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Young Parents March - April 2019

Young Parents is monthly parenting magazine for families with children up to age nine. It is the go-to guide for parents who value its local trend stories on everything from education to health, relevant tips from experts and comprehensive resources. Young Parents also offers two reads in one, with Young Parents Baby – the essential guide for parents with babies aged two and below – designed as a magazine within the magazine. The 25-year-old publication has won numerous awards, including Magazine of the Year (MPAS Awards 2011).

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1 min.
editor’s note

Is my child normal? That’s a questions you’ll find yourself asking again and again as your little one grows. While comparisons are inevitable among parents, the pervasiveness of social media can sometimes warp your sense of perspective. Recently, a mummy told me that some of her friends panicked when they compared their tots to a local influencer’s kid. I’ve watched the boy’s videos and he’s obviously ahead of the curve developmentally, so I feel for those mums. That’s why in our Growing Up Issue, we asked the experts to guide you on the development milestones to look out for at each age (page 14) – and the red flags – as well as speech and language concerns (page 26). Remember that these are guidelines, and that kids develop at different rates – for instance, one…

2 min.
our experts

EDUCATION Dr Cynthia Lim is a senior lecturer in the Early Childhood Education Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She has a 12-year-old son. Brian Caswell is the dean of Research and Program Development at Mindchamps. He has 15 grandchildren. Dawn Lim is the curriculum advisor at Star Learners. She has four children aged eight to 16. PSYCHOLOGY Dr Carol Balhetchet is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in schools, the social services sector and the private sector. She is the author of Dr Delinquent: A Guide To Decoding The Teenage Years, and has three children in their 20s. PSYCHIATRY Dr Cornelia Chee is a psychiatrist and director in the Women’s Emotional Health Service at the National University Hospital. Her daughters are in their teens. LACTATION & PARENTCRAFT Cynthia Pang is a senior…

2 min.
laundered with love

Love means making sure your near and dear ones are clad in smart attire so they can look sharp at all times. That means having clean clothing that is ready to go every day - which can be a tall order if you have a big family or active kids. If the thought of tackling those mountains of sweat-soaked shirts and soiled socks sounds daunting, fret not. With Electrolux's 9kg Ultimatecare 500 washing machine and 9kg Heat Pump dryer, getting the piles of laundry done is as easy as pie! WASH IT The Electrolux 9kg Ultimatecare 500 washing machine is an efficient front-load washer with a 3XL door for easy loading that can handle a large volume with its 9kg capacity, so fewer loads can still get the job done. This means…

2 min.
hit the sweet spot

We melted at the sight of this popsicle-shaped magnetic board for kids, which is made in South Korea. Available in four sherbet colours, it’s a delightful addition to any kids’ room, and a fun outlet for their creative energy, too. Momsboard magnetic board, $195 (single) or $249 (double), from www.toppingskids.com . Comes with magnetic accessories worth $59, including a penholder, words, clock, number and erasers. SHOPPING Don’t worry, be hoppy Put a smile on your kid’s face with these cheery outfits and accessories. TEXT STEPHANIE YEO SHOPPING Fresh kicks Walk this way for kids’ shoes that make a style statement. Keep their outfits basic and let the shoes do the talking. TEXT STEPHANIE YEO…

11 min.
childhood milestones for singapore kids: what’s normal and when to worry

2 years old WHAT TO EXPECT Your little one would have started to talk by now and is curious and inquisitive, says Dr Cynthia Lim, a senior lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He is physically active and keen to explore the world around him. At this age, he can also point to pictures in books and make connections between these and real-life objects. He enjoys make-believe play and his symbolic understanding is developing – for example, he may hold up a banana to his ear and pretend it’s a phone. PARENTING CHALLENGES Two-year-olds aren’t aware of some of the dangers associated with playing, so you have to keep a close watch on them, Dr Lim says. They may want to do things on their own, but they’re also dependent on you, so…

1 min.
what you need to know about global development delay

According to Dr Low Kah Tzay, a paediatrician at Pediatric Doctor by Anson International Paediatric & Child Development Clinic, child development is divided into four aspects: GROSS MOVEMENT such as walking, jumping and running. FINE MOVEMENT such as holding a spoon or a pen and handling buttons and zips. LANGUAGE Being able to say words or form sentences. SOCIAL Knowing how to interact and socially adapt, knowing when to be silent, and being able to pay attention, take turns and share. “Global development is when there’s a delay in all these four areas,” Dr Low says. “It signifies a serious medical condition and should be assessed to work out whether it is static or progressive.” Treatment may include dealing with any underlying medical conditions, speech therapy for language, physiotherapy for movement, occupational therapy for fine movement…