Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Stride Rite Shoes for Babies & Kids


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I love shoes! Who doesn’t, right? As much as I enjoy shopping shoes for myself, I definitely enjoy shopping shoes for my son! I was addicted to my son’s feet since he was a newborn and I admit that I am still nibbling his feet every single day. No day passes by without me spending a few seconds or minutes playing with his feet.

Naturally, my shoe shopping for my son takes as long as shopping a pair for myself, even longer. I’m very particular with the appearance, colors, materials and comfort. I also look for shoe types that will be easy to clean. My son used to vomit a lot; well, he still vomits occasionally while traveling and the shoes are easy targets for vomit stains.

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I look for materials that look durable. Kids my son’s age (he’s 4 years old now) run a lot and, unlike us adults, they don’t really care whether their nice shoes get messed up or not. It takes a certain age to be conscious of that. So if the material doesn’t last long enough, your child will only be able to wear those pair of shoes for a few times.

Most important for me in buying shoes for my child is comfort. He must be comfortable and happy to wear his shoes, just like adults should. If he’s not comfortable, he’ll be fidgeting and taking it off frequently.


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I first heard of Stride Rite in Malaysia in 2011 and was delighted to learn that this brand has reached the country. Since having a child in 2009, I’ve begun to be fascinated by those cuddly, adorable, tiny shoes. Being a baby foot addict, I want nice, good shoes for my son’s feet.

It’s very interesting how a shoe brand puts significant importance to children’s feet. Did you know that Stride Rite has been around for more than 90 years? It was founded in Massachusetts, United States. Only Stride Rite has introduced a first walking shoe that is clinically proven to reduce the number of stumbles and falls when learning to walk. Until now, it continues to provide shoes that were specifically made with an in-depth knowledge of how children walk.

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Stride Rite: Rite Steps System


I admittedly don’t know much about the science of children’s feet. Maybe I didn’t explore or try to understand more about them. But here are some interesting facts from Stride Rite that are worth taking note of:
  • Bones are not fully formed in a child’s foot until age 5. While the foot is still developing, the cartilage can be easily influenced by ill-fitting footwear.
  • Babies’ feet do not have arches. Arches do not start to develop until 2 years old.
  • The 52 bones in the human feet make up one quarter of all the bones in the human body. 
  • Babies’ feet perspire two times more than adults, so always look for breathable materials such as leather and mesh or anti-microbial linings.
  • The heel is the one bone in the foot that helps to balance baby’s entire body.
  • Similar to your body, your feet are still growing into your late teen years. So your tenth pair of shoes is just as important as your very first.


And did you know that you should never hand-down baby shoes from one child to another? According to Stride Rite, baby shoes, especially shoes made of leather form to a child’s foot once they are worn for a while. A person’s gait is much like their fingerprint; it is unique to them. If a child wears hand-me-down shoes, his or her walking pattern may be affected since his or her feet are now trying to form to the gait of another child. (Of course, this shouldn’t stop us from donating shoes in good condition to the needy. A worn pair of shoes is still better than no shoes at all. So please do save your old shoes for people who have none.)

Stride Rite has very adorable collections for ages 0 to 10, both boys and girls. Check out these wonderful, cute shoes!

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Stride Rite Cars/ McQueen shoes - RM159

Stride Rite shoes for baby girl - RM149

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Stride Rite has Princess collection shoes for the little princesses, too!

I finally got to buy Stride Rite shoes for my son. I bought 2 pairs of blue shoes that can be worn for school and for going out. My son loves blue and he personally chose these pairs. 1 pair is open-toed, which is great for long travels. The 2nd pair is closed shoes but is designed to allow his feet to breathe and comes in breathable mesh, too. Both pairs can be washed easily and since they have dark blue color, I think I wouldn’t have much challenge in cleaning and maintaining them. 

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Stride Rite closed shoes in breathable design and material

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Stride Rite open toe shoes for boys

When I purchased these 2 pairs, I also got entitled to be part of Kidea – Stride Rite’s new membership programme, which gives members/kids a lot of privileges to watch out for. Any purchase of RM80 or above allows you to be a member of Kidea for free.
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Stride Rite Kidea Rewards Program

See this cute package of the membership cards and booklet in a nice blue folder with their signature Kidea icon. Let me try and see how this Kidea programme works for me and my son, then I’ll share more about it in the near future (that is if I’m satisfied, haha!).
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Stride Rite Kidea Rewards Program cards

So now my son is looking forward to wear his new shoes! Just like mommy, he also loves nice, comfortable footwear!


About Stride Rite
Stride Rite's rich, deep heritage is found in every shoe. Nowhere is this more evident than in The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) grant of its Seal of Acceptance to several styles of Stride Rite's baby shoes, the first baby shoes in the industry to carry the Seal. 

Throughout the 70s, Stride Rite maintained the position as the leading manufacturer of quality children's footwear. The company saw significant changes taking place in the shoe industry and found a new opportunity for growth. In 1972, Stride Rite opened its first company-owned retail bootery, bringing more than 60 years of experience and expertise in children's shoes to the public. 

Stride Rite has remained committed to providing the best fitting shoes for children. The entire collection, every single shoe, is created from an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how children walk and grow. Stride Rite studies have led to important breakthroughs and new technologies in children's footwear. 

So whether children are taking their first steps or are off and running, Stride Rite understands the significance of every step and will continue to innovate and provide the most advanced children's footwear.


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You can visit their website at http://www.striderite.com.my for more information. 
Or better yet, get connected to Stride Rite’s Facebook page at 


Find shoes for your kids at these Stride Rite Outlets in Malaysia

Suria KLCC
Address: Lot C 202, Level 2, Jalan Ampang 50088, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Tel: (60) 03 2788 0738
Business Hours:
Mondays to Sundays and Public Holidays:
10:00am - 10:00pm
  
1 Utama Shopping Centre
Address: S139, 2nd Floor, Lebun Bandar Petaling Jaya, Bandar Utama 47800
Tel: (60) 03 7722 5818
Business Hours:
Mondays to Thursdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays:
10:00am - 10:30pm

Bangsar Village
Address: F9b, 1st Floor, No. 1 Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (60) 03 2282 3975
Business Hours:
Mondays to Sundays and Public Holidays:
10:00am - 10:00pm
  
Paradigm Mall
Address: Lot 1F-27, First Floor, No. 1 Jalan SS7/26A, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: (60) 03 7887 5638
Business Hours:
Mondays to Sundays and Public Holidays:
10:00am - 10:00pm

Empire Shopping Gallery
Address: F27, First Floor, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya
Tel: (60) 03 5631 6771
Business Hours:
Mondays to Sundays and Public Holidays:
10:00am - 10:00pm
  
Johor Premium Outlets
Address: Jalan Premium Outlets, Indahpura, 81000 Kulaijaya, Johor Darul Takzim
Unit No.: Suite No. 825
Tel: (60) 07 670 8037
Business Hours:
Mondays to Sundays and Public Holidays:
10:00am - 10:00pm


Saturday, 28 December 2013

Find a Home Tutor Near You in Just a Few Clicks!


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Time for school again!


Year-End holidays are almost over and it’s back to school soon for our kids! Some may be excited about it while some are dreading facing home work, exams, waking up early, and, of course, massive traffic jam that’s worse than what we faced this December. For us, parents, it’s that time again when we need to help the young ones with home work or find a good tutor to guide them.


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Education is the greatest treasure we can give to our children and even if we are paying good schools for their education, it is still important to have someone who will pay attention to their progress on a more personal level. If you’re a working parent and your job is too demanding, it can be a tough challenge for you to really monitor the progress of your child and teach them everyday. And, seriously, do you still remember those kinder or grade school subjects? I shiver at the thought of trying to teach my son his Chinese lessons. Being a foreigner in Malaysia with no basic understanding of Chinese or Malay, I am definitely incapable of guiding my son on a lot of subjects. Help!

Good news for parents and tutors as well! Technology has caught up with our needs. To parents, what if you can find a tutor around your preferred location within a few clicks on your notebook, tablet or phone? Now, you can easily search for the right tutor online. The most established and user friendly website for home tuition industry in Malaysia, www.hometuitionjob.com, gives you easy access to tutors who can help your child in their studies and development.


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Home Tuition Job matches tutors based on your needs

www.hometuitionjob.com provides you with choices for potential tutors and is very simple to use. When you visit the website, you will be welcomed by a photo stream of tutors who have registered their credentials and details with Home Tuition Job.

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Home Tuition Job Malaysia homepage


When you click on ‘Find Tutor, you’ll see the entire list of tutors for you to choose from. Most tutors post their real photos while some might place other icons. It depends on you as a parent if appearance is something that you consider important in finding a tutor. Personally, I would prefer to know how the tutor would look like so I know exactly whom my child will be studying with. Not that I will judge by his or her looks but I would prefer someone who’s honest/ confident enough to show his/ her real face on the website.
Find Tutor page - where you'll see potential tutors

When you click on a tutor you find interesting, you will see the full profile showing his or her credentials: full name, location, age, qualifications, tutor fee, level as a tutor and more. The details are quite sufficient to make a good judgment.
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You can see the tutor's credentials and choose to HIRE the tutor


Wouldn’t it be great if you can find someone nearby your area? It’s easy with www.hometuitionjob.com! You have the option to filter available tutors within several distance options. This makes your search more efficient and avoids wasting time on talking to tutors who might be too far away from your place.
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Home Tuition Job lets you filter your search by distance

It’s free to request for a tutor and it’s very simple. Once you’ve chosen a tutor, you just need to click to hire and it will bring you to a request form. Simply fill-up the details so Home Tuition Job can check and match based on your needs.

Now that’s great technology at your fingertips and on the go! Don’t let your kids face homework and studies alone if you barely have time to guide them. Hire a tutor now and make studying more fun for your kids!

If you are a tutor in Malaysia or if you think you have what it takes to be one, join www.hometuitionjob.com community as a tutor and let the jobs find you! For more details, you can check out my post for tutors HERE.

Home Tuition Job has recently expanded to India home tuition industry, making tutors more accessible to parents in a few clicks. Indians can even find tutors in Bangalore. For more information, log on to www.hometuitionjob.in or connect to Home Tuition Job India via http://www.facebook.com/hometuitionjobindia



Tutors Can Now Find Jobs Easily!


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Are you a tutor in Malaysia? Or do you think you have what it takes to be one? Here’s good news for you!

Home Tuition Job via www.hometuitionjob.com makes finding students and jobs easier for you with just a few clicks. And best of all, it’s FREE!

Tutor-Hunters find Teachers via www.hometuitionjob.com 

Think of it as a job street specifically made for tutors. You get to advertise your credentials to tutor-hunters and you become part of a tutor-student-parent community. It increases your chances of finding a suitable job as a tutor/ teacher because the site caters to this targeted market. Isn’t that great and cool?

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Find tutor jobs easily


You don’t necessarily have to be a professional tutor or teacher by practice. Even students can take part, too! Some parents who have pre-school or kindergarten children also need help in guiding their kids to write the alphabet, learn numbers, paint, color and other simpler lessons such as learning language basics of Chinese, Malay or English. I would personally need a tutor for my 4-year-old son soon as I am a foreigner in the country who doesn’t know Malay or Chinese. For students who want to earn extra income, being a home tutor is a great option and is a fun way to share your knowledge and skills to younger students!  

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Don't waste your skills; make money out of it!


How do you get started as a tutor at Home Tuition Job? Simply log on to www.hometuitionjob.com and click ‘For Tutors/Teachers (We Help You Get Jobs)’.

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Registration for Tutors/ Teachers is FREE

Go through the Registration Form, which is completely FREE! Here you will create an account. The great thing is you have the option to sign-in with Facebook. Don’t you just hate creating too many accounts and having to remember passwords? With the Facebook sign-in, you have easier access and account registration.

Take note, when I wrote this post, Home Tuition Job has already helped tutors earn more than RM2,000,000. Imagine if you can take a percentage from this by just spending a few hours of your time every week to help a student finish his homework. 

Once you’ve created your account and specified your relevant details, parents/ students can easily find you via www.hometuitionjob.com. Your profile visible to public will look like this:

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Tutor/ Teacher Profile


And if you need good pointers to improve how you write your profile, you can check out the support page where Home Tuition Job provides articles to help you in finding the right job and, of course, earning good income from tutor jobs!

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This website is a brilliant idea to serve the needs of parents, teachers, tutors and students. But just an advice for tutors, be cautious and careful of potential jobs, as there are still a lot of possibilities where bad/ evil people can take advantage of you. I’m sure you’ve heard of news where there were job ads and interviews that led to mishaps, especially for the ladies. There are a lot of things that we cannot foresee or control, so just a word of advice: be careful. If you were asked to meet a client for interview or meet-up, always make sure that it’s at a neutral place. If you were invited to a house, make sure somebody comes along with you and maybe wait for you outside while you’re meeting the client. Best is to meet the client at a coffee shop or at their condo’s clubhouse. For the parents or clients, be wary of whom you invite to your house, especially if you’re alone. If I were to meet a potential tutor, I’d probably meet him or her outside and not in my house just yet. 

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Home Tuition Job is a great service where as a tutor/teacher, parents/ students with specific needs that can be solved by your skills find you. When writing your profile, it is best to identify your key strengths and subjects your good at. Don’t forget arts and creative skills. Some parents might be looking for these skills for their child’s development.

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If you have creative skills, don't forget to add them on your profile


So if you’re a tutor or teacher or you have what it takes to be one, visit www.hometuitionjob.com now and start marketing your service. Don’t waste your time and skills; make money out of it. And it will even be a rewarding experience to help a student succeed in school!

If you’re a parent or student looking for a home tutor, find out more about how it works through my post by clicking HERE