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Potty Training – Insights by BibiNogs Director Joyce Lim

11 August

 

My very own experience…

Being in the Early Childhood Industry for about 2 decades and being a mother of 3 has allowed me to gather enough insights on the above mentioned subject matter. It is interesting to note that for my 3 children, my youngest was toilet trained earlier than my middle child, my middle child was trained earlier than my oldest girl.

Let me recount my experience with my oldest girl. As an Early Childhood educator, I talked a lot to all my children when they were young, especially my first one, the thrill of being a mother for the first time was firing away then. I remembered when she was a month old, she did not poo for 2 days, and that got me worried. She was laying on my bed and I asked her, “Mummy is kind of worried that you have not pooed for 2 days. Are you ok? Would you like to poo in the toilet?” It was random, and I thought she kind of responded.   I took off her diaper and brought her into the toilet. Guess what? She pooed. I was shocked and she was happy. That was the end of story for soiled diapers. When she was 6 months old, we were out and on the way home in our car, she wanted to poo. I told her she could either do it on her diaper or wait for us to get home.   She waited and went home to do it. I was totally impressed then.

As for my middle child, we were residing in Beijing then. My mum came over to help me with my confinement. She is a firm believer that children do not like to soil their bottoms and could be trained from day one. So she did train my son. Within a short span of 2 weeks, he would only poo in his potty.   Staying in Beijing with a wonderful Beijing Ayi (helper) who believes in early potty training helps. She would diligently bring him to pee at intervals. By his first birthday, I told my son, “Let’s do without a diaper from tomorrow onwards.” Then I meant to do without diapers in the day and not night. To our amazement, his diapers were also dry at night. He took the message literally. What a delightful misunderstanding!

My youngest was born in Singapore with my mum staying next door.   She came over to tell my confinement lady exactly what to do. Our confinement lady could not believe what she heard at first but tried anyway.   Within days, she was able to signal us that she would like to poo and would hold till we bring her to the potty.   It was such a breeze. I must say my youngest was the easiest. From day one, she was dry at night usually.   Before she turned one, we just gave her a week notice and took off her diapers. By two, she was totally diaper-free, even when we were out and about.

 

My classroom experience…

I have personally helped and also coached parents to potty train their children. My observation is that it is easier to train children before they turn two.   The first stage of life, before 18 months, according to Erik Erikson, children are building trust. If they do have great bond with their primary caregiver, they build a good foundation of trust. Between 18 months to 3 years old, they are gaining autonomy. If they are unable to do that well, shame will develop.

With Erikson’s theory in mind, children who have trusting relationships with their primary caregiver will feel safe to take their lead to toilet train. When they move on to the next stage, it could be easier or tougher. Our children may want to feel they are in control by using the potty. Or they may fight you as they want to be in control.   It is important to talk to your children when you are training them. We do not want them to end up feeling shameful about not being able to go to the toilet in time.

Suggestions…

When you want to toilet train you child, you could do the following:

  • Talk to your child in advance

-> Mummy/Daddy is going to take away your diapers in xx time.

->  Please let us know when you would like to pee/poo.

  • Bring them to the toilet during intervals.
  • Do not make a big fuss out of accidents. Remember it happens and it is okay.
  • Do not give rewards. You could compliment them by saying

->  Thank you for letting me know you would like to go to the toilet.

->  It is a nice feeling to keep your bumps clean and dry.

  • Reinforce the good feeling verbally. We do not want our children to be looking out for rewards all the time.
  • Understand that your child is keen to please you at this age, thus he/she may display anxiety if you get too nervous about toilet training.
  • RELAX, they will get it.

With all the stories told and suggestions given, do enjoy going through every milestone with your little one. Every memory has a chance to become a great one if you let it be.

 

There’s no BEST programme but only the most SUITABLE one – Joyce Lim

 

 

BibiNogs’ Open House on 19 August 2017

09 July

We will be having our Open House on 19 August 2017. Come join us for a morning or afternoon full of fun, adventure and discovery! Take part in free trial classes and learn more about BibiNogs’ programmes, teachers and philosophy/values!

Our Kids Academy’s (Serene Centre) Open House will run from 9.30am to 12pm at Serene Centre, while our Kindergarten’s (King’s Arcade) Open House will run from 12.30pm to 3pm at King’s Arcade. Refer to the following flyers for details.

We hope to see you soon!

 

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Open House for BibiNogs Kids Academy at Serene Centre.

Registration required. Email us at serenecentre@bibinogs.com to RSVP your attendance!

 

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Open House for BibiNogs Preschool at King’s Arcade.

Registration required. Email us at serenecentre@bibinogs.com to RSVP your attendance!

 

 

 

 

Thank You for Making Our 2017 Mothers’ Day Event a Big Bash!

20 May

Thank you, mommies and families who turned up at our 2017 Mothers’ Day event on 13th May! We are glad that our mommies had fun glamping (and getting spoilt) and everyone was engaged in exciting activities like breakfast picnic, ice-breaker games, body-brain kinesiology exercises, golfing, and clay & craft experiences.

What a memorable Mothers’ Day it was! Happy Mothers’ Day to all mommies out there!

 

Ready for glamping?

Ready for glamping?

 

Family 'glamping' and spoiling the mommies

“Love You A Latte” breakfast ‘glamping’ and picnic

 

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Clay experience with mommies – courtesy of Da Vinci Group

 

Golfing with mommies and daddies

Golfing with mommies and daddies (and grandpas!) – courtesy of Totts Golf

 

Golfing and shooting fun for the kids

Hole-in-one anyone?

 

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Tots, mommies and daddies having a ball of a time!

 

Happy BibiNogs Families!! What a memorable Mothers' Day!!

Happy BibiNogs Families!! What a memorable Mothers’ Day it was!!

 

Theme-Based Excursion: BibiNogs Preschool Visited The River Safari

17 May

On 9 May 2017, BibiNogs Preschool students visited The River Safari as a culmination of their theme-based learning. Children across all ages had a blast getting up close and personal with the land and marine animals. The field trip extended and deepened children’s learning.

We’d like to thank the parents who came long – and for being a part of the children’s exploration and learning!

We get to know the world we live in by keenly observing our environments

We get to know the world we live in by keenly observing our environments

Children, children, what do we see?

Children, children, what do we see?

What is that inside?

What is THAT inside?

Hello to Jia Jia and Kai Kai

Hello to Jia Jia and Kai Kai!!

Mom and child learning together

Mom and child learning together

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Mommy is making this a VERY memorable experience for me!

Sailing down the river with my friends

Oh what fun it is to sail down the river with my friends!

 

 

Calling All BibiNogs’ Families, Come Celebrate Mother’s Day with Us!

24 April

We would like to invite ALL BibiNogs’ families to join us for a very special Mothers’ Day party on 13th May, Saturday at 9.30am! Mummy, you are SPECIAL and you deserve a warm celebration with your families!

There will be many fun ‘Parent-and-Me’ activities! Check out the details below. RSVP by e-mailing us at principal@bibinogs.com

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BibiNogs Director Joyce Lim Featured by WSG Workforce Singapore

07 April

BibiNogs Director Ms. Joyce Lim’s career transition and accomplishments was featured as a success story by WSG Workforce Singapore’s Career Support Programme. Way to go!

Read on to get to know our Director better..

https://www.facebook.com/workforcesingapore/posts/1266039933492045:0

"Its crucial to build a learning culture which we can impart and influence our children with, that way we can all keep moving forward together". - Joyce Lim, Director of BibiNogs

“Its crucial to build a learning culture which we can impart and influence our children with, that way we can all keep moving forward together”.                         – Joyce Lim, Director of BibiNogs

Thank You to Mr. Robert Pereira for a Very Fruitful Parent Workshop and Teacher Training!

31 March

BibiNogs would like to extend our appreciation to Mr. Robert Pereira, a world reknowned trainer/educator, for conducting a very engaging Parent Workshop and Teacher Training session for our parents and teachers last Saturday, 25th March 2017!

The Parent Workshop was titled “How to Manage Our Expectations to Raise Happy Children”. Parents and caregivers had a fruitful morning hearing from Mr. Pereira, reviewing cases studies together and exchanging personal anecdotes and lessons.

In the afternoon, BibiNogs teachers were trained by Mr. Pereira on the topic of “Anti-Bullying Strategies in Young Children”. Mr. Pereira shared his expert viewpoints about causes of bullying, strategies to curb negative behaviours and strategies on how to help children manage.

Parents learning and exchanging viewpoints at Mr. Pereira's Parent Workshop

Parents learning and exchanging viewpoints at Mr. Pereira’s Parent Workshop

Parents eager to know how to raise happy children while setting healthy expectations and keeping them motivated

Parents eager to know how to raise happy children while setting healthy expectations and keeping them motivated

Mr. Pereira shares his expertise through illustrations and notes

Mr. Pereira shares his expertise through illustrations and notes

BibiNogs teachers learned a great deal from Mr. Pereira, thank you indeed!

BibiNogs teachers learned a great deal from Mr. Pereira, thank you indeed!

Exclusive Parent Workshop by Robert Pereira – 25th March 2017

13 March

Keen to learn how to raise children who are not only happy but are enthusiastic and engaged learners? Come join us at an exclusive parent workshop titled “How to Manage Our Expectations to Raise Happy Children” by the reknowned trainer Mr. Robert Pereira, on Saturday, 25th March 2017 at 10am!

Robert Pereira is an International Educational Consultant. He holds a B.A. Dip Ed. From Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and an MA from Fordham University in New York. He is also one of the National Trainers for the “Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia’ as well as a Member of the Board of Directors.

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Registration is required. Availability based on first-come-first-serve basis! Email us at kingsarcade@bibinogs.com or call 6466-5357 to register! RSVP by 20th March. 

Exchange and Visit to Lumbini Academy (Yangon, Myanmar)

07 March

Thank you Lumbini Academy and Silta Lumbini Preschool (Yangon, Myanmar) for hosting the BibiNogs team! We had a wonderful exchange and a fruitful time in Yangon! Your holistic education approach was inspirational, and your students’ laughters and engagement in the classrooms reminded us that learning can be, and should be, made enjoyable for all children!

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A good day starts with a yoga and exercise session

 

Playing outdoors is a recipe for healthy minds and bodies

Playing outdoors is a recipe for healthy minds and bodies

 

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Thank you for being a great host!