Ten Things that Define Singapore Daddies!

Are you a Singapore dad? Not just a road warrior but a home soldier too? Carrying the physical and mental full battle order of spare milk, sterilised containers, diapers, assessment books, educational DVDs, parent-teacher meeting notes, paediatric specialist notes, weekend Legoland trip preps, mosquito patch bulk purchase lobangs and even more? Welcome to the club … Read more

The Power of Permission

“Don’t run!” “No, you cannot have an iPhone!” “There’s no way you’re having a sleepover!” “No! You’re not going outside wearing that!” There’s nothing wrong with saying “no” to things. Sometimes, there is no way she’s going outside wearing that, and no, he doesn’t need an iPhone. On the other hand, permissive parenting always says … Read more

A View from Inside: Experiences of the First Year as a Father

Source: Premberg, A., Hellström, A.L. & Berg, M. (2008). Experiences of the first year as father. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 22(1), 56-63. Introduction Earlier research highlights the importance of fathers’ participation in the child’s development. In Sweden, it is a public policy goal to involve fathers in infant care and to increase gender equality between parents. A … Read more

Book Review: Brain Rules for Baby – How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five, by John Medina

John J. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist, research consultant, author of New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, and a father. This father of two boys believes (pg 3) that “Parents need facts, not just advice, about raising their children…parenting is about brain development.” He says that … Read more