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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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Hereโ€™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. Weโ€™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 donโ€™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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#CraftingWithTMC : 3 Simple But Fun Crafts You Can Do with Kids

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Well, hello there, summer. To be honest, I was looking forward to the end of classes. This means I can get back to my regular programming, the home program that is, and not worry about being late for class or what food to prepare for baon. I have more time to do chores and keep our house clean. Still, I don’t intend to waste the summer period. Apart from preparing my eldest daughter for big school, I am also preparing my youngest daughter for preschool this incoming school year. She gets easily grossed with the thought of holding…

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On Saying Goodbye to Preschool and Hello to Big School

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IT’S OFFICIAL! After two years in Gymboree Preschool, my eldest daughter is saying goodbye to preschool and hello to big school. Last March 24, 2017, we attended our daughter’s Moving Up Day with the theme, “Dream Big, Little One,”  – and Coachella-inspired outfits. It also marked Gymboree Trinoma’s last school year since they will be closing their doors and moving to a bigger one. As always, GPS prepared a fun-filled event that made every parent, relative, and friends feeling proud. There was the usual presentation of graduates (the Pre-K kids are…

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Family Week at Gymboree Preschool

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Valentine Week is often Family Week in my daughter’s school. Instead of the usual hearts and chocolates, they culminate the week-long activities with Family Day, usually every Friday. There are family games, a presentation from the students, and capped off by salu-salo.  This year, GPS decided to do it differently and made it more personal. From February 13 to 17, each family of the Pre-K class will pick a day and share activities usually done at home. As part of the activities, each family is invited to spend the rest of the morning together…

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Prepare Your Child for Assessment with These Helpful Tips

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School, whether preschool or big school, is a big stepping stone for our kids. Apparently, schools these days just won’t accept kids easily, regardless if you are an alumni or you know the owner of the preschool. One of the requirements you and your child has to comply with is the assessment.I have to be honest: I don’t know what to expect on this. Two years ago, before I entered my eldest daughter in GPS, I was told that she needs to undergo an assessment first. An assessment is where the teacher will gauge your child…

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Making My Own “Thank You” Sticker for Loot Bags + FREE Printable

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One of the things my eldest daughter is excited about after the Christmas break is her birthday celebration in school. She always says she want to celebrate her birthday with her friends, so we made sure we throw even a simple celebration for her. The first week was a bit hectic and I only have little time to prepare that I forgot to buy tags for the loot bags. I searched the World Wide Web for free printables, only to realize that it won’t look good on the loot bags I bought. Since I make my own labels…

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When Motherhood Became a Cause for Depression

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Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. This is just my story about depression and what I do to handle it. I never thought depression will knock at my door. Ever since, Iโ€™ve always been the happy-go-lucky person who doesnโ€™t take life seriously. I always have a cheerful, positive disposition and you will rarely see me crying or sad (unless I watch a tear-jerking movie).When I found out I was pregnant the first time, thatโ€™s the moment I started feeling bad and sad for myself. I started to worry about…

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Yes, You Need a Breast Pump: 5 Reasons Why You Need One + Tips in Choosing Your Breastfeeding Partner

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I remember that day clearly. I was on my seventh month and shopping for baby stuff when the person assisting me told me I should get a breast pump. I wasnโ€™t keen to it since I thought Iโ€™ll be breastfeeding โ€œdirectlyโ€ so no need to pump. After much convincing, I decided to buy one.Why do moms need breast pump? Hereโ€™s why: Minimizes the need to give infant milk. Moms have life too apart from being a mother. There are instances when I have to be away for a few hours. By pumping, my baby will…

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