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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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I will not have to worry about my boys when I’m gone! A note to anxious parents!

I’ve been in Malaysia for the past week now and have had the opportunity to speak to many parents during my meet ups at a school and at several private events. This trip has been unique as I got a rare opportunity to work with lots of parents of older children (aged between 10-15) and although I specialise in working with children under 7 years, I do have two boys who are almost 9 and 12 years and I have to admit that working with parents of children of these ages, has been a real eye-opener to me. During this past …

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Parenting Talk: 3 Most Important Things You Need To Do To Give Your Children A Head Start In Life: So they can be happy, confident and resilient

I would like to say a huge thank you to the Principal (Jane) and the PA committee at the Tenby International School (Ipoh Campus) for having me over to share on 'The 3 most important things you need to do to give your children a head start in life: So they can be happy, confident and resilient'. My Observations..... I know that lots of parents had questions about how to handle older children (elementary/primary level) that I didn't have enough time to address properly so I thought I'd share some of my observations here. When I listen to you and observe some of …

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What You Can Do To Prepare Your Child For Preschool: Taking a Closer Look At Separation Anxiety, Self-confidence and Building Blocks to a Successful Transition

Do you ever wonder how your child will cope when he starts preschool? If he will be able to follow instructions, make friends and speak up with he needs help? Are you worried if he will settle down quickly when he cries during the early days of preschool, and wonder if there is anything you can do to minimize that?   If your answer to any of the questions above is yes, then you might want to take a look at some of the issues discussed in this article….. The preschool years are amongst the most crucial times in a person’s life. This is when …

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If you want to be a good mom, don’t buy your children any gifts this Christmas.

Yes, you heard me right! I remember one particular year when we were so broke that my parents didn’t have any money to buy us presents for Christmas. We had a Christmas tree set up (it was an artificial one that we’d used for many years), lights (more than half of them were not working because they were old and the bulbs had burnt out) and ornaments (these were poorly coordinated decor collected over the previous few years) up on the tree but there were no presents under the tree. Even though I was still very young then (probably not even …

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Working With A Delightful Reggio Emilia Preschool In Hong Kong

I’ve recently had the privilege of working with the team at Etonhouse International Pre-school in Hong Kong (Tai Tam Campus) and absolutely loved the school environment and the creativity and tenacity of the teaching staff. This Reggio Emilia setting was delightfully inviting and calm and had lots of space for children to interact with each other and the environment. One of the biggest challenges of effectively implementing the Reggio Emilia approach in hong kong is the lack of space ……more so outdoor space. Most preschool settings in Hong Kong are set in high-rise buildings and few have access to their own …

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3 Secrets To Effectively Set Ground Rules In The Classroom That Children Will (Gladly) Follow

I’ve been getting quite a lot of emails and messages from early childhood educators about classroom management lately and was wondering that perhaps we could meet up for a chat so that I can address as many of you as possible…..I’m sure that you guy will benefit from tapping into my brain and it would save me a tonne of time answering classroom management related questions via email:) So I’ve set up a FREE webinar to share with you: 1) The psychology of internal regulation and why reward and punishments don’t work, 2) 3 Things you need to know to effectively set ground …

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A Halloween Party That Teaches Life Skills? I Would Not Have Seen That Coming….

……but I am glad it did! Like most moms, I love halloween parties or any kind of occasions that I get to dress my boys up……and I did that as soon as I could…… And eventually, halloween parties became a part of our home when my boys started becoming more sociable and realized that they needed friends over at our place to have some real fun. So 4 years ago, we started throwing halloween parties plus our monthly pizza and movie get-together (thats another story for a different blog) and it wasn’t long before I started cringing at the idea of halloween parties simply because …

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