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Lipaoland Theme Park, Taiwan

Tiger girl posing with mascots of Lihpaoland.
Tiger girl posing with mascots of Lihpaoland.

During our last trip to Taiwan the kids wanted to go to a Theme Park that had both fun and thrilling rides and water rides too. In the end we decided on Lipaoland in Taichung as it had both a  Theme park and a Water park side by side.

Our room at Fullon Hotel , Yue Mei 福容 月眉
Our room at Fullon Hotel , Yue Mei 福容 月眉

To reduce the time we would spend travelling we booked a  package deal which gave us a two day access to both parks and one night stay at the Fullon hotel with both buffet dinner and breakfast.

The hotel was located on the grounds of the theme park and it only took a 5 min walk to either park.

The family  room  we booked was certainly huge as it had two queen size bed and a tatami bed for all 5 of us. The kids had fun alternating between the queen size bed and the tatami as all wanted to take turns sleeping on the floor.

The sign board showing all the rides in the park
The sign board showing all the rides in the park

We headed to the park shortly after it opened for business. As it wasn’t the holiday season for schools in Taiwan there wasn’t a crowd at all.  In fact it was  almost  relatively empty and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The most awesome part of it was there were NO QUEUES!! The kids could have as many rounds  as they wish on the different rides.

The bumper cars
The bumper cars

We had our fun on the bumper cars.

Posing for a picture at a photo booth
Posing for a picture at a photo booth

The boys and R went on the roller coaster rides while Tiger girl and I went on the gentler ones.

Posing on the  horse
Posing on the horse at the Merry-Go-Round

The Merry-Go-Round is one of Tiger girl’s favourite ride. She went on it a couple of times when we were at  Tokyo Disneysea 2 years ago.

The leg powered S-Car-Go
The leg powered S-Car-Go
Tiger girl in the snail ride
Tiger girl in the snail ride

This has to be one of the most exhausting rides for Tiger girl and Doggie boy. They had to manually pedal as hard as they could to get the snail to go around the whole track.  Talk about a Snail Ride!!

A scenic display
A scenic display

There were quite a couple of display areas where one could snap photos but I gave many a miss due to the intense afternoon heat. It was scorching hot from the summer sun and the kids and I couldn’t wait to retreat back to the hotel for a rest.

Where have you been this holidays?




Lipaoland Theme Park

NO8,Fullon Road,Hou-Li ,
Taichung City421, Taiwan

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Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings

Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings Book Cover
Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings Book Cover

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by  Dr Laura Markham is a book which advocates  Peace between parents and their children.

The book is divided into three parts

– Peaceful Parenting 101

– Teaching Peace

– Before the new baby and through the first year.

Getting siblings to get along is never easy however it is possible to reduce the friction between them.

Many a time the errant behavior doesn’t get correct as the child doesn’t own the misbehavior.  They need to be  intrinsically motivated to change for the better. They need to be taught how to  identify and communicate their needs and feelings.

Parents can show how siblings can interact nicely with each other  through  doing the following.

– Describe what is happening

– Empathize with the child

– Coaching the children to put their feelings into words without attacking the other child.

By helping their children work out their feelings and emotion they will be able to understand each other better and reduce the friction between siblings.

Children need to be thought how to problem solve as these are essential skills to have so that they can survive in today’s world.


My thoughts

Having the kids live side by side in harmony is any parent’s dream. Constant bickering and fighting have been driving me up the wall and I certainly wish for more moments of peace and tranquility within our household.

There are many useful tips in Dr Laura’s book on how to deal with discord between siblings and also how to coach them how to deal with disagreements using peaceful means.

Learning to return yourself to calm is one of the most important actions you can take to strengthen your child’s relationship with each other.

I find this statement in the book extremely important in keeping the peace in a family. It hasn’t been easy to remain calm when the kids are at each other throats .

Being calm it’s something that I hope to achieve with my own kids and become a peaceful parent myself.

I found the book really useful and will be implementing  the negotiation tools that I’ve learned in the book with the boys. I’m looking forward to less bickering in our household and more PEACE between the siblings.

Do get a copy of the book Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life if you are interested to gain some tips on how to raise  Happy siblings.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.  This post has affiliate links.