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“I’m going to teach you a lesson…”

Lessons from My Family: Growing up, my grandfather was my primary caregiver. When I was a year old, my mother divorced my dad, left Malaysia where they had intended to set up home, and brought me back to Singapore to move back into her childhood home with her 67 year old Indian dad and 66 year old Chinese mom.

Apr. 25, 2021

Little Day Out

Chapter Zero: Pop-Up Playgrounds Where Fun Begins

We usually think of playgrounds as fixed structures with slides, swings, and see saws. But have you heard about Chapter Zero’s pop-up playgrounds? Little Day Out speaks to Stephanie Chalmers from Chapter Zero to find out more! [...]

Dec. 6, 2019

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The Roly Poly Family

Both parents & schools continue to play a vital role in providing comprehensive sexuality education

We agree that parents need to be involved in their children's sex education and that the learning can begin at a young age in age-appropriate [...]

Mar. 16, 2019

Sassy Mama SG

Respectful Parenting: Understanding the Basics

Respectful Parenting is the philosophy of legendary infant specialist and educator Magda Gerber and it centres around respect. Respect for ourselves and respect for our children. But how do we put that respect into action? How do we ‘see’ and respect babies and children for who they are? 

Sep. 14, 2017

Sassy Mama SG

Raising Race-Conscious Kids: Two Mamas Share Their Experience with Racism in Singapore

There is racism in Singapore just as there is everywhere else on Earth. Two mamas share their personal stories, and tips on how to talk about race with your kids.

Jun. 5, 2020

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Sassy Mama SG

Why 4 is the Age of Independence (and How Attachment Actually Helps Kids Learn It)

When children grow in competence, we often picture them leaving that dependent state of infancy behind as they step into the mature realm of independence. [...]

July 18, 2019

Sassy Mama SG

Teaching Consent: Parenting
Advice for Modeling Body Positivity

In our ongoing series on consent, parenting expert Li Ling Phua explains the importance of body positivity and awareness, and why we should try to banish shame from our lives  [...] This is a two-part series by Li Ling of [...]

Jan. 17, 2019

Sassy Mama SG

Why You Shouldn’t Force Kids to Give Hugs

If we want our children to be attuned to their bodies and respect other people’s bodies, we have to start by respecting that their ‘no’ means ‘no’. Here’s why you shouldn’t force kids to give hugs and how to teach kids about consent

Dec. 16, 2019

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Sassy Mama SG

The Signs and Science of Independence: When Kids Turn Four and Step Out for More

One of the long-standing goals that parents have for their children is agency: independent thought and action. Across cultures and ethnicities, parents most value their children’s [...]

July 8, 2019

Sassy Mama SG

How to Reason with Toddlers and Babies: 6 Strategies to Empower Parents and Children Alike

A while ago, a magazine for parents contacted Chapter Zero for input on a story they were writing on discipline. I was given a list of questions. Amongst them was a question on [...]

Sep. 7, 2018

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The Straits Times

How to Handle Boredom

Free play: The many benefits of imaginative, open-ended play include freeing children from expectations and pressure to follow rules or produce a finished work, says Mrs Shumei Winstanley, co-founder of parenting group and social enterprise Chapter Zero Singapore. Lay out materials in an inviting way to encourage creative play, she says. 


Dec. 9, 2018

The Straits Times

Educating kids about sex early - at home and in school

Apart from speaking openly about sex, there are several other ways parents can educate their children on the subject and protect them. Parents can teach their young children to practise body autonomy by [...]

Mar. 11, 2018

The Straits Times

Design is being used to change the way children play at home

Before moving into her terrace house in Jurong in 2014, Ms Kasia Poleszak-Langner and her husband, Mr Christopher Langner, 40, a journalist, decided not to get a coffee table and a television set for their living room. [...]

Mar. 11, 2017


Weekend guide Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016

Let your kids unleash their creativity and have fun at this pop-up adventure playground by Chapter Zero Singapore today. Aimed at celebrating a child’s right to play, kids can let loose to play with parts such as tyres, cardboard boxes and fabric that are usually considered [...]

Oct. 21, 2016

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The Straits Times

Play With Junk For a Day

Parenting organisation and social enterprise Chapter Zero Singapore will set up the temporary playground on the street in Kampong Glam, which is closed to traffic every weekend, using all kinds of objects and materials.

Aug. 5, 2016

Your Voices in Parliament

Speech by MP Louis Ng at the Education For our Future motion

We are incredibly heartened and thankful that many of our views from our submissions and our survey results were cited by Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Education for our Future Motion.

July 11, 2018


8 effective ways to discipline without using the cane

However, Phua Liling, a consultant with Chapter Zero Singapore and administrator of the Respectful/Mindful Parenting Singapore Facebook group, notes that research clearly shows that spanking is bad for junior’s development. “Children who are spanked become more [...]

Feb. 8, 2018

Expat Living's Kids' Guide

Meet the Panel

Kasia is Polish and her expat journey has taken her to London and Singapore, each for five years. She's one of the co-founders of Chapter Zero Singapore, a social enterprise that supports parents of young children in respectful, mindful and evidence-based parenting. She is also a part-time information security consultant.

Jan. 3, 2017

The Straits Times

How to cope when your child has a public meltdown

Ms Shu Mei Winstanley, cofounder of parenting organisation and social enterprise Chapter Zero Singapore, says that a young child's brain is not fully developed until the age of three and much of what he does, [...]

Jun. 12, 2016

Sassy Mama SG

Fun Things to do with Kids this Weekend in Singapore

In collaboration with Pop-Up Adventure Play, Chapter Zero Singapore and Playeum are excited to bring you a Pop-Up Adventure Playground at Playeum this Saturday 9 June 10-11am. Kids can have fun at Playeum for free (normally ticketed) and explore the [...]

Jun. 8, 2018

Smart Parents

Wow Weekends! 6 things to do in Singapore

Yay, our pop-up playground happening tomorrow is featured by SmartParents - Parenting Made Easy as a top weekend activity for you and your children. Thanks for the feature.

Feb. 7, 2018

HoneyKids Asia

How to encourage your child’s creativity: free play at Singapore’s next Pop-Up Adventure Playground

Join the folks from Chapter Zero, who are hosting their fifth Pop-Up Adventure Playground on [...]

Nov. 29, 2016

The Asian Parent

"Take me outside, mommy!": Why outdoor play for kids matters

Children learn both indoors and outdoors, but parents are often fearful of outdoor play for kids at a young age. After all, a baby crawling across the grass may put things in his mouth, or a pre-schooler running around [...]

Mar. 11, 2016

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