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    ONE HOT GRANDMA

    We were having a teachable moment with our children about one facebook status that said “—— is sooooo hot!!” Paolo/Me: You know kids, there are better ways and words to describe other men or women. You don’t want to say “hot.” The Bible says we need to treat other men and women as brothers and sisters, and with absolute purity. Ryan: But I heard grandma use the word “hot!” Me: What do you mean? Ryan: Last summer, I was in her house, and she said “I’m sooo hot!!” Everyone: RYAN! She was talking about the summer heat!

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    DISCIPLINE IS MORE THAN PUNISHMENT

    I got this note from my daughter yesterday after we had a “little” confrontation. After I read it, I told her I forgive her and gave her a hug. After a time of discipline, it is our joy to see our kids repent and ask for forgiveness for the wrong that they have done. Discipline is more than punishment or giving consequences. If after you have grounded your child, or given him a spanking, and yet he remains hard-hearted, and there is no change in him, then it just means you are not done with discipline yet. What we want to see happen is for our kids to acknowledge what…

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    GOT MILK OR NOT MILK

    When most Filipino families are eating rice for breakfast, our family is eating cereal with milk. Our kids drink milk during the day and before bedtime as well. That makes us heavy consumers of cow’s milk. For years, two of my kids have been having on and off sinusitis and cough. The doctor said that it was probably just an allergic reaction to something. I’ve always thought that it was probably due to stuff in the air or the weather. I never accepted that it was due to cow’s milk since our kids love cow’s milk so much. Until a few months ago, I decided to remove cow’s milk from…

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    GREAT MOMMY IDEA: PILLOWCASE BAG

    If you’re a mom, I’m sure you attend a lot of birthday parties. If you attend a lot of birthday parties, and your kids love to join the games, you end up with this big pile of prizes on the table. This happens to me often, and my dilemna is always how to carry all of those prizes to the car. I got this idea from my good friend and ever beautiful Marie Bonifacio at a birthday party yesterday. When it was time to pack up, Marie put all the birthday celebrant’s gifts in a big pillowcase. A pillowcase can easily be tucked in your bag but is bigger than…

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    BE DELIBERATE

    Deuteronomy 6: 6-9 Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. God wants us to deliberately and aggressively teach our children His commandments. He wants us, the parents, to do it, not the school, not the media, not…

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    LOVE OF MONEY

    Earlier today Ryan was stressing over how much money he had from his chores, allowance and birthday gifts combined. He wanted to get a few toys. I told him “Did you know Ryan, that the love of money is the root of all evil?” And then he answered, “Exactly! That’s why I want to spend it all!”

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    WHAT A DAD!

    My husband, Paolo, didn’t grow up with a dad. He met his dad when he was already 16. I had no idea what kind of father he would be to our kids. In fact, I was worried he wouldn’t know how to be a good father. I thank God for bringing men into my husband’s life who showed him how to be a father. And I am proud of how Paolo learned so quickly and was so eager to put everything into practice. Being a father is more than providing. It is being involved in every area of your kids’ lives, training them and discipling them in the ways of…

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    MOMMY BLOWS A KISS

    Joaquin was reaching out for a ball under the table and hit his head. He immediately ran to me and asked me to kiss his “owie”. As i hugged him and kissed his boo-boo, he walked away comforted and was ready to play again. When Nathan was a year old, I made up a song that I sing everytime he got hurt. I’ve been singing it all these years to my other kids. I still sing it to this day for my little Joaquin. Here’s how it goes: Recently I read this article about how a loving mother who kisses her child’s boo-boos may be providing more health benefits than…