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I did not mean to lie to my boys but I did

I never meant to lie to my boys, but I did.   The day I became a mom was the most magical day of my life, and I immediately fell in love with my boys the minute I laid eyes on them. This may be different for different moms but, for me, it was pure and simple love at first sight. I remember being so overwhelmed with love that my heart couldn’t take it, and I knew that my life would never be the same again, because now I truly had something to live for.   As soon as my boys arrived into the …

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It’s a scary world out there, advocate for your children as they fight through it!

My child was traumatized by her swimming coach after a small incident, and she was so hesitant to go to the next class even when I tried talking to her about it, she seemed unwilling to bend her determination to miss the next class. Yet, when I ‘pushed’ her a little, she didn’t seem to object as much as I thought she would…..so I sent her to her swimming class…….she looked at me as we were getting ready to leave the house with those ‘mom, please save me, don’t make me do this’ eyes. I shook it off and told …

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Why this Father’s Day creates such conflict for me……

Last Sunday was Father’s Day. I opened up my Facebook newsfeed to find countless messages from my Facebook ‘friends’ to their fathers…..and those of wives to their husbands for being such amazing fathers.   I wish I could feel like they do…….in fact, I think I did once……but definitely not anymore.   Let me explain……my father wasn’t really there for me. I remember my mom being the one who was trying to keep everything together at home. When my dad did decide to make an appearance in my life, disaster, trauma and anxiety came with him. So, when he died a few years ago, …

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A conversation I had with my 11 year old about suicide.

Me: Does the name Kate Spade ring a bell to you? Son: Yes, it sounds familiar. Me: It’s the name of the shop outside our house, the one that sells all the quirky handbags. Son: Oh yeah, I remember it now. Me: Well, it’s named after the lady who founded it, and designs the bags that are sold in the shop. Son: Oh, okay. Me: Apparently she just died. Son: What? How? Me: She killed herself. Son: What? Why would she do that? Me: Lots of people do that. Son: But, why didn’t she want to live anymore? Me: I’m not exactly sure. I think she was depressed. Son: What’s depressed? Me: It’s a …

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I got married last month! Are my boys thinking about getting married too?

Some of you might be aware that, in autumn 2016, we packed up and left the life that we knew behind. We made the drastic decision to give up everything we had, have the boys leave their school, move out of Hong Kong (the only home that my boys have ever known), and to start a new life as digital nomads, worldschoolers and, for me, a single parent.   For those of you who have been following our journey on social media or via my emails, you will already be aware of our crazy journey to discover the world, to transition into …

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How To Choose The Right Preschool For Your Child

Most parents that I've come across are aware that early childhood education is an integral part of their children's growth and development. However, not many know what this early childhood education should look like. As such, many will choose based on reviews, reputation, facilities, curriculum, educational approach......but few give attention to the individual learning needs of THEIR child. Let me explain....... The formative years (0-6 years) is the period of rapid learning and growth for every child.......after which, the child will still continue to learn and develop but a lot of it is build upon the foundations set during the formative years. This …

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Our Take On Dyslexia: Interview With Game Changers In the Dyslexia World

I was made to believe, very early on, that I was 'stupid' and 'dumb' and 'lazy'. Little did i know that I was dyslexic......till my older son was diagnosed at the age of 4. What I did know was that had limitations and I quickly learnt to be resourceful and to be really creative with whatever  limited resources I had and that has made me the person that I am today........ ......Asia's Elite Parenting Coach, lecturer/teacher trainer, published author (3x over), international speaker, podcaster, "Best Parent Education Support & Services" Award winner and proud mom to two amazing boys! YES! I'm #DyelsxicAndProud ! ........and so are …

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Key factors to look out for when choosing a preschool …. That most preschools might not want you to know about!

Is your child fast approaching preschool age and are you getting a bit anxious about where to send her? Are you inundated by all the choices of preschool education, with their different settings and approaches, that you don’t know where to start? Every year, droves of parents have the very same struggles and every year, I get the same questions from parents about which preschool to send their child to; how to choose one; and what to look out for. Therefore, I have developed a checklist for parents to use for each school they visit to enable them to stay focused on what …

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