A collection of our favourite topics on parenting and play

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Sustainable Living With Kids

Sustainable Living With Kids

When I talk to my kids about our world, I tell them “the world is big and round, it’s made of land and water, and there are lots of people, animals, and plants that all share it. In our play, our world is filled with wild animals around the world - elephants, tigers, giraffes, bears, and zebras. However, if I were to represent the reality of the world, I should be showing my kids a cow next to a cow next to another cow and followed by a chicken. In the largest study done on all biomass on Earth, it...

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A Story On Overparenting

A Story On Overparenting

Overparenting. Have you heard of the term before? One article terms it as a parent’s attempt to micromanage a child’s life, making sure the child is making good decisions, protecting them from any signs of discomfort, failure and lessons in resilience. A while ago, a friend of mine sent me an article that a Taiwanese news corporation wrote after an interview with her daughter. To me, it highlights overwhelming impact of overparenting, told indirectly from a nine-year old’s perspective. This friend is a diplomat and went on a posting to Taiwan with her husband and two young girls (then 6...

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How to Avoid Toy Clutter

How to Avoid Toy Clutter

I love the way our toys look like pieces of art! In fact, most of the toys we own are works of art created by toy artisans that share our values of simplicity, quality, and sustainability. Toys for our family, are not merely playthings, they are building blocks for our children’s future. They teach our children about the world, themselves and communicate our values. So for us, it is important that we are intentional with space we create and with the toys we bring into their childhood.  But too often, I see and hear about toy proliferation – toys show...

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Raising Creative Geniuses!

Raising Creative Geniuses!

Do you ever wonder what your children will grow up to be like? Whether they will be hardworking, honest, optimistic, confident, resilient or creative? Well, leading organisations around the world are thinking the same thing - the future of work. In fact, NASA had this foresight decades ago and their most sought after skill is creativity. They wanted to find the engineers and rocket scientists with the most creative potential to work on their toughest problems.  So they engaged Dr. George Land and Dr. Beth Jarman to develop a tool to measure creative potential.  They found that a fundamental factor...

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