Are There Rules on Taking Turns?

First kid grabs a toy and all the other kids want THAT same toy even if there are tons of other beautiful toys around to choose from. Sounds familiar? Second kid finally decides to grab a different toy and they all of sudden ditch the first toy and go with the new grab. Why kids, why? LOL.

This always happens to us whenever we hold or attend playdates. The kids gravitate to a favorite and fight over it. ALWAYS. If they can’t resolve it on their own, we break them apart and tell them to take turns.

But how exactly is turn taking done? When does one’s turn end and start? Continue reading

Children’s Theater: Our Trumpets Playshop Experience

Remember when she insisted on singing with the show band of Bellevue Hotel earlier this year? This summer, we took the opportunity to nurture that spark. If you missed that story, here it is: I’m Taking Note Of Today. (Come back here after! 😉 )

March came and we started scouting for performing arts workshops. Which one to go with? We thought. There were so many to choose from! Many factors to consider too – fees, proximity, schedule, reviews, and the age group as most would only accept 6-year-old kids and above. Continue reading

Celebrating Moms: 8 Heartwarming Ads That Made Us Cry

Single moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, teen moms, adoptive moms, daddy-moms, grandmoms, let there be no competition today!

Whether you’re breastfeeding or formula-feeding, using cloth diapers or disposables, baby-wearing or just happy to push the stroller along, there is no reason to prove who is winning and losing in this parenting thing. We all have one GREAT thing in common and that’s our LOVE for our children. Continue reading

To Share Or Not To Share (Part 2)

The other day I posted how Mia cried over a Frozen book that a little girl at the mall refused to share with her. That was Strike 1. In case you missed that, here it is: To Share Or Not To Share (Part 1).

Just 2 days after that, we  met another non-sharing kid again, this time at the playground, whose unexpected meanness opened our eyes as to how families differ in views when it comes to sharing.

Strike 2: Play day at the park. Continue reading

In A Snap!

Preschoolers. One minute they’re as sweet as candy and the next minute, they’re an unstoppable volcanic eruption. It really drives me crazy.

Do you have days like this? When everything is going so smoothly and in just a snap, boom! Gone. They go limp and it’s suddenly thunder and lightning.

A few days ago when I picked Mia up from school, I was surprised how our quality time was cut short.

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7 Ways To Teach Emotions To Kids

Mia: Please don’t make your eyebrows meet, Mommy. Don’t be an upset mother Mommy…

This was after I caught her skipping the soap (for the 3rd time) during hand washing. I knew for sure that she would immediately suck her dirty thumb afterwards, so I stood by the bathroom door looking as upset as I could be.

Mia: Smile now Mommy. Be happy.. Continue reading

Unwrapping your Child’s Gifts

Did you take photos while your kids were opening their gifts?

Christmas morning

Their smiles were immeasurable!

I often play the moment back in my head (in slow motion and with background music) when kids rejoice and jump in excitement at the sight of a toy peeking out from the wrappers. It is so beautiful I sometimes wish it’s Christmas all year! Okay, maybe not. Haha. It’s not a very relaxing month for parents to say the least. I actually wish we could get what we’re hoping for too. Rest and alone time maybe? Right, not happening. LOL. Okay, so while our kids are busy enjoying their new toys, I hope you’ll join me in unwrapping another gift before the year ends.

I am actually very happy I am posting this topic this Yuletide season.

Our children are our greatest gifts aren’t they? And because they are, we try our best to get them what they wish for. But have you ever thought that alongside Frozen dolls, talking Ninja Turtles, and Adventure Time toys, another great present to give is to help them discover their gifts? By that I mean the ones they already have in them. Their innate gifts.

I have recently attended a seminar-workshop hosted by Chi Sigma Iota entitiled Counseling the Gifted and I am so excited to share to you all the valuable things I learned for the whole day I was in UP Diliman for it. It was such an eye-opener and I wish I could write everything down without turning this into a 20-page post! So I guess I would just give out the points that struck me the most.

To start off, this post is not limited to parents of gifted kids. I believe the wisdom that resource speaker, Dra. Leticia Peñano-Ho shared would benefit every parent, every family, gifted or not.

In fact, you might actually discover that you (and not just your child) are possibly gifted too. You might actually wish your parents knew so you could have possibly done something about it.

Up to this day, many are still unaware of what giftedness is all about. People (teachers included) only pay attention to “intellectual” ability i.e. very young children identifying the flags of the world, naming countries’ capitals, or reciting the periodic table of elements backwards (what?! haha). So let’s do some quick descriptions to understand it better.

What exactly is Giftedness? Continue reading…

A Whole Bag of Chips On An All-Puke-Day

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

Why Timers Are My Sidekick

DING!

For some magical reason, our daughter obeys that sound more than my voice.

That may have sounded like it’s not in my favor but if you have been reading my posts, you can tell that I’m all for easy, tear-free, and no-fuss methods. Anything that can do those, I’m willing to test.

So when I heard that timers help ease transition from one activity to another, we gave it a try. As always, I was skeptical about it Continue reading

Are You A Distracted Parent?

Social MediaThese 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.

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The Best Way To Your Child’s Mind

Thinking_MIaEven if we have an early talker, there are times when I still can’t get the answer I need, such as when I ask how school was or what they did on certain days. All I get is, “Umm many things” or “It was okay.” Well… that’s not okay.. Moms need detailssssssss.

To solve this, I incidentally found a way that does not involve rephrasing our questions but teaching them one character trait. And it is.. (drumroll please) Continue reading

5 Fun Ways to Help Your Baby Talk

Babies cry a lot and we often need to guess why. Do they want more milk? Do they need a diaper change? Is it colic? Are they too tired? Are they feeling sick? If only they could tell us! Well of course, they won’t start talking until they’re about 8-10 months old, and even then, their words still won’t be as clear as we want them to be.

In our country, many parents “baby talk” their kids thinking they are not capable of understanding adult conversations yet. I don’t blame them. Even I thought kids could only start saying understandable words by age 3 or 4. But Mia proved me wrong. Continue reading