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THE NEW Morinaga Chil-kid is improved with a mild vanilla taste and reduced sweetness, making the formula more oishi!

Morinaga Chil-kid provides a formula which has an appropriate supply of nutrients for supporting growth and development of your child.

Morinaga Chil-kid also contains essential nutrients such as GOS, AA, DHA, nucleotides, folic acid, vitamins D, B6, E & C as well as taurine, calcium, iron, zinc, and selenium that support your child’s growth.

Morinaga Chil-kid is produced and fully imported from a state-of-the-art plant in the Netherlands using modern Japanese technology and stringent double-safety standard.

Morinaga Chil-kid is also halal-certified.

Morinaga Milk Malaysia is now offering a special price for first-time users, to purchase a pack of Morinaga Chil-kid 700g for RM20 only (recommended retail price is RM55).

For first-time users keen on utilising this trial pack offer, visit www.oz-marketing.com/tpv, and leave your details.

Also, get first-hand information on this growing-up milk at the Today’s Baby Expo at Spice Arena, Penang, from Nov 30 to Dec 2.

For more, follow Morinaga’s Facebook page @MorinagaChilkidMalaysia / KeluargaMorinagaMalaysia.

Or visit Morinaga Official Online Store at www.mori2u.com.

Healthy way to cook

DOUBLE-boiling is said to be the best cooking method for retaining the ingredients’ original flavours and nutrients.

Food is cooked in a pot, which is then placed inside another pot that is partially filled with water.

The water in the outer pot heats up the food in the inner pot.

This indirect heating method allows for a simmering heat which helps to infuse flavour into the food and retains its nutrients.

It also ensures food is not heated to over 100˚C and become overcooked or scorched.

The double-boiler series from Khind’s Anshin Health Collection is easy to use, multi-functional and healthful.

They are suitable for all families to cook a simple but healthy meal.

The Khind Anshin Double Boilers use high quality food grade ceramic pots in compliance with US Food & Drug Administration, with consumers’ health being the brand’s utmost priority.

The double boilers come in three models.

The DB 181 model is a small and handy device, suitable for singles, couples, or small families.

The DB 601 has a bigger capacity pot (up to 3.2L) and comes with unique U-shaped ceramic pot lid to prevent water from diffusing into the food, allowing it to retain its original flavour and nutrients.

The third model, DB 18S, comes with a stainless steel outer pot with a glass lid which can be used to stew soup, without using the inner ceramic pot.

The models feature fully-automated pre-set menus, together with its programmable cooking timer and delay cooking time.

They also have a built-in boil dry protection. Just set the cooking time and leave it to run, without having to worry about overheating, making these double boilers the ultimate cooking hero to the elderly, working adults and even homemakers.

With the Anshin Double Boilers, nutritional food recipes using Chinese herbs, bird nest and fish maw, or intense cooking recipes using meat, bones and tendon, as well as cooking soup, porridge, rice, set meals, and even yoghurt, are all just the touch of a button away.

All Anshin Double Boilers come with a large ceramic inner pot and three small ceramic inner pots (except DB 181). All come with a two-year warranty, which excludes the ceramic pots.

For more, log on to www.khind.com.my, or call 03-7839 2001 (KL/Selangor), 04-537 2803 (Penang), 05-541 7520 (Perak), 06-281 5717 (Malacca), 07-355 8991 (Johor), 09-515 9711 (Pahang) or 09-744 8900 (Kelantan).

Less sweet and still tastes great

MORINAGA Chil-kid’s new improved formula was launched with the tagline, ‘Less sweet and more oishi’.

This means that Morinaga Chil-kid is even more healthy, while at the same time, has added a ‘yum’ factor so that children with a sweet tooth will still love it.

This growing-up milk, which has reduced sweetness and a mild vanilla taste, is formulated with a well-balanced amount of essential nutrients that a growing child needs.

The GOS in Morinaga Chil-kid helps to establish a Bifidobacterium-dominant flora and suppresses the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestine.

The result is better stool frequency and relief from symptoms related to constipation.

Meanwhile, Nucleotides in the growing-up milk plays an important role in the immune system of children, while promoting healthy guts.

Morinaga Chil-kid also contains AA and DHA that enhance the development of the brain and central nervous system, as well as promotes the development of retina function.

Morinaga Milk Industry Company Ltd’s extensive research and development has resulted in the discovery of a well-known probiotic – Bifidobacterium Longum BB536 – one of the most widely-recognised probiotics in the world, and also the great benefits of Lactoferin, another important functional ingredient that improves immunity.

Morinaga Chil-kid is produced and fully imported from a state-of-the-art plant in the Netherlands using modern Japanese technology and stringent double-safety standards.

Suitable for children from one to seven years of age, Morinaga Chil-kid is also certified halal.

For more, follow its Facebook page @MorinagaChilkidMalaysia / KeluargaMorinagaMalaysia, or visit Morinaga Official Online Store at www.mori2u.com.

Getting the right start

PARENTS these days realise the importance of early childhood education and they don’t need to be coerced to enrol their children in pre-schools.

The question is which pre-school should they send their children to?

If your children are ready for pre-school, you would probably be asking around for recommendations from friends, family members and the online community.

This is one way to narrow down the choices available, but what is good for another child might not be suitable for yours.

Discuss with your spouse and decide on the values which you consider important: emotional intelligence, obedience, academic success, independence, critical thinking, etc.

With a checklist in mind, your search will be more focused. Here are some factors to consider.

Price

Work out a budget to figure out how much you can afford. But beware of kindergartens that are too cheap as it speaks of the quality of the programme.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying, ‘when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’.

That being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the expensive schools have excellent quality.

Look at the hidden costs. Besides school fees, there are registration fee, material fee, music fee, sports fee and a host of other costs.

Add them up and divide them by 12 to get a monthly average.

Distance

Housewives may be willing to sacrifice a great deal of their time in chauffeuring their kids around town. But is this a wise decision?

Think about the commuting time. Peak-hour traffic can be crazy. Could you car-pool with those within the same vicinity? Does the school provide transportation?

When push comes to shove, are you willing to shift closer to areas with good schools?

Curriculum

Look beyond the vision and mission of a school. The practice may not match with the vision and mission statements.

Consider the school schedule. Young children need time for free play and some unstructured activities.

Are there lots of hands-on activities or is the focus on workbooks?

This ties in to the values that you consider important.

If academic success is paramount to you, workbook galore would float you on cloud nine.

Environment

Is the environment conducive for young children? Is there sufficient outdoor space for children to play?

Are there danger areas such as surfaces with sharp corners or stairs with railings which are too wide apart?

Are there proper amenities for children such as child-sized toilets or a well-equipped resource room?

Teachers

Do the teaching staff have the relevant qualifications and experience?

If you have the chance to tour the school, observe how the teachers talk to the children. Do they treat the children with respect?

Student-to-teacher ratio

You want your child to get sufficient attention from the teacher, so the student-to-teacher ratio shouldn’t be too high.

A good number is 20 and below, but schools which charge cheaper fees might have a higher ratio.

Cleanliness

What are their health and hygiene policies? Are their toileting habits sanitary?

Do they screen for illnesses? What are the procedures in case a child is sick or in case of an outbreak of disease?

Parent-teacher communication

How does the school update parents on what is going on in school?

Are you able to communicate with teachers regularly about your child’s progress or issues?

Food

Does the school serve food or do you need to prepare your own food? What kind of food does the school serve?

At the end of the day, you might not be able to find a pre-school that meets all your requirements, especially if you have only a low budget to work with.

Decide what are your must-haves, and if these are met, go ahead and enrol your child at the school.

Lydia Teh is a mother of four and author of 10 books, including the latest, How I Wrote Ten Books. Send comments to lifestyle.lydia@thesundaily.com.

From children’s art to toy

INTERNATIONAL furniture and home furnishing retailer Ikea has, for the third consecutive year, made the dreams of 10 creative young minds from around the globe come true with its soft toy drawing competition as part of Ikea’s Let’s Play for Change campaign.

This year’s winning artwork came from Poland, Germany, Russia, Austria, Bulgaria, Australia, the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.

The quirky winning designs have been turned into cuddly plush toys and included in this year’s limited-edition Sagoskatt collection.

All revenue from the sale of these plush toys will be directed towards child playtime and development efforts in dire communities across the world.

Children’s Ikea product developer Bodil Fritjofsson said: “The 10 winning drawings are a lovely mixture of imaginary animals. Simply wonderful personal combinations of colours, shapes, and expressions that spark my own imagination”.

They included a flying unicorn-inspired dachshund complete with rainbow wings to a purple monster with magical horns, with Fritjofsson likening the competition to an invitation into the way little ones view life.

Eight-year-old Caroline from the US created a multi-coloured cloud, showcasing her bright and positive take on life.

Caroline, whose cloud character lives in a pink-hued sky, said: “She loves to visit places with more clouds like her where she can spread joy to lots of people”.

Meanwhile, seven-year-old Shane from the United Arab Emirates displayed cheeky innocence in his creation inspired by the timid lion from The Wizard of Oz, remarking: “Even though he’s a lion, he has the name ‘Tiger’, since I was in a hurry when I named him”.

Now, Malaysian children aged four to 12 years can get a chance to have their creations turned into plush toys that will be sold all over the world.

Join the fourth annual Ikea soft toy drawing competition from Nov 3-19, open to all Ikea Family and Småles members.

For more, visit the Ikea Malaysia website.

Out of the box

FROM primary school since the age of 11 to secondary school, Sheena Moh and Teo Jin Hui were both in the same class and after experiencing work in different fields, the best friends of 22 years decided to start a business together and made it their full-time career.

They started Atom & The Dot, a subscription box business based on education for children. Founded for kids aged between five and eight, each box is filled with materials and instructions for arts and science inspired activities and experiments. Kids can do each of the activities by following the instruction book provided.

“Parents are sending their children to tuition centres at an early age, but they also need fun, so we came up with this idea of activities that mix education and fun,” Moh said.

Children would normally feel learning is difficult and boring, but Moh and Teo challenged themselves to curate activities that help kids explore the wonders of the complicated world in the simplest way.

Coming from different backgrounds, both of them have set their minds to ensure their self-funded business will have good results by giving their full attention to it.

They both believe kids should appreciate how art and science work together and be curious of how problems are solved through their subscription box.

“The idea was already founded in US and Japan as they wanted to distinguish the importance of developing art and science together, in order to bring up better-thought students. This is the first time we are bringing it to Malaysia,” Teo said.

“We should be thinking about our kids’ future in a different way; to grow their skills to be equal to our technology and lifestyle,” Moh added.

The 33-year-olds decided to have a little fun with their business since most of the businesses nowadays are related to fashion. They believed that early childhood education is important to develop different ways of learning, and that was how they founded the subscription box.

“Kids don’t really know about magnets and how they work, for example. They just read it in textbooks, but if they see it in the subscription box, they can use the magnet to experiment with some coins, and how they work with each other,” Teo said.

Through this, kids will be surprised to see the results allowing them to think further and question how does it work.

“Although this is a new platform, we are happy we started it. Our aim is to alter the way people think of education for kids,” Moh said.

To bring the business further, they are now planning to do roadshows and promote their subscription boxes in schools.

McDonald’s invites entries to its storytelling contest

CHILDREN, here is your chance to get creative and let your imagination run wild telling stories, without mum and dad getting cross! Besides, you could even win the family (refer prize details) a holiday to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea!

Conditions and requirements

McDonald’s Storytelling Contest 2017 is open to children aged between six and nine, who are Malaysian citizens living in the country. Parents of contestants are required to visit www.mcdonalds.com.my/storytellingcontest, read the terms and conditions before filling in the form with their child’s details and a one-minute child’s video telling a story. Contest period is until Aug 31, 2017. Late and invalid entries will not be entertained.

Employees of McDonald’s Malaysia, their immediate families, affiliates, subsidiaries, related agencies and suppliers, and/or persons living in the same household, along with last year’s contest winners, are not eligible to enter.

Participants are allowed to send in more than one entry but each must be submitted with a completed entry form and a one- minute video.

Storytelling video

Your child’s storytelling video must meet the 60 second/one minute requirement. Simply video your child telling a story as best he or she can. Facial expression, intonation, imagination, creativity, body language – these and more will surely engage an audience.

Upload the video on Instragram using the hashtag #McDStorytelling2017 (ensure your account is set to “Public”). Complete your registration form at www.mcdonalds.com.my/storytellingcontest and hope your child will be called for a live audition. Winners at each live audition will then compete at the Grand Finals.

10 gifts for your children that money can’t buy

WE all want our children to have “the best”, and sometimes that might seem like the best prom dress, the best graduation present, the best summer camp experience … the list goes on. But in our relentless focus on the best things, we often lose sight of what’s really important – the gifts that can’t be bought.

Below is a list of intangible gifts we can give our children, which help nurture healthy children, so they can reach their full potential. These gifts will help children develop the best qualities: being respectful, responsible, resilient and compassionate.

1. Your time, presence and connection

You may spend a lot of time with your children and still not really be there for them. Children need your presence. This means “tuning in”, listening, responding from your heart rather than your head and observing your children with no agenda. In other words, being present and experiencing their beauty and the joy they create in your life. When you are truly present, they will feel your love.

2. Feelings

Feelings are not right or wrong – this especially applies to uncomfortable feelings. Expressing feelings is healthy and allows a child to get support and to learn problem solving. When parents don’t accept their children’s feelings, there is a consequence: Children disconnect from themselves, and this creates unhappiness as well as misbehavior.

3. Unconditional love and acceptance

Make sure your child knows that if given a choice of all the children in the world, he or she is the one you would choose, quirks and all.

4. Empathy

Empathy is one of the most important parenting tools, and it’s essential for healthy relationships.
Parents need to communicate empathy at every age, especially in the difficult moments. Empathy means letting your child know that you understand how they feel (even when you don’t “like” it).

5. Limits and boundaries

Despite their protests, children need and want limits. Clear, consistent limits and rules based on
your values, provide safety and security. Setting limits teaches children the critical life skill of setting healthy boundaries for themselves.

6. Boredom

When children are given the gift of down time and even boredom, they have the opportunity to look inward, to discover themselves, their feelings and their needs. Down time creates an opportunity for them to “take action” in their lives rather than have “action” come to them. It is through down time that creativity emerges and children learn how to be alone without being lonely.

7. Struggle and disappointment

While it is natural for parents to want to protect their children, it is important for them to allow children the freedom to make their own decisions. They need to experiment, make mistakes and fail (yes, fail). If we jump in to solve their problems or rescue them, we deprive them of critical learning opportunities. Through struggle, confidence is built, self-discovery deepens, and perseverance and problem-solving skills develop.

8. Conflict

Conflict pushes many parents’ buttons. Because limit-setting and discipline often cause anger and conflict, many parents find themselves avoiding it altogether. However, conflict is part of life and it is OK. In fact, it is through conflict that children learn to understand their emotions, control their impulses, take responsibility, express themselves authentically, move towards solutions and develop empathy.

9. Chores and responsibilities

Chores and responsibilities help children feel valuable to the family. They learn that they are accountable and that there are consequences when they don’t keep their end of the bargain.

10. Mistakes and imperfection

Teach and model for children that everyone makes mistakes and that it’s okay to be imperfect.
Children learn more from what we do than from what we say. When we make mistakes, it is important to apologise, take responsibility for our actions and repair the mistake.

Bullying at school: ‘children can redirect insults to their advantage’

FRENCH therapist and author Emmanuelle Piquet sees some 2,000 children each year who are victims of bullying at school.

Ten years ago, she founded France’s Chagrin Scolaire centers, which work to help children face up to bullies and deal with schoolyard confrontation. Kids learn defense strategies in a course of three sessions, based on role-play activities.

Is bullying becoming more of a problem in schoolyards?

Yes, I have seen a “popularity syndrome” growing in recent years, beginning at primary school. Kids must certainly not be friendless or uncool or they risk being marginalised.

They must absolutely be in with the “right” crowd, be very popular or benefit from the aura of a popular friend.

A more recent phenomenon is parents becoming increasingly concerned about their children’s social relations at school, sometimes even more than their grades.

Mothers, for example, closely count birthday invitations, fearing that their children might be left out.

These worries are passed on to children, who fear finding themselves alone on a bench in the playground.

What types of violence are most frequently encountered by the children you see?

Isolation is what comes up most often.

Being the child who no one plays with, no one speaks to, no one wants to hold hands with.

Next, there is a kind of token bullying that involves giving mean nicknames, or giving labels like being “too good” at school or “not good enough” .

There is no typical profile of a bullied child.

Any child can be in a situation of vulnerability like, for example, when a parent loses their job or a grandparent dies. The bully is more likely to be a child who is quick-witted and has a sense of humuor, which usually makes them popular.

How can a child stand up to a bully?

We first of all help children let go of the idea that they can’t do anything to change the situation.

Next, they can learn to use the bully’s insults and attacks to their advantage.

Humuor and self-deprecation are infallible arms when it comes to breaking the popularity and power of a bully.

For that, children must learn to accept an attack and to use it.

The aim is to ridicule the bully in the act of bullying and in public, without getting personal.

Sometimes looking the bully in the eye can be enough to diffuse a confrontation.

Can you give an example?

Social networks can often be the source of attacks and mocking, but they can also be a powerful means of defense. We had one young girl that the other kids called Zlatan [Ed.: in reference to soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic], which isn’t very nice when you’re 16 years old.

This young girl therefore changed her profile picture to a photo of Zlatan. It was a way of saying “Go on, bring it on, I find that funny too.” That soon calmed the bullies down. It’s not fun anymore when the victim stops rising to their jibes.

What advice can you give to parents?

You shouldn’t take any action without the agreement of your child, so as not to reinforce their vulnerability.

Don’t ask too many questions in the evening to avoid creating anxiety-inducing situations. If the child lacks the self-confidence to stand up to bullies or to talk back, you can try role-playing at home, with mom or brothers and sisters playing the bullies, so that the child gets the hang of replying. — AFPRelaxnews