Towards a Pro-Family Society

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The FamilyMatters@Business grant is an initiative by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to help businesses cater more for families. From the 1st of April (no, it's not some Fools' idea of a joke), companies with more than one establishment can claim up to 70% of what they spend, capped at S$100,000 - on family-friendly fixtures and fittings.

I'm sure that this is welcome news for both parties, as it creates a win-win situation for everyone. With enhanced features to provide a more conducive environment for families to visit, this will certainly make the task of bringing out the kids very much easier.

Strollers for rent, supermarket trolleys masquerading as kiddy cabs to keep the kids entertained, more changing tables, nursing rooms and amenities, as well as indoor playgrounds in malls and restaurants - shopping and dining out is made relatively easier.

Almost faMOOs.
I personally prefer to go to places which have family friendly features. In fact, I found that it wasn't all too difficult bringing BabyMoo out since he was one month old, because most malls and places have basic pro-family features already in place. The provision of changing and nursing rooms were made mandatory about fifteen years ago, and since then, new places which have sprouted up over the years will have these facilities. Even the older malls have taken the initiative to provide at least a changing table in the restrooms.

Since there is the additional incentive for businesses to provide more in an effort to create a more family friendly environment, what additional pro-family features would you like implemented?

Do share your thoughts!
This is just one of my suggestions. Do share if you have more!

12 comments :

  1. it'll be great if almost every mall has an indoor playground like the one at ikea! where staff can help keep watch of the children while parents shop, and the children can play to their hearts' content! it can create more jobs too! WIN-WIN-WIN!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! I totally agree! even a small table with colouring activities will keep them entertained. It doesn't cost much, but parent will be so appreciative!

      Delete
  2. I know that in the zoo, it's palce right outside the toilets, so that makes it easy for daddy's to change diapers but erm also exposes them if they don't know how.. and of course not everyone wants to see bare backside!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahahaha!! Yes Susan - I know exactly what you mean. Perhaps it's also for 'safety' reasons that they don't have changing tables in male toilets?

      Think nasty thoughts about little kids and older (men) perhaps?

      Delete
  3. I'd like to have someone be able to feed my child or entertain him whilst I'm eating, LOL~

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahahhah!! Don't we all!

      Oh... to have a weekend meal where *I* choose what I want to eat, and eat at *my* own pace!

      Delete
  4. I wish all shopping malls would reserve some parking lots for 'families with kids' - like those in Ikea and City Square Mall. V thoughtful and convenient.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Most of the family friendly malls do have that. But they are usually occupied by the time mid morning!

      More reserved lot, perhaps? But the thing is, I've actually come across 3 families who parked at these lots and have no young kids in sight. Unlike the handicapped lots where it's illegal to park at these lots when you aren't ferrying a person with disabilities, nobody can really dictate who should use these or otherwise :(

      Delete
    2. In Perth, many lots that are closest to the mall are reserved for families with strollers. People without strollers will not even think of parking in these lots. I just wonder though, if this is indeed implemented in Singapore, how many people without strollers will still park in these lots. At the end of the day, until people in Singapore become more considerate, this will not work.

      Delete
    3. Yes - it all boils down to mindset and civic consciousness!

      Delete
  5. This is a bit of a demanding one but it'll be nice to have activity stations/reading corners within malls. More indoor playgrounds would be nice too! That way, the husbands can help to keep the kids occupied (no need to rack their brains for ideas) while the wives shop in peace! :p

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sure it can be done... once that this initiative kicks in gear! Let's hops for the best!

      Delete

 

Powered by Motherhood