Maye Yao Co Say

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A working mom who shares her “Simplifying Life” principles so all parents can love their Self, Family and Society with No Limits.

Five healthy digital habits for 2023

OUR lives are getting more digital by the minute. At the same time, we are also getting more exposed to “cyber surprises” that are also evolving at a rapid clip. Here are some healthy digital habits suggested by cyber-security specialist Kaspersky that can strengthen the safety of your personal data as well as your family’s, and make life protected and easier in the coming year:

Here’s to ‘The Fabulous’ new-year you

I HAVE previously shared several articles on K-dramas. All my family and friends know how much a fan I am of K-drama actors, including Song Seung-heon (Dinner Mate), Nam Joo-hyuk (Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo and Twenty-Five Twenty-One), Song Hye-Kyo (Encounter), Son Ye-Jin (Crash Landing on You and Something in the Rain), among others. I was lucky to have traveled to Korea this year for the first time when I accompanied my daughter to the Asian Fencing Championships.

What are our gifts?

THE New Year is now only a few days away. December 30, Rizal Day, is happening even sooner. If there is anything that these two years of the pandemic has taught me more deeply, it is to insistently find that courage to be grateful amid all the challenges and uncertainties, and to care for the important things in life, including ourselves. 

Let’s have a mindful Christmas

IN my previous column, I talked about attending Rex Publishing’s launch of Little Explorers book series where I emphasized how parents are the most critical contributors and champions of education for children at home. I like how these book lays out socio-emotional learning in a simple and local way. 

Let’s empower homes on early childhood education

Scientific studies have shown that 90 percent of a child’s brain development happens before the age of 5. From 1 to 2 years old, babies begin to explore and discover things. At 2.5 to 3 years old, toddlers start to develop their personality and expand their vocabulary. When they turn 3.5 years old, they start to interact with other kids and adults.

How parents and kids can protect themselves from cyberbullying

Much of today’s child have formed their own “digital life”—from young children playing games and watching their videos online, to the more complicated “digital social life” that our pre-teens and teenagers are now a part of.  This comes with the risk of encountering unfavorable realities in the digital environment such as cyberbullying.

Austrian Embassy Manila, Kwago to launch children’s book on mental well-being for National Children’s month

THE Covid-19 pandemic has caused unimaginable loss, grief and trauma, challenging our collective mental health and well-being. Many families were pushed into poverty and isolation. Mothers and children in lockdown were especially vulnerable to violence at home. According to peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, “community lockdowns can increase violence against women, and exceedingly stringent stay-at-home orders have trapped victims with their abusers.”

Let’s support our future-forward youth

An online-only platform, digest and shop which looks toward digital possibilities to interface with artists, collectors and enthusiasts to support the visual arts, Cartellino announced recently the third iteration of “First Edition,” a sitewide annual fundraising effort with Filipino youth initiative Kids For Kids PH (@kidsforkidsph), featuring the works by contemporary artists, established and emerging, from all over the country. They launched last November 6, 2022 (Sunday) at 10 am via an online event and will run until November 20. Art enthusiasts of all stripes are invited to browse the shop for a collection of limited-edition prints, paintings, drawings, hand-pulled prints, digital illustrations, photographs, collages, sculptures and art toys.

A meditation on passing

ALL Souls’ Day has passed. My son Marcus also went just recently in Mexico when the famous El Dia de los Muertos [The Day of the Dead] was also being celebrated. He was there with his basketball teammates to compete for the Philippines in the 2022 Torneo Amistad at Toluca, Mexico. Congratulations to their team for winning the bronze.

Let’s party with prevention

WE all have started to hear Christmas carols being played in malls since start of this month. For me, however, the decors at the Araneta Center have always signified that big start of my holiday season since I was around five years old. Today, it’s really nice to see all the bright and colorful Christmas decorations seen in the streets of Cubao.

Is self-efficacy in parenting possible?—Part II

A COUPLE of weeks ago, I shared how Julie Lythcott-Haims’s YouTube video, titled How to Raise Successful Kids—Without Over-Parenting, helped me discover the term “self-efficacy” in parenting. This week, let me continue with the excerpts that resounded with me, as well as continue with how I have applied her key points to my now 16- and 13-year old children.

Is self-efficacy in parenting possible?: Part I

I HAVE often shared the goal of my husband and I to raise our children happy and fulfilled. As much as we were aware that there would be a far more competitive world out there for our children’s future, we knew that we wanted our children’s core being to be based on their inherent character and happiness. I can say it is not the easiest path to follow your child’s lead, while providing your guidance and support to an indefinite path. However, I do believe that the countless memories of meaningful smiles, frustrations or awe to newness have led my children to continuously  “own their path” and love their chosen adventures.

Value goals: Discipline, respect and determination—Part II

A COUPLE of weeks ago, I shared many of my worries as a parent, as well as the concerns of parents I encounter during my classes and talks. I also shared how those worries brought me to my “value goals” for my children during their formative years, which I enumerated in part to serve as an example. The best is for parents to sit down and decide on their own list of priority values.  Mine is a wish to have good kids—but then it could be asked: What does “good” really mean? As far as my husband and I are concerned,  we want to hone in our children values that would set the pace for a happy and fulfilled life.

Value goals: Discipline, respect, and determination—Part I

LAST August 26, I was invited by edamama, a new children’s online platform, to their first Family Expo at the SMX Convention Center. In my talk, titled “S.T.E.A.M. for 21st Century Learning,” I shared the many worries I had as a first-time parent 15 years ago, as well as the concerns of parents I encounter during my classes and talks.

Teaching heroism through art and literacy

WE have just observed National Heroes’ Day.  Nowadays, it is not as easy to teach heroism to our children.  I remember bringing my children to Rizal Park and the Intramuros area when they were around 10 years old. As a family, it was good to learn and re-learn our heroic history. I have also tried to remind them of the importance of the Filipino language and how it reminds us to love our country. Recently, I found a good way to make this more palpable for my kids through a medium that is close to them…art and words.

Kudos to inclusive family protection

AS we all rebuild our lives and come out from this pandemic, one of the key concerns is how to protect our families especially from unexpected and unfavorable circumstances. And the word “family,” like I shared last week, comes in various forms today.  There are families with single parents, adoptive or foster parents, and LGBTQ partners. That is why I am so glad that an industry as traditional as insurance is now offering an inclusive and progressive “one” solution to families.

My post-pandemic back-to-school guide: Conclusion

IT has been five weeks of sharing my personal playbook for this post-pandemic back-to-school season. It started with providing context and information on the reality that we all faced and might continue to face, especially our children, in this pandemic. Then,  we encouraged that path of opening up our children with all their thoughts and feelings through family communication. As our children get ready for going back to physical or hybrid school, for me one of the more important 21st-century learning skills needed is confidence, so I spent two columns on how our children can build confidence through play, sports and academics. And since academics have had different effects on our children because of prolonged distance learning, I chose to direct us to a positive solution I have discovered called S.T.E.A.M. Lastly, our tip last week recognized how collaboration with our children’s environment—like school teachers and administrators, our extended family and even the mentors and coaches of our children—provides great support not just to our children but to us, as well.

My post-pandemic back-to-school guide: Confidence through STEAM

LAST week, I shared how building the 21st-Century Skill of Confidence early in our children is important. In my experience, doing so really helped equipped my kids against bullying in school. I also shared two main “self-building” activities I encouraged with my kids, which included “content” or subject learning and enrichment activities, like sports and play.

My post-pandemic back-to-school guide: Family communication

LAST week, I shared the first step in my post-pandemic back-to-school roadmap.  This was about finding context, accepting realities and listing down our own family worries and observations. There were issues on procrastination and time management for my teen. There was affected motivation in academic work due to prolonged online learning from my 12-year-old.

My post-pandemic back-to-school guide: Part I

MANY of our kids are currently on their summer break. In a few weeks, before we all know it, our kids will soon head back to school. Depending on the school, most will have face-to-face or at least hybrid classes already. When this happened for my kids early this year, I wanted to make sure my husband and I were equipped to support our children in this post-pandemic school journey.

Let’s discover our child’s digital world: Part IV

LAST week, I shared how my one-on-one time with my 12-year-old boy was able to open my thoughts on the positive sides of video and online games. I also shared how enlightening it was to discover that screentime can actually be a great socio-emotional learning (SEL) tool, as it became a good way to practice the important 21st-century learning skill of communication. In this, my last installment on this topic, my hope is to leave you with the latest information on the digital interests of children today. My hope is for us parents to take more initiative in connecting with our children in their digital world.

Let’s discover our child’s digital world: Part I

I HAVE heard a great deal of concern from parents that their children’s screen time has increased because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I have experienced the same thing with my 12-year-old boy Marcus. In the beginning, I would always emphasize the negative effects of playing computer games and the like. Later on, after my son was adamant to use various facts and ways to “enlighten” his mom, I began to be more open. Let me share how I transformed my view and even now use screen time as one of my socio-emotional learning (SEL) tools in dealing with children.

Imparting ‘humanity’ to our children

MY daughter recently took her advance placement exam for Human Geography.  I never had this subject in either high school or university. Meagan explained to me that she was studying about human relationships and interactions, and how culture, economy and the environment affect these. It made me curious about the subject. At the same time, I appreciated how my daughter voluntarily chose to immerse herself on this subject matter.

A mom’s world of gratitude

LAST Sunday, we all celebrated Mother’s Day. This is a day for everyone to celebrate the gift of moms who gave the nurture and love that brought about the person we are today. In today’s inclusive world, I also recognize dads who have to be moms due to circumstances beyond their control, and all those non-conventional moms who might not have given birth to their child but have been the best source of care and love for their special blessing. It was quite timely that Mother’s Day this year fell on May 8, which is the birthday of my dearest nanny “Manang Eyang,” who as I have shared in past columns was like a mom to me until her passing in 2009. 

What happens when we ‘meet the world’

IT is a reality for many of us that after we enter the real world of real-life responsibilities from our career and the various relationships within and outside of our families, we tend to go through days like clockwork. While it brings some ease in performing our daily functions, it is always good to jolt ourselves back to our youthful laughs. 

Teaching kids about their ‘voting voice’

The May national elections are mere weeks away. They have been a source of conversation not just among colleagues and friends but also at the family table. Because of the vast amount of information available about this online, my children also became interested with our views on certain candidates and the effects of the elections now and to their future.

My fuel for ‘female leadership’

AS we continue to celebrate Women’s Month this March, I hope to share pockets of my thoughts on celebrating women, as well as gender respect. Last week, I shared my view that women and gender empowerment start with our families, and is important to teach to both daughters and sons. This week let me share my view on female leadership.

How do I teach women empowerment to my kids?

THE drive for the empowerment of women has evolved through the years. When I was a preschooler, I remember witnessing the struggles of working moms.  As I entered education, I also read about and at times witnessed myself the gender bias inherent in workplace. As I understood the world better, I felt truly bothered by how much family violence, whether physical or emotional, occurred to both women and men all over the world.

Another new way to e-shop for busy parents

EVEN with Covid restrictions easing, the convenience of shopping from the comforts of home seems to have become a welcome habit to families. With all the juggling of work (at times even more than two jobs), home and even extended family responsibilities, forgetting something or needing something immediately has become increasingly commonplace.  It is good that there are now more solutions being offered by different e-commerce providers.

Fostering the champion spirit

These past few weeks seem to have been more hopeful for us parents. More schools are introducing hybrid learning, which allows our kids into a bit of school normalcy. I have noticed my son’s occasional weariness and wariness toward online learning due to the lack of interaction and challenge. I feel this is why kids are also engaging more in online gaming.

The love pets bring

WHEN I was six, I remember our pet dog, Lassie, had gotten out of his cage and chased me around in circles at our garage for quite a bit of time.  Since then, I had been afraid of dogs. When Marcus was around seven, he really wanted a pet dog. My daughter also chimed in. They promised my husband and me that they would share responsibilities in bathing, feeding and taking some future dog for his daily walks. So, in 2016, my husband brought home Brad, a black Labrador.

A springboard to this Tiger Year

We celebrated Chinese New Year on February 1. We had two dinner celebrations because our flight got moved that weekend. It made me also remember how I used to spend the eve of Chinese New Year at the Yin and Yang Shop of Harmony’s luck festivals before the pandemic.

Where do we begin?: Part II

Last week, I shared my 2022 plan of action on where to begin amidst the volatility of circumstances we are facing today. I started with “Breathe,” “Quiet the Noise” and started with some points on how to “Assert the Choice to Take Charge.”  This week, let me continue how we can take charge.

Where do we begin?: Part I

After over 20 months “maneuvering” through this pandemic that persists, I remember feeling quite hopeful when Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 2 early November. Most people were vaccinated. People had more freedom moving around the city. And as we approached Christmas last December, everyone looked forward to finally seeing family and friends, visiting malls and traveling. I did not expect all of this would be this short-lived with last week’s cases reaching a high of over 38,000. 

The Christmas Start to ‘SEL’: Part III

This is the last part of my series on “SEL” or socio-emotional learning, where I feature three very interesting people that may serve as a guide for us parents: Valerie Cheng, a children’s book author based in Singapore; Amabel Japitana, educator and co-founder of Kind Little Hands; and Lia Cua, a bright teenager who opened her online bookstore this pandemic.

The Christmas Start to ‘SEL’: Part I

AS we spend another Christmas in the coronavirus pandemic still raging, I want to direct parents to a more positive and purposeful holiday and 2022 the gift of “SEL”or Socio-Emotional Learning. According to www.edutopia.org, “Maurice Elias, a psychology professor at Rutgers University and director of the university’s Social-Emotional Learning Lab, describes SEL as the process through which we learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviors.”

‘Kidspirations’ for finance

LAST week, I was so proud of my aunt, Anabelle Lim Chua, who was awarded the 2021 ING-FINEX CFO of the Year. This award recognizes CFOs who possess the four major qualities as a strategist, catalyst, steward and operator. She serves as PLDT’s senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief risk management officer. She is also a director of Meralco and the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Family ‘bonding-in-beauty’ time

Covid-19 prevention limited many of our skin-care appointments for facials and other personal care regimens. In the past, I never gave attention to personal care products. I never even used such products on my face, and would only occasionally visit Facial Care Center. As there was no choice but to handle personal care at home at this time, I began trying products for our family to discover which could provide quality effective care.  Below are some of our discoveries:

Families can thrive in era of online learning: Part II

LAST week, I shared a lot of worrisome statistics on the effect of prolonged distance learning on our kids. I encouraged parents to fight from becoming a part of the statistics by understanding the bigger objective of schooling. I shared that I use Hirsh-Pasek’s 6Cs of 21st Century Learning Skills as my quick guide: Content, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creative Innovation and Confidence. Last week, I shared Content and Critical Thinking.  Let me continue with the other Cs this week.

Families can thrive in the age of online learning: Part I

I HAVE recently been invited by the Shepherd’s Voice Radio and TV (SVRTV), the media arm of Bro. Bo Sanchez, to give a talk in one of their classes on how to help children thrive in online learning. This is part of their Feast Conference (formerly Kerygma Conference) happening virtually from November 19 to 21, 2021.

Helping families bridge digital divide in distance learning

IN an article published for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Brussels, Ana P. Santos writes:  “Filipino students have not been inside a classroom since March [2020], when President Rodrigo Duterte declared a nationwide public health emergency. Government education bureaus had planned to eventually allow face-to-face classes in areas with low Covid-19 infection rates but then, in May [2021], Duterte created a ‘no vaccine, no classes’ policy, effectively keeping schools closed indefinitely.”

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Teaching financial literacy the Tanghalang Pilipino way

WHEN I was a junior in high school, I was introduced to the world of theater. It was funny how my Filipino teacher asked me to audition. I was hesitant and true enough, I was politely rejected—but was also offered the position of stage manager. I never knew I would love it so much so that I was given the chance to write and direct my own Filipino play, called Salamin, on my senior year. I was introduced to the prestige of one day joining Tanghalang Pilipino.

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Showing love to the ‘grandest’ people in this pandemic

SEPTEMBER is the month we celebrate Grandparents’ Day. My maternal grandmother, Ama Inang, also just celebrated her birthday last week. My kids prepared a simple video greeting for their great grandmother, ending with Meagan playing her drums. It made me think of many of us who are worried on how we can properly care and support our parents and grandparents during this pandemic.

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Art provides timely help

I feel the time I spend in art to be at its most effective is when I pour out the heaviness in my heart and the worries over this unknown horizon of a recovery. I can say that it continuously and positively pushes me to produce better output in the different facets of my life.

Raising nature-smart and healthy kids

ONE of the areas in family life that I have constantly sought to improve is my meal preparation for my family. Recently, I have incorporated more greens and fruits into my children’s diet to boost their immune system. Avocado has become a favorite breakfast staple as we do our own guacamole over bagel and cream cheese. I have discovered that sautéed mushrooms are a good alternative to processed meat. I know there are still a lot to learn so I am on the constant lookout for healthier alternatives.

How courage is built: Part II

AS I shared last week, courage is very much needed in overcoming today’s many uncertainties. Beyond this, it brings us to the reality that the predicaments our children will face tomorrow may be as unimaginable as how we never expected the continuing dire straits brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

How courage is built: Part I

THIS Covid situation continuously brings us many uncertainties. Just when you thought there was hope with the availability of vaccines, the Delta strain poses new threats. As I observe from people around me, one is either immobilized by the uncertainties, or pivots to hopefully not just survive but also fly. I have heard many industry leaders speak about how they maneuvered through this pandemic; and the main value that resounded to me was courage. It made me think of our kids’ futures and how much courage is needed to not “fold” when challenges arise.

Inspiring our girls to be women in tech

THIS pandemic has opened my eyes further as a parent to guide my kids beyond school work and extra-curricular activities. In the past months, I have shared how companies help us guide our kids on financial knowledge, sustainability and inclusion. This week, it is great to be able to share a story on how to inspire our girls to see the possibilities of being in an industry that is male-dominated.

Now is the best time to teach kids entrepreneurship

MY husband and I have become a repeat customer of a 10-year-old girl named Aleeza. We love buying her regular and purple yam pastillas for ourselves, as well as give them out as a nice surprise to friends, like my kids’ coaches. I was inspired by how Aleeza decided to start her business this pandemic; and thought it would be a great “kidspiration” idea for other children during this prolonged period at home.

Our self mid-year review

ALL companies do mid-year reviews to assess their current performance, so they can plan for the months to come. This lingering pandemic situation in the Philippines continuous to have various effects on each individual, family and community.  One of the most difficult aspects to this is that the horizon remains unclear when conditions would stabilize.

Knowing is the first step in protecting kids online

A NEW Kaspersky Safe Kids study has revealed what children around the world were interested in during 2020-2021. Over the past year, their interest has grown in the categories of “software, audio and video” and “e-commerce,” while “Internet communication media” and “computer games” have slightly decreased. Among users of Kaspersky solutions globally, TikTok, YouTube and WhatsApp are at the top of the most popular applications. At the same time, TikTok overtook Instagram with almost double the level of popularity.

Championing fatherhood and sports

LAST week, I shared how parents can deepen bonding with their kids through play, which results in building the character of children. This week, let me put the focus on dads and sports. The present situation has opened the door for fathers to play a more vital role in their child’s growth and development. With them spending more time at home than ever before, dads can now share the load in running the household with their significant other. Research has shown that parent-child interactions in the early ages can lead to more positive cognitive and socio-emotional benefits, and more are recognizing the unique benefits of father-child play.

Bonding in building

Father’s Day was celebrated last weekend. I remember a chance conversation I had with a little boy named Seb, while waiting for a meeting to resume two years ago. He is the son of Paolo Periquet (Pao), founder of Magis Construction; and educator/commercial model Alexis Abello Periquet (Alexis). In those few minutes, I remember admiring a smart, insightful boy who was equally warm and gentle. He is now seven years old and just finished first grade. I thought it would be great to trace how strong bonds build a boy.

Home e-learning resources, from basics to beyond

Companies under the Ayala Group are beefing up the content of Globe eLibrary to provide teachers, parents and students free resource materials on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and hygiene and sanitation, among other relevant topics which they can use daily.

Families should embrace sustainability

My daughter once told me, “Mom, our children will not have a good earth anymore.” It made me reflect on what I and our generation contributed to this belief. It also made me proud of my sister, Joan, who has been focused on sustainability that one fresh paper used unnecessarily in our office becomes a major red flag. And yet the question still lingers: “Now that we know more about the environmental crises we face, can we really do more?”

Memories of May

May is a funny month for me. I remember in my childhood the many times when, after I was introduced myself, the next remark would be: “Your birthday must be in May.” I would say, “No, my birthday is in February and my name is spelled with an ‘e.’” That would lead to another question about why my name was pronounced as “May.”

Brain fitness helps kids in distance learning

The months of prolonged distance learning for my kids have prompted me to assess the sufficiency of such learning. I initially loved the self-regulation and self-motivation the situation brought out in my kids. Later on, however, I began worrying about distance learning in assessing retention and comprehension of critical subject matters.  It also made me think that although the horizon of when exactly could our kids go back to regular school remains uncertain, we need to face the reality that this Generation Q (Generation Quarantine) will still need to be taking government or college examinations in the future. 

How ‘art-ful’ Paulina springs hope

THIS pandemic has put us in a time capsule, where time froze for us for more than a year now.  The general fear is the unknown length and gravity of the situation. It made me want to think of ways to squeeze out a path of hope, especially for kids and families. I want to challenge families that although we are amid a pandemic, we should not stop to dream, hope and find happiness.

My ‘ones’ in managing anxiety: Part I

LAST week, I mentioned my worry about the recent conversations I have had with parents and experts on the rising anxiety experienced by different members of the family due to the Covid-19 situation. But even without this pandemic, did you know that as early as 2011, WHO had predicted that depression will be the leading cause of disease burden globally by 2030?

The summer to speak, surprise and shine

THE Covid-19 pandemic has changed the lives of families in various ways. My recent conversations with parents and experts confirm the reality of rising anxiety experienced by different members of the family in different ways. From my own kids, I see how much they miss the social interactions in school and sports activities. For us adults, managing our kids’ distance learning and Zoom meetings overload at times can be overwhelming.

Teaching kids about equality and inclusion

AS parents, we know our kids are growing up in a more diverse world than that we grew up in. Part of raising a 21st century learner, according to Hirsh-Pasek, is teaching kids the value of collaboration. Aside from learning to get along with others and building teamwork, collaboration also involves experiencing diversity.

United in family well-being

LAST February 12 and 13, the Bayanihan for WellBeing Initiative led by Unilab Foundation Inc. brought us the first-ever Filipino Family WellBeing Virtual Conference. With the theme “Pagsulong ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pagbabago,” the conference was aimed to open and steer a discussion that offers various perspectives on family well-being.

The freedom to breathe

February 25 is always a day that reminds me of the word “freedom.”  For one, we celebrate our country’s emancipation that happened 35 years ago. It is also a date so close to my birthday that I often declare this free day as my gift to “breathe.”  It is a day when I would allow myself to wake up to that day as a “white canvas” and then freely doodle, blot, smudge, or even just stare at it and magically fall asleep. This day is precious because, as with most parents, I feel guilty not spending every free time with my family. But through the years, because I found these days to be both therapeutic and self-empowering, I have made time for these pockets of tranquility more unapologetically.

It’s beyond physical

I GREW up hearing that sports could be distracting to academics. I guess this is also where the stereotype comes about star athletes struggling in academics, while kids who excel academically can’t be star athletes. When I started to read more books on child development when my kids were babies, it was enlightening to know that physical activities actually enhance a child’s mental development and well-being. In fact, motor development should first be developed for better brain development.

Embrace child safety in motor vehicles

ROAD crashes kill about 1.35 million people around the world each year, becoming the leading cause of death among five- to 29-year-olds, according to a World Health Organization report. More than 90 percent of fatalities are from low- and middle-income countries. Road crashes were also found to be one of the top 5 causes of preventable injuries in children, reveals a joint WHO-UNICEF report. According to WHO, the use of safety seats in cars reduce infant deaths by approximately 70 percent, while deaths of small children by 54 percent.

Teaching kids better money habits

FAMILIES have been financially impacted to varying degrees due to this pandemic. Family expenses have had to be adjusted, and additional sources of income also needed to be sought. As we creatively think of ways to stretch and add to the family income, let us take the opportunity to involve our kids in the process. Let us introduce our kids early with financial literacy to equip them better for their future.

My 202-‘one’ road to simplifying life

THE day after the lockdown was officially declared in March 2020, I suddenly had a fever. Even when my fever subsided, I had the hardest time getting out of bed for a week. This was so unlike me because I could always work through a fever in the past.  My youngest sister pointed out that I must have been so anxious with the sudden change in reality. True enough, I was overwhelmed with not just worries but also the unpredictability in planning for everyone’s welfare at the time.

Start the new year giving with Anne Curtis

THE holidays have just passed but the Christmas spirit is not yet over. This time around, Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies brand (www.huggies.com.ph) comes with both surprises and gifts as it welcomed actress and first-time mom Anne Curtis and her daughter Dahlia as their newest endorsers. Alongside the announcement was the introduction of a special holiday gift pack aimed to help moms and babies in need.

What to do with our ‘eves’?

AS I write this, it is Christmas Eve. It made me reminiscent of my past Christmas Eves.  It would be a day after my dear sister Joan’s birthday, and we would try to get as much sleep in the morning if there were no scheduled activities that day. We would be somewhere in the map exploring a new place as a family and taking our annual Christmas Eve family photo. 

Let’s have a ‘purpose-filled’ pandemic Christmas: Part I

THIS year is challenging, to say the least, for many sectors. Aside from the pandemic, we were hit recently by more devastating typhoons. Because of all this, there have been many debates running in my head about this holiday season. Do we still prepare presents? How do we celebrate festively without contact with family and friends? Can this holiday be really “merry”?

Does your child want to be an ‘online star’?

Even before the lockdown, children have been aware of the “influencers” who seem to have taken over the Internet. In fact, a survey done by Morning Consult in 2019 revealed that a whopping 86% of people between 13 to 38 years old dream of becoming one. There is a possibility that it is higher now given the additional exposure of kids online. But what does it take to raise the next YouTube or Instagram star?

Are kids grumpier after gaming?

WHEN a child plays video games, parents invariably worry that such games could harmful. In fact, a research conducted last May by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky showed that four in 10 parents from Southeast Asia (SEA) believe that their children are “more grumpy than usual” after a gaming session.

Wearing safety: A ‘kidspiration’ in entrepreneurship

WE have heard that children are less likely to suffer the severe symptoms of Covid-19, but recent studies have concluded that young children can in fact spread the virus even more efficiently than adults. For this reason, keeping tabs on children’s health, particularly within schools and family units, is more vital than ever in containing the spread of

Death in colored lenses

NOVEMBER 1 always brings me poignant thoughts. Maybe because death has been a recurring theme in my life. Allow me to delve into this feeling for this entry of Diary of a Mom With No Limits.

How art helps in distance learning

IT has been a few months since online classes started for our kids. Based on my observation and the feedback from parents, distance learning has brought out a recurring doubt if kids, especially those in the lower-year levels, are able to absorb information effectively in this set up. Another concern is how well are our kids adapting emotionally. Do they get anxious in their homework?

Active learning at home

LAST April 16 and April 29, I shared setting time blocks to promote active learning at home.  These time blocks can be implemented more easily by setting up your own DIY learning corners at home that would usually include:

Safeguarding the health and well-being of children

FOR most parents, getting medical insurance for their child rarely crosses their minds. The more pressing matter, especially for first-time parents, are the immediate physical needs. But the truth is, a child’s medical needs can be costly, and with 54 percent of health expenses coming from the household budget, this can be a burden to many. (Source: Health Expenditures Philippines 2008, Philippine Statistics Authority)

Let’s go: Sports ‘kidspirations’ (Part II)

LAST week, I shared how grateful I am about the role coaches have played in my kids’ lives. I remember how my daughter’s first basketball coach, Paolo Rivero, pushed her with tough conditioning exercises even if she was then only 10 years old. I remember how their Coach Lucio, who accompanied them in foreign competitions for fencing, gave Meagan a four-hour pep talk after she gave in to her frustration and temper during a tournament in Thailand. She even told me that, that talk made a lot of difference, not just in her future games but also in her overall maturity in school.