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Jul 28

8) Carrefour, Mid Valley & Wangsa Maju(Setapak)
The Carrefour one in Setapak (I think that’s Setapak) is locked and you need to ask the person at the information counter to get the keys from the security guard to open it up. -Sumay

9) Parkson, Mid Valley & Sg.Wang
Parkson’s nursing room is quite cramped. And, the colour purple. I felt like it was the dressing room on the set of Barnet meets Moulin Rouge.- Katcheah

Parkson Sg. Wang baby room meant for changing diapers and for bottlefeeding only. There’s no chair for you to sit! – Ipah

10) Starhill Centre
Starhill Centre has a baby room on all floors (but only one is opened all the time) – changing facilities outside, a room with a sink and one metal folding chair that is bolted to the floor plus a separate cubicle with toddler-sized loo next to it. – Suzany

11) Ampang Point
I noticed there are nursing rooms in Ampang Point earlier so I headed there. Was I fooled! A very smelly toilet stated as the nursing room. There was some sort of separate space (no doors) along the passage to the toilet cubicles, one long bench and one standing mirror. That’s all. Didn’t find any other place that looked like a nursing room there, so that must be the so-called nursing room. – Hanz

12) Berjaya Times Square
The one in berjaya times is pathetic (or at least the last time I was there). Only ONE room.. and it’s on the 5th floor AND LOCKED. By the time I found the nursing room, I could have just stayed on the ground floor, have a drink and nursed. – Anne

13) KL Plaza & Sungai Wang
Sungai Wang does not have breastfeeding facilities, even the baby room in Metro Jaya, Plaza Bukit Bintang has been turned into a store room! – Maria Ho

KL Plaza doesn’t have a nursing room (or I can’t find it). – Sumay

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Jun 25

There are so many ways moms can earn money from home. A friend of mine is now knitting winter wear and sell them for a good price. Because of her beautiful artwork and nice blend of colours, people love her knit wear.

Another friend is doing embroidery. She can do fantastic embroidery on even the most ordinary jeans. She has one of those machine embroidery designs DIY thing at home and she uses it for stitching on clothes, canvas and even very soft materials like silk.

Meanwhile, another friend is baking cupcakes and her decorations are out of this world. Her cakes must be pre-ordered and she is doing a very good business out of baking.

All the above three friends have passions for things they do and they made them so nice because of their love for their respective hobbies.

So, it is not true that stay at home moms can’t make a living if they do not go to work in regular jobs.

All it takes are some creative ideas, endless pursuits of business leads and a passion and love to do what they want.

They advertise their products on Facebook and it is easy to manage as well. Facebook has made it so easy for moms at home to do business.

A few other friends have set up online shops and they too are making a good living from home. Although some of them need to physically produce something, they are able to juggle as they are based at home.

I personally think it is good to work from home. However, we sometimes miss the adult companies and routine we have as working moms. I have started working two years ago and today, I did not regret staying at home for 12 years to attend to the kids. Important thing to remember is to love what we are doing and whatever option we choose is find.

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May 31

Every single one of my four children knows how to swim and play some sports like football, badminton and skateboarding. In fact, every kid should at least play a few sports because character building starts from sports. It teaches them teamwork, confidence, determination and other positive qualities that will give them a headstart.

Basically, for swimming we started with allowing them to play in the kiddies pool. The most important thing is to watch over them carefully, ensuring that they are not traumatized by any sudden splashes of water. Next is to make sure that we ourselves are not the panicky kind of parents. Kids pick up our bad vibes easily and they can sense any feelings from us.

As for the other sports, we started with playing balls with them as soon as they can walk. It is a good way to get the kids to learn to walk and run on the green, grassy field as it is a healthy exercise as well.

So, how do I get my children to swim or do any kind of sports? We provide them the opportunities to try out new sports and games and allow them space to master them. When my children see the trend of skateboarding, they too wanted to be involve in this sport and it takes a lot of courage to do all the skateboarding tricks.

Meanwhile, my little boy loves badminton and will pester my hubby to play badminton with him in the evenings. He has these rosy cheeks after a good game and the little man comes home feeling proud that he has played a good game. This also teaches him to be disciplined, have good manners and competitive.

Like all the other sports, I think swimming is the best activities because they to be courageous, responsible and adventurous. Beside that, playing sports together is also a good time for family bonding as well. We had shared so many funny moments in the pool, at the field and the skatepark.

I think this will also lift off some worries when they have to venture away from home on their school trips or other activities. Knowing that they can somehow swim and deal with playing a game with others is a lot comforting. The children will inevitably go somewhere far away from us on scout camps, school field trips or national service. We can rest assured that should they be asked to do any , they will be alright with them.

In conclusion, do not make playing sport or swimming as a lesson but instead, a play time for the whole family.

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