5 parenting truths (cos it's never easy)

5 parenting truths (cos it's never easy)

by Pamela Ng 11 Jan 2020

Being a parent is hard work, which is probably why most parents usually end up having to deal with grey hairs! Parents are always concerned for their kids’ well-being, whether it’s at school, the playground, a sleepover or even at home. So much so that they tend to latch on to every bit of information that concerns the health and safety of their children. Not all of said information is accurate however, so here are 5 things that you deserve to know today:


1. Cough syrups don’t always work

Dextromethorphan and guaifenesin are active ingredients and compounds that can help to reduce cough. However, the truth is that many cough syrups don’t contain enough of these compounds, thus rendering the sweet syrup ineffective. Instead, giving young children honey can help to reduce the coughing, and elevating their heads can also help to unblock congestion. If the cough is more severe, a capsulated expectorant may help as it has a stronger dosage and doesn’t cause drowsiness.


2. Put trampolines away

Yes – trampolines are a fun way to encourage exercise amongst children, but kids do have the tendency to be reckless. By letting them play on trampolines, you may be guilty of them a free pass at getting factures, sprains and other injuries. Denying them this may seem cruel, but the rewards do outweigh the risks. If you’ve already purchased a trampoline, ensure that all future play occurs only with adult supervision.


3. Slightly yellowed teeth are okay

No matter how well the kids brush their teeth, there will come a point when their teeth become yellow. It is not because of poor dental health, but rather a completely natural physiological occurrence. Permanent teeth contain more dentin, which is a hard yellow tissue. Thus, when it grows next to a whiter baby tooth, the contrast may make it seem more yellow. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you know your child’s dental hygiene is on point. On the other hand, pain and chronic bad breath would definitely warrant a trip to the dentist.


4. PE lessons may not be enough

It is great that school have PE lessons and other sports for co-curricular activities. However, organised sports only offer limited physical benefits to children. This is because under such formal settings, the teacher or the coach spends a great deal of time teaching and talking about the sports. Additionally, these sessions occur between lesson time. This results in less time for the children to truly exercise. Instead of depending on school activities to keep your child active, designate weekends as “outside town”. It can be the park, beach or swimming pool – anywhere as long as your child gets to be active.


5. Let the child speak during medical consultations

When the child is young, the parent may do all the talking in the doctor’s office. While that is understandable, parents should also be mindful of letting the child speak sometimes. This will teach them how to open up and explain how they feel during medical consultations. After all, the child knows their own condition and own discomfort best. Furthermore, this nurtures their ability to express themselves in future solo visits to the doctor’s.


As adults, you often think that you know everything, but having a child can often show you otherwise. Being a parent is difficult and it is no doubt that you will worry for the child. At the same time, children will be children so there’s no point in holding on to them too tightly. They’re only kids once after all!