Life with three kids… Where do I begin? Everyday is an adventure – no dull moments with them. Sure it’s hard (say that again!?). But it is also full of rich and rewarding moments. Each day is a reason to say “cheers to life!”
It’s not the big and the great, though, but the small pockets of happy moments that really make mothering my three kids fulfilling. And when are we really at our happiest, nicest, best moments? When else, but while we’re eating together! 😛
Whether we are making food or partaking of it, celebrating a birthday or a high grade, going out for a family meal or a quick after-school snack, eating brings the “cheers to everyday”.
So I put together a video of some of our best moments with food!
Continue reading Cheers to life. Cheers to everyday.
For parents, time management skills start to be challenged as soon as the first baby is born. As families grow bigger and older, schedules become tighter and busier. And, unfortunately, the challenge of time management becomes more difficult with each year and each child.
There are kids to drive, kids to tutor, kids to cook for, and to care for. Add to this long list of errands those additional trips and planning you have to make when older kids discover social life. So now they have parties, sleep-overs, study groups, outings… (Que horror!)
Because of these, most parents eventually become expert time managers. But, being humans (contrary to popular belief that we are super-humans), we sometimes lag and fall behind at being good role models for our kids.
It’s important to be reminded that children learn by example. “Practice what you preach” is a good guiding principle. And it is especially apt with time management. Kids see when we procrastinate, cram and make them the butt of our stress. (Picture looks familiar, eh? I know!)
A 2000 study published in the American Journal of Health Sciences has shown that kids who were able to efficiently allot time for certain tasks had less anxiety and enjoyed more leisure time in school. So if you want less stressed kids, teach them proper time management.
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The teenage years – I now welcome this new phase into my parenting karir career.
Daughter Patch turned twelve early this month. She’s not quite into the teen years yet, but the inevitable changes are happening so fast. And I’m talking milestone after milestone here.
Days before her birthday, I noticed a tiny red bump on a corner of her nose – the official first zit.
A few days after her birthday, she finally volunteered to sleep in her own room – the official first solo night.
Despite wanting her to leave the family bed for the loooongest time (masikip na eh), I felt some pangs of separation anxiety that night. I went to check on her at 11 PM – she was snoring so soundly. *sigh*
Oh, the official first period? It happened months ago. (She is so gonna kill me for blogging this! )
Her taste in music is also shifting – from HSM and Camp Rock soundtracks to Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas and Greenday. (I’m surprised she knows Greenday!)
The other day, I was talking to a couple of mom-friends from school. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to hear that this girl and that boy already broke up; this boy likes this girl but the girl likes another boy; this girl is nursing a broken heart…
As a mom of a teenager, I get palpitations when I hear these things.
Continue reading Welcome to Teenage Parenting
This week’s question at Julie’s GreenBucks is:
What special Christmas memories do you still cherish as the years pass by?
No matter how exhausting the Christmas season is (both for the body and the pocket!), I still look forward to celebrating it. What I look forward to most is going home to celebrate Christmas Day with my parents, my sisters and their families. (Home means Baguio City.) It’s a great time to reminisce past Christmases. Some of my most cherished memories:
Lolo Indong (dad’s dad) would always give all his grandchildren a Christmas envelope. My earliest memory of the envelope was it had an orange bill inside (Php20.00). Later, Lolo increased our gifts to 50, and then, during his last years, to 100 pesos.
It was always exciting when Lolo gave out the envelopes ala-awards night style. There was much cajoling in the background, as parents chide their child to do a number for Lolo before taking the envelope. Ah, those were the days… Lolo is one of the most generous and loving persons I know, despite being misunderstood as “grinchy” by outsiders. I suddenly miss him. 🙂 Continue reading Cherished Christmases of My Childhood
This pretty, pink bundle is the newest member of the G Clan.
Corinne was born on October 10th, 2008 via c-section by my youngest sis, eMac. Corinne weighed 7.2 pounds and was 47 centimeters long. She is the clan’s 17th grandchild – whew, all that counting almost took all my toes and fingers! 😛
I haven’t seen her in person, but she sure has cute chubby cheeks and a tiny button of a nose! Parang ang sarap-sarap yakapin! I could almost smell her sweet baby breath.
Congratulations, sis eMac and bro Wanchito!
Now you are parents. It is an experience as old as time yet ever new. No one can predict exactly how it will be for you – how great the difficulties, how rich the rewards. Right now the task may seem insurmountable. You may feel overwhelmed and unprepared. But with time will come skill and confidence, fed by love, understanding, and concern. (Better Home and Gardens New Baby Book)
I so look forward to seeing you all – especially Corinne – in December!
Baguio is such a perfect place for relaxing with a good cup of coffee, whether I’m sipping some high-end Illy coffee or the locally-grown Benguet roast.