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  • About P.L.A.Y. 2019
  • Families for Life: Raising Resilient Children Seminar
  • FFL P.L.A.Y. Camps
  • Online Parenting Tool Kit
  • Partners' Programmes
  • About P.L.A.Y. 2019

    Every generation of parents has their own unique challenges to navigate. Modern parenting is not any different. While we are blessed with countless parenting tips and resources on the Internet, most of us may have trouble piecing together the sea of information and finding what works best for us and our children.

    Journey on with Families for Life as we bring you a suite of Parents Learn And Play (P.L.A.Y.) programmes to rediscover your strengths as parents, redefine your relationship with your child and rethink of the ways to reach the hearts of your tweens and teens through simple yet empowering words and actions!

    Simply click on the tabs above to check out what P.L.A.Y. 2019 has in store for you!

  • Families for Life: Raising Resilient Children Seminar

    What defines Resilience? What comes to mind when you picture a Confident child? How can you as parents cultivate the mindset of a champion in your tweens and teens?

    Parents, have your questions answered at the Families for Life: Raising Resilient Children Seminar on 25 May 2019 by Family Life Educator, Charis Patrick, who will speak on the key parenting strategies to raise a resilient and confident child.

    Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from May and Colin Schooling who will be sharing their parenting journey raising an Olympic champion. Take home valuable tips and learning points as we further explore the true essence of parenting with our panelists!

    Date: 25 May 2019, Saturday
    Time: 2pm – 6pm
    Venue: School of the Arts (SOTA), Drama Theatre
    Price: $18 per couple | $12 per pax (Refreshments Included)

    Register Now 

    Time 

    Programme

    1.30pm - 2pm

    On-Site Registration

    2pm – 2:10pm

    Opening Address

    2:10pm – 3:30pm

    "Raising Real Champions" by Charis Patrick

    3:30pm – 4pm

    Tea Reception

    4pm – 5pm

    "Enjoy the Journey" by Colin and May Schooling

    5pm – 6pm

    Panel Discussion with our Experts

     

    Get to know our Speakers & Panelists

     Charis Patrick

    Charis Patrick
    A highly sought after Family & Marital Therapist, and Family Life Educator, Charis Patrick has regaled thousands with her practical and enriching insights into family-life, work-life issues and personal effectiveness. Passionate in helping to strengthen families, she is often interviewed by major papers and media to share her perspectives on social and family issues. While based in Malaysia, she was also a coloumnist writing on issues related to raising teens and tweens.

    Colin and May Schooling 

    May and Colin Schooling
    Parents of Singapore's first Olympic gold medallist, May and Colin Schooling have played a pivotal role in their son's development and achievements. They believe strong family support is key in helping a child achieve their dreams. While they view ownership and self-discipline as defining qualities, they stressed that a parent's love will elevate a child to greater heights. 

     

    Hendriawan Selemat 

    Hendriawan Selemat
    Mr Hendriawan Selemat is a Senior Guidance Specialist from Ministry of Education (Singapore). As an advocate for mental health education and resilience building, he champions these efforts to raise awareness among students, teachers and parents. He completed his masters at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016, specialising in Human Development and Psychology. He is involved in developing resources, conducting training as well as providing consultancy to schools to strengthen students' resilience and mental well-being.

    Sarojini Pad 

    Sarojini Padmanathan
    Mrs Sarojini was appointed to the Families for Life Council in 2013, and she has played an active role as a family advocate to encourage families in Singapore to prioritise #FamilyTime and strengthen marriage and inter-gerenational ties. Mrs Sarojini is also a Family Life Educator and Triple P facilitator. She believes in the importance of active parenting and continues to share her experience and tips with parents regularly on how they can better understand their children and mould positive values from young. 

     



  • FFL P.L.A.Y. Camps

    Befriending Your Teenager's Friends 

    Families for Life P.L.A.Y. Camps are back with TWO editions this June for an awesome start to the School Holidays!

    Embark on an extraordinary family adventure with our 2-day, 1-night Family Camps designed to foster family bonding and build stronger ties between parents and children! Join us in an array of fun, outdoor activities that include Parent-Child Kayaking* (at Sembawang) or Rock Climbing* (at Pasir Ris) guided by PAssion Wave’s instructors, and a family challenge “Race to Connect” that takes family fun to a whole new level. Together with your children, learn to map out the constellations of the beautiful night sky with our specially-curated Stargazing activities!

    We’ve also got you parents covered with the FAMILY 365 Reaching the Heart of Your Child workshop where you can pick up useful tips that will help you forge stronger relationships with your tweens and teens.

    Secure your spots by registering below to enjoy a 10% discount off regular rates!

    Regular Rates
    PAssion Member: $25 Child | $45 Adult
    Non-PAssion Member: $40 Child | $60 Adult

    Dates:

    1 & 2 June 2019

    8 & 9 June 2019

    Venue:

    PAssion Wave Sembawang
    60 Jalan Mempurong S(759058)

    PAssion Wave Pasir Ris
    125 Elias Rd S(519926)

    Programme Highlights

    • Race to Connect
    • Kayaking* (Child needs to be 10 years old and above to participate)
    • Family Stargaze
    • FAMILY 365 workshop

    Register Here 

     Race to Connect
    • Rock Climbing* (Child needs to be 10 years old and above to participate)
    • Family Stargaze
    • FAMILY 365 workshop

    Register Here 

     

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Online Parenting Tool Kit

    Does your packed schedule leave you no time to catch up on the latest parenting trends? Follow us on our Instagram and Facebook for weekly updates on bite-sized #ParentingHacks. You can also check out the recommended articles that you can access anytime and anywhere!

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    Befriending Your Teenager's Friends 

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    Parent-Child Interactions in the Digital Age 

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    Teen-Approved Activities for your next Parent-Child Date

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    Must-Try Experience in Central Singapore That Your Teen Will Enjoy 

    Must-Try Experience in Central Singapore That Your Teen Will Enjoy

     

  • Partners' Programmes

    Parenting Programmes and Workshops

    Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC)

    Details

    Event Description

    Date: Sat, 11 May 2019
    Time: 10am - 2pm
    Venue: CDAC HQ, 65 Tanjong Katong Road S(436957)
    Free admission

    陪同孩子一起走过中学教育
    华助会“伴我行”家长教育系列旨在帮助家长了解孩子的身心需要和想法,在各个重要学习过渡期与孩子们携手同行,帮助他们顺利应付各种挑战。

    此华语讲座内容包括孩子从中二升上中三时的过渡期、 中学后的升学管道、科目编班取代分流制,以及孩子的身心发展和需要等。 主讲者包括武吉班让政府中学校长蔡栎烽先生和恩群社区服务的家庭生活教育讲师姚健明先生。

    Register Now 

    Cornerstone Community Services

    Details

    Event Description

    Date: Sat, 1 June 2019
    Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
    Venue: Cornerstone Senior Centre, Blk 591A Ang Mo Kio St 51 #01-35 S(560591)
    Price: $10 per parent and child

    Becoming a Vlogger
    It takes more than just talking and telling each other what to do, to communicate effectively in the family. It involves listening to and understanding each other’s needs and concerns. At this workshop, participants get to learn the important factors that create effective communication within the family and to resolve issues without hurting the relationship, through the process of Vlogging.

    Visit here for more information!

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    Fei Yue Community Services

    Details

    Event Description

    Date: Thu, 16 May 2019
    Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm
    Venue: Tiong Bahru Central Plaza
    Complimentary

    Best Parenting Series - Parenting Pre-teens 教养儿童我行
    为人父母,有养育子女的天职,然而身负此重任,并不等于就自然会把角色扮演好。爱孩子、教育孩子需要有正确有效的方法。亲子兵法是一个很实际的课程,帮助父母正确地管教孩子,建立良好的亲子关系,让孩子身心灵健康的成长。

    课程内容
    1.分析教养类型
    2.如何建立关系与孩子沟通
    3.如何管教孩子
    4.管教的原则与技巧

    Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2019
    Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm
    Venue: Tiong Bahru Central Plaza
    Complimentary

    Best Parenting Series - Parenting Teens 亲子兵法 - ‘读懂青少年的心’
    在孩子的成长过程中,父母的重要性是无可质疑的。一个人的品格、价值观和处事原则如何,自己固然必须负起大部分的责任,但父母的教养方式也起着巨大的作用。今日愿意付代价教养孩子的,最后必然享受良好的亲子关系,反之,则可能承受悲哀的后果。

    "教养孩子"是需要学习的。父母需要学习课程中的技巧去塑造孩子的生命!
    "读懂青少年的心"是为了更好的帮助父母能够有效的教养孩子而开办的。希望通过这个工作坊,能让父母学会一套与青少年相处的原则和技巧,成为一位即有信心,又快乐的父母!

    学习大纲
    1.了解青少年的成长与需要
    2.与青少年建立良好的关系
    3.父母当学习"聆听"---成为‘聆听者
    3.完整的管教
    4.什么是‘管教后果’?

    For more information, please email teoboonleong@fycs.org or call 6734 1401

    Focus on the Family Singapore

    Details

    Event Description

    Date: Sat, 8 Jun - 29 Jun 2019
    Time: 10am
    Venue: Family Life Room, Focus on the Family Singapore
    9 Bishan Place, #08-03, Junction 8 Office Tower, S(579837)
    Price: $160 per pax

    Parenting with Confidence (0-6 years)
    Raising a pre-schooler can be a challenging task, especially for first-time parents. Join the Parenting with Confidence (0-6 yrs) workshop to discover how you can create a strong foundation of love and discipline in your child’s formative years. Find out more at www.family.org.sg/PWC.

    Parenting a newborn or preschooler can be intimidating, especially for first-time parents. Through this module, participants will learn how to establish a strong foundation during the child’s formative years.

    • Identify your parenting style and be an effective Parent-Coach
    • Identify your child's personality and successfully meet his/her needs
    • Apply discipline strategies and techniques
    • Communicate effectively, impart values, and create good memories for your child

    Register Now 

    Date: Thu, 6 Jun - 27 Jun 2019 or
               Sat, 6 Jul - 27 Jul 2019
    Time: 9am - 12pm
    Venue: Family Life Room, Focus on the Family Singapore
    9 Bishan Place, #08-03, Junction 8 Office Tower, S(579837)
    Price: $160 per pax

    Parenting with Confidence (7-12 years)
    The primary school years are an exciting time as you observe your child’s rapid growth and transition to school! Join the Parenting with Confidence (7-12 yrs) workshop to learn practical ways to nurture independence and resilience in your child for a positive experience in the growing up years. Find out more at www.family.org.sg/PWC.


    School is usually a big transition for both parents and children. This critical period is also an opportune time to build up your child's self-esteem and confidence when it comes to interacting with others. Be equipped to nurture independent and responsible children!

    • Communicate effectively with your child
    • Teach your child how to balance choice and limits
    • Build up your child and impart crucial problem-solving skills
    • Get in first to address "tween" issues and independence

    Register Now 

    Date: Tue, 2 Jul - 23 Jul 2019
    Time: 7pm - 10pm
    Venue: Family Life Room, Focus on the Family Singapore
    9 Bishan Place, #08-03, Junction 8 Office Tower, S(579837)
    Price: $120 per pax

    Parenting with Confidence (13-19 years)
    Raising a tween or teenager at home? Join the Parenting with Confidence (13-19 yrs) workshop to discover how you can guide your child to make wise choices, reinforce values and successfully navigate the teen years together. Find out more at www.family.org.sg/PWC.


    Many parents struggle when their child hits adolescence because it seems like everything is changing. The secret to keeping the parent-teen relationship strong during this trying period lies in the parents’ ability to guide them in making critical choices while reinforcing foundational pillars.

    • Equip your teen with a strong sense of responsibility
    • Employ practical tools for engaging your teen's cooperation
    • Have open and honest discussions about topics like media discernment, sex and money
    • Balance limits, choices and consequences for your teen while giving them needed space

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    Yayasan MENDAKI

    Details

    Event Description

    Date: Sat, 20 Apr & Sat, 27 Apr 2019
    Time: 11.30am - 1.30pm
    Venue: MENDAKI @ Chua Chu Kang, Blk 813A Choa Chu Kang Ave 7 #01-571 S(681813)
    Price: $375 per couple

    The Parenting Years - Series 1: Building Relationship with Your Child (Malay Version)
    Participate in 3 mini workshops (in Malay) that will equip you with practical skills for understanding your child's social & emotional development using real-life examples.

    • Workshop 1: Play with Me
    • Workshop 2: Read with Me
    • Workshop 3: Talk to Me
    Building a relationship with your child is about acknowledging that your child's need for a connection with you is a primary factor in forming their behaviour. It is also about recognising that in every parenting situation, we have a choice in how we respond to our child's behaviour. As parents, you have great influence on your child's development. With the right method, you encourage your child to embark on a journey with you to create many happy memories, nurture a closer bond and meaningful relationship. After all, you are your child's first and best teacher!

    Mendaki Sense

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    Event Description

    Date: 18 Jun, 22 Jun, 23 Jun & 30 Jun 2019
    Time: Various Timings
    Venue: WIS@CHANGI, 116 Changi Road, #05-01 S(419718)
    Price: $150 per day (before GST)

    Kewl Koding
    Participants are introduced to Android Apps creation using open source blocks. Participants will bring back an Android app of their own creation to share with family and friends.
    Participants will better understand how apps are created and be able to critique apps in the current market. An app is a tool to build on other things. Whatever your hobby or interest is in, making an app for it is an excellent way to promote it to others. You may even list it on play store for sales.

    May workshops (2pm - 6pm)
    22 & 23 May, 29 & 20 May
    June workshops (10am - 5pm)
    18 June, 22 June, 23 June, 30 June

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    Date: 14 Jun & 28 Jun 2019
    Time: 10am - 5pm
    Venue: WIS@CHANGI, 116 Changi Road, #05-01 S(419718)
    Price: $200 per day (before GST)

    Parent & Child KEWL BOT: Make-A-Bot
    Parent and child are introduced to the mechanical components of a working robotic car. They will build the robot from scratch and by the end of the day, a robotic car that is controllable by their smartphone.

    "Participants will appreciate how machines work and see a machine not as a single unit but as a sum of all the parts.If you have ever wanted to build a robotic car together with tour loved ones,this programme is for you.

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    Date: 12 Jun & 19 Jun 2019
    Time: 10am - 5pm
    Venue: WIS@CHANGI, 116 Changi Road, #05-01 S(419718)
    Price: $200 per day (before GST)

    Kewl Koding For Parent & Child
    In this programme, pairs of parent and child are introduced to Android Apps creation using open source blocks. They will work on and will bring back an Android app of their own creation to share with family and friends.
    Participants will better understand how apps are created and be able to critique apps in the current market. An app is a tool to build on other things. Whatever your hobby or interest is in, making an app for it is an excellent way to promote it to others. You may even list it on play store for sales.

    Register Now 

    Date: 15 Jun, 21 & 29 Jun 2019
    Time: 10am - 5pm
    Venue: WIS@CHANGI, 116 Changi Road, #05-01 S(419718)
    Price: $150 per day (before GST)

    KEWL BOT: Make-IT-Smart
    Participants are introduced to the AI function of a robot. They will enhance a given robot with sensors and codes that make these robots think and react to the environment.This programme allows you to not only breath life to a machine but intelligence as well. There is no limit to what you can code onto the robot. You are limited by your imagination.

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