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5 Ways To Manage Your Kids' Daily Screen Time
Looking to make the task of balancing screen time at home more manageable for both you and your kids? Here are ways you can do it.
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5 Easy Ways To Inspire Your Kids To Become Creative Problem-Solvers
As parents, it’s our hope to raise our kids to become creative individuals who can solve problems and find creative solutions to their challenges. It’s been proven time and time again that being able to solve problems is one of the key traits that allow a person to go further in life.
So, how exactly do we inspire creativity and ingenuity in our kids? It really isn’t as tricky as you might believe. These are five things you can do on a daily basis to transform your little ones into competent problem solvers.
5 (Easy) Practices To Help You Become A Better Parent During The Pandemic
None of us could have predicted just how much our lives would’ve changed when the COVID-19 pandemic rolled around. Along with other tasks, parenting became a much more difficult job, and quite a bit more stressful, too.
For one, us parents had to deal with so much uncertainty and fear surrounding the virus – we constantly had to ask questions like: “how contagious is it?”, or “how do we prevent our loved ones from getting it?”
And then we also had to explain the situation problem to our kids, which was probably not an easy task for most – especially if we consider that a pandemic isn’t exactly something that many of us have ever experienced.
Also, we had to deal with the sudden interruptions to our schedule. With schools getting cancelled and our kids being separated from our friends, most of us suddenly had to face the tough act of balancing our work and other chores while also tending to the needs of our kids and babies stuck at home.
Still, even though it’s been more than a year since COVID-19 first appeared, the task of parenting during a pandemic still hasn’t gotten any easier for most of us.
And adding to all of it is the fact that there still might be a long way to go until life returns to something normal, or something close to it.
To help you out with the challenge of pandemic parenting, here’s a list of five things you can easily do to make your job easier and make life a bit better for everyone at home.
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A Handy Guide To All Baba Baa Books (And Ways To Use Them)
We can’t ignore the importance of reading. It’s the activity that makes us wiser, more creative, and more colourful individuals, which is exactly why many of us try to get our kids reading from as early an age as possible.
But to get our kids into the habit of reading is easier said than done. The two biggest questions parents ask are: how can we make reading fun, what books do we give them?We’ve gone and answered those questions in a previous blog post which you can read here, and we pointed out that our books are especially great for getting your kids into the habit of reading, all while having fun doing it. Now that you actually want to get one of our titles for your little one, which one of our great sound books should you pick?
To make it easier to decide on what book to get your kids, we’ve created this handy guide that explains each and every single one of our titles, and how you can use them to enrich your little one’s life!
5 Challenges To Expect When You Become A New Parent
Congratulations! After surviving a challenging nine months, you and your partner have managed to oversee a successful delivery and the arrival of a healthy baby. And now that you’re reading this, there’s a huge chance that you’re a first-time parent!
Even so, being a first-time parent doesn’t mean that you’re unaware of the many new and thrilling challenges awaiting you. This might make you anxious, scared, or even excited. But don’t fret. You really don’t have to worry as long as you anticipate what’s coming and prepare well for the days, weeks, months, and years ahead! This list will feature five of the most expected challenges faced by new parents today, and some quick tips on how to deal with them.
5 Ways To Keep Your Kids Occupied When You’re Super Busy
The modern-day parent is an extremely busy individual. With already so little time to attend to job responsibilities, household chores, and other personal commitments, it’s also unsurprisingly hard to manage babies and children with limitless energy.
Yes, we all know it’s good for us to take a moment every now and then to play with them or tend to their requests when they’re bored. But sometimes, there’s just so much to do that we unfortunately can’t break away from the task at hand.
When this happens, we struggle to think of things to do or ways to keep them preoccupied and usually resort to letting them do whatever they want—which most of the time involves a huge mess, an injury, or time wasted in front of a television screen.
But it doesn’t always have to be this way. The following are five simple methods that you can use and recycle over and over again to keep your kids engaged whenever you find yourself too busy to do parenting stuff.
5 Reasons Why It’s Important To Read Stories To Your Kids
The mind of a child is full of possibilities and endless adventure. Remembering when we ourselves were young, most of us can recall times where we pretended to be heroes or heroines in our favourite stories told to us by our parents, grandparents, and teachers. Even today, many of us can still remember how these stories played out and the excitement and thrill we got from escaping to a made-up world, even if just for a little while.
Yes, most of us have been raised with amazing stories and it’s no surprise that we’ve continued the tradition by reading them to our little ones before bed or using them to teach valuable life lessons daily.
But aside from being fun and memorable, what else is so great about the act of storytelling? And more importantly, how do they benefit a child’s development during the early years?
5 Amazing Ways Music Helps Babies and Toddlers Develop
While bringing up our babies and toddlers, most of us instinctively love to sing them songs and use music to keep them entertained or help them learn new things. This is a timeless trend that goes as far back as we can remember, and one that will no doubt stick around long into the future.
But even though we know music is a great tool for nurturing babies and toddlers, what exactly are the benefits of exposing our little ones to music such as nursery rhymes and other children’s songs? What makes listening and singing along to tunes such a valuable element in the formative years of a child?
Let’s look at just a handful of the important ones…
- LJ Lok
5 Things You Can Do To Be A More Present Parent
There’s so much talk these days about how parents need to be more present for their kids, more than there’s been ever before. Of course, we have technology and the internet to thank for this—the amount of distractions we have on our hands today can sometimes be so overwhelming that we as parents can get so caught up with work, social media, and other information overload that we resign the actual task of parenting to something of a chore—one of many things to be done on a checklist for the day.
So how do we really become more involved and present as parents? Are there steps or rules to follow or places to start? While there aren’t set rules to follow, there are a few things you can do to help you on your way to connecting better with your kid.
- LJ Lok
baba baa interviews Sarah Lee: Raising A Child With Empathy & Reason
On the ceaseless journey that we call parenthood, it’s sometimes easy to find ourselves in need of a little inspiration. At times we wonder if we’re making the right decisions in raising our kids—were we too harsh, or were we not assertive enough? While other times we make a chore figuring out ways to make things more manageable and fun at home.
This month, we speak to Sarah Lee—a mommy from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia now residing in Sydney, Australia, and a co-founder of a men’s bespoke fashion brand (@suitmisura)—about her parenting journey and her approach to taking care of her 3-year-old girl Zara, including their favorite activities together, discipline, and making life just a little bit more fun.
You can follow Sarah on her Instagram profile (@lala_lee) and keep up to date with her journey as a mommy to little Zara.
5 Reasons Why Books Are The Absolute Best Gifts For Babies & Toddlers
We think that when it comes to giving a child a gift, books are the best way to go. Here’s why.
Whether it be for a birthday, a baby shower or a just a simple show of love for a child (be it yours or someone else’s), the options you’re faced with when it comes to picking up a children’s gift are almost impossible to count. Head out to your nearest shopping mall or look online and you’ll see hundreds of options for clothes, toys, education materials, and other childcare products.
But no matter what the occasion, you can never go wrong with a good children’s book. Gifting a child a book benefits them greatly in many areas, including helping them in their early education journey, to helping them understand life, to forming better relationships with their parents.