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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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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BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WORTH SHARING

Christmas has always been a special time for me. It’s that time of the year when loved ones living far away come home (though not every year, but this is typical in many Filipino families), when you wake up at 04:00 in the morning to hear mass starting December 16 (known as Simbang Gabi) followed by eating breakfast with your companions (which normally includes the famous Filipino rice cakes – Bibingka and Puto Bumbong), when you hang your parols and […]

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SHOULD I INTRODUCE SANTA CLAUS TO MY CHILD?

As a practicing Montessori and RIE parent, I have read the “Santa Claus” debate online hundreds of times. It’s been a topic asked in many Montessori and RIE groups throughout the year, and the short answer is: from a Montessori and/or RIE perspective, it seems that the answer is NO, there is no need to introduce Santa Claus to your child, mainly because part of respecting your child is telling him/her the truth about everything, plus, especially for children in […]

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HELP! MY TODDLER IS THROWING EVERYTHING! WHAT DO I DO?

Pablo’s been in a throwing and dumping stage lately, and if I may be honest, while yes, it could be tiring to keep picking things up that he throws (especially in our stairs, haha), it has also been a fascinating stage for me as an observer. First things first…why do toddlers throw and dump things?!? My fellow Montessori parent Nicole Kavanaugh wrote a short but informative piece HERE. You may head on to her post and take note of the […]

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TRAVEL TIP: HOW TO PACK YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES

So, you are going on a trip with your little one, and you have shopped for clothes already. The next question is, how do you even begin packing? Is there a more efficient way to pack? In this blogpost, I will share with you what works for me. You can search online for the most efficient way to fold different kinds of clothes, but at the end of the day, when you’re already at the destination, this technique is what […]

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