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让我们来做游戏:找词

让我们来做游戏:找词

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您能帮他准备一顿健康的午餐吗?找出美味的食物,为他准备一顿营养的饭菜吧!

活动体验

  • 用找词游戏和您的学龄前儿童进行健康饮食活动。借此机会介绍和分享孩子以前可能没有尝试过的新食物,或者讲讲每种食物为孩子成长提供的营养物质
  • 有趣的找词游戏能提高孩子的视觉空间技能、注意力、记忆力和心理敏锐度。给每种食物展示图片和文字,孩子通过视觉联想学会新单词。正在学习阅读和拼写的幼儿也能提高他们的读写能力
  • 父母可以进一步地与孩子讨论活动表上的食物图像。探讨食物分类(水果或蔬菜),烹饪方法(询问孩子家里的每种食物是如何烹饪的,是否能用水果制作一个新菜品?)或者孩子最喜欢的食物和水果!这项活动会成为讨论不同的主题的开始,激励孩子问问题的好奇心,以发现更多信息!

 

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Family Fun Toddlers

Let’s Play: Word Search

Albert the Lion is hungry!

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Can you help him to put together a healthy lunch? Look for these delicious food to create a nutritious meal for him!

Activity Experience
  • Start your preschooler on a healthy eating activity with this word search. Take this chance to introduce and share about new food that your child might not have tried before, or talk about the nutrients each food offers to growing children.
  • This fun word search activity promotes strengthening of children’s visual-spatial skills, focus, memory and overall mental acuity. Through the food images and words for each food, children discover new vocabulary along with visual association. Young children who are learning to read and spell will enjoy growing their literacy skills too!
  • Parents can take a step further to discuss with children about the food images on the activity sheet. Explore food categorisation (fruit or vegetables), conversation starters about cooking methods (Ask questions on how each food is cooked in your family’s meals, can we create a new dish with fruits?), or their personal favourite food and fruit! This activity becomes a springboard to diverse communication topics, and encourages children’s curiosity to ask questions to find out more!

 

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Babies Health & Nutrition Toddlers

富含铁的食品清单,提高孩子的铁含量

铁能在红细胞中合成血红蛋白。

红细胞通过血液在孩子体内输送氧气,确保孩子的器官、肌肉、组织和细胞接收氧气。

铁对大脑发育和中枢神经系统的最佳功能至关重要。

 

婴儿和幼儿每天需要摄入多少含量的铁?

健康专家建议,足月出生的健康婴儿在出生时体内已含有铁。在前六个月,婴儿通过母乳和/或加铁婴儿配方奶来获得铁。当宝宝开始食用固体食物时,可以给宝宝食用富含铁的食物,因此宝宝可从新鲜食物中获取必需的营养物质。

在健康发育的铁含量的摄入指南中,7-12个月龄的婴儿每天需要摄入11毫克的铁,而幼儿(1-3岁)每天需要摄入7毫克左右的铁。

铁含量低或诊断患有贫血或缺铁的婴儿可能会出现皮肤苍白、经常疲倦、头晕和发育迟缓等症状。向健康专家寻求医疗建议或治疗至关重要。医生可能会为孩子开含铁的多种维生素或铁补充剂。

 

富含铁的健康食品清单

孩子可从日常饮食中获取铁。均衡饮食是家庭养成健康饮食习惯的重要部分,可让孩子养成不挑食的习惯。

有两种类型的铁-血红素铁和非血红素铁,分别来自肉类和蔬菜。就这两种铁而言,血红素铁更容易被身体吸收。下列富含铁的食物对于您的宝宝而言是很好的选择:

在浓郁的番茄汤中加入嫩牛肉块,可提高孩子的铁含量——为妈妈点赞!

#1: 红肉

牛肉、羊肉、猪肉和鸭肉都是可以给孩子食用的红肉。但是由于宗教或其他原因,有些家庭可能会避免食用某些红肉。在此情况下,父母可从其他家禽或含有非血红素铁的蔬菜中摄入铁。

红肉中的铁含量:100克牛肉≈2.6毫克铁;100克羊肉≈1.9毫克铁;100克鸭肉≈2.7毫克铁。

自制美食:可将红肉煸炒、烧烤或烘烤,或者炖一锅牛肉汤,煮羊肉意大利面或鸭粥。给幼儿喂食红肉时,确保红肉完全煮熟,避免半熟,以降低食品污染的风险。

富含铁的鸡蛋也可为孩子成长提供大量的营养物质。

#2: 鸡蛋

鸡蛋中除了含有大脑发育所需的二十二碳六烯酸和胆碱外,也含有丰富的铁。给宝宝喂食鸡蛋时,应将鸡蛋完全煮熟,因为未煮熟的食物中可能含有沙门氏菌从而造成食物中毒。

鸡蛋中的铁含量:1个鸡蛋1毫克铁

自制美食:鸡蛋是一种万用配料,有多种烹饪方式。煮熟的鸡蛋非常适合婴儿和幼儿食用。在蛋饼、煎蛋和烘蛋内加入菠菜和西红柿(或其他蔬菜)可额外增加营养!或者仅在幼儿的水煮面中加个鸡蛋!都是小菜一碟!

 

富含铁的扁豆通常混合加入汤中或制成蘸酱。为孩子提供丰富的口感!

#3: 豆类

不要小瞧这些小小的的豆子!芸豆、扁豆和鹰嘴豆都能为儿童成长提供丰富的铁。纯素食者和素食家庭可能会食用更多的豆类来摄入铁。更重要的是,这些豆类中还有纤维,促进孩子排便。

豆类中的铁含量:100克芸豆≈2.2毫克铁;100克扁豆≈3.3毫克铁;100克鹰嘴豆≈2.9毫克铁

自制美食:在给宝宝食用豆类时,应将其混合捣碎,防止窒息。可用鹰嘴豆泥制成美味的蘸酱,配合吐司或芹菜棒食用,也可用温热的豆类肉汁配合加铁谷物或米饭食用。对于幼儿来说,烤鹰嘴豆也是美味健康的手指食品!

芥兰汁、烤芥兰菜叶、炒芥兰和芥兰沙拉,都可让孩子吃到美味的青菜!

#4: 芥兰和菠菜

将这些绿叶蔬菜添加到孩子的食物中是有充分依据的。除含有维生素和矿物质外,芥兰和菠菜中还富含铁,具有极高的营养价值,促进孩子的健康发育。这就是大力水手爱吃菠菜的原因!

芥兰和菠菜中的铁含量:100克芥兰1.5毫克铁;100克菠菜2.7毫克铁

自制美食:为保留菠菜和芥兰中的营养成分,在它们完全枯萎之前稍微煮一下。可尝试蒜蓉炒菠菜,烤芥兰片,或仅在孩子食用的谷物或面条中加入少量美味的菠菜和芥兰。

可给宝宝食用加铁的意大利面、谷物和全麦,提高孩子的铁含量。

#5: 加铁谷物、意大利面和全麦

可以给宝宝食用加铁谷物和意大利面来代替白米饭。这样您的孩子也能从每日摄入的碳水化合物中来摄取铁!

加铁谷物、意大利面和全麦中的铁含量参考单独包装

自制美食:富含铁的婴儿谷物是方便的速食食品。根据建议,添加富含维生素C的水果有利于铁的吸收。

 

蛤蜊和牡蛎等海鲜也可以为孩子提供大量充足的铁元素!

#6: 海鲜

蛤蜊和牡蛎等海鲜含有丰富的铁,可供孩子食用。但是,初次给孩子食用海鲜请谨慎,特别是如果有家庭海鲜过敏史的话。

海鲜中的铁含量:100克煮熟的蛤蜊28毫克铁;100克煮熟的(养殖)牡蛎7.8毫克铁

自制美食:蛤蜊因其天然的海鲜甜味常被添加在粥或汤中!如果您的孩子喜欢新鲜的海鲜,可以尝试制作蛤蜊和牡蛎意大利面或海鲜饭等西班牙美食,确保将海鲜完全煮熟后再让孩子食用。

除日常饮食外,儿童还可通过加铁配方奶粉来满足日常的营养需求,达到最佳的身体发育。

您可以给孩子食用富含维生素C的食物或饮料,以增强铁的吸收。孩子们都非常喜欢鲜榨果汁哦!这些都是为了养育健康快乐的全球宝宝!

您是否在孩子的饭菜中加入富含铁的食物?也请与我们分享吧!

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Babies Health & Nutrition Toddlers

List of Iron-rich Food to Boost Your Child’s Iron Levels

Iron is needed to make haemoglobin found in red blood cells.

These red blood cells carry oxygen around our child’s body, to ensure that their organs, muscles, tissues and cells receive oxygen.

Iron is also essential for brain development and optimal function of their central nervous system.

 

How much iron do babies and toddlers need per day?

Health experts advise that full-term healthy babies are born with an iron reserve. During the first six month, babies obtain iron through breastmilk and/or iron-fortified infant formula milk. When they are ready to start solids, foods rich in iron can be included in their diet so they receive essential nutrients from fresh food too.

As a guide on the amount of iron essential for healthy development, babies from 7 to 12 months need 11mg of iron per day, and toddlers (1 – 3 years) require about 7mg of iron daily.

Babies who have low iron levels, or are diagnosed with anaemia or iron deficiency, may experience symptoms such as pale skin, frequent tiredness, dizziness and a slower development. It is important to seek medical advice or treatment from health experts. Doctors may prescribe multivitamins with iron for kids, or iron supplements for children to include in their diets.

 

List of Wholesome Foods Rich in Iron

Through diet, children can obtain iron from their daily meals. Eating a balanced diet is part of forming healthy eating habits in the family, to educate young children about conscious eating.

There are 2 types of iron – Heme and non-heme iron; from meat and vegetables respectively. Between both types of iron, heme sources are more easily absorbed by the body. Here is a list of iron-rich food that are great options for your babies and toddlers:

Beef up your child’s iron levels with tender beef cubes simmered in a tangy tomato broth – thumbs up for mama!

#1: Red meat

Beef, lamb, pork and duck are types of red meat that parents can prepare for children. However, due to religion or other reasons, certain red meat may be avoided. Hence, parents should look to other poultry or non-heme iron from vegetables instead.

Amount of iron your child gets: 100g beef = approx. 2.6mg iron; 100g lamb = approx. 1.9mg iron; 100g duck = approx. 2.7mg

Food ideas: Grill, stir fry, roast or bake – put together a one-pot beef stew, lamb pasta, or duck porridge. For young children, ensure that meat is fully cooked, avoiding semi-rare cooking states to reduce risk of food contamination.

These egg-cellent source of iron serves up a host of nourishment for your growing child.

#2: Eggs

Besides being touted as a brain food for its doses of DHA and Choline, eggs are high in iron too. For babies, serve them fully cooked as undercooked ones may pose a risk for food poisoning due to salmonella bacteria.

Amount of iron your child gets: 1 whole egg = approx. 1mg iron

Food ideas: One of the most versatile ingredients, eggs can be served in a variety of ways. Hard boiled eggs are great for babies and toddlers for that palate experience. Stuff omelettes, scrambled eggs and baked frittatas with added goodness from spinach and tomatoes (or other veggies!) for extra nutrients! Or simply crack an egg in your toddler’s bowl of Mee Sua – easy peasy!

 

Iron-rich lentils are usually blended, added in soup or made into a dip. A great palate experience for kids!

#3: Beans

Don’t belittle these itsy-bitsy beans! Kidney beans, lentils and chickpeas provide a rich source of iron for growing children. Vegans and vegetarian families may consume more of these beans for iron intake. What’s more, these beans add fibre to your child’s diet too, easing his bowel movements.

Amount of iron your child gets: 100g kidney beans = approx. 2.2mg iron; 100g lentils = approx. 3.3mg iron; 100g chickpeas = approx. 2.9mg iron

Food ideas: For babies, these beans may be blended and mashed to prevent choking. Try a mixed beans hummus as a deliciously healthy dip with toast or celery sticks; or perhaps a warm beans gravy to go with their iron-fortified cereal or rice. For toddlers, roasted chickpeas make tasty and healthy finger food too!

Kale juice, baked kale chips, sautéed kale and kale in salad – diverse ways to serve these greens to your kids!

#4: Kale and Spinach

These leafy greens are often added into baby’s food for good reasons. In addition to vitamins and minerals, Kale and spinach are rich in iron, and boost high nutritional goodness that support healthy development. Clearly, Popeye knew what’s good for him!

Amount of iron your child gets: 100g kale = approx. 1.5mg iron; 100g spinach = approx. 2.7mg iron

Food ideas: To retain the nutrients in spinach and kale, cook them briefly before they wilt completely. These vegetables are brilliant as is – try sautéed spinach with garlic, baked kale chips, or simply add a handful of these delectable greens into your child’s bowl of grains or noodles.

Look out for iron-fortied pasta, cereals and wholegrains to boost your child’s iron levels.

#5: Iron-fortified cereals, pastas and whole grains

Instead of white rice, consider offering iron-fortified cereals and pastas. That way, your child receives his daily dose of iron intake from his source of carbs too!

Amount of iron your child gets: Refer to individual packaging

Food ideas: Infant cereals enriched with iron are convenient food options. Serve according to the recommended way, so simply add fruits rich in Vitamin C to aid in iron absorption!

 

Seafood such as clams and oysters serve up a dish of succulent and juicy sources of iron for kids to enjoy!

#6: Seafood

Clams and oysters are ocean-fresh sources of iron-rich foods to add to your child’s diet. However, do be careful with the first introduction of seafood to your little ones, especially if there’s a seafood allergy in the family.

Amount of iron your child gets: 100g cooked clams = approx. 28mg; 100g cooked oyster (farmed) = approx. 7.8mg iron

Food ideas: Clams are commonly added into porridge or soup-based meals for their natural seafood sweetness! If your child enjoys fresh seafood, try a clam and oyster pasta dish or a Spanish cuisine like paella – ensure seafood is thoroughly cooked before serving your tot.

Besides regular diet, children may consume iron-fortified formula to meet their daily nutritional requirements and support optimal development.

To improve iron absorption, offer foods or drinks rich in vitamin C to enhance iron absorption. Freshly squeezed juices usually score with the kids! All in a bid to raise healthy and happy world-ready children!

 

Are you including iron rich food in your children’s meals? Do share them too!

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父母分享:让婴儿入睡的窍门和技巧

您是否难以让宝宝入睡?

对于新生儿或幼儿,父母们会经常讨论和琢磨“睡眠”这一主题。

婴儿和儿童都必须获得充足的睡眠,因为充足的睡眠有利于健康发育。孩子越小,需要的睡眠就越多。在孩子睡觉的时候,父母也可以休息,或者挤出点时间来准备饭菜,或者仅仅是获得难得的“私人时间”来放松。

那么,您会怎么让宝宝入睡呢?宝宝什么时候会睡一整晚?这听起来像是个遥远的梦!

有些新加坡父母已成功找到了让宝宝入睡的方式,让我们来听听他们有效的窍门和技巧吧!

熟睡的宝宝也很特别,不是吗?

 

#1: 反复试验,获得更充足的睡眠

与育儿一样,在某些情况下,反复试验可能是您最好的选择。我们的目标是保证新生儿获得优质睡眠以及全天内足够的睡眠时间,父母大多都是从零开始。

有些家长找到了适合自己孩子的睡眠策略。拥有3个孩子的Elizabeth Wu认为,身体抚摸有助于宝宝入睡。

“轻轻地抚摸鼻梁,放着白噪声以及轻轻地用手指疏理头发都会有效!”她说道。

听起来似乎很容易,但当她第一次尝试时,孩子们认为妈妈在和他们玩!

让孩子们入睡也需要纪律严明的父母。他们一致认为按时睡觉非常重要,因为孩子可以通过调整和重复学会按时睡觉。

Serynn Guay认为新生儿需要进行睡眠训练。当孩子难以入睡时,她是这样做的,就像魔术一样神奇:

“我并不是强迫宝宝睡觉,而是有套常规程序:在给宝宝擦拭干净后,换上睡衣,抱着宝宝,关掉灯。即使宝宝现在3岁了,关灯仍表示要睡觉了。我常常会假装也睡着了(有时我是真的睡着了!)。如果这个方式行不通的话,可以使用Hylands的婴儿出牙舒缓凝胶。这让我的宝宝倒头就睡,效果确实好!”

她还认为,至少在睡前一小时关闭屏幕放映等干扰源对宝宝入睡非常重要。神经科学家也支持这一观点,他们认为智能手机和小工具发出的蓝光会影响睡眠质量,对成年人亦是如此,不是吗?

在入睡时,舒适、有助睡眠的环境至关重要。

 

#2: 形成就寝规律

为宝宝入睡成功形成就寝规律的父母得益于他们严格的执行力!

这些父母都认为熟悉睡前活动并建立联想,能让孩子明白并预料就寝时间。父母的建议是尽早开始。

妈妈Ryn Ryn在怀孕时就形成了就寝规律。直到现在,每当她三岁的女儿睡觉或午睡时,她都会打开特定的钢琴音乐。

“这已经成为睡觉必备了。如果有时候我忘了放音乐,她会说“妈妈把睡前曲打开”!”

妈妈Qiqi Low有两个女儿,她表示,除了形成就寝规律外,还得严格遵守。当孩子们上小学时,睡觉时间必须得调整以适应孩子的日常安排,归根到底就是要让就寝规律适合孩子。

让孩子严格遵守就寝时间的父母对“成效”感到非常满意。虽然有时成功有时失败,但Maria Wee表示,“(我们的就寝模式)已经成为孩子日常生活的一部分。现在,他会在半小时内入睡,但大部分时候都在15分钟左右入睡。如果他累了,会睡得更快。”

这听起来像是上了发条一样,所以如果孩子的日程安排和平时有出入,或者孩子比平常较晚回家的话,该怎么办呢?

 

需要把两个孩子直接放在床上睡觉吗?形成适合您家庭日常安排的就寝规律。

Mok Yizheng表示:“我的两个孩子每天晚上都在八点半之前睡觉(周末除外,因为我们比较晚回家)。孩子们在吃完晚饭后玩一会,然后就去洗澡,此时孩子们就会知道马上要睡觉了,这也是每日的常规安排。我们会在晚上八点左右给孩子喝牛奶,抱着孩子,然后他们会在15-20分钟内入睡。”

Elayne Gan也赞同就寝规律非常重要,有助于规划家庭的日程安排。她表示:“我们会一直严格遵守就寝模式。这是宝宝自觉上床睡觉的一种方式。”

Mok Yizheng和Elayne Gan两位妈妈都坚持日常锻炼,即使这意味着有些事情得做两次,或者做同一件事的间隔时间较短。例如,尽管几小时前刚洗澡,但在换上睡衣之前还得洗个澡。

Elayne开玩笑说道:“这么多要点,保持理智确实需要这样做啊!”

的确如此!父母保持理智才能出奇制胜!

 

#3: 给孩子制定就寝计划

随着孩子逐渐长大,孩子的就寝模式可能会发生变化,甚至会完全不同,或者至少不是您刚开始期望的那样。

家里有两个或两个以上的孩子,孩子们在睡前可能会嬉戏打闹,在一天的分别后看到此景确实让人感到温馨。

Raye Kiu让两个孩子严格遵循就寝规律。但现在情况有点不同,因为日常安排“包括随意乱舞、玩游戏……喝牛奶……刷牙、关灯”。她有时候会善意地欺骗孩子说已经晚上11点了,让孩子赶紧睡觉,而实际上是9点45分。父母所做的一切都是为了让孩子上床睡觉!

此外,当孩子越来越大时,以前那些让孩子睡觉的办法可能会突然失效。

Mel Goh表示:“刚开始给宝宝放睡眠音乐很有帮助,但是6个月之后就没有那么奏效了。”

所以,她必须改变策略。现在她让儿子抱着长枕睡觉。如果他们外出时孩子打呵欠的话,她会用背带把孩子背在身上,拍着孩子睡觉。

外出时把宝宝背在身上能让宝宝知道爸爸或妈妈就在身边。或者可以把宝宝放在婴儿车内睡觉。

#4: 如果孩子拒绝睡觉,父母应该乐观一些

如果让宝宝睡觉使您感到沮丧的话,记得看到事物有趣的一面就能松口气了。

研究人员一直在研究失眠和智力的关系。说不定您不爱睡觉的小家伙可能是天才呢!至少Drea Kang Gruszka是用这一观点来说服自己的:“当您下次想把孩子暴揍一顿的时候,可以用这种可能性来安慰自己。至少当(我的女儿)Kinia在半夜快把我逼疯的时候,我就是这么给自己做心理暗示的。”

面对拒绝睡觉的孩子可能会让人伤透脑筋,但形成一个简单的就寝规律,可能对全家人都会奏效。培养快乐健康的孩子确实需要耐心和反复试验,我们希望您找到合适的方法来帮助孩子养成健康的睡眠习惯。

您有哪些让宝宝睡觉的试验方法吗?也与我们分享吧!

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父母分享:成为父母是如何让您变得更好的(或更糟的!)?

做父母是一个令人兴奋的人生转折点。

成为父母可以发现自己从未意识到的特质或技能,并且成为一个您从未想象过的完全不同的人。成为父母是让您变得更好还是更糟?让我们来看看新加坡妈妈们的转变和经历吧!

妈妈们,请明白你们的眼袋不是设计师品牌哦!

成为父母后最明显的变化就是妈妈的身体变化。皮肤在九个月内不断拉伸以适应婴儿的不断生长和腹部的不断增大,有些东西可能无法回到从前了。

Jingyi Gab是两个孩子的妈妈,她表示,看着镜子里的自己,她已接受了这些伤疤以及自从怀孕以来就已习惯的大肚子。她说这些都是她的荣誉徽章,这些身体伤疤表达了她无私的爱。

Lup Wai在家里给两个孩子教学,她勇敢地接受自己因为“照顾孩子的酸甜苦辣”所导致的“憔悴面容”,因为“孩子让生活变得更加丰富多彩、有趣生动且令人兴奋!”

失去耐心还是更有耐心?

父母稍不留神,孩子就可能会出现意想不到的情况。在和孩子打交道时,您会发现自己在咬牙切齿的同时还得努力保持冷静。当这种情况发生时,您是失去耐心、发脾气还是更有耐心?

妈妈们认为在生完孩子后,她们会进行自我发现和自我启示,只是为更好地了解自己。更有耐心或失去耐心都是隐藏的瑰宝!

对于两个孩子的妈妈Joanne而言,情况变的更糟了:“我发现我比自己想象地更没耐心且脾气更糟。现在,我努力变得更有耐心,更温柔地说话,并且更了解自己的“引爆点”。

Andrea Kang Gruszka同意Joanne的自我反省:“我一会要照顾Jekyll,一会又要照顾Hyde,现在我已经没那么容易发脾气了!”

妈妈们在发火之前会有意识地让自己冷静下来,控制自己的言语,他们也知道孩子就是自己的一面镜子。Yvonne Mardiana的女儿在上小学,她说,“我从孩子的反应才知道自己是多么的严苛和大声。”

在我们还没有宝宝的时候,看到其他孩子在公共场合发脾气,我们会很容易地评判他们的父母。Lai Xiuli现在是两个小孩的妈妈,她明白了有时候自己的情况比别人的更棘手。她把带小孩比喻成“步兵训练”,“因为孩子们训练我的体能、耐心,让我以更开放的心态看待事物。这都能让我变成更好的人,不是吗?当然,孩子们也会为我们的生活增添许多色彩和欢笑。”

 

所有妈妈都会说:“我希望能一觉到天亮”。

“Nerissa Lewis是位新晋妈妈,尽管睡眠不足,但她觉得成为母亲让她变成一个更好的人,更有爱心,以新的角度看问题,并且赋予生命新的意义。

她还说,“你会更清楚地认识到,世界上所发生的一切都是为孩子创造一个更好的环境。”

正如Andrea所说:“每天我都会有意识地选择爱,爱不是情感,而是选择。庆幸的是,耐心、奉献、宽容、乐观都是爱的副产品。”

 

做决定和管理时间

做出的决定通常都得符合孩子的最大利益,包括决定健康饮食、多吃蔬菜以及成为孩子的好榜样。Clarissa Chen是三个孩子的妈妈,她说自己会“更加注意食物选择” 。与丈夫的深夜晚餐和约会之夜也一去不复返了!Jessica说:“因为孩子们在吃饭的时候都会看着我,所以我再也无法挑食了。”

妈妈Serynn Guay坦率表示,“我现在更善于同时处理多项任务,并且对工作也更有耐心,因为没有什么工作(包括协调包括部长在内的1000人出席的活动)是比让宝宝吃蔬菜更难了。”突然觉得工作中没有不可逾越的高峰!不论您的宝宝多大,都能提高妈妈的时间管理技能,不是吗?

Evangeline Yang是两个孩子的妈妈,她表示成为母亲后自己变得更有耐心、爱心和创造力。

 

充分发挥创造力

如果家政课是您读书时的薄弱项,那么做父母后,您可能会不顾厨房里的油烟来给孩子做饭。此外,您可能还学会了识别营养标签,研究各种超级食品,甚至还经常给孩子准备既创意又美味的午餐盒饭

对此,Yvonne也同意,成为父母后提高了自己的烹饪、艺术和想象力方面的创造力,而在她生宝宝之前是不具备这些特点的。

Jessica Kong表示自己的创造力提高了,并且常常会得到出其不意的应用。

她说:“当被孩子问到他们的安抚奶嘴、电视遥控器、出奇蛋等物品的位置时,我能淡定地给孩子讲些善意的谎言。”

 

您的幸福、您的快乐、您的小可爱!

 

爱是

Yvonne 说:“爱意满满地看着孩子,悉心照料他们,为孩子不惜一切,这让我明白我的父母是如何照顾我的。要感激与伴侣、孩子和父母一起度过的时光。”养育一个孩子需要一个村子的力量,就像我们的父母曾付出的那样。

长日漫漫,岁月如梭。初为人母的Melissa Goh真诚地表示非常喜欢自己的积极变化。

她说:“我们在照顾宝宝的时候所拥有的就是一种无私奉献的感觉。”

爸爸妈妈们不断努力成为更好的自己和更好的父母。我们在养育全球宝宝时发的脾气和欢笑都是我们对孩子的爱与日俱增的表现。

 

您在成为父母后是变得更好还是更糟?也与我们分享您的想法吧!

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Parents Share: How has becoming a parent change you for the better (or worse!)?

Parenting is an exciting life-transforming chapter.

It can unearth character traits or skills you never knew existed, and turn you into a new person you never imagined possible. Has becoming a parent changed you for the better, or for the worse? Let’s hear it from these mums in Singapore who share their earnest transformations and experiences!

Pretty sure those bags under your eyes aren’t designer brands, mums!

The most obvious change after becoming a parent would be physical ones for mothers. After nine months of skin stretching to accommodate a growing baby and belly, some things may not revert to what they were before.

Mum of two toddlers, Jingyi Gab says looking at herself in the mirror and accepting those scars and stretched tummy are some changes that took some getting used to since pregnancy. This mama acknowledges that they are her badge of honour and feels that these physical scars portray the truth about unconditional love.

For Lup Wai who home-schools both her kids, she gamely accepts that the “haggard look” comes with being a mum who has witnessed the “ups and downs of looking after kids “, as “having children makes life even more colourful, interesting and exciting!”

Patience and temper – lost or found?

With children, situations may take unexpected turns which catch parents unawares. You may find yourself breathing through gritted teeth and struggle to remain calm when dealing with the kids. When that happens, patience run thin and tempers are lost, or found?

Mums agree that after having kids, they undergo self-discovery and revelation…only to learn more about themselves. Patience, or the lack of, is an understated hidden gem!

The worse bit for Joanne, mum of 2, is “discovering I have less patience and worse temper than I thought I did. Now, I (try) to be more patient, choose kinder words and generally being more aware of my “triggers!”

Andrea Kang Gruszka seconds Joanne’s revelation: “I go from Jekyll to Hyde in a matter of seconds – it takes VERY little to antagonise me now!”

While it takes a conscious effort to hold their tongues and minds before firing away, mums also realise that their children are mirrors of their teachings. For Yvonne Mardiana whose girls are in primary school, she admits that she “became more aware of how mean and how loud I can be from my children’s reminders.”

Days before children came into the picture, it might have been easy to judge other parents when their kids throw tantrums in public. After becoming a mum, Lai Xiuli who has two young children understands that some situations are trickier than others. She compares them to “infantry training” (as the kids) train my energy level, my patience and train me to see things with an open-mind. Guess that changes me to be a better person? Children definitely add lots of colours and laughter into our lives.

 

“I wish I could sleep through the night”, said all mothers.

”For new mum, Nerissa Lewis, despite the sleep deprivation, she feels that becoming a mother has made a better loving person with the new perspective and meaning in life.

“You become more aware of what’s going on in the world just because you want “it” to be a better place for your children,” she adds.

As Andrea rounds it up, “Everyday I’m pushed to consciously choose love – love is not an emotion, it is a choice. Patience, self-giving, tolerance, optimism are thankfully by-products of having chosen to love.”

 

Making decisions and managing time

Naturally, decisions made are usually in the best interest of your children. That includes deciding to eat healthily, go for more vegetables and be the right role models in front of your kids. Mum of 3, Clarissa Chen shares that she has since become “more aware on food choices”. Late night suppers and date nights with the husband is also a thing of the past as part of their marriage! Turning into a picky eater no more because “the kids are watching me at meal times”, says Jessica.

Candidly revealed by mum of a toddler, Serynn Guay, “I’ve (become) better at multi-tasking and generally more tolerant of work, because nothing, NOTHING (including coordinating a 1000 pax event involving Ministers) at work is more challenging than getting a toddler to eat vegetables.” Suddenly, no mountain is too high to climb at work! Much have been said about time management skills being sharpened too, regardless of the size of your brood, right?

As Evangeline Yang, mother of 2, shares about motherhood, she has become more patient, more loving and more creative.

 

Taking creativity skills on a spin

If Home Economics was your Achilles heel back in school, fast forward to parenthood, you would have probably braved the kitchen fire for your kids. Well, you might have also learned to read nutrition labels, researched tons about superfoods or even put together creative and delicious lunchboxes for your kids on a regular basis!

To that, Yvonne agrees that becoming a parent “improves my creativity in cooking, arts and imagination”, skills which might not been used to describe her prior to starting a family.

Creativity skills are also sharpened and used in unexpected ways as Jessica Kong shares.

“I gained the ability to tell smooth white lies without flinching when asked about the whereabouts of their pacifier, tv remote, kinder surprise egg…,” she reveals.

 

Your blessing, joy and cutie pie!

 

 Love is…

“Looking at my children with love, taking care of them takes so much effort and knowing you would do anything for them opened up my eyes to how my parents took care of me,” confesses Yvonne. “Be appreciative of the time spent with your spouse, your children and your own parents.” It takes a village to raise a family, just as it has been for our parents themselves.

After all the days are long, and the years are short. First time mum, Melissa Goh agrees wholeheartedly that she enjoys the positive changes in herself.
“The feeling that we give selflessly really applies here,” she shares.

At the end of the day, parents continuously strive to become better individuals and better parents. All in a bid towards loving our children more with each day, as we nurture and raise world-ready children with each tantrum, spice and everything in between!

 

Do you think you have changed for the better or worse after becoming a dad or mum? Share with us your thoughts too!