Petaling Jaya, June 1, 2016 – KidZania Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Positive Parenting, an educational programme initiated by the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA), recently hosted the third in a series of parenting workshops, themed “Let’s Talk Teens”. Taking place over two days, the workshop-cum-forum featured four expert speakers in an on-going initiative to provide parents with practical tips on various aspects of child health and development.
“At Kidzania Kuala Lumpur we advocate experiences that empower children to ‘Learn Life Today’. Moving in tandem with that initiative, through partnerships with Positive Parenting to host workshops like these, we are also making it part of our mission to provide parents with valuable resources and access to experts such as paediatricians and developmental psychologists who are able to advise and help us all to raise healthy and happy children,” said Susanah Abdul Rani, Governor of KidZania Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
|Alexius Cheang @ KidZania's Parenting Workshop|
The KidZania Kuala Lumpur and Positive Parenting workshop-cum-forum are aimed at providing professional guidance for parents through many phases of child development. The recent workshops – “Let’s Talk Teens” addressed potential challenges faced by children who are transitioning into their adolescence and how parents can better equip themselves to support and guide their children through the transition.
The series of four talks, held over the weekend featured four experienced child experts. On Saturday, Clinical Psychologist Dr Alvin Ng shared how parents can relate to teens and understand what ‘makes them tick’ in his talk Sheer Driving Pressure: Navigating Your Way with Teens, while Consultant Paediatrician Dr Yong Junina Fadzil recommended strategies for parents to find a healthy balance in their children’s use of electronic gadgets.
On Sunday, Behavioural Psychologist Mr Alexius Cheang delved into character-building, with the premise that ‘It’s Easier to Build a Strong Child than to Repair a Broken Adult’ before Developmental Paediatrician Dr Rajini Sarvanathan closed the session with the most difficult topic: ‘Talking About the Birds & the Bees’ – how to talk to teens about sex and sexuality.
|Dr Rajini Sarvananthan @ KidZania's Parenting Workshop|
“These are relevant issues that children and parents need to face together. We hope that these sessions will help them to take the first step to building stronger family relationships,” said Susanah.
Find out more about the parenting workshops at KidZania Kuala Lumpur at www.mypositiveparenting.org or www.facebook.com/positiveparentingmalaysia; for up-to-date information on KidZania Kuala Lumpur, visit www.kidzania.com.my or www.facebook.com/KidZaniaKualaLumpur for the latest news on activities and promotions.
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About KidZania Kuala Lumpur
KidZania Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning indoor family edutainment centre that offers interactive learning and role-play experiences for kids. The first of its kind in providing edutainment fun, KidZania empowers and inspires kids to pursue their life’s dreams by providing them an avenue to explore what it’s like to live and work in a real functioning city. KidZania’s kid-sized city experience is targeted at kids aged between 4 to 14 years which allows them to choose from over 100 jobs-related role-plays spread across 60 various city establishments. As in the real world, children perform "jobs" and are either paid for their work or pay to shop or to be entertained. KidZania is built as a replica of a real functioning child-sized city, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a functioning economy, and recognizable destinations in the form of "establishments" sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands.
About Positive Parenting
Positive Parenting is Malaysia’s pioneer expert-driven parenting educational programme on child health, development and nutrition, teen issues and family wellness, initiated by the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) in 2000.