Sunday, 18 August 2019

A Forum contributor thinks that corporal punishment sends the wrong message to children. What do you think?

Only love and communication work. Your child is half of you and half of the one you love and chose to live with. - Mark Lim Thiam Seng

Every child is different, hence the need for different parenting styles. Physical punishment and physical abuse are two different things altogether.
Every sane parent wants nothing more than the best for his/her children. - Sharon Long

My generation mostly grew up with corporal punishment, yet I don't see our relationship with our parents being worse than the new generation's.
In fact, nowadays, many young people treat their parents so badly. - Dave Tan

Corporal punishment as a last resort, yes. Not for every action. Parents must establish actions and consequences from the very beginning. Love your child, don't pamper him. If a child is misbehaving at a tender age, it falls on the parents. - Tavania Gorlush

Physical punishment does not cure the symptoms. You need communication and love to solve the root cause of their misbehaviour.
Using the cane to build strength in a child is an archaic and outdated form of parenting.
George Han Corporal punishment is still necessary but only when administered in a fair and calm manner.
It becomes wrong the moment it turns into an exercise to vent anger and frustration. - Wei Min Liu

Physical punishment is meant to tell your kids that there will be consequences for whatever they do. - Okazaki Sharifi San

I'd rather cane my children when they are still teachable than have the discipline master do it. - Anna Lim

(Corporal punishment) teaches them that actions have consequences, and that lesson is delivered quickly. - Nigel Pope


Being outdoors 2 hours a day keeps myopia away, but some Singapore parents say ‘no way’

To save your children’s eyesight, let them have at least two hours of outdoor time every day.

That is the main message that eye experts from Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) want to drive home as a new Myopia Centre in Bedok opened on Friday (Aug 16) and SNEC launched a new children's book, titled Amanda the Panda: Outdoor Play Keeps Myopia Away.

A common, but dangerous, misconception is that myopia is a mere inconvenience, given that blurred vision can be corrected with optical aids such as spectacles, contact lens or even surgery such as Lasik later in life, eye doctors said.

“Optical correction or surgery doesn’t cure myopia or reduce the risk of developing complications,” Associate Professor Marcus Ang said.

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Exercise during pregnancy may have lasting benefits for babies: Study

Newborns whose mothers exercise during pregnancy may become physically coordinated a little earlier than other babies, according to a captivating new study of gestation, jogging and the varying ability of tiny infants to make a fist. The study’s findings add to growing evidence that physical activity during pregnancy can strengthen not just the mother but also her unborn children and might influence how well and willingly those children later move on their own.

The current physical activity guidelines in the United States and Europe call for children to run and play for at least an hour every day. But, according to most estimates, barely a third of European and US youngsters are that active. Many factors contribute to this physical languor, including crowded family schedules, lack of physical education programs in schools, childhood obesity and overly ample screen time.

At her earlier research, Dr May and her colleagues speculated that the babies’ hearts most likely had sped up and synchronised with their mothers’ during exercise, allowing the infants to enjoy the same heart benefits.

But whether exercise during pregnancy would likewise influence a child’s motor development and coordination remained unknown, Dr May realised, and could matter. Other past research has shown that relatively poor coordination in early childhood is linked to higher risks for inactivity and obesity in adolescence and adulthood.

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New high tech libraries are tourist attractions

A new library in China. Source: todayonline

To attract visitors from home and abroad, many libraries have advanced, even quirky amenities. They have rooftop gardens, public parks, verandas, play spaces, teen centres, movie theatres, gaming rooms, art galleries, restaurants and more. The new library in Aarhus, Denmark, has a massive gong that rings whenever a mother in a nearby hospital gives birth.

Libraries are offering free work space for growing numbers of entrepreneurs. These are not just alternatives to coffee shops, spaces for people to pull out their laptops and work. The libraries have fancy meeting rooms for them to meet with potential clients, business librarians who can help them solve their financial challenges, and classes to teach them vital skills. At no cost, it is a much cheaper option than spending hundreds of dollars for a desk at WeWork.

Libraries are supplying the public with other features they may not have at home. Twenty years ago that was books. Now it is expensive new technology like 3D printers, laser cutters and broadcasting studios for podcasts and movies. Visitors are going to libraries to try before they buy. Other people just want to play with something that may not ever be able to afford.

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