I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys.

Personally, I don't really feel comfortable with our kiddos using the ring float and either hubby or myself will always be around to hold onto our younger kiddos when we're in the pool. The older ones who can float by themselves (wearing arm floats and they have been taught to hold their breath in the water and keep themselves afloat) will be under our watchful eyes as well.

As for outdoor activities (as per this article), I think there should be more staff or resources to monitor and watch out the children. If you observe in the video, the teacher was preoccupied with another child as the boy drowns. This could've been easily avoided if there are more eyes to watch after the children.

You can watch the video here or by clicking on the image below which will lead you to the source article.


 For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

A three-year-old child in north-west China nearly drowned after he flipped over his rubber ring and was left struggling underwater for at least two minutes. Neither of the two instructors at the children's pool noticed the boy immersed in the water upside down despite standing right next to him. The child was finally removed from the pool after one of the teachers noticed his motionless body. He remains under intensive care in hospital.

The boy was taking part in a swimming lesson at a kindergarten in Zhangjiakou city, Hebei province when the accident happened. Surveillance footage of the horrifying incident shows the boy wearing an inflatable ring playing in the pool among nine other classmates. He then accidentally flips backwards, plunging his head underwater. The boy was seen desperately to stay afloat, wriggling his legs in the air and trying to flip his ring back.

His teacher, who was also in the pool, was seen attending to another student and did not notice the drowning child. It did not occur to the other children who were beside him that something was wrong with their friend. After struggling in vain for about 40 seconds, the child eventually ran out of breath and passed out. He was seen floating motionless at one end of the pool.

Nearly half a minute had passed before the boy was finally discovered by his shocked teachers. When he was lifted out of the water, the little boy was not breathing and his faced had turned purple, according to Hebei Youth Daily. He was immediately taken to hospital where doctors fortunately saved him.

The incident sparked outrage among net users - many of whom are parents themselves. 'The kindergarten should be held responsible for this incident. The child could have died,' one user commented. 'The accident could have caused permanent brain damage to the boy! The teachers' actions are just unacceptable,' another said.


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Product Review - Jordan Oral Care Products

~ Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 12:09 AM ~

As a busy mum with 4 kiddos between 1.5year-old to 9-years old, I have started cutting down on doing product reviews to focus on our childcare and family life, home cooking, education, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and sharing informational articles on my FB fan page so I am only accepting and prioritizing products that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)! Today's post is my review on Jordan oral care products.

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Jordan Toothbrush

About the product:

"Jordan is an award winning oral care brand since 1927. Having awarded the prestigious global Red Dot Design award, Jordan is one of the oldest oral and dental hygiene brands in the world. It designs and produces toothbrushes for the whole family, giving them clean, healthy and beautiful teeth. The company also offer a high-quality range of products for cleaning between the teeth, from dental floss to different sizes of interdental brushes."

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Like my previous review experiences with Jordan, they have always been ever so generous in sending me a range of oral care products for my family (young and not so young hahaha...) to try. This round, I will focus more on their range of products for children. FYI, this year, Jordan rolls out the much-awaited children's toothpaste in 2 groups, ranging from 0-5 years old and 6 to 12 years old. What caught my attention this round is the new flossing and toothpaste products for children! Btw, Jordan's toothpaste products are halal, having been certified by JAKIM on 16 May 2018.

Jordan Oral Care

 Our littlest family member is about 1.5-year-old now and has been ever so eager to follow and replicate his older siblings. Hence, I started brushing his teeth when he turned 1 year old. He is currently using the Step 1 range of toothbrush which is meant for 0-2 years old and it has a small head with soft bristles which was specially designed for children's first teeth.

I chose the orange and blue tipped colour toothbrush for him and use a pea sized toothpaste for him. Of course, at his age, I will brush his teeth first and then while I brush mine, I will let him continue to 'brush' on his teeth since he is still very excited he is allowed to 'brush' his own teeth himself.

Jordan Oral Care

For our 4.5-years-old girl, she was so excited to have a new pink coloured toothbrush. Her Step 2 toothbrush is specially designed to clean milk teeth in children around her age, which is 3-5 years. I like that the toothbrush has an ergonomic handle, easy for her small hand to grip during the few occasions where I let her brush her teeth by herself, while I stood watching next to her. Sometimes I will be the one brushing her teeth so yes, I do feel the handle is ergonomic to the grip for parents' as well. 

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From left to right: Hello Smile (for 9.5 yo), Step 3 (for 6.5 yo), Step 2 (for 4.5 yo) and Step 1 (for 1.5 yo)

For our 6.5-years-old girl, her orange and white coloured Step 3 toothbrush is designed to meet the challenging oral needs of 6 to 9 years old children. The challenge at this age is that, with both milk and permanent teeth, the positioning of the teeth may be uneven. The quality and placement of the bristles and head become even more important - hence you can see there are 2 bristle heads on the toothbrush where the integrated ‘solo brush’ reaches molars and hard-to-reach spaces between the teeth and gums ensuring that no teeth or surfaces need be forgotten. She has so far lost 2 baby teeth so I feel this toothbrush helps her in terms of transitioning to permanent teeth.

Jordan Oral Care

For our 9.5-years-old boy, he is currently using the Hello Smile range which has active tip and bi-level bristles to clean between teeth. It also comes with a cheek and tongue cleaner and the handle is flexible and has a rubberised grip. The colours are eye-catching and his favourites too!

Jordan Oral Care

Our kiddos also tried the Kids Toothpaste (for age 0-5) and Junior Toothpaste (for age 6-12).The toothpastes are SLS free and the fluoride ppm level is appropriate for the kids' age range.

One of the highlights of our review this time is the Kids Flosser. With a smaller handle and fruity flavored floss, it is definitely exciting for our children to try out. Our 6.5-years-old girl especially enjoys using the Kids Flosser and it is great to know even dentist recommended children to start flossing from 5-6 years old.

Of course, our kiddos were amazed to see there were still some remnants that can be flossed out even after they have brushed their teeth! Compared to the traditional string floss, I think our children prefer the Kids Flosser as the ergonomic handle with soft rubber which allows for better grip especially when small hands are holding it and trying to floss their own teeth themselves. Kudos for the awesome product!

 Overall feedback, I'm very happy we get to review these products AGAIN!

Jordan oral care products are definitely worth the long run for our whole family!

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The new range is available from all leading retail outlets.

Similarly, you can also read more info from http://www.jordan.no/en

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Teaching & Learning Moment - Activities For Children In Airplane

~ Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11:15 AM ~

During our recent family holiday in May 2018, I have decided to ditch the lollipops and iPad which we usually brought along to pacify our kiddos during our 1-2 hours airplane ride. This time, I took the risk of introducing a new activity for our children which is - coloring!

Few days before our trip, I Googled around for free coloring pages worksheets for our children (robot and soldier related for our 9-year-old boy and princess related for our 6.5 and 4.5-years-old girls). I packed 2 cases of color pencils.

Picture below taken as the plane starts taking off and they were so engrossed with their coloring pages. None of the usual fuss of ear blocked, ear pressures etcetc. Win-win!

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