One friendly contest in my daughter’s school was particularly monumental for us as it was a huge milestone in her emotional development.
They call it Brain Quest and she was one of the 3 students chosen to represent their class. They were to compete with other first graders from other school branches and Mia was nothing but excited! Continue reading →
I have mixed opinions about school projects. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don’t.
LIKE because it helps our kids absorb the lesson more and it does encourage (or should I say force ?) us, parents, to spend time with them. You know, work together as parent and child to reach a goal. That’s the whole idea, right? And then children feel a sense of accomplishment afterwards. A sense of pride that they’ve created something they haven’t done before.
That is, if we really let them do the job.
Because the crazy truth is –
Most parents do the projects of their kids. ?
I’m not here to judge though. I totally understand! It’s much much faster that way!
If you also tried to make it look like ‘child’s work’?, kudos to your efforts. Don’t feel guilty. Who hasn’t?
The only thing I’m trying to point out here is, this is extra work for us. And we are very busy parents who actually have no time for it.
So what I don’t like about projects is when they are not age appropriate.
I remember when I was in elementary, we were asked to make a parol (Christmas lantern). Continue reading →
I often hurt myself by running around and bumping into tables at home when I was young. I would cry and my mom would come to the rescue, smack the furniture, and say, “Bad table. Bad.”
That was her way of easing my pain. ?
Poor table. ?
Sometimes, it was the wall too. “Bad wall. Very bad wall.” (Smack!)
It wasn’t the wisest way to empathize with kids. But for the little me, back in the day, it was very comforting.
To see my mom get mad at an object and put the blame on it instead of on me? Oh, it would hush and calm me down. It was not my fault, right? I wasn’t clumsy or naughty. That furniture! Those walls!
To this day, I still trip in the most unlikely places. My pinky toe also gets stubbed all the time as if it has a mind of its own, deciding not to go where the rest of my body is going. But of course, I have matured and I don’t blame the grocery cart with wobbly wheels for it. Or the door that was left open by someone else. Or the hallway lights that weren’t on.
Did you know that there are gentle and easy-reading chapter books for kids?
I was not exposed to fiction books when I was Mia’s age. I also don’t have a recollection of anyone in our family reading novels. So you can say I’m pretty clueless on how to transition kids from picture books to text-filled pages with zero illustrations.
I actually almost missed the signs that Mia was ready for it. Have you recently checked if your children are ready too?
Here’s how we started out and it might be helpful to you in spotting for cues. Continue reading →
I am currently on the hunt for early chapter books and it has been extra challenging!
Having an advanced young reader is so much fun but it also means I always have to be meticulous in a way that I can’t just pick Harry Potter even though I know she can finish this in just a few days because the plot is still quite scary for her.
So I’m specifically looking for books that match my daughter’s reading capacity AND have storylines that keep the level of innocence of 6-year-olds.
I spent 2 hours at BookSale (I know, too long!) browsing through every shelf, checking subject appropriateness & grade level labels, and reading back cover summaries until the attendants started looking doubtful about whether I was really purchasing something. ?
Well, of course, I did! I was so excited for Mia because I think I found some really good ones.
Every parent wants the best possible education for their child, and you have many options available today from which you can choose to provide your child with a quality educational experience. Narrowing down these options can sometimes be a challenge, especially if your child has special needs such as being a gifted learner who thrives on additional stimulation. As you begin exploring the programs in your area, use this guide to understand the key differences between public, private and distance learning options.
I was luckily given this opportunity, together with 4 other moms, to be in a promotional video for Smart Parenting & Calpol Philippines, and I thought I’d share with you the crazy moments before all of this happened.
It was something I truly didn’t expect because when I attended the pre-interview, there were several times when my mind went blank!
To name one instance, when they asked me the simple question of sharing my special moments with Mia, I couldn’t think of any!
It’s summertime! I know everyone’s excited to go out of town but we are going farther away. Our first stop – outer space!
We recently visited the National Planetarium Museum and you may want to check them out too while admissions are still FREE! Their shows are open to everyone (5 years old and above) until May 31, 2017 and it’s a great summer activity for the whole family.
I didn’t know how it would feel for a water bag to break. I had no idea how painful contractions would really be even though I read about it numerous times. I also didn’t think there would be so much more to the birthing process than the coming out and cutting of the umbilical cord.
There are many tiny details that no one tells us about and that’s the main reason I’m sharing my birthing experience.
If you’re a soon-to-be mom planning to have a natural birth, consider this a What To (Really) Expect guide. I promise you’ll be more prepared than I was — physically and mentally — if you read this till the end.
If you’re a seasoned mom, feel free to laugh at my embarrassments. I was a total amateur. LOL.
From labor to delivery, here’s how my big day went.
If you are expecting or planning to have a baby, I’m so glad you are on this page because today, I’m sharing tips on how to REALLY prepare for mom and dad life.
This is a “special” rehearsal checklist that you won’t often find in baby books and if you manage to tick off every thing in this list before your due date, I can guarantee that you’re going to rock motherhood (or fatherhood) ! ? Continue reading →
If you’re wondering why your preschooler cannot sleep at night and you’ve already eliminated sugar high, new toys, scary movies, illnesses, or overstimulation, it may be because there are little things bothering him in school. Yes, just like adults, they think about their troubles at night too.
The school is a social environment and oftentimes, kids get anxious or confused as to why teachers and classmates act in certain ways.
The only problem is they don’t tell us right away. It could be because they cannot talk very well yet or we’re probably not asking the right questions to bring it out. Continue reading →