• 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 […]

  • March 16, 2020
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What is True Acceptance?

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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • January 17, 2020
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The New Toy in Town: Slime

Girl playing with toy slime

Is Slime Good for My Kid?     Ahh… The ever-evolving world of children’s toys. A new sensation has recently 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 […]

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

We made unicorn cake pops for our team bonding activity   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 […]

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

Marie in the midst of construction of the hygge modern wall feature in her new home kitchen   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, […]

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

Lim Jia with the after-school care children   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 […]

  • September 17, 2019
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Self-care Means Making the Most of Life’s Lemons

  Sea salt, pepper and a citrusy-sweet smoke rising from the coals. Bopping music played by a swingin’ live band. The atmosphere charged with the buzz and excitement of foodies and beach-goers. I was at the Sentosa GrillFest 2019 last month and it was a blast. What better way to rest and relax than with […]

  • August 23, 2019
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How we lost to KIASUism

  “I just don’t get her. All I want is for her to have a happy life!” a mom was sobbing to her therapist. I was searching for a video to use in a Chinese parenting workshop and this one leapt out at me.   Ironically, the mom was screaming and yelling at her daughter […]

Passion for the Arts

  Music is composed of simple riffs and beats all put together at different tempos and orders to create a piece of work delivered with passion and energy. I see art in much the same way.   Arts and Music have always been my passion since an early age. I still listen to most of […]

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