Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Giving Family Festival - TOUCH Community

Want to have fun, bond with the kids and do good?

Be part of TOUCH Community's 25th Anniversary celebration which promises lots of fun for the entire family!

Here's what you can expect:
  • Bumper rides
  • Game booths
  • Festival run
  • Snow time
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Live performances
  • Mouthwatering bites

Sure sounds like a whole heap of fun over the two days!

What's more, I'll be running a {GIVEAWAY}! Details at the bottom of this post.

WHAT: The Giving Family Festival

WHEN: 4 & 5 November 2017 (Sat & Sun) 10am to 9pm

WHERE: Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square

WHO: TOUCH Community Services

TOUCH Community Services is a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to meeting the needs of the community. Over the last 24 years, they have been reaching out to individuals from all religions and races, including children, youth, people with special and healthcare needs and the elderly.

Your involvement will support the needs of more than 28,000 beneficiaries including vulnerable families, youth-at-risk, people with special needs and disadvantaged seniors.

Festive passes
Purchase your Festival coupons now at The Giving Family Festival

{GIVEAWAY} 10 Festive Passes up for grabs!

Each Festive Pass includes: 

*1 FREE Ride + 1 FREE Game + 1 FREE Hotdog*

5 Winners will be chosen at random - 2 Passes per Winner

All you have to do is hop over to my Instagram account to join the giveaway.

1. Follow @mummyweeblog on IG

2. Leave a comment, and tag at least 3 friends.

{Giveaway} Ends Sunday 22 October 2017 at midnight.

Let's do our part, and be part of The Giving Family!

See you there!

~ www.mummyweeblog.com - A blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My daughter created a winning exam strategy

When #2 took her O levels last year, I knew it was a whole different ball game from preparing for the PSLE.

In 4 short years, they morph from caterpillars into butterflies. Beautiful individually formed strong characters, ready to flap their wings and fly.

But, along with the development of their unique and bold patterns, there are 3 areas we as parents have to come to terms with:

- They are no longer little children whom you can dictate to, and expect pure obedience (could we ever?!).

- Their phones are like an extension of their hand, which can't be forcefully extracted from them lest I am keen on igniting a war of wills. It can be used positively, or become a huge distraction.

- They have a life (with the prom being a few days away from the last paper not helping things at all) and their friends have a far greater sway than before.

I learned that it was futile to nag and scold, and I left her to figure out her own exam strategy. Instead, I watched from the sidelines and support and guide where necessary.

I made it a point to turn up for all her parent-teacher meetings, and was so heartened to see that her teachers were genuinely concerned for her. She was a child with a lot of potential, but she was very clearly an Arts student who loved her Literature and English subjects, but struggled with the Science subjects.

Her poor Chemistry teacher found it so hard to motivate her and even encouraged her to turn the boring formulas into songs and allowed her to bring her guitar to school to sing. When she received her results, she told me: "Mum, she was the only teacher who never gave up on me."

She devised this simple but effective strategy in the months leading up to the O levels.

She painstakingly wrote out every chapter of every subject on individual bits of paper, numbered and colour-coded them.

Once she had finished revising a chapter, she would move that piece of paper to the other side of the wall.

With this system, she demolished the chapters systematically. The brilliance lay in its visual cue, where you can see the number of chapters per subject left very clearly.

It was also highly motivating to see the bare side of the wall starting to fill up!

She was excited to take up the challenge of this crucial year and after the exams, she said, "It was actually quite fun to set my goals and study so hard." And her great achievement was sweet reward indeed.

I am pleased that my efforts over the past 15 years of guiding them to be independent learners have finally borne fruit.

And that I was able to give them a carefree childhood where tuition and assessment books are not a normal part of their lives, yet they have emerged to be driven and motivated teenagers.

School Stories:

#1 - When your son gets into fights in school
#2 - My son the loan shark
#3 - So kids can't play once they start school?
#11 - How #2 topped her level in English
#12 - DSA. Yet another initiative parents have warped
#13 - Tuition - First line of attack?
#14 - Why do exams have to be so stressful?
#15 - First day mix up!
#16 - The day I forgot to pick my son from school
#17 - No more T-score. Now what?
#18 - Tackling the new school year
#19 - She did it, without tuition.
#20 - So who's smarter?
#21 - Why I do not coach my kids anymore.


~ www.mummyweeblog.com - A blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

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