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Young Parents December 2018

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

What’s not to love about December? The kids are out of school, the days are cooler and everyone seems happier. We hope our Christmas Issue (from page 40) puts you and your family in the mood for the season’s festivities. Use it as your specially curated guide to fun, feasting and giving. Pregnant mums will want to check out our stories on keeping fit safely (page 24) and where to go for prenantal classes (page 32). Staying active can help your delivery, and it’s great for your physical and mental well being, too. If you have a new baby, chances are you’ll want to get the best gear for your little one. You may have been eyeing a sitting pillow, bouncer or walker – but improper use can actually damage your baby’s development.…

2 min.
our experts

EDUCATION Brian Caswell is the dean of Research and Program Development at Mindchamps. He has 15 grandchildren. Helen Marjan is the CEO and director of Studies at Lorna Whiston Schools. Her three children are in their teens. June Rusdon is the chief executive officer of Busy Bees Asia. She has three kids in their 20s. Fiona Walker is the group managing director of Julia Gabriel Education – Julia Gabriel Centre, Chiltern House Preschool and Chengzhu. Her son is aged 14, and her daughter is 11. Dawn Lim is the curriculum advisor at Star Learners. She has four children aged eight to 16. 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. CHILD PSYCHOLOGY Dr Richard C. Woolfson is a child psychologist based…

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this month, we ask

How do I boost my kid’s leadership qualities Leadership is a mindset. It is built upon self-awareness, an understanding of the needs of others and an ability to think, plan, strategise and execute. These are processes suited to the mature mind, but you can still give your little one a good start. Focus on developing a “theory of mind”. It refers to the ability to understand that others think differently from you – and that they see, feel and experience things in their own way. Help your young one develop this by drawing her attention to emotions and reactions. Describe how you are feeling, with phrases like: “When you do that, it makes me feel proud/sad/happy.” Draw her attention to others’ reactions, such as: “I think you made Susie unhappy/feel special,…

1 min.
nauti & nice

1 min.
too adorbs!

5 min.
get fit safely

Neo Ko Hui was a school track star in her teens who went on to play touch rugby. But when she found out she was pregnant eight years ago, the physical education teacher ended up “just walking for long periods of time”. In contrast, her second pregnancy last year saw her running and lifting weights right up to her last trimester. “I realised that it was easier to get back into shape if I maintained or lessened the more strenuous workouts. It was tough with the daily demands of work and taking care of my first child, but the importance of staying healthy by eating right and keeping active kept me going,” says the 37-year-old, who started with lighter intensity workouts in the first trimester before resuming her normal pace from the second…