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
It would be easier (and faster!) if I do it myself but something tells me not to.
My daughter is in 1st grade and since there are MORE grade levels to come, I thought I’d set the expectations early as to how much (or how little) help she’d get from me.
Well, how much help should we really give?
I’m on the camp who thinks as little as possible. ?
Project making can teach kids so many things – hard work, responsibility, self-reliance, creativity, resourcefulness etc. and we don’t want to rob those learning opportunities from them.
So even if it takes a loooonger time for Mia to finish, I let her be.
I just GUIDE.
“Mommy! Why did you cut those? I wanted to be the one. I wanted to be the one.”
Ok, so I wasn’t a very good guide in the beginning.? Continue reading
It was my first time and I was still so naive.
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.
(WARNING: Explicit content. Mention of private parts. Please read medically.?) Continue reading
I used to judge parents for letting their kids go to school in elaborate outfits.
They know there’s playground time everyday and they dress their girls in tutus and party dresses? How can the kids move freely, run around, climb slides, and ride bikes?
And then… Mia all of a sudden started to love dresses.
If you’re fond of saying TGIF, I kind of envy you.
I love weekends but they are usually as hectic as my weekdays!
To give you an example, here’s a rundown of how one weekend is like for me from early morning until night.
COFFEE. Cook breakfast.
Eat with Mia. Feed for about 45mins. to an hour. Continue reading
HELLO everyone!!! It has been quiet here for almost 3 months and I couldn’t be happier that I got to finally post today!
I swear I always try to write. I really do. I have about 12 drafts waiting (each with a few sentences that I wrote in increments) but none of them seem to close.
Well, until today. Yey! Continue reading
It has been 7 weeks since we parted ways with our helper (looking for a new one, help!) and to be honest, I haven’t fully adjusted to my new duties yet.
Work has come to a halt and I must say that being a full-time homemaker has its sweet perks and pains.
For one, I am physically tired, more than ever! Haha. Continue reading
She was sitting on her potty, reading a book, when I suddenly heard chomping and munching sounds in our room.
Puzzled, I watched closely if her jaw was moving or if her cheeks were bulging, and much to my surprise, they were! She was chewing!
But chewing what?!?
“SPIT!!! SPIT IT OUT!!!” was my loud demand though I had no idea what it was. Continue reading
“Doc, I think Mia may have swallowed some of my lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm, mascara, and cologne!”
I was trembling while I was talking to our pediatrician on the phone. She strongly advised to immediately take Mia to the ER and have her vital signs checked. Continue reading
Did you take Aspilets when you were little?
They must have renamed it to Kiddilets. 🙂
I remember hiding under the bed and eating those candy looking tablets because Mama would only give me 1 every 4 hours when I was sick. Continue reading
When I was little, my mom would try to put me to sleep every afternoon.
Sigh. I wish it was that easy. Continue reading
The past month hasn’t been so good to us.
Just the week after I launched this site, Mia got sick. She was vomiting and we didn’t know why. Her face was thinning and she was losing the pounds we worked hard to gain. And I found myself eating a bag of potato chips (in hiding) everyday while dealing with it.
Yes, I’m a stress eater and I find comfort in food. Salty food. Okay, unhealthy salty food. Tsktsk. Continue reading
These past days, I have been trying to recall how our parents and grandparents did it without smartphones. Let’s enumerate quickly shall we?
They used snail mail and telegrams to connect; they used landline phones, beepers, and bulky cellphones to keep in touch; and they waited for radio announcements and the TV news hour to get the latest headlines. Looking at this, I say, they get information only on certain times of the day, and not all day.