About Michelle Liew, B.A.

Michelle Liew is an English teacher and a professional writer with over 20 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (English and Literature) from the National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. With an ABRSM Grade 8 certificate, Michelle has taught English language, literature, and music in Singapore schools for over 12 years. During her career as an educator, she has also worked with children with special needs in both mainstream schools and those for special learners. This vast teaching experience allows her to share valuable advice on parenting, child psychology, and education with her readers. Michelle has been published on websites like HubPages and runs two personal blogs: Getting Literal, where she shares her thoughts about writing and poetry, and Pets Aware, a blog about animals. She has a broad range of interests that include literature, history, philosophy, human relationships, health, and psychology. When Michelle is not busy writing her heart out, you will find her tinkering jazz tunes on her piano. She loves anything that helps her to grow as a person, including her pet terriers, Misty and Cloudy.

Nature-Deficit Disorder Is a Real Thing: How to Get Your Kids to Spend More Time Outdoors

By |2020-02-19T18:25:43+03:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Lifestyle, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , |

Are your children not getting as much sun as they should? They may have a case of nature-deficit disorder. This condition is little considered and as a result, often left untreated. This article may be the first time you’ve read about it, so allow us to explain what it is and what you can do to prevent your kids from developing it. What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder? Nature-Deficit disorder refers to the idea that people, particularly children, are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a host

4 Signs of a Manipulative Teenager and How to Parent One

By |2020-06-12T20:09:44+03:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , |

Your manipulative teenager understands how to push your buttons. This youngster knows what he or she wants from you, and how to get it. Teens master the art of manipulation quickly, and you’ll become wrapped around their little fingers if you’re not quick enough to realize that they’ve taken advantage of you. So how would you know if they are trying to get the best of you?  And what can you, as a hassled parent, do about it? Why do teenagers manipulate their parents? The

Science-Backed Benefits of Photography for Your Mental Health

By |2020-06-11T20:33:31+03:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Inspirational, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , |

The ever-handy smartphone has allowed almost anyone to be a photographer. This device has allowed us to capture memorable aspects of our lives and see the world in ways we never thought of before. While some people believe that taking photos doesn’t help us to understand the world, science has proven that the benefits of photography are many. So, why should we put in the effort to capture the memorable moments of our lives in photographs? Let us explain. Science shows that one of the

7 Types of Family Conflict and How to Resolve Each of Them

By |2020-02-22T13:44:24+03:00January 19th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , |

Where there are two or more people, there will be disagreements, family notwithstanding. All of us have to deal with a family conflict at some or many points in our lives. Trite as family disagreements seem, they can be delicate and difficult to manage. So, how do you handle squabbling loved ones? How do you cope when you become embroiled in the conflict yourself? Seven types of family conflict and how to resolve each Note that there are no straight forward solutions to solving in-law

8 Health Benefits of Eating Slowly and How to Practice It

By |2020-02-22T00:02:52+03:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Food and Nutrition, Health & Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |

Many of us are guilty of eating fast so that we can get on with our busy lives. While eating like Speedy Gonzales does move us to the next activity quickly, it does our bodies more harm than good. So why not practice eating slowly? Slow eating has a slew of benefits, although it may require time and self-discipline. We share the reasons why you should slow down when eating your meal and the correct way to go about doing it. What are the benefits

Animal Soul: Striking Portraits Capture Pets’ Personalities

By |2020-02-21T20:03:48+03:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: Animals, Inspirational|Tags: , , , , |

The eye is the window to the soul, and it turns out that the camera can be the window to animal souls. Humans have long wanted to communicate with their furry companions, but few of us are animal whisperers. Photographer Robert Bahou has used his skills to enable us to unearth their personalities and the motivations behind their behavior. He presents Animal Soul, a compilation of dog and cat portraits. It is the product of many months of editing, sorting, and photographing. What Inspired 'Animal

6 Reasons Why Yelling at Kids Is More Dangerous Than You Think

By |2020-02-21T22:38:02+03:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , |

Every parent wants the best for their children. Unfortunately, it's the reason many of them make unwise parenting choices. The startling truth is that yelling at kids can cause more damage than they think. Discipline is a long-drawn, frustrating process. Sadly, kids seldom grow when adults are always yelling at them; it has the opposite effect. We explain why, and what you can do to manage the overwhelm instead of shouting. The Adverse Effects of Yelling at Kids Poor behavior can grate on the nerves

Why Is Parental Involvement Important for a Child’s Success?

By |2020-02-21T20:13:34+03:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Family & Parenting, Lifestyle, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , |

This question never fails to trigger thoughts and opinions from parents - how much is parental involvement needed for a child's success? The answer to this is clear. Parents need to participate in their children's education to guarantee the latter's success in school. Their concern should be not whether, but how and when they should be involved. Why Parental Involvement is Important for a Child's Success 1. Boosts Motivation and Behavior Firstly, the presence of a parent keeps a child engaged and willing to persevere