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My daughter likes to write and read a lot so I want her to have a comfortable study area so she appreciates them even more. Living in a condo doesn’t give me much choice but just a small table and chair for her. A bit of decoration and girly touches I know it’ll be an awesome study table for her. But for now, let me share these fabulous work areas for kids that I’ve seen all over the Internet.
So artsy this kind of set up and I think any child will feel inspired to do arts and crafts with this one.
Buying and owning a car is a milestone for any family who’s just starting out. For most family, it’s one of their major investment so the process of selecting a family car is tedious as it should pass several issues such as budget, functionality and after sales service. My husband and I are planning to get Hyundai’s EON. I like that it’s small but sturdy (for its size) and the aesthetic look appeals to me too. We are in communication with one of the sales person from Hyundai and though my parents are pretty much against small, Asian car I feel that it’s great for my first city driving car. Then for whatever funny reason the Universe has, I got invited to One Hyundai Club‘s exclusive event last weekend.
Wondering what One Hyundai Club is?
One Hyundai Club Life in Style is, as far as I know, the first car distributor loyalty program in the Philippines. If you own any Hyundai car, you are entitled to a free membership card where you gain perks like free spa, free movie tickets, free cooking lessons for Moms, free Gymboree passes for the kiddos and to top it all, you get to have 24/7 roadside assistance (visit One Hyundai Club website to learn more about these awesome awesome perks that you shouldn’t miss!) They also have a reward system where you receive points when you buy Hyundai parts and or avail of their car services. These points you can then use to redeem premium items from One Hyundai Club.
As I’ve said earlier, we were invited to a fun filled Saturday by the gorgeous people of One Hyundai Club. Peaches was able to play at Gymboree over at the Manila Polo Club (I didn’t know MPC is so huge inside!). We were with the other One Hyundai Club members and they all looked so happy with the perks they get from their car purchase.
Look at Peaches and her new friends playing at Gymboree:
Visit One Hyundai Club’s Facebook and get the latest events and happenings there. If you’re a proud Hyundai owner, contact your sales person and ask about the One Hyundai Club membership.
As for us, we’re pushing to get our Hyundai EON soon. If all is well, we will see
I didn’t know anything who Finn & Jake were until Peaches couldn’t stop talking about them and so I decided to sit down with her and watch Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. Honestly, I’m glad I did
It’s an original animated series from Cartoon Network and the main characters were Finn and Jake. They’re best friends and they are always in for an adventure.
This is Finn. He’s passionate about heroism. For a twelve-year-old human boy, saving princesses and battling sinister wizards is quite an admirable hobby. Finn doesn’t know why he’s compelled to protect good from evil; it’s just something he knows he must do. Raised in the wild from infancy and knowing nothing of his real parents, perhaps he will someday learn the secrets of his mysterious past. But in the meantime… adventure awaits!
This is Finn’s best bud, Jake. He is the confidante, the dependable buddy, the designated driver when Finn gets all tuckered out. He’s the crutch when Finn falls, the guiding hand to pick him back up; Jake is Finn’s best friend. Like a cool older sibling (Jake’s 28 in dog years) Finn can always turn to him for advice about confusing stuff, like emotions and girls. His reassuring presence lets Finn feel free to act like a goofball. Jake also has magical stretching powers!
Having a little girl is so much fun for Moms like myself. It’s like having a live Barbie doll to dress up and pretty-fy. I love buying her cutie and trendy clothes and accessories to wear. The choices however tend to dwindle as she
reaches 3-5 years old. I don’t know why, but the clothes and dresses I see are either too
baby-ish for her age or too old.
Luckily, I found out about Pois Belly & Kids store over at Megamall and they
got me with their cool and colorful store decorations. I thought their prices are steep
because of the store appearance but when I went in and looked, I was happy to know that it was reasonable
compared to more known brands.
When I was pregnant my husband and I talked about how we will be as parents we both agree that physical punishment is not the ONLY way to discipline a child. We started practicing positive parenting the moment our little girl was born and so far our daughter is growing really well. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my bouts of being a stressed out Mom and yes, I screamed and got fed up with parenting and household responsibilities but I got through it and did everything to hold myself all together when things get overwhelming.
What is Positive Parenting?
Positive parenting is about:
Believing children want to communicate with you, listening to children, discussing with your children what you want them to do, being very clear about what you want them to do, setting clear limits and boundaries, being firm and consistent, giving the same message every time, viewing disagreements between parents and children as opportunities to develop problem-solving and negotiation skills ~ credit
Parenthood is a gift and a privilege that we all should be thankful for. Not everyone is called to be a parent and not all parents are worthy of becoming one because parenting is not easy. It takes a lot of effort and sacrifices to become one. Here are few tips that I hope will help you practice positive parenting.
Children react on things differently.
Young children may throw tantrums when they’re faced with feelings or emotions that they don’t understand and feel frustrated that no one understands them. Children misbehave and it’s not unusual. It is through them that children learn about what is right and wrong. They will push their limits and see where their parents will draw the line, they want to know what they can and can’t do.
Now it’s up to you to direct your disciplinary skills and find out what works for you and your child. Positive parenting aims to always treat the child’s misbehavior to a positive one.
On April 22, 2012 from 10AM to 8PM there will be an awesome baby and family event at Trinoma Mall. This fun filled event is tagged as Baby Blast Year 3: It’s More Fun in the Family. It’s FREE!!! All you have to do is pre-register.
Read on to know how….
If I were not a WAHM, I would not have spur of the moment bonding moment with my daughter. Yesterday, I taught Peaches about loving trees and plants around us. We were watching Dad’s plants and talking about how plants grow and how trees are important and should be given respect because they’ve been here longer than us. To her curiosity and questions I was led to the story of creation to the first man and woman on Earth then to people getting old and what we do when we’re old.
She was quiet for a time and then happily quipped, “Mom, when I’m finish studying, I’ll get work and I’ll buy my own house but it should be near you and Dad so we are still together. I’ll go to your house to cook for you and clean your house.”
Didn’t I tell you she’s the sweetest little girl?
I then told her, “You don’t need to do that, Mom can still cook and clean the house even if I’m older”.
Peaches: “No, but you’re working all the time. It’s my turn.”
Aww.. If that didn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what! She’s very precious and adorable!
But wait, there’s more…
Peaches: “Mom, are you going to be old like Nannie and Lola and Pappie and Tatay?”
Me: “Yes, just like you getting taller…taller than Mom”.
She hugged me and said, “Mom, I just want to be small like this and not grow forever.”
Peaches: “Because I don’t want you to grow old”.
Silence. Hugs & Kisses.
I knew what her fears were and it’s normal. I wasn’t prepared though that it will come to her at this age.
Me: “Anak, people grow old. It’s normal and whether we like it or not we’re going to be old. It’s where life should go. That’s why we enjoy each day and do better each day.”
Well, I hope it’s as easy as Okay.
It’s a fact that she’s growing up and having her own likes and dislikes. I’m just happy that she still prefers me (and her Dad) above all things. I love that she gives me flowers from her way home from school. I love that she announces she’s home and looks for me immediately. I love that she acknowledges my authority and still loves me. I love that she’s the sweetest little girl to everyone, even to her friends (though that worries me because she might be bullied for being too soft and kind).
This post is inspired by my daughter’s 4-year friendship with her best friend Khia. They started really young when they were barely 2 year olds spending each day together at their playschool. I’m really thankful that Peaches experienced friendship and what it’s worth in such an early age because this will bring her good memories and lessons in life as she grows up. I know because I did. Unfortunately I couldn’t say the same to my husband. They moved a lot during his childhood years so he didn’t have “time” to develop x-years worth of friendship. Me on the other hand was born and raised for 16 years in this little town in Southern Mindanao. It gave me friends that know me half of my life and classmates I’ve had since Kindergarten until we graduated in High school.
Peaches and Khia get along pretty well and both girls are comfortable to both set of parents. We have Khia over for playdates and vice versa. I wish that they remain friends for a long time. Both girls are stepping to different big schools next year and will surely meet new set of friends and best friends but we (my husband and I and Khia’s parents) promised to bring the girls together for a lunch date or a whole day of fun often. It wouldn’t be too hard because Khia’s parents are young like us and we all get along pretty well because we have the same interests and hobbies.
Friendship and Young Children
Studio Ghibli Inc, is a Japanese animation company founded in 1985. It’s studio is located at Koganei, Tokyo. My husband and I are cartoon and anime lovers so when we watched My Neighbor Totoro which is a Ghibli Film, we were blown away and got addicted to all Ghibli movies we can find. My daughter is also happy with some of the cartoons so these films has been our family’s movie date night.
Here are the Ghibli Films I recommend:
1. My Neighbor Totoro
- released in April 16, 1988 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Totoro is the magical forest spirit that you see on the Ghibli logo.
Description: Two young girls, Satsuke and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuke and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros (pronounced toe-toe-ro). They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.
Most of you call it pet names but to me it’s my name for love. I’m referring to the many names we call our loved ones, our children, our friends, etc. In this case, I’m referring to the many names I call my daughter, Peaches. I won’t be shocked that one day she will come up to me and ask if I still know her real name or even her nickname
I call my daughter babe, baby, tutut, anak, naknak, miss, miswa and whatever cartoon character she fancy at the moment. When my patience is tested, I call her by her real name, CHEREENA, which makes me realize that I use her real name more often than her nickname. When I was little, my Mom calls me ANAK or Nak and uses my real name when she’s mad
There was this funny moment during Peaches’ first interview for a school entrance exam where the teacher asked what her nickname was and everyone can tell the little girl was really confused. The teacher rephrased the question and asked her what MOM calls her at home, and my smart daughter replied, “Oh, Babe or Baby but you can call me Peaches”. It was really PRICELESS!
In the same way, Peaches calls me Mom, Mommy, and recently Mama. I think she got Mama from her best friend, you know kids are eternal copy cats. I can actually tell if she’s serious, sick or needing embrace by the name she calls me and yes it’s on top of the motherly instinct that Mothers learn.
Peaches and her classmates had their reading recital last week and it was so cute and fun to watch the kids sing, dance and finally recite their piece in front of their proud parents. Peaches has been practicing her piece since first week of December and in no time she has mastered it. It was amazing how fast she learned her piece and it’s called A CAT CAME FIDDLING OUT OF A BARN which goes like this:
A cat came fiddling out of a barn,
With a pair of bagpipes under her arm.
She could sing nothing but fiddle dee dee,
The mouse has married the bumblebee.
Pipe, cat; dance, mouse;
We’ll have a wedding at our good house.
The kids had different pieces which are all from Mother Goose. Here watch how cute the kids are on their opening and closing number:
No other song (yet) best describes my love for my daughter other than Martina Mcbride’s In my Daughter’s Eyes.
It goes like this:
One of the most fun things about being a Mom is watching your child learn new things and become a person unique to everyone else. There are skills and development that are expected of a 4- year old and I want to make sure that my daughter is of at the same stage. I would like to stress however that every child learns and develop at their own pace. These guidelines are here to help us measure the capability of our children in order for us to facilitate their growth and help them reach their potential.
- They have more small muscle control.
- They can make representational pictures (for example, pictures of houses, people, and flowers).
- They run on tip toes.
- They hop on one foot.
- They gallop.
- They begin to skip.
- They throw a ball overhand.
- They pump themselves on a swing.
- They like unzipping, unsnapping, and unbuttoning clothes.
- They dress themselves.
- They can cut on a line with scissors.
- They like lacing their own shoes (but not tying).
- They can make designs and write crude letters.
- They are very active and aggressive in their play.
- Gains weight at the rate of about 6 grams per day
- Grows to a height that is double the length at birth
- Shows improved balance
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- They have very active imaginations.
- They sometimes have imaginary friends.
- They can be aggressive but want friends and enjoy being with other children.
- They tend to brag and be bossy.
- They are learning to take turns and to share. Games and other activities can help preschoolers learn about taking turns.
- They enjoy pretending to be important adults (mother, father, doctor, nurse, police officer, mail carrier, etc.).
- They need to feel important and worthwhile.
- They need opportunities to feel more freedom and independence.
- They appreciate praise for their achievements.
I remember watching Hoda and KL on Today’s Show talking about a baby doll that says “CRAZY BITCH” and I was stunned. Some people think it’s a joke but NO, it’s not and it’s not even funny.
And here’s another vid from Toys’ R Us in the US
I don’t know about you people but as a Mom, I am outraged that a toy store actually allow these toys?!
To be cussed by a plastic toy doll, is not how I want my child to spend Christmas.