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Is fruit juice better than soda for kids?

Is it better to offer your child a glass of fruit juice rather than a can of soda? Our expert explains why you should be careful. January 19, 2017 Is it better to offer your child a glass of fruit juice rather than a can of soda when he's thirsty. Yes, says the Health Promotion Board, but it isn't better by a great margin. While fruit juices contain more nutrients than soda, they may still contain a substantial amount of sugar. A can of soda may contain seven teaspoons of sugar while a packaged fruit juice drink has 61/2 teaspoons. A glass of fresh fruit juice can contain five teaspoons of sugar in comparison. You should have no more than one glass of fruit juice per day. Related stories: Is honey better than sugar for kids? Why you should not feed baby sweet snacks and fruits in the evening Why you should not take sugarcane juice during pregnancy A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times. (Photo: 123RF.com) Latest Development Stories Development Is fru..

1. Clip ‘n Climb

Submitted by lynnwee on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:59 Quirkily designed walls awash in bright colours greet climbers at Clip 'n Climb, which is not your run-of-the-mill indoor climbing joint. There are 17 wall designs in the 260 sq m facility, such as the snaking beanstalk from fairy tale Jack And The Beanstalk, a lightning bolt and Morse code-inspired one. Some of the climbing structures do not resemble walls - one is in the shape of a skinny tree trunk, while another looks like a twisted DNA strand made out of colourful blocks. Clip 'n Climb, from New Zealand, is a particularly fun introduction to climbing for children and beginners as an uncomplicated auto-belay system (that eliminates the need for a human belayer) is used for each 8m-high wall. Climbers need to undergo only a short safety briefing before they are good to go. Related: Review: Clip 'n Climb theme park at HomeTeamNS Tampines There is no minimum age for climbers, they just need to weigh between 10 and 150kg. S..

2. Kinetics Climbing

Submitted by lynnwee on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:04 Nestled in a shophouse in Serangoon Road, Kinetics Climbing is a cosy bouldering space. Most of the 2,000 sq ft space is dedicated to bouldering walls that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced. To keep things fresh, the routes are changed twice a month. There is also a small area for top-rope climbing and training. Managing director Jay Koh likens bouldering to a sprint and top-rope or lead climbing to a marathon. "Bouldering builds strength and power, while top-rope builds endurance. They complement each other." With no need for certification, anyone can try bouldering. Children have to be at least four years old. There are beginner's courses on bouldering for those who want a more structured understanding of the sport, as well as private coaching sessions and Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1 certification courses. Where: 511 Serangoon Road Open: 4 to 10pm (Mondays), 1 to 10pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 10am to 7pm..

3. Safra Adventure Sports Centre

Submitted by lynnwee on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:14 Home to a wide variety of sports, Safra Adventure Sports Centre is one of the few places with outdoor climbing walls. Climbers who prefer to scale outdoors can pick from three types of sport climbing walls that are 15m, 18m and 25m high. There is also a two-storey, 100 sq m indoor bouldering gym if it gets too hot. A Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1 certification is required to scale the outdoor walls. There is no minimum age or height requirement for the indoor bouldering gym but younger kids must be accompanied by an adult. Those who are not qualified can try the 15m-high Canopy Sky Walk nestled among the greenery instead, which is open from Fridays to Sundays. Kids have to be at least eight years old or 1.1m in height. Or take a break from climbing and check out other activities, such as laser and archery tag, in the Safra clubhouse. Where: Safra Yishun, 60 Yishun Avenue 4 Open: 9am to 9.30pm (Tuesdays to Fridays during ..

4. Onsight Climbing

Submitted by lynnwee on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:17 Expect to see hardcore climbers at this 7,000 sq ft indoor climbing gym, which is dedicated to those who have at least a Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1 certification and are hungry for tougher challenges. All types of indoor climbing are available here: top-rope on 8m walls, lead on 14m walls and speed on 15m walls, which is a race against the clock to the top and mostly used by competitive climbers. The highlight for experienced climbers are the 11 lanes in the lead-wall zone, where only those with a Level 2 certification can enter. There is also a substantial bouldering space that ranges in difficulty from amateur to advanced. Children have to be at least five years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Climbers can condition their bodies at a training zone equipped with pull-up bars, wooden rungs to improve strength in the fingers and arms as well as finger boards to work on gripping. Housed in the former Singapore B..

5. Climb Central

Submitted by lynnwee on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:22 Chances are you would have seen the towering walls of Climb Central if you have visited Kallang Wave Mall, which sits in the Singapore Sports Hub. Given Singapore's sweltering weather, the facility's air-conditioned venue is a big draw for both seasoned climbers and beginners. The 1,000 sq m space is perfect for newbies to try out climbing as no certification is required to scale more than half of the 46 lanes. They can climb after a 15-minute safety briefing, thanks to an easy-to-use set-up where the belay device is mounted on the ground. Children have to be at least five years old, weigh more than 20kg and stand over 1.1m. There are 13 auto-belay lanes for those who prefer to go solo. The walls range in height from 4m for bouldering to 12m for toprope and 16m for the lead walls. There are more concise introductory programmes for children and adults who are interested to find out more about climbing techniques and safety syste..

Child doesn’t enjoy school anymore

Submitted by stephyeo on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:47 So your child doesn't seem to enjoy school as much as before. Dr. Vanessa Van Auer of VA Psychology Center explains what could be the case. Being a kid can be a pretty stressful gig, what with parental expectations, school assignments and conflicts with friends. While a healthy dose of stress can be productive, consistent or extreme exposure to stress and pressure can be harmful for your child. If your child is no longer as excited about seeing her friends at school or seems to be overly stressed, perhaps it's time to take things down a notch. Here's how. How can you help your child handle stress in a positive manner? This really starts at home with you. Teaching your child to problem-solve, to be able to say “no” to commitments or requests when her capacity is already at maximum – instead of intervening on her behalf – can help you foster a confident and less anxious child. Here are five simple ones you can practice with ..

1. Do not overextend

Submitted by stephyeo on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:48 Your or your child may be tempted to sign up for after-school activities, but remember, kids need downtime after having to pay attention, listen to instructions and complete school work for hours on end. Don't force extra-curricular activities on your child excessively, and teach your child that quality “me” time is important for her to recharge for the next day. Related: 10 things you must know before signing your child up for enrichment classes Image Upload:

2. Set aside time for unstructured play

Submitted by stephyeo on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:49 Encourage your child to engage in play, games or activities at home that relaxes her. It must be something she chooses freely and makes her feel good. This time should not be structured by adults, associated with school or competitive or lesson-based. Related: Why boredom is good for children Image Upload:

3. Teach and practice relaxation strategies

Submitted by stephyeo on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:50 Simple relaxation strategies like visualisation, breathing techniques and progressive muscle relaxation can be done virtually anywhere – even in school or before an exam. This will help her keep calm when facing a stressful situation. Video: Mindfulness for kids Image Upload:

5. Prioritise sleep

Submitted by stephyeo on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:52 Sleep is one of the best ways to combat stress, and improve your child’s mood and school performance. Ban the telly and other electronic devices from your child’s bedroom and encourage her to engage in a soothing pre-bedtime routine like reading or listening to music to help her drift off into slumberland. Related: The complete guide to starting Primary 1 in 2017 A version of this article first appeared in The Finder. (Photos: 123RF.com) Image Upload:

1. Central Public Library

Submitted by lynnwee on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:06 The dedicated kids area -- My Tree House -- is the first green library in the world for children. This eco-friendly space teaches them about environmental literacy and awareness. There's also the Weather Stump, which tells weather data, and the Knowledge Tree where kids can learn about environmental issues through shadow play. Do note the Treehouse Library will be closed for renovations from January 3 to 20, 2017. Where: #B1-01 National Library, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064 (Click on arrows in photos to find out more) Image Upload: