Mom E-votional : No Allergy this Christmas

Some people are allergic to holidays – on a serious note, christmas trees taken from the basement have high concentration of molds that can trigger allergy flare-up; with lots of visiting, there’s increased exposure to house dust mites, pet dander and food allergies. On a crazy note, we could be allergic to our family and […]

Mom E-votional : Daily Skincare

This graphic similar to airline arrival and departure time reminds me of how parents of eczema kids run by the clock. Apart from thinking of a day as morning, afternoon and night, sometimes I think of the day as moisturizing, shower and freshening up since my child seems to scratch more when hot and sweaty. […]

Mom E-votional : F-words

It’s coming to the end of the year – some years I end the year being pleased with my life progress, some years I end it being depressed. If your child’s eczema is severe and you have tried everything you can, but nothing works, every attempt yields no improvement and soon, trying something new leads […]

Mom E-votional : (All out of) Eczema Love

As I think about this, I’ve got Air Supply’s song ‘All out of love’ stuck in my head! I wonder though, does love ever run out? Can we love till we stopped loving? or even start hating? What is love? I’m the first to confess that I’m bad at it. Unconditional love? I think of […]

Mom E-votional : Bottle Up Marriage

I imagine in every marriage, there’s work to do. After all, as the saying goes, you won’t know how unloving you are till you live with someone. Even more in a marriage with eczema kids, these ‘negative’ feelings may easily escalate. God cares about our marriage and there are many verses on how married couples […]

Mom E-votional : Each Child has a Gift

Each child has his/her own gift – there are 8 multiple intelligences from this interview with Dr Thomas Armstrong and it’s amazing how each of us learn and can be ‘gifted’ in different way! I wonder too if having eczema helps or impedes our child in the way they learn and see the world – […]

Mom E-votional : WHOLE-Hearted Love

It’s almost impossible to give something our undivided attention these days – our many commitments, responsibilities, roles and our devices seem to pull us in all direction. What about undivided love? Sometimes I find it a mystery for those who have more than one child, is it possible to give undivided love to both? Even […]

Mom E-votional : Dinner’s Served

We all know today’s dinner scene may look very different from the pre-tablet and smartphone age – recently, I was at breakfast with my family and niece and we each had a device. I immediately thought of all the parenting advice that I am to practice – remove electronic device, build conversation and open our world […]

Mom E-votional : Epigenetics – It’s NEVER too LATE

Some of us resign to our genes – eczema gene, allergy gene, diabetes gene, heart disease gene.. but we needn’t do that yet. In the study of epigenetics, it is found that our ‘bad’ gene will not express itself (ie you get the disease) if we have healthy diet, exercise, don’t smoke.. in fact, even […]

Mom E-votional : The Best Life Insurance

I look at this data, (that I read in Dr David Katz’ Disease Proof) and wondered Isn’t Healthy Living the BEST INSURANCE? We all worry about whether we have the right insurance, adequate insurance coverage, read the fine print correctly (and probably shorten a few years figuring it all out, if ever we can!). Yet, the […]

Mom E-votional (Infographic) : Healthy Life Expectancy

I read about HALE – Healthy Life Expectancy in Dr David Katz’ book Disease Proof and it’s a simple truth presented – we are living longer, but sicker. Above is the HALE of United States, but you can always access this page on World Health Organization to find out the life expectancy of your country. For instance, […]

Mom E-votional (Infographic): Our Plate Matters to Our Body

I’ve been reading up on food (Dr David Katz’ Disease Proof) and distilled the main points in the above infographic. I started being aware of what I eat when I set out to ‘worship God with my body/strength’ and I thought how to have strength without the right foods. Eczema/not, allergy/not, what we put on […]

Mom E-votional : Dads get Depression too!

I found out not too long ago that dads can get postpartum depression too – it usually affects younger dads and also more likely when there’s: Anxiety and depression during pregnancy Spouse has depression Twins Baby with sleeping problem Colic baby I wonder if eczema baby should be added to that list, since there’s high chance […]

(ScratchMeNot) Mom E-votional : No longer Allergic!

When we realized she was no longer allergic, I realized the extent of our journey. Summer of 2014 marks a new adventure for us! My daughter is no longer allergic to dairy, tomatoes, or corn! Ever since she was 2 months old, we as a family, have been battling her eczema. There were long days […]

Mom E-votional : Food for Thought

Know the phrase ‘Food for Thought’? It means something worth thinking about seriously. But to many parents, it might really be worth thinking food for ‘brain’ as it seems to be a faster-than-rat race to be smarter younger. For myself, I do think about anti-inflammatory foods (see Julie Daniluk’s recipes here and Jennifer Iserloh’s recipes here) and […]

Mom E-votional : Realistic Parenting

I came across a parenting article on ivillage ‘The Most Practical (and Realistic) Parenting Advice you will Ever Read‘, it’s kind of funny, offering tips such as: It’s ok if you miss a day of bathing your kids You aren’t the first to give in to tantrum You don’t have to do homework Sometimes feeling […]

Mom E-votional : Breathe Life

Some days I feel suffocated – yes, like there’s no air to breathe. In a crowded train, there’s lack of fresh air coupled with many people coughing at close distance. Outside if there’s haze or pollutants, I wonder if I’m doing more harm to my body jogging (and breathing the exhaust fumes). Yet, breathing is […]

Mom E-votional : No Secret Formula

It’s strange why we seem to be obsessed with a secret formula for everything – Formula for success, formula for happiness, formula for weight loss and even formula for eczema cure! During Jesus’ time, his disciples wanted a formula for prayer. Though Jesus did give his disciples a prayer to pray (Luke 11:2-4), there is […]

Mom E-votional : Is Eczema an Handicap?

One morning as I was jogging, I passed by in succession – a man with a very awkward limp, another man in a wheelchair and shortly after, someone who look like he has sprained his ankle. Ashamedly, my first thought was now I have to jog on the road instead of pedestrian path to avoid […]

Mom E-votional : Inconveniences

It is one of those irritating things – the new ATM pin for one of those fancy chip replacement card just didn’t work. I then had to waste an hour queuing and re-queuing to try different pins without pissing the people in the queue behind me. When all fails, I had to queue at another […]