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If Caregivers Aren’t Parents

March 10th, 2010 Posted in Parenting Kids

…..or what if they were?

Sometimes setting certain rules are not that hard but carrying it out consistently with every adult care giving a child is tough. If your child is taken care by nanny, grandparents or maid, chances are they’ll give in to him/her. We have to work extra hard as a disciplinarian when they’re under our care. Not to say that they do not love them, but they usually don’t take up the ‘disciplinarian’ role while you’re at work.

This leads to children believing that certain behavior is ‘allowed’ and mother and childtherefore he/she can do it anytime or anyplace. Good children gets confused about double standards. Naughty children test boundaries.

There may be 101 rules at home to enforce! Sometimes you may just wish you could sweep them all under the carpet! But for children sake, it cannot be ignored. Ultimately, you should make your child behave just as well even if they’re not with you.

I ever consulted my friend, who is a child psychologist and what I really learned was, children behavior are like clay forming into vase. It is really up to you to shape them – fat and short or thin and tall. But the caution here is it would NOT take long before they become hardened and the shape that you made is irreversible. This is when they reach the age of 6. Yes, not scaring you but that’s the fact. Not to say that you can’t change a child’s behavior after the age of 6, but it takes double effort! So, let’s start now when they are little babies…

Having said that, are is your child taken care by nanny, granny, maid or childcare? How does this affect their behavior and upbringing of your child? Nevertheless, it doesn’t guarantee that taking care or your child yourselves will lead to the best outcomes.

I guess we should ‘Plant the seeds, water them and weed away the wild grass’


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Kids To Drink Plain Water – How Much and How?

March 10th, 2010 Posted in Parenting Kids

Kids simply love sweet food and drinks. They hate plain water.


You may find your blood pressure rising from repeatedly asking your kid(s) to drink plain water.

Relax. Take a step – explain to your child the neccessity of drinking plain water.

Do you know? Water intake depends on a child’s weight, activity level and weather. It is essential to find out ‘How much water per day?’ is enough for your child before you scream your lungs out.

Here is the formula:

Weight of child (in pound) ÷ 2 = Ounce of water needed per day

For e.g. Samantha, 4, 34pound ÷ 2 = 17 ounce

If you would like to convert ounce to liter, multiply it with 0.0295.

Which also means in this case, Samantha needs needs approximately 502ml of water per day.

To save the trouble, you may simply refer to the table below and look for your child’s closest body weight match to find the amount of required amount of water consumption per day.

Body weight (lbs.)

Required amount of water consumption per day

ounce

ml

18

9

266

22

11

325

26

13

384

30

15 443

34

17

502

38

19 561

42

21

621

46

23

680

50

25

739

54

27

798

58

29

857

62

31

916

66

33

975

70

35

1035

The good news is, this conversion can be for anyone including, youself!

Some variables of water intake to consider are like activity level, weather and other liquid intake like soups and juices during the day.

You may want to increase water required if your child just played catching and reduce water required if your child just finished up your butternut soup!

Recommendation of getting your child to drink plain water:

1. Provide your child a favorite water bottle

2. Mark it time of the day for e.g. 9am, 10am, 11am at the corresponding water level.

3. Ensure your child drinks when it is time.

4. Praise your child for drinking.

5. Drink water before you play your favorite game or have your cookies.

6. Have siblings to drink together and praise the one who drinks more (praise both if theydo!)

Sometimes, you may want to trick your child to drink more by squeezing few drops of lemon or change to a cup.

How do you get your kids to drink?

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Making Pink Bunny

March 9th, 2010 Posted in Kids Crafts

If you and your child enjoys art and craft, here’s a simple one to do, which only requires you 10-15minutes.

Firstly, we needed a toilet roll core board (split into 2), a pink colored paper, some cotton and some double sided tape.

Next, just put on the tape on the pink colored paper and adhere it to the core  board.
Next, when you have wrap both the core  board with colored paper, stick them together and attach the bunny’s tail using cotton. In a separate piece of pink colored paper, draw the bunny’s ears and feet.
Then, draw a nice face for it!

Finally, it’s done! Here you go….Pink bunny from recycled toilet core board! Don’t expect it to hop though….
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Sandwich Toast

March 9th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal



My mum passed down to me a great recipe. It is luncheon meat sandwich toast and it is really a healthy and filling snack. And kids simply love it! Here are the ingredients: white bread, margarine, egg, luncheon meat and oyster sauce.

Here’s how to make it: Firstly, brush the sandwich toaster with margarine. You may use olive oil or butter, it’s really your choice.

Next, place the pre-spreaded bread on the sandwich toaster, following this sequence

1. Bread spread with oyster sauce facing up, blank side face toaster
2. Place luncheon meat and sliced hard boiled egg on top
3. Cover with bread, spread with margarine facing top
4. Covered it and waited for minutes.

Luncheon meat sanwich toast

It is ready when it is golden roasted. Goes perfectly well with chili, mayonnaise ans tomato sauce. Enjoy!

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Butter Cookie Monsters

March 8th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

For children, butter cookies can be addictive but it is fine if taken in moderation. Ensure other sugar intake are low within the day.

The making of butter cookies can be lengthy so be sure you have at least 1.5hours to spare. You may get your child involve cause it be lots of fun making as well as eating them.

These are the ingredients we need:

  • 300g of plain flour,
  • 250g of butter,
  • 140g of sugar, (in room temperature)
  • An egg yolk,
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Here are the steps:

butter, egg yolk and sugarFirstly, mix butter, sugar, vanilla extract and egg yolk together.


Next sift in four. Then, with very clean hands, mix dough thoroughly. This task requires some strength so an adult should do a better job.

Next, roll the dough, recommended to use baking paper  on top of dough so that the dough doesn’t stick to the rolling pin. Either that or dust the rolling pin with some flour.

Now comes the fun part – pressing in the cookie cutters. Use a butter knife, very gently,  lift up the pressed dough and transfer to baking tray. bake for about 15 to 20 minutes

The suface of butter cookies should be light roasted. Enjoy!                                                                                                          Daffy Duck Silicon Baking Mold

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Homemade Peach Ice-cream

March 8th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

Ice cream is a great dessert to quench thirst. You can make various fruit flavors using this recipe like pineapple, mango or coconut. Today, let’s make the peach ice cream and be sure involve your kid to have lots of fun!

You surely need a ice cream lolly mold like this. If you don’t, you may try a freezable container but it may take slightly longer to freeze.

Tweety Bird Silicon Baking Mold

Here are the ingredients:
  • A tin of peach about 400g
  • 100ml of coconut milk
  • A large lime
  • 85g of sugar


Let’s follow through the steps of ingredients to place into blender:

Firstly, put in the peach.

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Next, squeeze a lime. Kids Approved Meal

Then, the coconut milk. Then, blend well till you don;t see any pieces of peaches.

Next, pour into mold and place lids. Freeze at least for 6 hours but for best results – overnight.
Your peach ice cream is ready. Enjoy!


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Butternut Squash Soup

March 8th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

Butternut is a type of pumpkin and it’s natural taste is VERY SWEET.

Here’s the making of butternut squash soup. Ingredients for this recipe are as follows:

  • 400g of butternut
  • A can of vegetable stock
  • A medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 30g of rice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
Firstly, cut the butternut into cubes and rub some cooking oil before you toast them. Remember to include their best friend – the garlic cloves. Leave them in the toaster for about 15-20minutes at 180C and they’ll take care of themselves.
Next, get busy with the soup base.

Using a pan, stirfry the chopped onion with some oil for few minutes or until you smell the AROMATIC smell that your neighbor will envy.

Then, pour in the vegetable stock and bring to boil. Then, pour in the rice. Then, simmer over medium low fire for 15-20minutes – which is when you had finish toasting AND blending the butternut. Timing will be just nice!

Now, back to the toasting butternut. When toasting is done, blend them till they look like baby food and add to the soup base and bring to bring.

Zingo Game by Think Fun

Here you are! Presenting the Butternut Squash Soup..If we have spaghetti today will be perfect match!

Mighty Mind Game by Leisure Learning


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Homemade Banana Muffins

March 4th, 2010 Posted in Kids Meal

If you would like homemade banana muffins, here are the ingredients:

  • 180g of plain flour
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g of brown sugar
  • 90g of margerine or butter or sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (different from vanilla essense)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Some raisins

Here are the steps of making banana muffins:

Firstly, I cracked 2 eggs and add in brown sugar.

Next, add in 1 tsp of vanilla extract. For your infor, vanilla extract is 100% pure, while vanilla essence isn’t. So vanilla extract is watery while essence is thick. Though it costs more but i use lesser of it….

Add in mashed 2 bananas. I usually mashed on a bowl using a spoon. Quite easy.

Next, sift in flour which was already mixed with baking soda and baking powder

Add in sunflower oil. You may use butter or margarine instead.

After mixing everything, poured in 2 small packets of raisins. Remember, if you’re making, pls do not scoop full if you DON’T wanna see disaster in your kitchen! What i meant was, be sure to scoop only the most 2/3 full because the muffins will RAISE later

Here are the muffins ready to be baked. Recommended to bake for 15-20minutes at 190C. You may also want to check if the muffins are thoroughly cooked by piercing a a fork through. If the fork comes out wet, it means the muffins are not well baked, hence increase baking time.

Your muffin should look something like this. Enjoy!


 

 

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