. No one picked up my phone calls. No one answered the door. The boy was missing, my phone was running low on battery, my palms were sweaty, my heart was racing. One of my client’s children had not attended the After-School Care centre for two days. I rang the father and he’d […]

  • January 17, 2020
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Is Slime Good for My Kid?

  Ahh… The ever-evolving world of children’s toys. A new sensation has hit the market— ooey-gooey, multi-coloured dough that squelches and pops and is the bane of many a school teacher: slime.   However, distracting as it may be in the classroom, when placed in the right hands at the right time, this squishy substance […]

  • December 20, 2019
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Work as a Team, Play as a Team

  Cake pops take two and a half hours to make. Did you know that? We couldn’t believe it at first. We thought that it would only be a half-hour lesson, but we were wrong.   Our NOVA Learning Intervention Programme team recently got together to attend a cake pop-making class for our yearly team […]

  • November 27, 2019
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Comfort at Home, Contentment in Family

  It was time for a change. My husband and I decided that moving to a new home would be better for our next stage of family life. Although we had missed the ballot for a new estate, we chanced upon a sale of balance flats opportunity and collected the keys to our new home […]

  • October 17, 2019
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A Parent’s Love is of the Purest Gold

  When I was young, my parents bought me tons of toys and branded clothes. They sent me for a multitude of enrichment programmes and brought me all around the world to play. Everyone envied the kind of life that I had. But nobody sees the gloom behind the glitter and gold. I was sad […]

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