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My last blog entry was four months ago! I had planned on blogging more during my kids’ school break (May to July). But our helper, ate J, went home in early June for her mother’s funeral.
Guess what? She hasn’t come back. And isn’t coming back, I think. (Not that I want her back… anymore, hmp.) Welcome me to the yayaless club.
So that is my excuse for not blogging. While this blog has been silent, a lot has been going on. For the most part, I was occupied with transforming myself into… Tada! Homemaker Extraordinaire – full time cook, laundry woman, cleaning maid, and of course, chauffeur! 😉 Continue reading The Yayaless Life – helpless but not hopeless
Here’s something new that I’ve been doing since school started two weeks ago – menu planning! Yup, in my almost 16 years of motherly existence, this is the first time that I’m actually planning meals seriously.
The kids, being older and wiser, just won’t settle for alternating fried egg and tocino breakfasts now. Adobo lunch boxes don’t excite them anymore either. To make sure the menu doesn’t get tiring, we thought of planning the meals.
Menu planning actually isn’t as intimidating as it appears. Here’s how we do it.
Continue reading Menu planning for school days
Today was the kids’ last day of school for the year.
So we are officially on Christmas break. Wooohoooo! Now I can feel the holiday spirit.
And this one really made me feel more Christmassy all over!
I’m so proud of my Nate! Yep, he scrawled his name by himself, stuck the colorful plastic stars and moons, and the cotton balls too!
The tree looks a whole lot prettier now. 😀
Continue reading Finally… happy holidays!
Actually, V has had a lot of bloggable quips since the school year began. But I haven’t had time to capture them in text or in photos. Finally here they are, though no photos yet.
On the way home from school one afternoon. In the background on the radio, there’s a contest being held for Supafest tickets. Give the correct answer to the question and you win tix. Question: What do you call the plastic at the ends of shoelaces?
V (in a calm voice): Aglets
V: Aglets. The answer is aglets.
Me: Where did you learn that?
V: From TV! I learned it from Phineas and Ferb. TV rocks!
Unfortunately, we were not fast enough to text the answer. Pffffft.
From a Filipino subject seatwork. Topic: Pangngalang pantangi at pambalana. Panuto: Tukuyin kung ang salita ay pambalana o pantangi. Kung pantangi, isulat ang salitang pambalanang katumbas nito.
So far lahat naman okay, until…
Ateneo de Manila –> pantangi –> pandesal –> isang malaking X mula sa guro!
Me: Ano ‘to? Bakit pandesal??
V: Eh kasi it sounded like Pan de Manila eh…
Topic in English is how to use the dictionary, so she has been practicing searching for words in it. One day, she sounded… hmmm.. I dunno, parang excited or intrigued.
Continue reading V Quips are back!
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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Last year, I shared here my time management tips. Other parents also did and three of them each won a watch! This year, we’re doing it again. Continue reading Time management by example: Share your ideas for a chance to win a watch!