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I love books. I love reading. I remember reading Sweet Valley Kids and Babysitter’s Club (do they still have it?) when I was six or seven years old and up until now, my love for books and reading never fade. This is why I was happy to see my eldest share the same passion for books and reading. Apparently, my youngest daughter loathed it. She never picked up a book and refused to sit down and listen every time I read a story before their bedtime. She also destroyed some of the books we had because she doesn’t…

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The Money Talk: How We Handle Money at Home

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One of the things many married couples face (and sometimes fail!) is how to handle money at home. Trust me, it’s never going to be an easy topic to deal with and even discuss about. Once you get married and unless there is a pre-nuptial agreement executed prior to the celebration of marriage, there is an absolute community of property between the husband and wife. This means all properties brought to and acquired during the marriage belong to husband and wife, with exceptions of course. In simple terms, “what’s mine is yours, what’s yours is…

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My Daughter Didn’t Get a Perfect Score in Her Tests – and That’s Okay

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I was never really pressured in school. When I was younger, I study hard and try my best to make it on the Top 10 so my parents will have no choice but to buy what I want. I am not the smartest in class, but I don’t fail. I never looked at higher grades as a source of achievement or happiness because for me, these are mere numbers.In short, I was the typical, average student who goes to school, studies the lessons, and get good grades – but not high to make it to the list of Outstanding…

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My Kids Are (Finally) Learning How to Speak in Filipino and Here’s What We’re Doing

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They say that kids as young as they were born can respond to the rhythm of language. As they get older, they can distinguish language sounds and by the time they are six months old, they can make sounds in different languages.My first language was English and I only started learning Filipino when I was around five or six years old. When I had kids, my inclination was teaching them English first (although this was an issue with the husband before). Now that my kids are past the toddler stage, I am starting to teach them Filipino, especially with…

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When Mommy Experiences Separation Anxiety

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You know when they say that you’ll miss the kids once they get bigger. That’s true. At this point, my kids are slowly showing independence and I can’t help but get emotional.I remember when my eldest daughter started going to school. She was part of the Nursery 2 class and since it’s her first time to go to school, her behavior was expected. She refused to let me go and I ended up staying for two whole weeks inside her classroom. On her third week, she was crying for 30 minutes everyday until slowly, she…

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5 Reasons Why Progressive School is the First School Choice for Our Kids

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When I was looking for a school for my eldest daughter, I found out that there are three types of school setting implemented in the Philippines: traditional, Montessori, and progressive (you can learn more about it here).After doing research, attending tons of preview classes, accepting the fact that homeschooling is out of the option, and knowing my daughter’s personality, I realized that progressive school is the best approach for her, at least during the first year of her schooling. A year after and she was not accepted to our school of choice because of age, so we continued…

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Speech Delay: 8 Things You Can Do Even Without Therapy

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According to Baby Center, a baby learns to talk during the first two years of his/her life. It starts with the simple “oohhh” and “ahhh” and starts to babble by three months. By six months, a baby can say “mama” or “dada,” although not necessarily referring to you (admit it, it brought tears to yours eyes). Eventually, your child can say one or to words and by the time s/he reaches two, s/he has more than 50 words in the vocabulary and can make simple phrases.Let me tell you something: my youngest daughter didn’t talk…

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My Daughter Is Competitive – and Sometimes, It’s Not Okay

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I am tasked to pick up my daughter everyday after school and one time, our conversation went like this:L: Mommy, S (her classmate) is the winner in the Spelling Contest. I don’t like. I want to be the winner. Me: That’s okay. There’s always next time. L: No, I want to be the winner. Uhm, mommy, can we practice later so I can be the winner? Yes, we practiced when we got home. We did our CVC review and asked her to spell simple words so that she will be ready on the…

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#CraftingWithTMC : Rock Salt Painting Activity

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I can’t believe my Little J is going to preschool this coming June. I am one excited momma!Over the summer, I’ve been teaching concepts and skills, and incorporating different crafting activities with the kids to help my youngest for school. During the start of summer, she was wary of touching anything sticky and slimy, and refuses to paint and color. Thankfully, we were able to change that and as of this writing, she is more than willing to squeeze the glue and paint. One of the activities we did was Rock Salt Painting. Similar to…

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I Shouted at My Daughter for Not Speaking Up

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I was teaching J how to write to help her prepare for school this coming school year. Since Ate knows how to write already, I just gave her pen and pad paper and asked her to sit with us and write letters and numbers so J can see what she is doing. As soon as we’re done, I checked on Ate and saw that she wrote some numbers incorrectly. I immediately corrected her and showed her the proper way to write the numbers. Here’s the thing: Ate doesn’t want me to write on her paper. Instead…

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Real Moms Speak Up: Survival Tips for Households with No Helpers

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“Ma’m, gusto ko na po umalis. May sakit ang anak ko / may emergency po sa amin. Kailangan ko po umuwi.” How many times have you heard this line – and more? Countless times, that’s for sure. Don’t worry. You are one of the thousands of mommas (including me!) who are helper-less and trying to juggle kids, work, and chores 24/7. It is hard work, but eventually, you will get by – and dealing with mess is something you have to learn how to deal with. On the other hand, there are mommas who are&nbsp…

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#TMCReview : Our Kidzoona Experience – and Yes, We Are Going Back

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Since my eldest daughter discovered the world of YouTube, coupled with her reading and spelling skills, she can look for videos on her own and rarely seeks my help. I was surprised to see her watching videos of kids in big playgrounds, as she calls them, with slides and ball pit. Since then, she constantly bugs us to go to the playground since “it looks so much fun.” So we did. After reading good reviews, we decided to check out Kidzoona in Shangri-la Plaza one Monday morning. The Set-Up This is the first Kidzoona branch…

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One Year and Counting: How We Survived a Yaya-Less Household

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Here’s something you should know about me: I lost track of the number of household helpers we had. In the five years that my husband and I are living together, I could say that we have close to 20 helpers already, one even lasted for less than 24 hours! When our last yaya said goodbye last April 2016, that was our last straw. We’re tired of looking (and hoping!) for a reliable househelp that we decided to just stop hiring one.One year later, we are still yaya-less and we don’t mind. Sure, I still miss…

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#CraftingWithTMC: Make-Your-Own-Bag Using Paper Plates

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Yes, I really take arts and crafts with my kids seriously this summer. I really want to prepare my youngest daughter for school and art activities gets her excited. At the same time, so much has improved, especially in her fine motor skills. She was also starting to overcome “That’s yucky” attitude, so I know this is a good start. So far, we did rainbow painting activity, crumpled paper painting, and leaf rubbing among others. Since we needed something to hold these crafts, I figured our next craft would be bag-making.  Don’t expect…

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#CraftingWithTMC: Rainbow Painting Activity

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I remember my eldest daughter being so fascinated with rainbows. It must’ve been because of Trolls or the videos she watched in YouTube about making rainbows that she constantly bugs me to make one. Since I’m the least artistic person in the house, I decided to keep it simple. By simple, this means downloading a rainbow picture online and printing it. Haha! I Google-d “rainbow pattern” and got one with clouds on the end. After printing it in a cardboard, I asked the girls to paint it according to the colors of the rainbow…

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