Tuition, to have or not to have? It is almost not necessary for most children to have a tutor but other factors may push Parents toward searching for the right tutor for their child. Like for those whose child is picking up knowledge and skills slower than the other kids in school, or parents who are not confident enough to teach and guide their own child academically; then tuition is probably necessary. Then the next question is where do find the right tutor?
As an ex teacher in a primary school, and with my husband still in service in a mainstream school, we see the big gap among students within the same level in all the school we have taught. Usually the biggest difference between the top student and the lower bottom of the level is that one has got either very good family support or has got extra help from tuition or enrichment outside of school. And as for the other side of the spectrum, poor academic results may be due to the lack of support from parents and who has no means to support child for any form of tuition. Or probably academic is not the child’s forte and the child is probably better in other areas.
For those who can afford tuition, where do you find the right one for your child? How do you know if he/she is qualified to teach your child or if you prefer a trained MOE teacher for example? When I was introduced to SchTutors.com, I was rather skeptical and thought oh it’s just another tuition agency trying to link students and tutors of any kind. Well first impression of the website to me is “Not very professionally done up leh, sure they are authentic? Can trust or not?” So I surfed on and read more about them.
Schtutors is the only tuition agency in Singapore that recommends only MOE current and ex-school teachers to parents. They also ensure that a tutor do not teach a student from the same school as it will violate MOE guidelines.
Schtutors guarantees that the tutor is a current or ex-school teacher. If not, the administrative fee will be refunded to the parent. They verify by requesting all registered tutors to provide their MOE email address and NIE certificates for verification. And they will remove all tutors who are not an MOE teacher or ex-school teacher from their database.
Schtutors has got a comprehensive listing for one-to-one home tuition (listed on behalf of parents) and group tuition assignments where teachers can list their available classes for parents to select and apply for.
Schtutors is established in 2008 so if you are wondering if they can be relied on, well they are authentic and probably doing the right thing, else how can they continue this agency for so many years?
You can read more about the frequently asked questions on their FAQ page.
Schtutors is the place for parents and tutors to connect. Parents get to find a suitable and qualified tutor from Schtutors and those looking for tuition assignments can register themselves and be matched with potential children.
Comprehensive Listing of Available Group Tuitions, searchable by level, location and pricing.
Schtutors open and available home tuition assignment for tutors
Check out Schtutors.com, the only home tuition agency in Singapore that specialises in recommending only MOE teachers for home tuition.
With our No. 2 coming soon, I’ve been showing Ayra photos of herself when she was a baby, telling her how much she has grown and soon will become a big sister. She’s learning to call her little sister by her name and seems to understand a new baby will be joining our family soon. Seeing the photos of Ayra’s growing up years brings back great memories and I can’t wait to capture these memories with my No. 2.
Ayra is growing up to be a very active girl, she loves to boogee and jumps up and down on the sofa and bed. An active kid needs lots of mobility and a comfortable diaper that fits and give her greater ease to move about.
It’s been awhile since I last stepped into the kitchen, so over the weekend I gathered ingredients from around the house and created a little mess in my kitchen!
Ingredients gathered include:
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups of Greenfields Fresh milk
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1 bar of white chocolate
150gm of Pure cream
Preparation process took about 30 minutes, cooking time about an hour and I left the Crepe Cake overnight in the fridge, took out to settle for about 10 minutes before serving. The entire Crepe Cake making process was longer and more tiring than I had expected it to be. Going to be a long long time before I recreate this! (At least not when I’m a preggy!)
What to use for laundry hasn’t been my kind of thing before Ayra arrived. I’m fortunate and lucky to be staying with my parents and they manage the household items and my mum does the laundry. I never been bothered to know what brand of detergent or fabric conditioner they use nor do I need to learn how to operate the washing machine. (YES! I am an idiot when come to using the household gadgets then!) Only when we are planning for Ayra’s arrival then I started picking up all these things in my to-buy list.
Baby’s skin is the most delicate and they can be very sensitive too. I pick my laundry needs for baby carefully and had been using the Comfort Ultra Pure fabric conditioner ever since Ayra arrived. We not just use it for baby’s laundry, we use it for ALL our wash – from our clothes, towels, bed sheets and even our sofa covers. Baby will touch all these fabrics eventually doesn’t she?
6 July 2013 is going to be a great family day out for you and your little ones at Singapore Expo Hall 4B! It’s Drypers Little Day Out Carnival, a family bonding event with activities for parents and child.
Drypers Little Day Out 2012, photo from Drypers Singapore FB
You can look forward to:
Gym and music sessions
A huge play area
and much more…
All the above activities will be happening at different intervals during the day. Check out their schedule at Drypers Singapore Facebook Page for more details. And the best part? This event is FREEEEEEEEE! No purchase nor tickets needed to enter. However you’ll need to register for entry. Registration forms are available on-site as well as at Drypers Singapore Facebook Page. Each completed registration form admits one family. Please note that the event tab and registration form on Drypers Singapore Facebook Page are NOT accessible via mobile devices.
Some highlights from last year’s Drypers Little Day Out on video…
In support of KK Hospital Endowment Fund, special “Drypers Happy Pack” (worth up to $40) will be sold from $10-$15 depending on the type of diaper chosen. All proceeds for the bundles will be donated to the KKH Health endowment fund.
Mark your calender and bring your whole family to Drypers Little Day Out Carnival on 6 July 2013 at Singapore Expo! Date: 6 July 2013 (One day only!)
Time: 11am to 7pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4B
This is Part 1 of a series of sponsored conversations on behalf of Drypers Singapore. All opinions, text and photos are my own.
I am probably the most unqualified mother to be sharing about breastfeeding! Because I failed at it with Ayra, not because I didn’t have any milk to give. After almost 2 years later, then I realized I hadn’t been persistent enough then. If I had given it more tries and more time, I would probably have had a successful breastfeeding experience. With Baby No. 2 on its way in few months time, I am determined to do more research and be more prepared so that I can breastfeed for as long as I can.
To help myself and you (who have chanced upon this entry from search engines or somewhere online), here are some breastfeeding tips and visuals to help us all become a reliable milking machine. 😛
1. Get the right latch
This is where I (and probably most mothers) failed and gave up too early. With baby being so fragile at birth, I was afraid to hold her in my arms, and getting the right latch on takes a lot of practice. The mother is to bring the baby towards the breast instead of bringing the breast towards the baby. This I must try and keep trying comes September.
2. Learn from someone
The only help I had then was the short few minutes guide from the nurse at the hospital. She wasn’t very detailed and the only thing I remember from that short crash course is that she massaged my breast and pinched my nipple very very hard. It was a painful experience. With baby in my arms, of course I didn’t make a sound and presumed it was supposed to be like that. Even with the guidance, I didn’t manage to feed the baby right.
Now that I am reading more about breastfeeding, I think I should request to attend a proper session at the hospital. Getting help immediately is one of the tips I learned. No point keep trying on my own and only be doing it the wrong way all the time.
3. Be prepared for painful letdown or swollen nipples and breasts
My only painful experience was when my breasts were so filled with milk and I didn’t have my breast pumps with me then. I did manage to express some milk for Ayra in the first month with the help of a Philips Avent single pump. When the pump wasn’t available yet, to ease my pain, I resorted to expressing manually with my hands. It was a tiring process. I learned from my cousins that I should have prepared chilled cabbage or watermelon and put them over my swollen breasts instead. At least that was how they eased their pain when they were breastfeeding. Anyone of you reading this tried this method before?
4. Use a nipple protector or shield
On some days, our nipple may not be in the right condition to feed. Nipple protectors or shields are good accessories to standby for such days. It helps baby latch-on more easily too.
5. Involve the husband
Support from your husband is crucial, don’t underestimate how much help it is to you emotionally and in practical ways. With their now extended 1 week paternal leave, get them involve in the process immediately. Some things the husband can do to help ease the breastfeeding mother may include:
[list type=”check”][li]bring the mother food and drink while breastfeeding, you never know how long the baby will feed, I read some takes up to hours before the little one is satisfied, especially in the first few weeks![/li]
[li]give words of encouragement to the wife, imagine the many sleepless days and tiring days the mother has to go through to look after and feed your child.[/li]
[li]help burp the baby after feed, so that your wife can have some rest[/li]
[li]feed the baby at least once a day with the expressed milk so that the wife can have a longer rest time.[/li]
[li]even the littlest gesture make a big difference, e.g. bring the baby from the cot to the mother for feed, change the baby after feed, rock the baby to sleep etc.[/li]
6. Get a good pump
I shared about the new pumps from Avent sometime back, after reading a few reviews of the pumps from other mothers, I am considering getting one for myself. The question is which one to get, the single or dual pumps. One I can bring to work after my maternity leave, and one help saves up half the time when expressing hence giving me more time to spend time with baby or to rest.
Price point of a breast pump is a common question I get from new mums around me. Few hundred bucks invested into the pump may seem like a lot but if you were to break it down to the number of feeds and amount you’ll save from buying formula milk, I dare say the money is well invested and you will end up saving a lot more in months to come. A quick calculation: A newborn generally need 1 to 2 cans of formula milk a month, each can costs about $50, so in 6 months, you would have gotten back your return on investment for the breast pumps. And if you can express for more than that, any amount saved on formula milk is a bonus! 😉
Make sure you have time and privacy when you are expressing. Try gently massaging your breasts for a few minutes prior to expressing to get them ready.
Sterilize your pump before you start.
Store milk in a sterile container, clearly labeled with date and amount. Store expressed breast milk in the back of the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or the freezer for 3 months.
Many Moms find that if they express once every morning after feeding their baby, they will build up a store of milk to use when they wish. This allow for increased flexibility in the future.
To defrost breast milk for use later the same day (and always within 12 hours), sit the container in the refrigerator and allow it to defrost slowly.
For immediate use, stand the container in warm water or, for convenience, use a bottle and baby food warmer. Once milk has been warmed it should be used within an hour or thrown away.
If you are fully breastfeeding, try to introduce a bottle of expressed milk into your routine around 8 weeks, just a few times a week. This will help your baby latch onto a bottle quicker.
With all the above tips gathered, I hope I can successfully start my breastfeeding journey with my no. 2! Come our time to breastfeed our second child in September, I am going to apply all the above tips and hope to be able to successfully breastfeed this time. But if all attempts and methods still do not make me a “feeding machine”, I will express the milk at least 6 times a day and get my husband involve in the milking and feeding process. With our experiences from baby no.1 and his full support, I hope to save on formulas for at least 6 months and provide adequate breast milk for our second child.
May The Loving Mum become a milking cow come September! 😛
I have been searching for the right milk bottles for baby since before she arrived. It was confusing at first, with so many types, brands and sizes to choose from. I started off with the Philips Avent Classic bottles as they came together with the breast pump I bought. When time came to use them, I realized it leaks pretty badly then read online that its due to the bad positioning of the ring adapter that’s to be placed before the teat cover. It took us quite a while to learn the right way to use these bottles. Still it wasn’t perfect. So I bought other brands to try, ended up having too many bottles sitting in the kitchen and still none was the right one for Ayra.
Eventually we used a mixture of milk bottle brands and make sure a handkerchief is used to prevent any staining on Baby’s clothes while feeding. But using different bottle wasn’t good cause I noticed Ayra drinking pattern changed when different bottle was used.
Sometime earlier this year, when it was time to change new bottles for Ayra (I change them every 6 months). I saw the new range of bottles by Philips Avent at Robinsons. When I saw that they have improved the design and removed the ring adapter from the bottle, I immediately bought 2 sets of the bottles and 6m+ teats and used them the same day. And then, it was a never-look-back experience. Baby and I love the new Philips Avent Natural PP bottles! (I’m not paid to say this ok! Really love the new design.)