Krrunching my way to Uniquely Singapore

When I found out about our nomination for Best Parenting Blog in the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blogging Awards, I must admit I felt like a complete fraud. How could you possibly qualify as a ‘best parent’ when at that moment in time;

  • Your living room is strewn with toddler paraphernalia,
  • Your kitchen bench is adorned with stacks of breakfast dishes waiting to be washed,
  • The wet washing is still sitting in the machine waiting to be hung,
  • Your toddler is sitting in her high chair, flinging yoghurt around the room, and
  • The aforementioned toddler’s clothes are quite dirty and somewhat damp!

Does that sound like the home of a ‘best parent’ to you? These were the thoughts that crossed my mind as I looked around our home just moments after finding out we were a finalist.

On reflection, two days later, I don’t know that any of the above list represents a ‘best parent’ but they definitely represent ME as a parent. You see;

  • The living room that looked like a cyclone had recently stormed through was a result of my toddler having a marvelous time being a child and playing that morning as I got ready for the day,

and I believe 110% in the value of a child’s play as an important way for young children to learn,

  • The stack of unwashed dishes and the wet washing still in the machine were there as instead of finishing the cleaning, we popped out for a visit to our local library to choose some new books,

as I believe that growing children who love books and reading is an essential role of a parent,

and how else will she learn to do it herself without the opportunity to practise doing it herself?

  • And finally, the toddler’s clothes were damp and dirty as we had just come back inside after a nice long play in the garden which involved sand, soil and water,

and regular readers of Childhood 101 will understand how important I believe outdoor play in nature is.

So as much as I feel unworthy to be a finalist when there are so many amazing bloggers out there, I do believe that I have a lot to share as both a Mum learning how to be a parent, and as an Early Childhood Teacher passionate about young children learning and growing in happy homes and schools. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog and thank you to those wonderful bloggers who have supported me on this blogging journey so far, it sounds clichéd I know, but you all make it feel possible and worthwhile.

Thank you also to Nuffnang, Pringles and Uniquely Singapore for making the awards possible. Our passport applications are in and we will soon be krrunching our way to uniquely Singapore.

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  1. SquiggleMum says:

    Thank you for helping us all to find the good amidst the chaos that is parenting. You share with honesty and encourage me to be a better mother. Have a fabulous time in Singapore and blow their socks off!! xx

  2. You have such a wonderful way of explaining what it I like to be the mum of a young child and the ways in which you deal with it. We can only wish you all the best with the award contest as you have worked so hard.

  3. How exciting! Don't worry, it's well deserved. I love your line about being "a mum learning to be a parent". It's paradoxical, but that's how I feel too.

    Also, thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog.

  4. Christie Burnett says:

    Thank you for your support. I too love reading about all of the wonderful things that Mums are doing throughout the world, thanks to the fantastic connectivity the Internet affords us.


  5. The Book Chook says:

    It sounds like your philosophy and mine mesh on many levels – and yoghurt throwing is an important skill! Good luck with your award. I'm off to vote.

  6. Hi there!
    Congratulations on being the top finalists. C u in Singapore ok! And don’t forget to vote me for best travel blog award — akademi fantasia 

  7. your blog..your blog is great and love reading some of your post..wish you luck..
    btw, you can find a beach resort in Singapore for you to stay in..

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