Category Archives: Parenting

50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome

I was moved to tears when I saw this video of moms teaching their kids to express their feelings through hand gestures accompanied by a love song…

I’m sharing the video from the original source on YouTube. Credit to the person who created the video.

The mums in this video and the dad who created it ( https://twitter.com/5ushi ) met online and got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.

It features a carpool karaoke lip sync in support of World Down Syndrome Day 2018 and features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri’s multi-platinum selling track, “A Thousand Years”. — Wouldn’t Change a Thing

Give Your Kids the Gift of Time

happy family

Whenever special occasions come up, we rack our brains out, trying to figure out the best gift to give our loved ones, most especially our kids. The thing is, we don’t have to wait for a special occasion to give our kids the best gift possible – our time.

We parents do lead busy lives, what with having to juggle work and household chores. We should remember though, that if we want our kids to grow up mentally and emotionally healthy, we should carve out some time to be with them.

For example, if you are enrolled in school or an online degree program yourself, studying together at the table creates memories and bonds relationships.

We don’t need to do anything extravagant for them. They may not verbalize it, but our kids do appreciate it if we sit down to watch their favorite TV show with them, or stop to ask them about how they day in school went. All it takes is a few minutes each day. Set aside some time to do something with them, or listen to them. It will make them feel more loved, secure, and confident to take on the challenges of life.

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How to praise our kids

Here are some tips on how to say encouraging words to our kids. (I post this in 2011 and thought of re-posting it this year.)

HELPFUL PRAISE                                               UNHELPFUL PRAISE

“Thank you for polishing the floor,                      “You are truly mother’s little helper.”
it is so clean and shiny.”

“Thank you for washing the car,                          “You are an angel.”
it looks new again.”

“I liked you birthday card.                                    “You are always so thoughtful.”
It was so pretty and witty.”

“Your poem spoke to my heart.”                          “You are a good poet for your age.”

“The lantern you made looks beautiful.”             “You are such a good artist.”

“Your letter brought me great joy.”                      “When it comes to letters, you’re an A.”

“I appreciate your fixing the bed                          “You did a better job than Mommy.”
this morning.”

“Thanks for telling me that I still have                “You are such an honest child.”
a change. I appreciate it very much.”

“Your composition gave me a lot                          “You write well for your age.”
of new insights.”

“I appreciate your setting the table                     “You’re very helpful.”
while I cook dinner.”

*According to Dr. Haim G. Ginott in his book Between Parent and Child, the single most important rule in praising a child is that, praise deal only with child’s efforts and accomplishments, not with his character and personality. So, praise, like medicine must not be administered irregularly. Frame your words in such a way that the child will almost inevitably draw from them a realistic conclusion about his personality. – adapted from a magazine.