Be Generous When Praising Your Kids

Be Generous When Praising Your Kids

There is value in praising our children effectively, and often. Parenthood hits most of us like a whirlwind the very first time. Remember fumbling through parenting manuals scavenging for monthly “survival” tips? Yet, from the moment we become parents, we pick up the language of… Read More

When was the last time you had a great kid chat?

When was the last time you had a great kid chat?

As parents, we have a lot to say when our children perform well in school (and especially when they don’t). But being affirming even in everyday life goes a long way to nurturing your children. Yes, some of you may struggle to go beyond the… Read More

How to Teach Your Child Respect for Authority

How to Teach Your Child Respect for Authority

Inculcating respect in your child can be a challenging prospect – but consistency is key. By: Judith Xavier In the first few years of parenting my firstborn, inculcating values and discipline was a simple affair. I had more than a few moments of parental smugness… Read More

Parenting with Confidence workshop (7 to 12 year olds)

Parenting with Confidence workshop (7 to 12 year olds)

Don’t fight with your child, learn how to relate to them in a way that will build them up while teaching them boundaries and respect. This Parenting with Confidence workshop, organised by Focus on the Family Singapore, is designed to enable you to pick up… Read More

How to Help Your Child Fail Successfully

How to Help Your Child Fail Successfully

Failure is a valuable opportunity for your child to build their ‘resilience muscle’ By Judith Xavier It is every parent’s natural inclination to want their child to succeed – in school, at life and in relationships. Wanting or expecting our child to fail seems counter-intuitive,… Read More

Dear Dad, You Make a Difference

Dear Dad, You Make a Difference

Jason Wong, board chairman of Focus on the Family Singapore writes a heartfelt letter to dads this Father’s Day. Here it goes: Dear dads, Father’s day is coming around again. It may be a day some of us look forward to, and to others, may… Read More

3 Strategies to a Less Stressed Motherhood

3 Strategies to a Less Stressed Motherhood

By Judith Xavier When I had my first child, I approached motherhood with high expectations of myself—as only a newly-minted parent would. Armed with a ‘must-do’ list that was a mile long, and a slew of schedules (eating, sleeping…you name it, I had a schedule… Read More

Please Mind Your Manners, Thank You

Please Mind Your Manners, Thank You

Inculcating good manners in your child now can help them lead a more fulfilling life later. By Judith Xavier When we consider our children’s holistic development, the focus usually ends up on the academics, or enrichment programmes to broaden their horizons and teach them new… Read More

Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

There are places in the world modern man has never truly explored. Places where myth and science meet. Topographic points shrouded in mystery and mayhem that are nothing less than the home of monsters. Now, in 1973, few people accept this truth. But Bill Randa… Read More

Wonderful Ways to Engage Your Teen

Wonderful Ways to Engage Your Teen

Overcome communication barriers with your teenager today Byline: Judith Xavier Have you heard stories from parents about their lovely, angelic children morphing into rebellious adolescents who unexpectedly snap in response to questions? Such anecdotes are sufficient to scare parents of young children into fearing this… Read More