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Let’s Find Healthy Snacks in Jakarta You Could Bring Your Kids Along!

Cholesterol and diabetes are some of the most concerning issues when it comes to enjoying a delicious snack. But what if we tell you that there are actually some places in Jakarta that could serve you healthy but ultimately delicious snacks?

This time, we are going to tell you some places that serves healthy snacks in Jakarta! These healthy snacks varies from smoothies, salads, and juices so you can pick any of them that might suit your taste and get ready to snack without worry!


SNCTRY is a health bar located on the 3rd floor of Lotte Shopping Avenue, Karet, Jakarta. In this cafe, they serve healthy snacks such as salad bowl and smoothies. The unique part is that most of the ingredients used in SNCTRY’s menu are taken from local farms.

Other than salad bowls and smoothies, they also serve cold pressed juice that are freshly juiced when you order them. They have a few combinations of juice on their menu, such as The Waterfall, a combination of watermelon, strawberries, and mint. There is also Beet It, a combination of beetroot, carrots, ginger, and coconut water.

If you are interested in SNCTRY, you could check their store directly, or you can take a sneak peek on their Instagram to see their aesthetics and their varying choices of healthy snacks.

  1. BNB Terogong

Another place that serves healthy snacks in Jakarta is BNB Terogong that also claimed to be the pioneer of almond milk in Jakarta, and they are very proud of it to the point that they put their almond milk on the smoothies bowl, combine it with their granola, even creating a separate menu just for their almond milk smoothies.

However, almond milk menus are not the only thing BNB Terogong is known for. They are also known for their healthy shots, cold pressed juice, and their unique toast that used real and fresh mix berries and fruit jam. They also serve normal salad with miso ginger dressing and chicken salad.

BNB Terogong is located in Jl. Terogong Raya No.28, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta. Before you go visit, it might be a good idea to check them out on Instagram to see how amazing they would plate their food.

  1. Berrywell

From the other healthy food cafes and restaurants on this list, Berrywell actually has the biggest score in a certain restaurant review website/application, and that might speak volumes about how good this place could be.

Berrywell does not only offers the choice of smoothie bowls and pressed juices, but they also offer chia parfaits, quiche & wraps, and even healthy cakes. But you do not need to worry about your calorie intake, because they put how many calories their food has on the menu.

You can check out Berrywell on Instagram, and you can find them serving food in a few places, and those are:

  • Shophaus, Menteng (Opens from 7AM to 9PM)
  • Six Ounces Coffee, Panglima Polim (8.30AM to 9PM)
  • Citywalk Sudirman (10AM to 9PM)
  • Ruko Crown Golf Blok D21-23 Kelapa Gading (10AM to 9PM)
  1. Acai Bar

Acai Bar offers a wide variety of Acai Bowl that looks fresh and appealing, and would be a good choice for evening snacks at work before you go home. There are at least 7 different menus for Acai Bowl alone. Each of them consists of healthy and balanced fruits and granola.

Not only Acai Bowl, they also have Acai Blend with many variants such as the Super Antioxidant: a blend of acai, soy milk, pomegranate juice and strawberries. Another interesting blend is the Purple Joe which consists of Super Fruit Pack, coffee, banana, dates, and almond milk.

Interested? Acai Bar serves their healthy snacks in South Jakarta. More specifically, on Jl. Senopati No. 25. If you want to check them out first, you can do so by peeking at their Instagram–which we think might have the best aesthetic on this list.

  1. TOSKA

 TOSKA is another cafe that serves healthy snacks in Jakarta that has a score slightly lower than Berrywell. Looking at their menu, it is not surprising for them to have a very high score. They have many variants of food with affordable prices. They have waffles, healthy bowls, juices, and smoothies as their healthy snack choices.

You are up for something savory? Do not fret, since they have toasted sourdough & sandwiches, wraps, and even zero calorie noodles. Or perhaps you want something heavier? They are ready with their organic rice menus and pasta.

You can visit TOSKA on their store in Ruko Citra Garden 6, Cengkareng, West Jakarta. Or if you are not convinced yet, go visit their Instagram to see appealing photos and videos regarding their food and place!


These are 5 places that serve healthy snacks in Jakarta from us. Do you have any other place that serves healthy snacks? You can give us some information about it in the comment section below!

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Celebrate Cookie Day with These Cookie Recipes!

Many people do not know about the existence of National Cookie Day in America. While there is no known origin about National Cookie Day, the history of cookies–and by extension, cookie recipes–by itself is a well-documented fact: invented in Persia, spread through Europe, then it became the most favorite snack in Europe by the 15th century.

While National Cookie Day is not considered as a holiday, celebrating this day is not hard! All you need to do is to eat cookies anytime you would like to eat one! This means, you can celebrate even when you are at work.

Or! If you have the time, why not try to make your own cookies? After all, it will be Christmas soon enough! If you are up for it, we are going to provide you with a few cookie recipes today!


1. Easy Christmas Cookie

In this cookies recipe, the original creator made the cookies with the help of their one year old daughter. This recipe is to make simple plain sweet cookies, sprinkled with sugar on top of it. However, the main point of it is not only to create cookies, but also memories with your kids.

To create this cookie, you would not need that much of ingredients. Only a mixture of egg, sugar, melted butter, flour, and baking powder. It is easy, simple, fast, and delicious with the company of warm ginger drink.

2. Marie Biscuit Chocolate Ball

Marie biscuit chocolate ball is my guilty pleasure. Not only is it delicious, but it is also covered in chocolate. Not to mention, it is very easy to make, as there is no baking involved in creating this treasure ball.

If you are interested in making this chocolate ball, all you need to have are: a working refrigerator, a pack of marie biscuit, chocolate sprinkler, and some melted margarine. There is no need for eggs, and there is no need for flour. It is easy, fast, and wonderful.

3. Cranberry Christmas Cookie

Just in case you are busy during the Christmas eve, it might be a good idea to stock up on some cookie dough balls beforehand. And this time, this Cranberry Christmas Cookie might be the cookie recipe that is perfect for you!

Just in case the previous recipe made already gets you sick of chocolate, this cookie instead uses dried cranberries and pistachios to give you a unique taste combined with the doughiness of the cookie itself.

4. Homemade Oreo Cookie

While it might not be that expensive, if your kids always ask you to buy them oreo, it will start to tear a hole in your wallet sooner or later. For the same reason, weelicious made a recipe so we can make Oreo sandwich cookies by our own–or at least something that looks like it.

More importantly, with a little tinkering you can change the center filling with anything you would love to eat! You want to change it into fruit jams? You sure can! Want to fill it with cream cheese? No one is stopping you! This cookie recipe is for you to experiment with.

5. Baked Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Most of the earlier cookie recipes are sweet, and maybe you had enough of them. That is why, this time it is a savory cracker, made in the shape of stars! The star of the ingredients for this recipe is the cheese. You can use your cheese of choice, but the recipe told you to use shredded cheddar.

The recipe wrote that you would need at least 30 minutes for the preparation step, and another 20 minutes to actually bake the crackers. While they used a star dough shaper on the recipe, you could always take the freedom to shape the crackers to your liking.


With Christmas coming, preparing some cookies with our cookie recipes beforehand is a good idea so you would not have to get too busy during the Christmas eve, and could instead use the time to relax with your family.

Tell us in the comments below, what kind of cookies do you usually prepare before Christmas?

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Appreciating the Meaning of Holiday

It’s December! Which means, it will not be long before the holiday comes and we all can get the rest we deserve before going back to work, school, or our other activities. But have you ever pondered the meaning of holiday for you?

If we are talking about the meaning of holiday based on the etymology, it is a word that comes from an Old English word: hāligdæg with hālig means “holy”, and dæg means “day”. Originally, this word was used to refer only to special religious days. However, this is not the meaning we are talking about.

All around the world, there are many kinds of holidays from religious holidays, national holidays, even holidays to appreciate the heroes. But sometimes with how the modern world has become, holidays are often fall victim to consumerism. That is why, this time we will talk about the true meaning of holiday should be.


 In Indonesia, other than Christmas and eid al fitr, the biggest holiday is on August 17th which is the independence day. While usually this day is celebrated with festivities, fun activities for kids, and a big feast, it might be a good idea to start associating this day with gratitude. There are many notable heroes that gave their life for our country, and they also deserve to be thanked.

However, our feeling of gratitude should not stop there. During days like New Year’s Day, it is a good idea to be grateful that you could spend another year. On Labour Day, it is good to be thankful for the labours’ struggle to make the working hours not as intense as it was.

In essence, during any holiday, it is a good idea to be grateful be it for the littlest thing in life to the big thing such as the birth of Jesus Christ or the birth of Muhammad.


For some people, the meaning of the holiday is to relax. This is especially true when it is the combination of Christmas and New Year’s holiday. After a year long of working, you can finally get a few days off to unplug yourself from the work you have been doing.

On your day off, you should also put sleep into your to-do list, especially if you want to do something during the New Year’s eve. Make sure you get 8 hours of sleep around one or two day before you stay awake for the whole night of New Year.

Love & Family

Whether or not you actually celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, the theme of Christmas is still the same nonetheless: unconditional and not romantic kind of love. Christmas is a time of forgiveness and respect for your peers, your acquaintances, and your friends. You can show them how much you care about them, and connect with themselves more.

Another part of love you should not forget is the family love. During the Christmas holiday, try to utilize your time with family–not only your family, but the big family. Bond with the aunt you have not talked to for a long time. With the uncle that never stops talking about their new businesses. After all, it is not everyday you could meet and talk with them, right?

Treasure all the moments with your family, or else one day you are going to look back on those days, regretting that you did not interact with them enough–not bonded with them enough.


Those are some meanings we could think of when we think about holidays. What about you? What is the meaning of holiday for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Benefits of Eating Apple for Your Body

An apple a day keeps the doctors away. At least, that is how the saying goes. But why is it so? Today, on the National Eat a Red Apple Day in the United States, we will explore why eating apples is good for our body.

Before we laid down the benefit of eating apples, some people prefer to peel the skin of their apples. This is not a problem, but if you eat the apple with the skin, you can have at least 4.4 grams of fiber and addition in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, energy, and carbs. We would recommend that you eat your apples with the skin, but if you really dislike it, it is okay to get rid of them!

1. Improve the health of your brain

 A study conducted in 2004 by researchers from Cornell University found that there is a very powerful antioxidant in apples called quercetin. This antioxidant abundant in the apple’s skin is believed to block free radicals that could cause damage to your brain.

Another study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell found that by consuming an apple, we are increasing the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter inside the brain. One of acetylcholine’s tasks is to change and build new structures in the brain.

The higher your acetylcholine is, the better your memories will be. In fact, one way to treat Alzheimer’s disease is by increasing the amount of acetylcholine to help slow down patients’ mental decline.

2. It strengthens your immune system

 Gregory Freund, a professor in the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine said that soluble fibers found in apples could change the personality of immune cells. Soluble fibers will make angry and pro-inflammatory cells into healing and anti-inflammatory cells that will help in recovery from infection.

From the study published in 2010, they held an experiment using laboratory mice served either soluble or insoluble fibers. The result was mice fed with soluble fibers recovered 50% sooner than the other.

3. They can make your skin better

If you want your skin to look better, then eating apples might be one among many solutions you could do. Apples are rich in vitamin C that could help your body create collage, a protein and a crucial component that could be found abundantly in your skin.

The collagen and elastic in the apples are also useful in keeping your skin youthful. It will help lighten the colour of your skin and brighten them up. Apples will also get rid of the pathogens and excess oils on your skin to make it soother.

4. It can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and cancer

 A study conducted by The Florida State University found that eating apples could give you a benefit that extends beyond the fiber content. From the study published in 2011, it is known that eating apples for 6 months could decrease LDL or bad cholesterol by 23% which in turn helps to reduce the risk of getting heart disease and stroke.

Usually, a patient suffering from high-cholesterol would have to decrease their cholesterol level by taking medication. While the medication could lower the LDL cholesterol level by 18 to 50%, it also brings many devastating side effects. Apple, meanwhile, could decrease it by 23% without bad side effects.

However, it does not stop there. Another study in Hawaii found that there is a correlation between the risk of lung cancer and the consumption of apples. The higher your apple consumption level is, the lower the risk of getting lung cancer. The risk would decrease to 40-50%.

5. It helps your diet

Previously, we mentioned that apples have a high soluble fiber that could strengthen your immune systems. However, it is not the only benefit of soluble fiber. They are also recommended for people who want to lose weight, as the fiber attracts water and creates a gel that slows down digestion, which in turn makes you feel fuller for a longer amount of time.

From a previous study by the Florida State University, Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi also found that dried apples could reduce weight in women up to 3.3 lbs. on average despite having 240 extra calories each day.


The saying of how eating apples could keep the doctors away might be old. However, that saying stays true even now with how many benefits an apple could give to your body; to the extent that some scientists dubbed them as a “miracle fruit”. So what are you waiting for? Head to the nearest market and buy some apples as snack!




This time, our activity could be a good idea to have fun, introduce, and let your kids enjoy the freshness of apples. What we are going to do is to carve out a few shapes out of apples, and let the kids assemble the pieces back to the apples.

In order to do this activity, you would need:

  • Apples
  • Knives

The steps you need to do are:

  1. Prepare a few apples
  2. Create puzzle pieces by cutting some shapes into the apple
  3. Mix the puzzle pieces together
  4. Serve it to your kids

There are a few things you could do to maximize your kids’ learning:

  •  If your kids are learning about certain shapes, make sure the puzzle pieces you create are the same shape, only differ in size.
  • If you want to increase difficulties, add the number of apples
  • You can add apples with different colors to make it more fun

After your kids finished assembling the puzzle, you can eat the apples together with them!


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Visiting Bandung? Don’t Forget to Stop By These 5 Places!


For a long time, Bandung has always been one of the most popular holiday destinations. With the school holidays coming up, we will help you with some recommendations of places to visit if you plan on having a nice holiday in Bandung.

1. Kota Mini

Image taken from @kota_mini

Kota Mini is located in Lembang, West Bandung. Lembang itself is already famous for its beauty because it is located in a mountain, around 1.312 and 2.084 meters above the sea level. To access this location, you would need around 1 hour drive from Alun-Alun Kota Bandung.

Kota Mini was first opened in 24th of July 2017 with the combined concept between entertainment and education, and created a Europe-like city in which children can learn about various occupations while playing.

Image taken from @kota_mini

There are a total of 12 “houses” to visit such as police station, hospital, salon, market, cat house, fruits house, outdoor restaurant, and many others.

The entrance fee for Kota Mini is cheap, only Rp 25.000. However, if you would like to enter those houses so your kids can play, there is an additional Rp 25.000 fee per house. There is also 5-houses package for Rp 80.000 /person, or a 10-houses package for Rp 150.000 /person.

If you go to Kota Mini, you can make sure your holiday in Bandung with your kids is not only fun, but also educational!

2. Chinatown Bandung

Image taken from @chinatownbandung

Located near the largest Chinese Temple in Bandung, Satya Budhi Temple, Chinatown Bandung is a must visit if you are going on a culinary Holiday in Bandung. This place is only a 12 minute drive from Bandung Train Station.

Inside of Chinatown is a collection of small shops and food outlets offering many choices of food and items with a Chinese theme. However, if you aren’t into Chinese food, they also have many choices of authentic Sundanese food.

Image taken from @chinatownbandung

There is an entrance fee of Rp 30.000 /person, but that fee is worth the price if you can fill your social media feed with beautiful pictures you can take there, isn’t it?

3. Goldstar360, Cave Dining Experience

Image taken from @goldstar360

Are you a fan of Flintstones and wanted to have an experience of eating in a cave? Don’t worry, now you can do just that in a cave called Goldstar 360. Located on the third floor of Goldstar Sport Resto, this dining place inspired by the cave walls on Greece awaits.

There are a few areas inside this dining, such as Megas Lakkos, a private area with blue light, Korydallos, a secluded area with the theme of prison, and a few others such as Mykonos, Stravomyti, and Petralona which are the middle sections complete with a giant windows made of glass.

Image taken from @goldstar360

You can also find some drawings on the wall that depicts ancient sketches to better draw you into the atmosphere of an ancient cave.

Image taken from @goldstar360

But it’s not only the cave. Once you are finished eating your dinner and taking beautiful photos of the cave, you can go to the 5th floor to view the landscape of Bandung in its entirety.

4. Kidzoo Paris van Java

Image taken from @pvj.kidzoo

Paris van Java is a unique mall in Bandung, and once you’ve done shopping there you should try going to the rooftop to find this hidden gem. Kidzoo has 2 separate attractions to educate young children on how to care for animals: Lactasari Mini Farm, and Bird Park.

As its name suggests, Bird Park houses many unique and beautiful birds. The Bird Park also has some of the rare birds from Indonesia such as the Hornbills from Borneo and the Parrots from Nusa Tenggara.

Image taken from @pvj.kidzoo

On the opposite side, there is the Lactasari Mini Farm. Lactasari is a small farm that has 5 species of animals: goat, sheep, cows, rabbits, and Siberian Huskies. Here, your kids can try feeding those animals. Before they start feeding the animals, however, they will be given aprons, a bottle of milk, and a bucket of vegetables to feed the animals.

5. Pinisi Resto

Image taken from @z_e_d_d_y

Is there a better way to end your holiday in Bandung than dining aboard an actual pirate ship? Because that’s what Pinisi Resto located in Ciwidey is. Not only do they offer a unique dining experience, they also provide a wonderful mountain views from the top of the deck.

With BBQ feast as their number 1 menu, Pinisi Resto will be one of the most unforgettable dining experience for your kids. They can walk around the ship, take photos on the starboard or port, or play with the steering wheel!


For now, those are some of our recommendations if you are planning to have your holiday in Bandung. Obviously, there are still many other unique places in Bandung that we still haven’t covered yet, but there will always be another time!

Have a happy holiday!

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Before You Make a Holiday Plan for Your Family, Read These Tips!


Are you creating a holiday plan to travel somewhere with your family? There are many experiences you can get from traveling, since it teaches you a lot about places, people, and life you might not see in your usual city.

Creating a holiday plan might sound like a hassle, and that’s why today we are going to give you some tips to help you plan for that travel.

1. Make it fun!

The most important thing while creating a holiday plan is obviously to make it fun. However, the fun part you are having can also be filled with some education.

Maybe you can try to find an interesting museum in the place you are going to travel to so your child can learn about history, or you can visit a zoo or sea world to let them learn more about animals. It can be anything! However, it’s important to note that the learning process should also be fun for the kids.

2. Don’t make an excessive plan for a day!

By making an excessive plan, you will have to rush through them all. If you have to rush through many plans at once, your child might feel overwhelmed and unable to enjoy the travel.

Take it easy!

3. Do your research!

When you do your travel with kids, it’s very important to do your research before you create a holiday plan. Take your time to know your destination before you head there, and see whether or not there are family-friendly activities you could do there.

Nowadays, you can find many information about holiday attraction on the internet, so there is no excuse to not do your research!

4. Be practical!

It’s important to consider practicality on your plan. Know how long you will be there, what can you do during your time there, and the distance to get there. It’s also important to know if your kids would like it to go there.

5. Be mindful of health and safety!

Just because you are on a holiday, doesn’t mean you can go wild with the holiday plan. Stick to the normal routine your kids has. If they need to take a nap, make sure to accommodate that into the plan.

If your kids need any kind of medication, you should also make sure you have enough before you depart.


Those are some tips for you to create a holiday plan with your family. Remember, at the end of the day, the most important thing is for you to have fun with your family. Happy holiday!

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities You Can Do with Your Kids


With Thanksgiving’s vibe still in the air, it might be a good idea to try doing some fun Thanksgiving activities with your kids. Even though there is no history of Thanksgiving in Indonesia, doing these activities once in a while will feel refreshing.

This time, we have 4 fun Thanksgiving activities you and your kids can enjoy, and those are:

1. Playing with finger puppets

With finger puppets, you and your kids can make up many stories about the life of the puppets. If you don’t have any idea what kind of puppets you want to create, partnered up with Caravan Shoppe to make some printable finger puppets. The one from Alison has 6 animals: a purple rabbit, green hippopotamus, blue elephant, orange fox, gray raccoon, and brown deer.

You can create a lot of situations with the characters that can sharpen your kids’ empathy, tolerance, or even their thinking ability by creating a puzzle story.

2. Make turkey origami

Another fun Thanksgiving activities you can do with your kids is to create a turkey origami! While there are a few ways to create a turkey origami, this time we will use the tutorial made by Origami Resource Center because it’s one of the simpler ones.

To create this turkey origami, you would need two square paper (preferably colored). Below are the steps to make the turkey:

  • Place the first paper like a diamond and fold in the left half and the right half so it looks like a kite.
  • Then, fold it again to create a thinner kite.
  • Turn the origami around and fold it horizontally, so the top meets the bottom.
  • Fold the top point up, around ¼ of it. This will be the head of the turkey.
  • Fold the model in half, and bring the top point up to create the neck. Don’t forget to flip a small portion of the head to create the “beak”.
  • Fold the back part of the turkey (the triangle part) and cut a small slit, then unfold.
  • Get the second paper and pleat it like an accordion.
  • Put the second paper inside the slit made previously, and fan it open to create the tail.

Below are the steps in picture, courtesy of Origami Resource Center. You can also find many other origami trips on their site.

3. Thanksgiving coloring pages has 3 Thanksgiving coloring pages that could be another fun Thanksgiving activities you can do with your kids. As its name suggests, it’s a coloring page with Thanksgiving theme, which means you would need to get autumn colors.

If your kids usually do their coloring with crayons, maybe it’s a good time to try some other way to colors. Teaching them to use watercolor paints is a good idea, or you can also experiment a bit by using oil paint.

While we say you would need to prepare your autumn colors, you can actually let your kids go wild with this coloring pages. If your kids want to color the pumpkin blue, you can let them do that. However, you should also told them the real color of pumpkin so they don’t get confused.

4. Create a thank-you notes

Image taken from Children’s Ministry Deals.

At its core, Thanksgiving is a day about being thankful, and there is no better way to be thankful than saying that expressing the feeling of thankfulness. If you think saying thank you cannot be a fun Thanksgiving activities, you are incorrect.

In order to make it fun, you can give your kids a total creative freedom while making their thank-you notes. They can make it the way they want to. It doesn’t have to be a traditional notes. They want to express their thanks with pictures? Let them draw. They want to express it with poems? Let them write.

The key is letting your kids to do what they want, and only that way can you feel their most sincere thanks. So have a great thanksgiving!

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Here are Some Unique Thanksgiving Tradition We Can Apply During Our Holiday


It’s the week of Thanksgiving, a beloved holiday for people in the United States; a holiday where family gathers and be thankful for many things. While we do not celebrate the holiday, we think it might be a good idea to take some unusual and unique Thanksgiving tradition and apply it on our holiday. We can also celebrate the meaning of thanksgiving during big religious holidays such as Christmas or Eid al-Fitr.


1. Take time for yourself before you spend time with the family


While being with family is an important part of modern Thanksgiving, sometimes it can be exhausting and overwhelming to always be around so many members of the family. That is why some people have a Thanksgiving tradition to take a little time for themselves before meeting up with the main family.

One thing you can do during this time is to take a morning walk with your partner and kids and enjoy the wonderful morning breeze. Or maybe, you can simply make a hot cup of tea or coffee and relax for a while. After you feel like you had enough me time, then you can join the rest of the family for a dinner together.


2. Write a list of things you are thankful for


The first Thanksgiving was a ceremony of thankfulness, where a group of immigrant celebrate the bountiful harvest they had that year. That is why, to embody the spirit of Thanksgiving, nothing is better than writing down things that you are thankful for during the whole year. It does not have to be something so big and wonderful; you can be thankful for the joy of simplicity of everyday life.

While being thankful is not so unusual, sometimes we took our happiness for granted and forget to be thankful about it. For that reason, this tradition can also serve as a way to do some introspection to not take things for granted.


3. Let the kids serve the dessert


While the adults usually prepare foods during a big religious holidays, the kids usually also want in on the fun. That is why some people have a Thanksgiving tradition to let kids be the one serving the dessert. This will give the kids a sense of accomplishment because they helped out and it will also raise their confidence in themselves.

However, if you want to let the kids help out in the kitchen, you should try to keep them away from using knives or using an open fire. You can check out a few recipes we had that your kids totally can help you out with.


4. Do fun activities with your kids


When the big family gathers, there might be times when the kids feel bored because they are not close with the other relatives. When that moment comes, it might be a good idea to do something fun with them to make them feel better.

As for the activities, it does not have to be outdoor activities; you can prepare a board game (traditional or digital) and play with them. However, if you want that fun activities not only about playing games, we have a list of some fun thanksgiving activities you can do together with your kids that you can check out here.


5. Stay connected with family members that live far away


Sometimes, there will be moments when you or other family members can’t come for the family meeting. However, with the advancement of technology, distance is no longer relevant. You can start up any conference application with your phone and you can connect with your family with ease.

It might be a good tradition to prepare a conference call before dinner. That way, you can create an atmosphere that feels like the whole family is all together in one table.


Those are some unique Thanksgiving tradition that we can try to imitate during our big religious holiday. While the idea is to connect with the big family, there should also be a feeling of inclusion for our kids while at the same time not ignoring our own self-love.

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Should You Let Your Kids Watch TV? Here Are What the Experts Said!


With the emergence of NETFLIX and other streaming service, nowadays you do not have to sit in front of the TV. You can simply use your phone to watch TV, which brings again the debates of whether or not you should let your kids watch TV.

This is not a new debate. Many people seem to really dislike TV, claiming that it’s bad to let your child watch TV for any period of time. However, it is also important to note that the amount of TV shows that tries to inform, inspire, and educate your kid is also growing together with the technology of TV.

This has always been the case ever since TV was first invented. Even today, the experts can’t really seem to agree with whether or not you should let kids watch TV. For this reason, we will list some positive and negative effects of TV made by the experts, and you can decide for yourself whether to let your child watch TV or not.

The Good/ the positive??

  •  If you let your child watch educational and non-violent programme, studies show that your child will do better in reading and mathematics.
  • TV could be more effective compared to books or audiotapes if you want to teach about something that needs process (how seed grows into a tree, how to bake a cake, etc)
  • If your child is sick, studies made by scientists from the University of Siena found that watching cartoons can make child experience a soothing and pain killing effect.
  • By letting your child watch informative and educational shows, they will continue to watch even more of the same type of show when they get older.
  • If you have preschoolers and let your child watch TV, studies from 2001 told that they tend to have higher grades and are less aggressive.
  • Entertainment programme could potentially expose children to the diversity of culture, humanistic values, and the worldviews of other people.
  • Watching drama programme could give your child an idea of the complexity of life and moral dilemmas.
  • If you let your child watch TV, you can make them learn a lot of words. However, you need to watch what words they learn.


The Bad/ the negative??

  • TV offers little to no educational value for children under 2 years old.
  • The result of 20 years of research by Dr. Sally Ward shows that kids bombarded by background TV noise in their house will have trouble paying attention when they hear background noise.
  • If you don’t watch your kids closely, TV can expose your kids to negative influences such as alcohol and violence.
  • A study by Millennium Cohort Study in 2013 said that there is a higher possibility for kids to have emotional symptoms and relationship problems when they reach 7 years old if they watch more than 3 hours of TV a day.
  • Visual stimulation from TV is very fast-paced. It might cause an attention-span trouble in traditional class.


Those are some opinions from the experts regarding whether or not you should let your kids watch TV. At the end of the day, television, like any other technologies, are tools. Eventually, it’s up to the user of those tools to use them.

In order to help you balance things out, The American Academy of Pediatrics created a list of screen-time for your kids and you can check them out below:

Age Maximum Screen time
Toddlers (1-2 years old) Little to no screen time

This is because kids at this stage needs more physical interaction with people.

Preschoolers (3-4 years old) Maximum 1 hours per day

Parents should plan their screen time in advance.

Elementary Schoolers (5-10 years old) Between 1 to 1.5 hours a day.

Make sure your kids still get their creative time.

Middle Schoolers (11-13 years old) Maximum of 2 hours a day

Teenagers can take charge of their screen time. However, make sure you help them see the trade-offs.


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Make the Best Out of Your Children’s Screen Time!


With the rise of digital media, the danger of having too much screen time is much more apparent than ever. What classify as digital media are televisions, the internet, and your child’s smart device. Especially with a small-sized smart devices, it will be even harder to limit the screen time of children.

While some programs are educational, the amount of digital media consumed by children are too much. Many of those can show behaviors you wouldn’t want your child to imitate, or even cause fear in your child. As a parent, what you can do is to set up good habits regarding the screen time of children and decrease the negative effects. And this time, we will give you some tips on how to do that.

  • Never turn on your TV randomly. Always give your child programs for them to watch. You can give your child a few choices you have prepared before and let them pick one.
  • If you think the program that is aired is something your child shouldn’t see, you should turn off the TV instead.
  • You should limit the screen time of children that is above 2 years old to 1 or 2 hours per day. If your child is below 2 years old, it is not recommended to give them any screen time at all.
  •  Always give educational shows as choices for your kids.
  • During the screen time of children, be with them as much as possible. Talk about what happened during the screen time, and talk about the good and bad about it. It would be very good if you can talk about the difference between reality and what they saw on the screen.
  • Not all cartoons is suitable for kids. Make sure to research about said cartoons before suggesting it to your kids.
  • Never let your kids to watch soap operas or talks show during their screen time.
  • Make a rule to ban the usage of smart devices during meals.
  • Be a good role model for your child. You can do this by limiting your screen time and do other activities such as reading or exercising.
  • Don’t put any TV, computer, or smart devices in your kids’ bedrooms.

Those are some tips you can do to limit the screen time of children. In addition to that, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also has a few guidelines regarding your children’s consumption of media:

  • Babies under 18 months old shouldn’t have any screen time at all. An exception to this is a video-chat to families.
  • Toddlers between 18 to 24 months old should have some screen time with their parents or their caregiver. It’s not explained in the details of how much screen time they should have, but preferably below 1 hour.
  • Preschooler shouldn’t have more than 1 hour of educational programming. During the screen time of children, it’s necessary to have a parent or caregiver to help them understand the programme they are watching.
  • Kids between 5 to 18 years old should have a consistent limit regarding screen time. This includes restriction on TV, social media, and video games. The consumption of media should not make children lose their sleep.


TV, internet, and smart devices are just tools made by people. And just like other tools, it’s up to us on how we should use it. While it’s good that we limit the screen time of children, it’s also important to note that if used carefully they could provide another fun way for our child to study.

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With This 4 Strategies, You Can Support Your Kid’s Passion!


As a parent, it’s only natural that we want the best for our kids. We might get them into an art course, language course, or even sport course that we think could bring the best out of them. However, this should not be the case according to Ki Hadjar Dewantara, a pioneer of Indonesian education.

According to Ki Hadjar, a child will grow according to their own path. He believes that as the child grows older, they will gather enough knowledge and will show an interest in a certain subject. Once a child has reached this stage, your duty as a parent is to support your kid’s passion wholeheartedly.

This time, we will give 4 strategies that you as a parent could use to show your support for your kid’s passion, and those are:

1. Try to think outside the box

Usually, when it comes to passion, parents tend to think of enrolling their kids for enrichment classes. However, this should not be the case. Your kids might be passionate in sports, writing, reading, or even cooking. All those things can be done from your home.

Let your child discover what gives them the most fun.

2. Don’t judge!

Sometimes parents tend to judge their child’s passion. Maybe they never meant to do so, but when they did, it actually hurts the child’s self-esteem! Usually this tends to happen when the parents’ passion doesn’t line up with the child’s.

It’s very important to detach what we find fun with what our children think is fun. After all, you are 2 different human beings. If what makes your kids passionate is not fun for you, at the very least you can support your kid’s passion. The important part is that you should not antagonize them for taking a different path from you.

3. Know what interest them

Sometimes your child might also take the same interest as their peers. It might be the same sport, or art activities, or music instrument. During that time, the competition for your child to succeed is really fierce and might cause anxiety for your child in the process.

When this happens, one way you can support your kid’s passion is by taking the time to know what it is that your child is really interested in. You can observe them as they do their activities and listen to what they aspire to be regarding their passion.

4. Nurture their optimism

When it comes to competition, your child might be feeling a great amount of pressure to perform better than anyone else. However, when they fail to present their best effort, they will feel dejected. When this happens, what you can do to support your kid’s passion is by nurturing optimism in them.

Let them know that setbacks happen, and it is up to your kids to see the setbacks as a stopping point or as a stepping stone so they can do better next time.


At the end of the day, your kid’s passion might be totally different from yours. And that’s okay! You don’t need to suddenly be the best on what your kid is interested in. Sometimes, what they need isn’t an expert, because most of the time all they need is parents that support them and stand by their side.

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Your Kids’ Passion is Yours to Find With These 5 Tips!


Working while following your passion will always be an interesting topic to talk about whenever we talk about a job. But what is passion? By definition, it is a powerful or compelling emotion of feelings. It is a longing for something that you will always find enjoyable. Once people find their passion, some will pursue them wholeheartedly. 

The same thing goes for kids. 

With your children’s growth, they will learn new things. They will also start finding new things that will interest them but it might be unfamiliar to you. What they find interesting might change, but one particular subject will remain the same and usually, that thing is their passion.

As a parent, it is your duty to help your kids find their passion. And today, we will help you by giving some tips that could help you find your kids’ passion.

Read them stories!

Reading to your kids will always be important. However, if you read to them all the time, you might want to start seeing how they react to certain stories. You can ask them how they feel after you read them stories, and whether or not they enjoy those kind of stories. If they do, you can find stories with the same vibe and topics.

It’s not unusual for kids to find their passion through characters inside stories. You might read them a story about a crane that likes to cook, and suddenly your kid asks complex questions about cooking. Or if you read them a story about a rabbit that likes to run in a marathon, and they start asking questions about sports.

Let them feel bored

It’s not rare for us to hear how our kids complain that they feel bored. Rather than giving them something to play, it is completely normal for kids to feel bored! One study done by Sandi Mann and Rebekah Cadman concludes that boredom actually forces people to be much more creative and find ways to be entertained.

During their creative moment when they are bored, you should try to watch your kids closely. It is very possible that this boredom could be the key for them to find their passion in life. Maybe during that time, you will see them drawing, writing, or even reading books.

Take them to your workplace

If the place you work allows you to take children with you, try to schedule one day to do just that. They might not say it, but kids actually love to see what their parents do at work all day. At the office, they might not do much or they might just be sitting on your office watching you, but that’s okay!

By watching you work, they might develop the desire to do the same line of work as you do. Or, maybe they will instead realize they don’t want to do what you did. Either way, it is important to always support your kids in finding out what they are passionate about. 

Sign them up for activities

One choice that might help them find what they are passionate about is sport. It doesn’t matter what they actually choose; it might be soccer, basketball, softball, dance, or even gymnastic, sign them up. Participating in sports have many benefits for the kids, and it might give them new friends that could encourage them to follow their dreams.

Or, if sports is not for them, it’s also a good idea to let your kids dip their toes into the world of art. Maybe you can let them learn how to play musical instruments, or maybe they actually enjoy writing or performing.

Share your passion

There is a possibility that your kids already know what their passion is, but simply don’t realize it. That is why sharing your passion with your kids might allow them to find out about their skills and about their interests.

After all, some passion might be born from the desire to follow in the footsteps of people your kids admire and love!