• Great Mommy Ideas

    STAYING FIT

    As a mom of 4 and a pastor’s wife, trying to meet everyone’s needs and meeting with different people leave me very little time to work out. But I do feel my age taking its toll on my body so I try to exercise somehow, even just at home. For my husband’s birthday this year, I got him an elliptical trainer which I actually ended up using, because he prefers to work out at the gym. My personal best on it so far is going 5 km in 18 minutes. You might laugh at it but yeah that is such an effort for me already. Lately though, my regular workout…

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    LOVING OUR NATION

    Janina told me the other night that her least favorite subject was Filipino. She told me she didn’t want to learn the language anymore. I told her that a Filipino who didn’t know how to speak Filipino is like a bird who didn’t know who to fly. Yesterday when we were reviewing for her Filipino exam, I asked her to give me an example of a “bayani.” She asked me what “bayani” means. I told her, it means a hero. She said “Superman.” Oh my! Not only doesn’t she know our own language, but she is far from being patriotic. When most kids would have said “Jose Rizal,” she said…

  • Family Activities

    MONEY FROM HEAVEN

    We just finished dinner in the mall and our son Ryan wanted to buy some cotton candy. One bag costs P25.00. I knew I didn’t have enough cash anymore so I rummaged through my wallet and bag and came up with one 20 peso bill and 4 peso coins. I was short by P1.00. I asked Paolo if he had any coins in his pocket but just like me, he was broke. 😀 My poor Ryan, he was so looking forward to enjoying his cotton candy. We proposed for him to sing in front of people and maybe someone will throw in a few coins. Or he could give the…

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    WHAT ARE YOUR CHILD’S SPECIAL GIFTS?

    Your child is more gifted than you know. Most traditional schools just focus on academics. It is our role as parents to tap into our kids potential by recognizing where they are gifted. Your child can be an astronaut, concert pianist, counselor, writer, architect, entrepeneur, scientist or athlete. The problem is when we get so focused on them getting honors in school and fail to see where their strengths really are. Here is a simple checklist I saw on the net to gauge which area/s your child is strong in: (based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.) The list is quite lengthy but i’m sure you’ll enjoy assessing your…

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    THE POWER OF A SMILE

    Joaquin is almost 2. He has already discovered the infectious power of a smile. He learned that his smile brightens up mommy’s day. He learned that his smile gives daddy a nice “welcome home” after a long day’s work. He learned that when he smiles, somehow, everyone around him lightens up. He learned that when he smiles, people react with their “awww…. or how cute!” He has mastered the art of smiling. Lately though, I’ve noticed Joaquin misusing, abusing and overusing the power of his smile.  When he wants chips from his sister Janina, all he needs to do is flash his smile, and Janina gives him what he wants.…

  • My kids' journey

    MY NEW MOMMY CHALLENGE

    Motherhood is an adventure. This week I learned about bone injuries. The terms I’ve long forgotten in science class were brought back to memory, like ulna, radius, closed reduction and the like. Janina fractured her arm while playing in the playground last Friday. It’s amazing how a split-second fall can cost you thousands of pesos in medical care and weeks of recovery. Now her whole left arm, from the wrist to the armpit, has to be in a cast for at least 4 weeks. My already independent daughter is now once again, very dependent on me. She needs assistance for basically everything, from fixing her hair to feeding herself. My…

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    PROTECTING YOUR KIDS

    I heard a sad story last week. A 12-yr old girl was molested. And this happened 25 years ago. She just finally was able to tell her mom about it recently.  This girl has had several failed relationships in the past and is now a single mother.  I’ve read that at least two out of every ten girls and one out of every ten boys are sexually abused by the end of their 13th year and that most children who are sexually abused, are abused by a family member or close friend? As parents, we can help protect our children by educating them. We have made it clear to our…

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    GOOD PARENTING BOOK

    Just in the last 2 weeks, several moms have asked me online about what good parenting book I can recommend. Off the top of my head, I can think of one: SHEPHERDING A CHILD’S HEART by Tedd Tripp. I’m sure my husband would make the same recommendation. We got our copy of this book many years ago when we just had 1 child. It was given to us by Pastor Steve and Deborah Murrell, our mentors in parenting. I must say, this book has had a great influence on how we are raising our children. Here are some of the many things I learned from that book: Our goal is…

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    DISCIPLINE MYTHS part 3

    This is the last of the series. For part 2, click here. 3. DISCIPLINE WILL DAMAGE MY CHILD Again, I want to reiterate. Hitting will damage your child. Beating will damage your child. Slapping your child in the face will damage him.  These are forms of abuse and will leave major emotional scars on your children. The kind of discipline I am talking about is done within the context of a loving relationship. It is done by a parent who is in complete control of his emotions. The rod of discipline can take many forms, depending on the age of the child. I don’t spank my 14-year old anymore because…