PEELING ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son is at the stage where he loves to peel, rip, peel, rip! I usually don’t mind when he does those because that means he’s also working on his fine motor skills. For books, I have observed that he likes ripping books with glossy pages (think magazine type), and thankfully, we only have a few of those out, so for now, since he started flipping pages, he has only ripped 2 books in total (and both bought on sale, […]

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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 Pablo 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 letting […]

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MTE FIND: PAMPERS BABY-DRY REVIEW

As a mom who uses cloth diapers on most days, I admit I have not done much research on disposable diapers before birth. My original plan was to do cloth diapers all the way, except for traveling, but my son came out as a tiny baby, and remained tiny in his first two months. His weight was okay medically speaking, but what I did not foresee was that our universal-sized cloth diapers were too big for him those months, 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 Pablo was 7 months old, I thought of making one for him and his then 3-year-old cousin […]

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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 Pablo 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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MTE FIND: LOOPING TRAVEL STROLLER

Since many of you have been asking me about our travel stroller, I am writing about it. First, a disclaimer: Looping Philippines gave this stroller to us. Prior to this, we were using another travel stroller brand (a lot more expensive and was a gift from my parents-in-law – they bought it in Singapore). Many brands have approached me so we can try out their stroller, but we’ve always declined because we already have one. When Looping approached us though, […]

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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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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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