08
Mar

HFMD

HFMD stands for Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. All of us who are parents are well aware of this acronym. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in older children and adults. Symptoms are as follows: Fever Reduced appetite Sore Throat Feeling of being unwell (malaise) Painful sores (Ulcers) in Mouth skin rash with red spots, and sometimes with blisters on palms...
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03
Jan

First Day of School: A Dad’s Thoughts

Today is January 3rd, the first day of the new school year. We sent three-year-old Marc to school this morning and it sure was a chaotic affair after the long year-end break. First, he did not want to get out of bed. And when we finally did, we had to get him into his school uniform kicking and screaming. [Him, not us.] It goes without saying that he wasn’t in the mood for breakfast. When we arrived at school, he did...
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27
Dec

Early Thoughts On Parenting

Fatherhood. This is not something that I, nor most men, would be prepared for. Of course I had plenty of fears when I heard news that my wife was expecting. This came at an unexpected time–in our fourth year of marriage–and we had just come through a difficult time as I had just come out from a round of clinical depression. The news came as a surprise to me. All kinds of thoughts came into my mind. Would I be...
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27
Dec

The Lollababy Story

Like many young parents everywhere, I own an array of babycare products, from sterilizers to digital thermometers, to help me look after my three-year-old son. And when Marc began attending pre-school, he would catch colds and flu every month from his classmates. At the time, I tried the baby manual pump which looked like a rubber light bulb, and my husband used the human suction nasal aspirator, in many attempts to help my son clear his blocked nose as he...
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