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Throwback: A Baby And A Box

I had the chance – when I was on exchange in Helsinki, Finland last year – to interview a Finnish couple about the country’s maternity package, given to expectant and adoptive couples. Besides looking through the items in the package, I spoke to mother-to-be Heidi Laine and her common-law husband Mika Tuuri about the neuvola healthcare system in Finland. Continue reading

A Baby And A Box

The changing room after a swimming lesson for infants, a friend of mother-to-be Heidi Laine reckons, is the scene that best represents Finland’s welfare system. As months-old babies wade one final lap their mothers bring them to shower and dry at the changing room, where the babies are dressed: the same tights, the same shirts and leggings, the same pair of mittens and socks, as well as the same suit. Every infant looks identical with common outfits. Continue reading

Student-Led Parent-Teacher Meetings

The school deserves the praise by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat. Empowering a student with a sense of ownership – of his or her own learning, development, and reflection process – also allows parents and teachers to go beyond the mere discussion of grades or academic performance during these sessions. The traditional format of these conversations can be destructive, and should not be allowed to persist. Continue reading

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