WHY IT’S #NOSCREENTIME FOR OUR FAMILY

When you go online nowadays, you’d see a lot of articles on experts talking about screentime. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one of the resources many parents go to, recommends no screentime for children younger than 18 months (with the exception of video chatting), and for 18-24 months of age, adults must watch it with the children to help them understand what they’re seeing. According to them, “too much media use can mean that children don’t have enough time […]

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HIKING WITH A TODDLER

Whenever people ask me what parenting books I recommend, I send them the link of my list. But, I always tell my friends that if they can, I feel nothing beats reading Maria Montessori herself. You can start with all the books with practical suggestions and applications, but I feel that for me, the only way I can truly grasp her philosophy is by actually reading her work. When she explains something (that’s very simple but not something my common […]

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#HowParentingChangesYou

Have you seen the newest video of Vicks Philippines? I totally loved it, and I think people, most especially parents need to see it. I love how this video beautifully highlighted the honor we have of becoming somebody’s parent. Compassion really goes a long way in the growth of any human being – and as you will see in the video, it not only changes the life of the child, but the life of the parent, too. It’s because of […]

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PLAYGROUND HEAVEN IN ANTIPOLO!

I’ve first seen this when a friend of mine (Hi, Lacey!) was promoting it on her Facebook account. I think they were just starting then. It’s always been on the list, but I wasn’t sure just how kid-friendly it was. So anyway, one time, while we were planning the next #RIE session with Pablo’s playmates, Teacher Tanya commented on how she enjoyed viewing our photos of our recent Baguio trip – where Pablo went hiking, and then went on to […]

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PABLO AT NINE MONTHS

As I’m typing this, my son is already 14 months, but I’m determined to update this until up to his 12th month, at least – for our own memories. Here we go! A roundup of what mattered to Pablo between his eighth and ninth month! 1. How Do I Love You? | Peek-A-Who | The Wheels On The Bus – his preferred books 2. Matryoshka Doll (his Papa’s gift to me from Russia) – his favorite to open and explore […]

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PABLO AT EIGHT MONTHS

As I’m typing this, my son is already 14 months, but I’m determined to update this until up to his 12th month, at least – for our own memories. Here we go! A roundup of what mattered to Pablo between his seventh and eighth month: IKEA Play Book – He loved exploring this book at this stage. We brought this with us everywhere because it’s washable and doesn’t tear. He really enjoyed feeling the different textures! It was my favorite […]

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A BEAUTIFUL YEAR-END TRADITION FOR YOUR CHILDREN

I saw my sister’s post recently on her year-end activity with her son, and I think it’s so beautiful. This is what she wrote: If you are looking for something to do with your kids as the year ends, I recommend this. It is our second time to do this with Philip. I made a keynote of his entire year and especially focused on moments where he grew in character, spirit, faith, joy, sense of family, maturity, and relationships! I […]

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PABLO’S FIRST YEAR IN PHOTOS

Apart from the photos of the monthly updates I post here for Pablo (where there are too many things surrounding him – a beautiful reminder for us later on what mattered to him that time), my husband and I decided to make a separate shoot for him for the first year of his life – something clean. Good thing my niece showed us a peg – a baby’s growth with a wooden play horse as background. My dad-in-law has a […]

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MY FAVORITE PHASE: MY SON’S GROWING SENSE OF ORDER

If you were to tell years ago that toddlers are naturally orderly, I would have laughed at you. I mean, have you seen how homes with children look like?!? Well…I am writing now to tell you that it is apparently true. Maria Montessori was right. Toddlers do get into the sensitive period for order. Just like the photo below. What?! How in the world is that photo orderly, right? That’s probably what you think. To appreciate that, you should first […]

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR MATERIAL MORE MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY

Sharing my sorta-DIY stacking material for last night. Here’s one way I make Pablo’s existing materials more in line with Montessori’s principles. See, a few days ago, while on vacation, Pablo has shown spontaneous interest in stacking. He’d stack whatever he would find – speakers on a box, phones on top of one another, etc. This is the only one I got to take photos of – he saw our paper bag of containers, got a few and stacked them […]

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