Monday, 26 August 2019

BenQ Eye Care Monitor GW2480T - A Review

As an occupational therapist, I used to go out to offices to help adults readjust their workspaces, desktop monitor heights and problem solve their ergonomics concerns.

These days, children are not spared and are facing screens for stretches of time. They are using educational apps, playing games or watching Youtube on Ipads or laptops.

Even though she has just entered primary 1 this year, Kate already has online homework on her SLS portal. Besides the homework, which is not much, I like the additional Chinese resources where she can play character recognition games and have the stories read to her.

She uses the Ipad to do her work or borrows one of her sister's laptops, depending on who is at home. However, the problem with using Ipads or laptops is that because of the small screen size, the viewing distance is too short and is one of the causes of short-sightedness. Also with an Ipad, she tends to lounge on the sofa in an array of not so ideal postures. I have heard of 5-year olds needing chiropractic help because they spend hours hunched over the Ipad!

BenQ, the world's first brand of eye-care monitors, has launched their new Eye Care Monitor GW2480T specifically for students.
A new monitor!
Here are 5 reasons to invest in the NEW BenQ Eye Care Monitor - GW2480T: 

1. PROPER ERGONOMIC POSTURE

With a 24-inch monitor, your child is able to sit at the proper distance. The recommended viewing distance between the eyes and monitor is 60-70cm. This monitor can be adjusted for height, tilt, pivot and swivel which allows it to grow with your child as well as being suitable for other members of the family.
BenQ Eye Care Monitor GW2480T
2. BRIGHTNESS INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY

Most people overlook the brightness of their screens and don't usually adjust the display brightness according to the ambient light every day. This may result in eye fatigue, vision problems and headaches. With the Brightness Intelligence Technology, it provides more comfort for the eyes, which is important as both children and adults are spending more hours looking at screens.

BenQ's unique technology automatically adjusts the monitor's brightness according to the ambient light. This is also good for me as I work on my powerpoint presentations in the bedroom at night.

3. LOW BLUE LIGHT TECHNOLOGY

We know that blue light emitted from digital devices affects our sleep cycle as they lower the production of melatonin. This monitor filters out blue light which helps the kids with the quality of sleep when they finally turn off the computer and go to bed. Beneficial for #2 as she studies into the wee hours of the night and has to wake up early for classes the next day.

4. FLICKER-FREE TECHNOLOGY

Laptop screens can result in eye fatigue because of the flickering screen which causes excessive blinking and frequent rubbing of the eyes. This monitor makes viewing more comfortable.

This is especially helpful for my 2 girls as one spends a lot of time designing logos and brochures for her marketing assignments and one does a lot of eye-straining photoshop edits for her work!

5. WIDE VIEWING ANGLE

With a wide viewing angle, parents can sit with their child to guide them with their work comfortably. I've been needing to do that with Kate for some of her Chinese homework!

As parents, with this monitor, we can be reassured that our children's physical aspects like posture and eye health are not compromised while they are spending time on the computer.

How to connect:

The GW2480 can be used with laptops or Ipads. It has 3 connection ports, including HDMI, DisplayPort, and D-sub. For our Ipads and the newer models of laptops, all we had to do was attach it to an adaptor and it instantly syncs onto the monitor.

BenQ Eye-Care Monitors are certified by TUV Rheinland, a global leader in technical and safety certification, for Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light performance that truly benefits human vision.

BenQ Eye Care Monitor GW2480T retails at S$269. Currently they are running a National Day Promotion with 7% off (no GST) until 31 August 2019.

For more information about GW2480T, click here.

For other GW Series Eye Care Monitor, click here.

BenQ Website

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


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

Monday, 19 August 2019

"I wish you were never born!"

I came back from work and found Kate in tears. After a big cuddle and sitting with her, I asked her what was wrong.

She had an argument with her brother and he had said to her, "I wish you were never born!"

"Mummy, does everyone in the family dislike me?"

That really took me by surprise. Such a sad thing to hear, but it was an eye-opener into a child's world.

That Kate, who is loved and doted on by so many, can feel this way.

I went through our family members one by one.

Do you think Mummy loves you?

"Yes."

Why do you think so?

"Because you always tell me and you do many things for me."

Do you think Daddy loves you?

"Yes! He takes me swimming and goes on the slide with me and he makes us yummy BBQ on the weekends."

We went through the rest of her siblings and I was surprised how she thinks that one of her sisters did not love her!

"Jie jie scolds me all the time and does not spend time having fun with me."

That really got me thinking, because it pretty much summed up my first 10 years with the kids! Yikes.

I tried to get Kate to understand why her older sister always corrects her, but she still did not feel that her sister loved her.

We talked about her brother who said those hurtful words to her and I pointed out the times when he cared for her. I tried to get her to see it from his point of view, that he must be feeling neglected as well. He was the youngest for 6 years before she came along, and now she is the one getting all the attention and love from everyone.

I had a lot to reflect upon over the weekend.

As parents, we assume that our children know that we love them. We also hope that we have brought the siblings up to love one another. But it may not necessarily be so. And behind the hurtful words could be a cry for help.

I remember vividly a conversation with one of my daughter's classmate. Before her O levels, she said to me, "Auntie, I don't think my mum loves me. When I go home with a good grade, she is very happy. When I get a bad grade, she scolds me and is in a bad mood the whole week. What am I to her?"

What made me sad upon this reflection is that despite us knowing that we should be giving our children unconditional love, do our children feel our unconditional love?

When we get angry at them for their misbehaviour, yell at them or cane them, they must surely be thinking that we don't love them at those times. My poor older kids went through so much of that from the hubs and I.

With Kate, we have learnt to control our extreme outbursts and we don't yell or spank her. I make it a point to tell her even during those moments when I am scolding her, that no matter what, I still love her, every single day, every single moment.

It also hit me again, that despite our older children (upper primary or secondary) looking like they don't need us or rather spend time in their rooms, they do need to be shown just as much love, but in different ways. It is tough trying to find time to see to the needs of so many kids. And as they go through the different phases from being a child to a tween, from a tween to a teenager, what worked before may not anymore.

The more I parent, the more aware I get, the more I feel I fall short of being a good parent.

The only thing that keeps me hopeful is that we have parented them to be resilient and despite all the mistakes and terrible parenting they have faced from us in the early years when we didn't know better, somehow they have turned out not too badly.

I'm also glad that I've come so far in my own parenting journey that instead of marching over to my son to give him a good talking to for speaking to his little sister that way, I am able to work through with them calmly to unpack the intentions and emotions behind their outbursts.

And that's something to rejoice about! One day at a time, one step at a time, and we will get there :)


Other lessons (which I've learnt the hard way):

Lesson #15: What are we worth, mums?
Lesson #16: What do you do when you get sick of parenting?
Lesson #17: The tragedy of our society


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



Monday, 12 August 2019

Light Chiropractic - A Review from a Mum of 6

My neck & lower back pain has been a constant problem for the past 20 years mainly because of bad posture while carrying the 6 kids. With my eldest, I didn't know better and was afraid to put her down when she fell asleep in my arms as she would wake up and cry. That resulted in many hours of unnatural carrying positions! I have tried all sorts of treatment but have resigned myself to living with the constant pain.

When I was approached by one of Singapore's top Chiropractors to try out a session under the skilful hands of Dr Theo, the timing couldn't be better as I had a very tight knot at my neck and really should be doing something about it before going on vacation. Every time I return from a flight I have to visit my physiotherapist because the sitting position on the plane is not ideal.

To be honest, as a professional in the healthcare industry, I am weary of chiropractors in Singapore. First-hand accounts from friends have shed a poor light on some of them and I wouldn't trust my body in the hands of someone not highly experienced.

Dr Theo was trained in America by the best chiropractor known in the history of the profession, Arno Burnier, and he has had more than 12 years of clinical experience in Singapore and 17 years of hands-on experience working with the spine. His particular area of expertise is in the upper cervical, which is my biggest problem area!

I was greeted by the warm and friendly staff at the front desk and ushered to a room to get changed into a gown. My spine was scanned to find out which are the areas that have blockages. The scanning is done by a female chiropractor assistant using a hand-held thermal scanner by running it gently down the spine. The results are shown immediately and she pointed out my problem areas to me.

Next, I placed 3 fingers into a machine and it gave another set of results. The areas that looked bad on the scan were the areas I have been having problems with, so it was accurate!

What I didn't know was how bad some areas were. Every time I went for a massage the masseuse will tell me the same thing, that the knots at the right side of my neck and shower blades are very tense but all they can do is to release it little by little.

The friendly assistant explained the colour codes to me, starting from white which was good, moving to green, blue and red. The black was off the charts! Uh-oh. It doesn't surprise me though as the problem has been there for so long.

She continued with the questionnaire and asked me what I felt was my stress level on a scale of 1-10. I gave it a 3, and she laughed in surprise, saying that with raising 6 kids and running my own company, 3 was a pretty low level.

I do find that over the past 5 years, ever since I have taken time out for myself to tend to my spiritual needs and to make time to recharge and enjoy the company of friends, I have become much more balanced than in the first 10 years of motherhood. If she had asked me that question a decade ago, I think my stress levels were closer to a 9!

After the testing was done, it was time for the session with Dr Theo. He started with explaining the basis of his treatment, that not only are blockages a result of physical causes, but when a person gets frustrated easily, is unable to let go and is highly stressed, there can be a lot of blocked areas. While he can do the manual adjustments, the person has to learn to be less uptight and unhappy with life in general. He also stressed how maintaining a good posture is very important. Something we all need constant reminders about!

He started the treatment with adjusting different segments of the spine one at a time and it wasn't painful. You can tell that he is indeed very experienced.

He noticed that one leg was longer than the other, and that has been something my physiotherapist has been trying to fix. It was due to years of carrying my kids on one hip which led to the tightening of muscles on one side of the body which caused the natural alignment to be out of sync. He worked on that as well.

He meticulously went through the adjustment procedure, asking me to turn to the right, left, facing up, facing down, sitting up and standing to correct the blockages one by one. It felt good to have my whole body re-aligned!

My scorecard? He said that it was relatively easy to do the adjustments and there wasn't much tension in my body. I am by nature an easy-going person and I don't get stressed easily nor harbour negative feelings or thoughts, which helps!

Dr Theo sees patients with issues such as lower back pain, sciatica, headaches, numbness, slipped disc, poor posture, neck pain, and he also works with children and pregnant women.

Young children tend to fall a lot and sometimes that results in misalignment in their pelvis and lower back which needs to be readjusted. School going children carrying heavy school bags or having poor posture can also benefit from chiropractic care because when their bodies work better, their minds also function better.
Light Chiropractic
I never thought I would have so much to reflect upon when I entered their centre. But in that one and a half hours, I had a good conversation with Dr Theo and came out being able to stand taller, feel lighter and have an overall happier feeling, both of mind and body.

I'm glad I saw him before I left for our trip because despite the 7-hour flight and our long road trip, my neck wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. I will have to make one more trip to Dr Theo and that should put things in good order.

He says, "Being pain-free should not be enough. Feeling great, inspired and alive should be what we all strive for."

I can't agree more!

The first visit costs $190 which includes a Thermal spinal scan, consultation and tailored adjustment and it takes about 60-90 minutes. More details of their fees can be found on their website, with one-off prices as well as package rates. They have kindly offered a discount for my readers for the FIRST SESSION - simply quote MUMMYWEE and they will take 20% off the fee.

Most of us mums tend to overlook taking care of ourselves and our bodies. However, don't forget that when we are healthy both in mind and body, we will be in a better position to take care of our families!

Light Chiropractic
20 Malacca Street
Singapore 048979
Tel: 63364063

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


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