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familyplace.com.my http://www.familyplace.com.my Just another WordPress site Thu, 03 Jan 2013 02:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5 What is family planning http://www.familyplace.com.my/what-is-family-planning/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/what-is-family-planning/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2013 02:00:46 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=40 Family planning allows couples to plan ahead when to have kids and how many kids they would have. Individuals and couples can reduce the risk of pregnancy through contraception or contragestion. Other commonly used techniques are infertility management, sexuality education and counseling. In other words, family planning is synonym with the term ‘birth control’. In certain cases due to unwanted pregnancy, female-male couple can take extreme measures to terminate pregnancy through abortion or sterilization.


Family planning requires extensive arrangement between partners to determine how to deal with procreation in sexually active relationship. This arrangement is crucial to avoid unwanted pregnancy in a relationship that may lead to abortion. Well, abortion can damage women as  surgery may bring physical complications such as heart attack, convulsion and even death. For inexperienced couples, marriage counselors usually suggest to seek family planning services. When you visit a family planning council or clinic to seek their services, be prepared as the counselors will ask private and sensitive questions such as your body changes and discharge during sex.


Clinics do offer the services to educate and provide comprehensive medical and social activities to allow couples to decide the number and timing to have children and plan accordingly how to achieve their desired aim. Couples particularly minors should join family planning services as raising a child is harder than you think. It requires financial stability, extensive time and the right environment to raise a healthy child. With family planning, couples can plan ahead and start saving before the baby is born.


While family planning is approved by many international organizations including World Health Organization (WHO), there is another method known as natural family planning (NFP) approved by Roman Catholic Church. Unlike family planning, NFP prohibits the use of birth control. Among some of the methods used to avoid pregnancy under NFP context are periodic abstinence and natural infertility. NFP requires couples to limit sexual intercourse between partners to avoid unwanted pregnancy.


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Honesty in the family http://www.familyplace.com.my/honesty-in-the-family/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/honesty-in-the-family/#comments Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:18:38 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=36 Parents usually have a difficult task of teaching honesty to their children. This is because children have the tendency to lie about things so as not to get into trouble when they did something wrong. But the problem drawn from this is not so much because the children likes to tell lies but a lot of the responsibilities come from the parents. If parents are not consistent with their promises, then such acts would translate to the children.

In most cases, children do not tell the truth not because they do not want to but because they are afraid to get into trouble. But if by telling the truth means not getting into the truth, then they might continue to do the wrong thing as they know they will get away scot-free. Parents would have to ensure that the child is aware that the wrong thing will warrant punishment. However, the fault-punishment concept is the right way but it is also the parent’s responsibility to be honest themselves especially to their children. Again, it is important that the parent must be the role model and it will be tough for the children to learn if their parents think it is ‘okay’ to skip school today because they don’t feel like it.


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Sharing among siblings http://www.familyplace.com.my/sharing-among-siblings/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/sharing-among-siblings/#comments Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:11:51 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=33 In principle, every human being is selfish because most people would protect their own self-interest no matter the cost. But in a family environment, sharing forms a basis of a person in the society and the unwillingness to share would have adverse effects, particularly among siblings. In this context, sibling rivalry is a hard issue to tackle and if the competition between 2 siblings reaches an alarming point, then the whole situation could be harder to solve. Therefore, one could use the act of sharing to solve the problem of fighting for attention between the children. The parents would have to be fair in this context.

Therefore, if the act of sharing is well instilled among the children, then it would have a positive effect on the rivalry. In fact, if brothers and sisters are aware that they must share their food, their space, their toys, their books with each other, then it takes away the pressure to be better than the other. Furthermore, it will also change the selfish attitude which they might have. The child would also be able to understand the need to protect their siblings from being bullied by others when the situation arises. Sharing is caring is a cliché but it is true to its very meaning.


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Leaving your kids with the babysitter http://www.familyplace.com.my/leaving-your-kids-with-the-babysitter/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/leaving-your-kids-with-the-babysitter/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2011 05:03:12 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=29

Feeling apprehensive about leaving your kids with the babysitter is quite natural but here are some tips to help ease the apprehension. Whether you are leaving your child with a family member, a reputable agency or the neighbourhood babysitter, it is important that you cover all the bases and safety measure.

Whether you are hiring someone experienced or not, give them a tour of the house so they know where the essential items are such as the first aid kit. Also, explain to the babysitter what foods the child are allowed to eat and where you put them. Giving them the tour around the house will definitely be useful in case of an emergency and they know where to go and what to do once it happens. On that note, make sure you provide the babysitter with a list of contacts to call in case an emergency does occur.

If you are dealing with a new babysitter then talk to your child about it so the transition is smooth for everyone except of course the child already knows the babysitter and is comfortable with them, then generally it shouldn’t be a problem. Also, let your child know that you value their opinion and talk to them at the end of the night to listen to what they have to say about that particular babysitter.

Before you leave the child, run through the details again but try not to be overbearing as the child may start to feel nervous seeing their parent agitated. When everything has been checked and double-checked and before you leave the house, inform the babysitter approximately what time you will be returning.


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Appropriate forms of punishments http://www.familyplace.com.my/appropriate-forms-of-punishments/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/appropriate-forms-of-punishments/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2011 05:02:36 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=27

Besides spanking there are more effective ways of punishing your child, this is because hitting them can actually create confusion amongst the child. The alternative methods provided here will allow you to not only discipline your child but at the same time, it allows for you to build a strong family bond and relationship.

If your child is not behaving properly then as a parent you can give them time-outs, this will allow the child to understand that their actions is not proper and they should stop doing it. Besides this, this will also allow for the child to reflect on what they have done and how they can improve on it without offending other people. Time-outs is not just useful for children but for parents as well as this gives them time to cool down and avoid punishing the child out of anger.

Another effective way of punishing your child is by removing privileges, different situations of course requires different response so you have to identify that particular privilege in order for it to work. For example, if the child refuses to take out the trash because they are too engrossed in the video game then taking away the video game will send out a clear message to them.

As a parent it is important for you to follow out with these punishments, if you cave in then the child will take advantage of it and will not be fazed by such punishments anymore. At the same time, make sure that they understand the reason they are being punished so they can learn from it.


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Getting your child to eat fruits and vegetables, without the fuss http://www.familyplace.com.my/getting-your-child-to-eat-fruits-and-vegetables-without-the-fuss/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/getting-your-child-to-eat-fruits-and-vegetables-without-the-fuss/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 02:21:55 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=23 The reality is that not many children will voluntarily eat fruits and vegetables, most of the time it is for coercion, tricks and bribery (not recommended by the way). What children are usually after are foods loaded with salt and sugar which are obviously not healthy for them. At the end of the day, they need to get such foods into their diet. So read on to find out how you can use imaginative ways to get your child to eat fruits and vegetables.

One way is to make meals fun, one thing that happens the most during dinner time is the child is faced with the choice of eating the greens and fruits or face punishment. A stressful time for them to be in, instead of this why don’t you make it less intimidating and more fun. For example, you can create dished based on your child’s favourite character and name them “Atomic Apple Salad”, something which they can relate to.

Another way is to just get your child involve, when you are grocery shopping, let your child go and pick out their favourite fruits and vegetables. This way, they at least know what they are eating and what it looks like before it was cooked.


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Creative ways to take care of your child http://www.familyplace.com.my/creative-ways-to-take-care-of-your-child/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/creative-ways-to-take-care-of-your-child/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 02:19:44 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=21 Taking care of a child is a full-time job and sometimes it can be overwhelming especially for first-time parents. It’s one thing to spend time with your child but equally important is the fact that you provide them with activities that are stimulating and at the same time educational which is important for their development.

Arts and crafts are activities that you should definitely provide your child; this is because such activities promote creativity, drawing skills as well as knowledge of colour. Another popular children activity that is also every beneficial is the use of play dough, this way they can learn to identify shapes and sizes.

The kitchen is often a play that parents try to keep their children away from but if you be extra cautious, the kitchen is actually an educational place for the child. The obvious lesson you can teach here is how to be safe in the kitchen, but if you are creative enough, you can include the child in the cooking process where they can learn to eat healthily.

Communication skills are an important element in a child’s development and you don’t have to stress yourself out to teach your child how to listen and talk. For example, a simple game such as pointing at a particular object and saying its name where she can learn the names of those objects.


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Blowing off steam the teenager way http://www.familyplace.com.my/blowing-off-steam-the-teenager-way/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/blowing-off-steam-the-teenager-way/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 02:16:32 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=18 Sometimes in life you will feel that people just don’t understand you and this can be frustrating. If they can’t express themselves properly, this can lead to serious problems later in life. This guide will help you learn to deal with this negative feeling in a more productive manner. Whether you are a teenager or someone that has a teenager in your life, you will definitely find this article useful.

Sometimes it’s just easier to remove yourself from the situation and be alone where you can gather your thoughts. But make sure that the teenagers know they can reach out to someone when they feel like talking.

Developing a relationship with a mentor also helps as the teenagers have another outlet where they can blow off steam. Unfortunately as harsh as this may sound, sometimes the teenager needs someone else besides their parents to confide to. Instead of letting the teenagers wander around and hanging out with the wrong crowd, parents should encourage them to talk to someone that’s responsible and they feel comfortable with.

Communication is also very important and parents should always encourage their children to talk to them. Never bottle up any negative feelings and try to find someone they can talk to.


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Raising good children http://www.familyplace.com.my/raising-good-children/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/raising-good-children/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:44:25 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=16 Parenting refers to activity of bringing up a child that covers their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development from infancy until they reach adulthood. It can be a difficult and heavy responsibility particularly for first-time parents.

To ensure that your kids experience a balanced development during infancy, here are some practical suggestions to raise happy kids. Parenting in its simplest form would be – connections, play, practice, mastery and recognition.

Bear in mind that kids need unconditional love from their kith and kin to ensure that they feel part of the large extended family. But the most important love bond is between the kid and parents. How exactly do you bond with your kids? Get involved in open-ended play. Besides nurturing their decision-making and problem-solving skills, it is a great time to get connected with your children. Unconsciously, open-ended play (let the kids create a scenario and solve it on their own) may help you to identify their talents and skills in particular filed.

Next up, once you have identified the kids’ talent and skill, practice it from time to time. It helps to boost their confidence. Practice makes perfect. When the kids managed to practice particular skill, they can master it easily and motivate them to move on to a new challenge. Finally, remember to approve or praise your kids for what they’re good at to ensure they feel good about themselves.

After learning the simplest form of parenting, here are useful tips and guidance on raising children with good characters. Although you may find it hard to comply to such suggestions, but raising children with respectable character is the first step to become a good parent.

Firstly, always prioritize parenting. Of course, it is hard to juggle between family and career life but try to allocate and spend time daily with your kids to get connected and build the love bond in your relationship. It helps to develop good, decent and respectable characters among the kids.

Next up, scrutinize the amount of time you spend with the kids. It is best to treat your kids as your lifetime companion. Therefore, try to include children into your social life and as a return, your kids will include you in their social life. Children always demand your full attention. If possible, devote all your free time with your kids.

The most important element you need to remember when it comes to parenting is modeling, Set a good example to the children. Research and studies showed that kids will imitate your actions regardless of whether it is good or bad. Because after all, they do not know how to differentiate what is good and bad. It is your job as a parent to show some good qualities.

Keep an eye on your children. Basically, kids absorb what they learn from the mass media. With the technology advancement nowadays, you need to evaluate what is right and wrong before allowing your children to receive the ideas as portrayed in the books, TV, movies and Internet. Some movies may not portray moral values and therefore, it is not suitable for kids to watch it. Control the amount of time your children spend in front of the television. You may watch cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Sesame Street or Barney and friends together. Most importantly, control and examine your kids once they learn how to use the computer and Internet. Remember, Internet chat room can be dangerous to kids.

One may have neglected the language used in household. As mentioned earlier, children absorb information like sponges. So, avoid profanities or foul language if you have small kids at home.

It is common for parents to punish out-of-control kids as an approach to remind them what is right and wrong. Unlike adults, sometimes children can never understand the relevance for punishing them over some small matter. Therefore, it is extremely important for them to understand what the punishment serves for and how it works. It is best to punish them with a loving-heart and not to silent them once and for all. Bear in mind that there is a limit for the punishment. It is only fair if you punish their wrongdoings and praise or award for the good deeds. But there is a danger here – do not try to bribe the kids in order to ensure they behave well. It will send a wrong message to them.

As a parent, you are not always right. Take some time to listen to what your children has to say. Give them a chance to clarify and open up their heart. While ensuring that they listen to your advise, set aside time to talk to the kids.

As you child grow up, they spend part of their lives in school. How they deal with the challenges and solving the problems will influence their life in the future. Of course, there is bound to be some joy and sadness. This is the time for you to get involved in their school’s life by interacting and listening to their problems. In addition to that, try to talk to school counselor and teachers to find out your kids’ progress.

Finally, as your child grow up, remind them the importance of spending time together for a family meal. Having a family meal together is crucial for you to talk and some instances, re-connect with the kids. Impose strict rules and manners over dining table. Appreciate the time you have to communicate and strengthen the relationship once again. It is the perfect quality time to catch up with your kids’ life.

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Family Finance http://www.familyplace.com.my/family-finance/ http://www.familyplace.com.my/family-finance/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:42:50 +0000 james http://www.familyplace.com.my/?p=14

The first parenting challenge awaits you is finance matter. Remember, a child changes everything. Raising a child these days is pricey – from buying baby equipment to setting up a trust fund for education in the future, everything involves money. Hence, before you struggle mid-way while raising your kid, plan ahead and start saving even before you have a baby in the family.

Most probably, parents are excited over the first child in a family. But bear in mind, control your expenditure and do not fall into the parent trap – purchase only what is necessary. Here are some top practical tips to guide parents on finance matters once a baby is on the way.

For parents out there, shop smartly. It is extremely important for you to choose quality products especially equipments such as cribs, car seats and breast pumps. Make you you browse through different stores before purchasing particular item. Compare prices to ensure you have the best deals and bargain. If possible, re-use essentials such as baby clothes and cribs by handing it down from kith and kin.

Remember, your baby does not know that they are using branded goods. Hence, it is not necessary to buy expensive branded items. Before you go shopping, prepare a list of what you need. An additional tip for you to consider – always buy what you need not what you want. Stick to the items listed under the list and set a reasonable budget.

Never jump on the bandwagon. Ignore the fact that your friends or neighbours are spending lavishly on unnecessary products such as additional branded strollers, expensive toys and designer clothes designed specifically for babies. What is more important is to set aside money for college education. Besides education, you will also need to set aside money for health-related problems, insurance, allowance for your teenage children and other matters.


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