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    Cyber Acronyms Every Parent Should Know!!

    If you thought you knew all about acronyms used on social media, think again.  Acronyms like ‘LOL’ (for ‘laugh out loud’),  ‘ROTFL’ (for ‘roll on the floor laughing’), LMAO (for ‘laughing my ass off’), ‘LMK’ (for ‘let me know’), ‘BRB’ (for ‘be right back’), etc is nothing compared to this list. What about ‘IWSN’ or ‘GNOC’ or even just a number, ‘8’? These acronyms actually mean ‘I want sex now’ for ‘IWSN’, ‘Get naked on camera’ for ‘GNOC’ and as for that single digit, ‘8’, that stands for ‘ate’, which refers to oral sex. Recently, CNN came up with a list of internet acronyms which was collated by Kelly Wallace, with…

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    10 Ways To Create Self-Reliant Learners

    Managing daily routines help children to develop independence and perseverance. Daily routines are very important and are part of everyday family life. They help children to develop skills they need and over time, children gradually learn to manage routines independently, helping develop the children’s independence. It may take many months for children to develop skills for managing routines such as dressing themselves, matching buttons to buttonholes, putting on their shoes, learning to tie shoelaces, tidying up after themselves, keeping toys away or helping to set the table. As they keep trying, children learn to persevere. Practice makes perfect and the children also learn patience as well. Becoming familiar with daily…

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    Fun Things To Do In A Long Car Ride With Young Children

    ‘Balik kampung’ is such a memorable occasion yet sometimes, an extremely long and exasperating trip. If you have young ones travelling along in the car, you’ll know this is doubly arduous. To help you out, we’ve put together some fun things you can do as a family in the car to get through the gruelling journey.  Family trivia This is will be a good time to teach and share about family history with each generation. Take turns asking questions about aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents and share knowledge about each family members. Breaks You’d want to get to your destination as fast as you can but do some research and…

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    Trending Baby Names 2014: ‘Frozen’ Becoming Top Favourites

    The results are in. Get ready for an influx of Elsa(s) and Kristoff(s)! It is no secret that pop culture influences baby names. Take for instance how The Hunger Games (Katniss), Game of Thrones (Khaleesi) and even Fifty Shades of Grey (Theodore) have all sparked pretty interesting and trendy names. That in mind, it is not surprising that parents start finding baby name inspiration from last year’s top blockbusters such as Disney’s ‘Frozen’ – which is exactly what British website BabyCentre.com has noticed! Based on data collected from more than 30,000 new parents, names such as Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff enjoyed a surge in popularity over the first six months of 2014.…

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    Fun Things To Do During The Long School Holidays

    School’s out! It’s time for some fun! In case you have not realized, the dawn of a lengthy school holiday is upon us – most students will be on holiday up till June 15, 2014. While that might equate to less traffic jams and crowded malls in the grownup world, it more importantly means that the young ones would be free to have some holiday fun and quality family bonding time. To help you utilize and maximise this wonderful time, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities you and the family can enjoy. Dinoscovery by Discoveria at Avenue K  If you or your young one has a soft spot for…

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    Are Firstborn Children Really Smarter?

    In the debate of whether firstborn children are the smarter and more successful ones of the bunch, science has come forth with an interesting theory.  Take a wild guess at what Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, JK Rowling, Beyoncé, Elton John and Barack Obama have in common? Yup, they’re ironically all first borns. And while you might try your hardest to suppress your curiosity, it can’t be denied that this bias question or statement would come to mind: is a child’s personality, behaviour or intelligence really linked to birth order? According to a recent study, the answer is yes. Conducted by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) of University of Essex,…

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    What To Do When A Death Occurs in the Family

    The irony of Death is that it’s a taboo subject that many choose to avoid like the plague, yet the reality is that it’s inevitable for each and every one of us One can never be too prepared for death in a family, but rather than feign ignorance and allowing confusion and not knowing what to do take over during this time of haplessness – you can have a checklist of what to do so you can go on autopilot and get the process started. 1. Call an Ambulance and Police Malaysian laws stipulate that the body of a person who did not die in hospital can only be moved…

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    10 Creative & Whimsical Room Ideas For Kids

    You wish this was your room as a child! As a kid, one of the safest place you’d feel is the bedroom. It is one place that holds secrets and adventures untold, one that only the child knows. Now these rooms can’t quite lead you to Narnia but at least, it’ll sure spark the imagination. Perhaps, you can find an inspiration or two for your junior’s room? Or just revel in the fun? We won’t lie, we are thinking of turning our rooms around after this. Childhood is definitely the best time of one’s life! 1. The Big Ship   2. The Sharp Shooter   3. The Fairytale Princess   4.…

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    How To Raise Daughters With Healthy Self-Esteem

    Raise confident daughters in this ever-changing world.  In today’s world, it is rather easy to get disheartened with what we see or hear. It can’t be denied that women still are not being portrayed positively in many areas and for many girls, this can have a negative influence on them. As parents, raising girls (and boys) with good self-esteem can be a daunting task. But it’s crucial to instil confidence and strong feelings of self-worth so that your children have the ability to face challenges and the belief to achieve their goals. These simple tips can be a good way to boost your daughters’ self-esteem and nurture them to be…

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    Survey: What Malaysian Kids Want To Be When They Grow Up

    Take a wild guess at the top career choice of Malaysian kids nowadays. Hint: It’s connected to the Creative Arts field. Not too long ago, the major consensus to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” will be “a doctor!” But now, it seems that Malaysian children have other occupation choices in mind. In order to learn more about children’s career aspirations and their thoughts about the future, Adecco Malaysia (one of the world’s largest HR organisation) took a look at more than 100 children aged from seven to 14 years old in the Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Baru and Melaka. The survey was conducted…