HANDWASHING STATION IN THE BATHROOM

Sharing with you our handwashing station in our son’s bathroom. See, all the bathrooms in our house are small – plus, the walls are marble so we cannot really drill and easily put shelves or whatever. They are the hardest to decorate for me to accommodate my child’s needs, so while we still figure things out, I’m happy we’re making little progress – in this case, how to help our child successfully wash his hands with no or minimal assistance. […]

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CHILD-LED PLAY IN ART

Google child-led play and you will see a plethora of articles indicating the benefits. But what is child-led play, really? As a parent who practices both RIE and Montessori to my son, this has been a key principle in our chosen way of raising our child. For me, it simply means allowing my son to explore and observe with non-judgmental eyes because I respect him and the person he is becoming. It means watching to see what he discovers (and […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF OUR DRINKING GLASSES

In Montessori, infants and young toddlers are encouraged to use glasses from the start. This means no sippy cups, no plastic wares, and no-non-breakable materials for drinking. Why on Earth would you want that? Can babies even handle it? In this blogpost, let me share our experience with our son. But first things first… Maria Montessori advocated using fragile, breakable weaning cups/glasses because this is the way children learn. It’s simple, really – the concept of natural consequence. Yes, there […]

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BOODLE FIGHT: BABY + TODDLER EDITION

Boodle Fight is a popular activity for adults in the Philippines. Basically, the idea is to put different kinds of put on a banana leaf and eat together using your hands! It’s some sort of a (fun) competition when adults do this, because they have to move fast to get the food they’re eyeing for (most especially if that food is limited). When my son was 7 months old, I thought of making one for him and his then 3-year-old […]

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FINANCIAL PLANNING 101: THINGS I WISH I KNEW BACK THEN

“It’s not how much you make, but how much you keep.” This is one of my most favorite quotes, which although apparently famous, the naive me first heard it from my cousin while talking to him about living in Singapore. When he said that, it was light a lightbulb moment for me. THAT IS SO, SO TRUE, I thought. I started looking back at all the money I earned when I was still working for show business. How I wish […]

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MAKING BANANA + MILK DESSERT WITH A TODDLER

Summer is officially here! It’s been so hot lately that I’m starting to crave for iced desserts. In the Philippines, HALO-HALO is a favorite for many Filipinos. It’s a mix of different textures and tastes put together with milk, ice, and if you’re lucky, ice cream and our beloved leche flan. In our household though, I grew up with this simple banana and milk dessert. And since I was craving for it after lunch earlier, I decided to introduce it […]

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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN IDEAS

We have not yet started anything special to do a Christmas countdown this year, though in retrospect, I could have made time to prepare for it. It’s okay, we can begin next year. But before I forget my ideas, I better write them down here. A Christmas/Advent Countdown really depends on you. Basically, it’s one way to prepare for the coming of Christmas. For Christians, that would mean the coming of Jesus. But non-Christians who celebrate Christmas, it’s the coming […]

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CLOTH DIAPER STAINS 101

I get a lot of questions about cloth diapers. In our family, this is what works for us: P wears cloth diapers whenever we are at home or just going around the city. However, whenever we are out traveling, we switch to disposable diapers. Diaper space (especially for air travel) is always a challenge, plus the time factor in washing clothes. Speaking of washing, in a gist, a breastfed baby’s stool is usually very easy to clean because it’s mushy/soft, […]

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OUR CHRISTMAS SETUP 2017

2017 is P’s second Christmas, and now that he is already 13 months, I made sure to really include him in our Christmas-themed home. See, fixing our ground floor for Christmas has been my thing ever since I got married, and last year, I made the best decision of fixing it prior to giving birth – because I really had no time to do it anymore when my son came out. This year, I dint have much time to make […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF P’S ROOM

Prepared Environment – if you were to follow only ONE Montessori principle, I would say go for this. Of course it’s a whole philosophy in itself, and are all linked and related that it’d be hard to just follow just one, BUT, it can be quite overwhelming, so you can start slowly while you read more (I still have so much to read and learn)! Here is the evolution of P’s room from birth to now that he’s 1 year […]

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