30 DAYS OF MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES (AND HOW TO HELP TODDLERS SUCCEED)

I was inspired to make our own list after seeing Natural Beach Living’s list here. There’s no particular order for these, but I am adding tips on how to help your child succeed with each activity. Enjoy!:) 1. Wash dishes In the Philippines, we wash dishes with our hands. Work with just one plate or cup or utensil first. Don’t put a lot of things in front of the child – just little soap, sponge, and the item to be […]

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WASHABLE ART MATERIALS: NOT MONTESSORI ENOUGH?

Washable crayons. Washable paint. Washable markers. Erasable pencils. Washable stamp pads. Erasable Highlighters. Everything in our home right now is washable/erasable! This is my solution so I can allow my child to draw outside the paper/ blackboard/ intended surface for writing. My son, currently 2 years and 2 months old, is at that stage where he scribbles ALL DAY. He loves working on pencils and chalks and paints so much that instead of toys, our must-have for his going out […]

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4 MOST NATURAL FORMS OF IMMUNIZATION FOR YOUR CHILD

Sharing here what I shared on my Instagram account lately. Before I share the most natural ways to pass immunity to your infant, I would like to point out that this post is not about whether or not you should vaccinate your child. There are so many articles on that topic that you yourself should research about, and for this topic, I cannot compress all the research and articles and debates in one post. Instead, I am sharing this because […]

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THOUGHTS ON GIFT GIVING AND RECEIVING

Christmas season is almost coming to an end, and I have been seeing people’s thoughts on gifting, regifting, etc. I’m sharing my own thoughts, ones that have helped me view gifts all these years, most especially when I became a mom. If you’re on the fence about certain gift-related matters, this post might give you another perspective, or if you have you own, I’d love to hear them, too. Game? Game. REGIFTING: Is it okay to pass on gifts I […]

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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 BENEFITS OF GOING BAREFOOT

I grew up in a culture where going barefoot is not the norm. “You’ll get sick.”, they would say. “It’s dirty. You might get germs.”, others would add. When P was a few months old, I came across an article that talked about the benefits of going barefoot. Then I remembered what I read from Montessori from the Start when I was pregnant: that uncovered feet for infants enables the baby to take in many tactile experiences and stimulates their […]

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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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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

Before I became a parent, I was always told by other parents just how much life changes once you have a child. All that time, I thought the changes were the big things, but when I gave birth, I started to realize that more than the big things, it’s the little things daily that really changes, hence I started a hashtag on Instagram: #HowParentingChangesYou (and other parents have started using it, too, yey!) It could be as simple as choosing […]

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