I don’t know if it was because I had overly high hopes for this place, or because it was quite hot, or because it was Sunday and therefore teeming with other families and tourists, but for us Gardens By The Bay was a bit of a disappointment. Yes, the kiddie area is pretty good- in fact if it wasn’t for the adventure course, tree house play area and water play we would probably swear to never return here. It’s just not (in our opinion) as good as other places to go in Singapore. Having said that, it is probably well…

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I know, I know. Every parent says this like they’re THE ONLY parent to ever feel this way. But honestly, kids, you need to just slow down a second. Whilst they’ve been busy absorbing the sunshine and growing like my most prized pair of weeds (I do have a collection of actual weeds to show too), I’ve been playing catch up. Or at least, trying to. I think I’m being outrun though. When the kiddies were little – even more little than they are now – the milestones seemed so much bigger and so longed for. The first time they…

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There are several upsides to our home schooling adventure, but there are also downsides. The main one, and the one that causes me the most amount of guilt, is the lack of facilities available in our 1200 square foot apartment. We are limited by space, not surprisingly, and our “classroom” is the dining table. It’s a set up that works for the basics – spelling, reading, writing, maths etc – but doesn’t offer us much flexibility for hands on activities, especially science. Ultimately we just don’t have the space, or the storage, for everything that the kids would be exposed…

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Recently I’ve had a few people asking me about home schooling. Not in a judge-y way, I don’t think anyway, but more in a curious way. Or just a “are you a mad woman” way. Maybe both, actually. And it’s been a surprisingly tricky topic to write about, given that I am neither particularly for or against it. I’m not a stereotypical home school kind of Mum, at least I don’t think I am. At the same time, I’m not totally against the idea. I’ve just never had any inclination to find out more about the home schooling movement. Not…

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Happy International Day of Happiness! Even though it’s a Monday (which for some might actually be a very happy event, who knows?). After all, happiness is a very personal experience. What you define as happiness might be anything but for someone else. When you stop trying to force it, happiness is pretty achievable especially in fleeting moments, and that’s what I hang on to in my least happy moments, and all I suggest anyone else do. Happiness for me might be going to the loo and finding there hasn’t been a pre-schooler in there before me. Or it might be…

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