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Gift Ideas for Children of Millennial Parents

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Gift Ideas for Children of Millennial Parents

The Christmas season is joyous, but when it comest to children, finding a suitable gift idea for toddlers can also be a source of significant stress and deliberation. In 2020, it is not enough to walk down a random Target toy aisle, pick up a colorful toy set and consider your shopping trip complete. Especially if it matters to you that your gift to a toddler is treasured, it would be upsetting to learn that your gift may be played with for a very short time before collecting dust on the shelf. Even worse, if you discover that the toy you’ve gifted is deemed unsuitable by their parents, and is binned, donated or recycled the minute you walk out the door.

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FREE PRINTABLE - Mid Autumn Festival coloring page

FREE PRINTABLE - Mid Autumn Festival coloring page

HAPPY MID AUTUMN FESTIVAL! Here in Hong Kong as well as many other countries in Asia,  Mid Autumn festival is the most special time for the little ones! From a feast to the eyes with lanterns adorning the malls, apartments and street, to the party of the taste bud with so many delicious mooncakes 🥮 , and the wild flights of the imaginations hearing about all the magical tales surrounding the full moon 🌕 💫 The Mid Autumn Festival as featured in our I ❤️ HONG KONG quiet book We feature the Mid Autumn festival in our quiet books about China...

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7 BOOKS TO TEACH LITTLE KIDS ABOUT DIVERSITY, TOLERANCE AND KINDNESS

7 BOOKS TO TEACH LITTLE KIDS ABOUT DIVERSITY, TOLERANCE AND KINDNESS

If there’s one parenting lesson that the events of the past few weeks have taught us, it is the importance and urgency of teaching kids about tolerance, acceptance, kindness, and  every human being equally and with love. 

The following books have been recommended by parents worldwide and they are suitable for kids as young as three, which is unanimously agreed to be to be the perfect time to start this type of conversation. 

I hope this list is helpful! If you have further books to recommend, please let me know by commenting below or joining our conversations on Facebook or Instagram! 

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Four Ways to Read Wordless Books to Your Toddlers

Four Ways to Read Wordless Books to Your Toddlers

I remember the first time my daughter was gifted an (almost) wordless book - the classic "Goodnight Moon" board book. I took the one year old to bed and started flipping the pages, and dutifully read from one page to another: "Goodnight, Elephant", "Goodnight, Giraffe", "Goodnight, Armadillo", "Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight"... And then, just like that, the book ends!  (if the baby had some more verbal skill, she would have objected that this was the MOST BORING STORY EVER!). I realised soon that in reading so literally such a book, I had completely missed the point, that the book needs to be...

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From paper plates to Pointillism - Five amazing arts and crafts websites to inspire your child's creativity

From paper plates to Pointillism - Five amazing arts and crafts websites to inspire your child's creativity

“Most children will probably lose their imaginativeness and vivacity as they mature, but some will not” - said the famous abstract artist Mark Rothko, a pioneer in art education for children.  If I were in the same room with Rothko, you would see me nodding emphatically in agreement, and then raising promptly to ask: HOW CAN MY KID BECOME ONE OF THE “SOME”?  Then, I’m certain his answer would revolve around keeping more creative arts and crafts present in my children's daily life. COVID 19 has certainly open our eyes to how many resources there are online. After inordinate number of hours "researching" (i.e. mucking...

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