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How did I get my child to eat spicy stuff

My son just turned five when he first tasted tom yam. We were at this Thai Express Outlet and I ordered a tomyam soup set for myself and him. I needed a fix for my tomyam craving and had planned to bring him for a second round later.

 

As usual, the little boy was curious and wanted to try everything and anything. The spiciness of the tomyam soup stinged him to tears. While he was still tearing, the sadistic mum in me said,"aiyo.... like that ar... Next time how to bring you to Thailand?!" (actually he had been to Bangkok before but back then, he was just a baby)

 

The little boy looked at me through his teary eyes and pouted,"why?"

 

me: This is tomyam soup. Tomyam dishes come from Thailand. The Thai people loves spicy stuff and of course, they love tomyam. If we were to bring you to Thailand, what are you going to eat? Everything is so spicy there!

 

My son quietened a little and proceeded to finish his bowl of rice and fish fillet from the tom yam soup, in between his tears.

 

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Five Simple Ways to Improve Your English

Everyone knows you need to be constantly exposed to a language to improve it. That's why some schools provide immersion programmes for students who learn foreign languages. For instance, they may be sent to live in Germany for a year to learn German.

It's not easy to improve a language days before the exams- you need persistent work. Today, I will divulge a few simple tips to help your child with this process.

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Five Ways to Tackle the Toughest Exam Questions in the World

I like to be fully prepared for an examination. Unfortunately, no matter how ready we are for the papers, there will be situations when we encounter a really tough question.

What do we do then?

I made a collation of some of the advice I tell my students. The following tips are applicable to all subjects.

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Secondary 1 Survival Tips

Congratulations on getting your PSLE results!  Now the next step is to head to the next stage of your life- into your secondary school years.

Change is never easy, but always exciting. Here are a few tips on how to tackle Secondary One years for all the 12-year olds out there.

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Do we pay notice to childcare alerts?

Ring, ring, my phone ring and the childcare principal on the other side said "because one person got stomach flu, the outing this saturday has to be cancelled".  My first question is when is it postponed to and she can't tell me, just sometime in october.  My next question, which was spining in my head, but never reach my mouth, "why would one person's stomach flu has such a great effect?". And this happened on wednesday afternoon.

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Things to Do This December Holiday

The end-of-year school holiday starts from Nov. 16. We decided to compile a list of items that you can do with your children in this one-and-half month.  

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Six Comprehensive Tips to Ace the Oral Exams This Week (Part 2)

Yesterday, we gave you tips on how to prepare for the oral exams and how to look good for the examiner. Now, we will teach you how to face the teacher.

We will go into detail how you should tackle the three segments of oral with another three tips.

Don't be afraid of the oral examinations. It's very simple- just follow these steps. If you master them, you will outshine all your classmates.

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Some Tips on Answering Science Open-Ended Questions

Dear Parents, have you come across these commonly given feedback on your child's answers in Science open-ended questions; "The answer is not to the point", "The concept is not present in the answer" "The answer is not structured well" ... Often, this is a result of your children understanding a concept or topic but being unable to express themselves to attain the marks they deserve.

Here are some tips that your child may find useful in helping them structure their answers. Please understand that these tips are not exhaustive and may not encompass all open-ended questions. Nevertheless, I have found it quite useful when helping children to structure their Science open-ended answers.
 

Here are some common sentence structures your child can adopt when answering open-ended questions. They can use the question stems and the context to help them identify the sentence structures.
 

‘What’ Questions are often questions that test your child on identifying the correct fact. The words that identify these questions are as follows.

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