Sunday, February 26, 2012

Potty Training for Toddlers


I'm quite having a problem in potty training my youngest kid because he don't want to wear diapers anymore but he doesn't know how to tell me when he's gonna poop so I end up cleaning his poop in his underwear and on the floor. (smells so gross, really.) My two older kids have been successful in potty training and now they go by themselves in the comfort room to poop. Now I'm reviewing some info's about potty training and there are several sites online who give information about the steps in potty training and here are the steps that I find useful and that I've already proven to be useful.

The Child's Readiness. A child may show readiness to start the potty training as early as 18 months of age to 3 years. The signs are: staying dry for up to two hours, uncomfortable with wet or dirty diapers, being able to follow simple instructions, asking to wear a regular underwear, or asking to use the potty chair. We should tell by the child's facial expression or stance if he is going to urinate and poop. We should also not pressure the child to learn right away for it will be counter productive.

The Right Equipment. The potty chair should of course be appropriate to the child's size. We can let the child pick his potty chair and let him put a name on it, or decorate it so he can get used with the potty chair. Whenever he show signs of urinating or having a bowel movement, take him to the chair and explain to him what he should do.

The Routine. Establish a daily routine in the potty seat. Let the child sit at least once a day, every morning, afternoon, or anytime of the day that he usually poops so he will get used to the potty seat. Tell him that removing the pants before using the toilet is also done by mommy and daddy and other siblings because its a grown up thing to do. If he feels a little scared in using the potty seat, don't push it, just give him some time and then when he's willing to sit there, then he's ready to try again.

Demonstrate. The child will learn to sit in the potty seat by seeing his other older siblings do it, or if parents demonstrate and explain how to use the toilet. hand washing after using the toilet, wiping the potty seat before using, and flushing the toilet. Children learn by imitation and by seeing this routine everyday, he will get used to the routine and learn to use the toilet.  

Encourage and Appreciate. Encourage the child to use the potty seat whenever he has the urge to poop or urinate. If there are "accidents", handle it gracefully and tell him to tell you early next time when he has to go to the toilet. Appreciate and praise the child for every successful use of the toilet, and appreciate also every attempt that he made in using the potty seat.

* I'm gonna have an update post on this next time for other useful tips in potty training.

CREDITS: Babycenterkeep kids healthy

Friday, February 24, 2012

Care for Children During Hot Weather



We now begin to feel the tropical weather and that means summer is just around the corner. The time for beaches, Pools, and summer fun is fast approaching and summer means EXTREME HEAT. Children, though they enjoy the summer season, should be watched out carefully during this hot weather for they are more susceptible to Dehydration.

WARNING SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION
  • Sunken fontanels (in babies)
  • Sunken and dark eyes
  • Tired and lethargic
  • Irritable
  • High temperature
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dry and hot skin
Another condition a child can suffer if exposed longer under the sun is Heat Exhaustion.

SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Generalized discomfort
The worst condition a child may suffer under extreme hot weather is Heat Stroke, which is more serious and can lead to brain damage and death if not treated immediately.

SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE
  • Red, blue, or mottled looking skin tone
  • Rapid pulse
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Lack of perspiration
  • Temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW/DO

Hydrate the child often. Child are more susceptible to heat stroke because Children’s thermoregulatory systems warm three to five times faster than an adult’s. Breastfeed the infant often or offer drinks to young children. WATER is the best.

The child's clothes should be appropriate for the hot weather. Light-colored cotton loose fitting clothes should be worn by the child so air can flow freely to the skin, cool the heat and absorb perspiration. 

Use Sunscreens. An spf 15 sunscreen should be used to areas not covered by the clothes to avoid sunburn. Apply the sunscreen 20 minutes before going out and reapply often. A chemical-free sunscreen made with zinc oxide or titanium oxide is advisable for kids since it only sits on the top of the skin and blocking the sun's rays. Sunscreen is NOT advisable for use in infant younger than 1 year old. Appropriate clothing to cover most skin areas in an infant should be worn when going out. 

Care inside the car. Never leave the child inside the car especially during the hot weather because the car's temperature is hotter than the outside temperature, and can increase rapidly. Travel during the coolest part of the day. Open the windows while traveling or use the air conditioner. 

Open windows. An open window can be a danger of falling for small children so install a safety window guard and move furniture away from the window to avoid injury and falls.

Immediate action. When early warning signs are recognized, act immediately. Give the child fluids and keep him cool by proper ventilation (air-condition, electric fans) and seek professional help.


Aggressive Behavior in Children: Is it Normal?



Another problem of parents especially of moms is the AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR of children - especially the biting and hitting. It's kind of shocking especially when our kid is playing with other kids and then our kid began hitting and biting and we end up apologizing for our child's behavior. Its really frustrating because it feels like we can't do anything to change our child's behavior.

AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN IS NORMAL
Its a normal part of our toddler's developmental process as they learn the process of self-control. Since they still have limited language skills, a strong will of autonomy, and developing muscle impulse, getting physical is their way of expressing what they want. Though its normal, we should not set this aside. As early as possible, we should correct the behavior by educating them to express what they want without getting aggressive.

What we should do
Longer our patience. Show the child that we can control our anger and talk to him calmly. Yelling and screaming at our child will only give him new things to try. And remember, the child imitate what elders do.

Stop the behavior immediately. Once we saw our kid is about to become aggressive, we should step in and  remove the child from the situation. Give him a minute or two of time out so he can calm himself down and then explain to the child the consequences of what he has done.

Be Consistent. We should respond to another episode the way we did the last time. That way, the child will remember that if he did bite or hit again it means he'll have another time out or he'll be out in the action. He'll come to expect a consequence if he misbehaves.

Tell the Child that its wrong to bite and hit. When the child finally calm down, explain to him that its ok to be angry but its bad to hit and bite. We should teach the child other alternatives in expressing his feelings like talking it out.

Appreciate. We should appreciate the child's effort and praise the child's good behavior. That way, he will continue to express himself in a good way because he is receiving praises by for example, lending the other child his toy or asking another child for his turn to the toy.

Monitor what the child watches on TV. We should guide the child while watching the TV because some programs may include hitting, shouting, and other kinds of violence. The child should only watch programs which fits his age. If other cartoon programs have some form of violence like hitting and spanking, explain to the child the situation and that it is still bad to hit and shout to anyone.

Seek professional help. If our child seems to be aggressive more often, upsets or frighten other children, engage activities that will annoy or hurt others, or if everything we say have no effect at all then its time to talk to our pediatrician who may recommend a child psychologist or counselor to determine what really makes the child behave this way. We should help the child through it and work with him patiently.

CREDITS: Baby CenterEmpowering ParentsThe Baby Corner

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How to Handle Temper Tantrums


One of the problems we, moms face is our kids' Temper Tantrums. Its kinda unpredictable especially when we were out, We thought that it was a very fine and peaceful day until our kid began crying, kicking, and screaming, throwing every stuff which comes his way, at times, lying down the to the ground. Tantrums can be very frustrating but we can treat tantrums as opportunities for education. 

Causes of Tantrums
There are several causes of tantrums which are very familiar to parents: The child is hungry, tired, or uncomfortable. Tantrums are often the result if the child can't get what he wants or if he can't get the things or the parents do what he wants. It also happen because toddlers have the sense of autonomy and want things his way.

Here are strategies for handling Temper Tantrums as written by Dr. Robert G. Harrington, PhD of University of Kansas.

Prevention for Parents and Teachers
It is much easier to prevent temper tantrums than it is to manage them once they have erupted. Here are some tips for preventing temper tantrums and some things you can say:

  • Reward children for positive attention rather than negative attention. During situations when they are prone to temper tantrums, catch them when they are being good and say such things as, “Nice job sharing with your friend.”
  • Do not ask children to do something when they must do what you ask. Do not ask, “Would you like to eat now?” Say, “It’s suppertime now.”
  • Give children control over little things whenever possible by giving choices. A little bit of power given to the child can stave off the big power struggles later. “Which do you want to do first, brush your teeth or put on your pajamas?”
  • Keep off-limit objects out of sight and therefore out of mind. In an art activity keep the scissors out of reach if children are not ready to use them safely.
  • Distract children by redirection to another activity when they tantrum over something they should not do or cannot have. Say, “Let’s read a book together.”
  • Change environments, thus removing the child from the source of the temper tantrum. Say, “Let’s go for a walk.”
  • Choose your battles. Teach children how to make a request without a temper tantrum and then honor the request. Say, “Try asking for that toy nicely and I’ll get it for you.”
  • Make sure that children are well rested and fed in situations in which a temper tantrum is a likely possibility. Say, “Supper is almost ready, here’s a cracker for now.”
  • Avoid boredom. Say, “You have been working for a long time. Let’s take a break and do something fun.”
  • Create a safe environment that children can explore without getting into trouble. Childproof your home or classroom so children can explore safely.
  • Increase your tolerance level. Are you available to meet the child’s reasonable needs? Evaluate how many times you say, “No.” Avoid fighting over minor things.
  • Establish routines and traditions that add structure. For teachers, start class with a sharing time and opportunity for interaction.
  • Signal children before you reach the end of an activity so that they can get prepared for the transition. Say, “When the timer goes off 5 minutes from now it will be time to turn off the TV and go to bed.”
  • When visiting new places or unfamiliar people explain to the child beforehand what to expect. Say, “Stay with your assigned buddy in the museum.”
  • Provide pre-academic, behavioral, and social challenges that are at the child’s developmental level so that the child does not become frustrated.
  • Keep a sense of humor to divert the child’s attention and surprise the child out of the tantrum.
Intervention for Parents and Teachers

There are a number of ways to handle a temper tantrum. Strategies include the following:
  • Remain calm and do not argue with the child. Before you manage the child, you must manage your own behavior. Spanking or yelling at the child will make the tantrum worse.
  • Think before you act. Count to 10 and then think about the source of the child’s frustration, this child’s characteristic temperamental response to stress (hyperactivity, distractibility, moodiness), and the predictable steps in the escalation of the temper tantrum.
  • Try to intervene before the child is out of control. Get down at the child’s eye level and say, “You are starting to get revved up, slow down.” Now you have several choices of intervention.
  • You can positively distract the child by getting the child focused on something else that is an acceptable activity. For example, you might remove the unsafe item and replace with an age-appropriate toy.
  • You can place the child in time away. Time away is a quiet place where the child goes to calm down, think about what he or she needs to do, and, with your help, make a plan to change the behavior.
  • You can ignore the tantrum if it is being thrown to get your attention. Once the child calms down, give the attention that is desired.
  • Hold the child who is out of control and is going to hurt himself or herself or someone else. Let the child know that you will let him or her go as soon as he or she calms down. Reassure the child that everything will be all right, and help the child calm down. Parents may need to hug their child who is crying, and say they will always love him or her no matter what, but that the behavior has to change. This reassurance can be comforting for a child who may be afraid because he or she lost control.
  • If the child has escalated the tantrum to the point where you are not able to intervene in the ways described above, then you may need to direct the child to time-out (see “Resources”). If you are in a public place, carry your child outside or to the car. Tell the child that you will go home unless he or she calms down. In school warn the child up to three times that it is necessary to calm down and give a reminder of the rule. If the child refuses to comply, then place him or her in time-out for no more than 1 minute for each year of age.
  • Talk with the child after the child has calmed down. When the child stops crying, talk about the frustration the child has experienced. Try to help solve the problem if possible. For the future, teach the child new skills to help avoid temper tantrums such as how to ask appropriately for help and how to signal a parent or teacher that the he or she knows they need to go to “time away” to “stop, think, and make a plan.” Teach the child how to try a more successful way of interacting with a peer or sibling, how to express his or her feelings with words and recognize the feelings of others without hitting and screaming.
Post-Tantrum Management

  • Never, under any circumstances, give in to a tantrum. That response will only increase the number and frequency of the tantrums.
  • Explain to the child that there are better ways to get what he or she wants.
  • Do not reward the child after a tantrum for calming down. Some children will learn that a temper tantrum is a good way to get a treat later.
  • Never let the temper tantrum interfere with your otherwise positive relationship with the child.
  • Teach the child that anger is a feeling that we all have and then teach her ways to express anger constructively.

When to Get Help


For parents. If, despite the use of these interventions, the tantrums are increasing in frequency, intensity, or duration, consult your child’s doctor. You should also consult your child’s doctor if the child is self-injurious, hurtful to others, depressed, showing signs of low self-esteem, or is overly dependent on a parent or teacher for support. Your pediatrician or family physician can check for hearing or vision problems, chronic illness, or conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome, language delays, or a learning disability, which may be contributing to your child’s increasing temper tantrums. Your physician can also direct you to a mental health professional who can provide assistance for you and your child.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

10 Rock Songs About Childhood and Children

For me, children are the most beautiful gift from God. They are the ones who brighten our day and lights up our lives. I also remember my childhood days. I am free, I only think about playing the whole day, Running wild in the farm with my friends, enjoying the summer break. My life now is far from my life when i was a child but my life now is full of happiness because of my children. They are the ones who color my life and the reason why I continue to fight and stand in life. Here are 10 songs about Childhood and Children.

1. Enter Sandman - Metallica A lullabye with a dark twist. 
2. Jeremy - Pearl Jam This song was written by Eddie Vedder because he felt that Youth with problems didnt      receive much attention. 
3. We're going to be friends - The white stripes I remember my grade school days in this song. It is about the fun of going to school, learning to count and spell, and walking to school with a friend.
4. Sliver - Nirvana Kurt Cobain wrote this song telling his scary trip to his grand mom's house.
5. Sail to the moon - Radiohead Thom yorke, Radiohead's Frontman written this song for his son noah telling him that there's no limit to what he can do someday.
6. Daughter - Pearl Jam Eddie Vedder wrote this song because he felt that attention should be brought to the difficult lives of children with learning difficuties. Pearl jam used their rock songs to stress issues like these.
7. I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper This one is one of the best rock songs during the 1970's and one of the best songs about growing up.
8. Glory Days - Bruce Springteen This song recounts the glory days of High School and the sweet young love.
9. Sarah - Thin Lizzy Phil Lynott wrote this song for his new born daughter Sarah. It expressed his hope and joy that Sarah brought to his life. Unfortunately, Lynott died after 7 years due to the complications of his drug addiction.
10. Forever Young - Bob Dylan The song is about a father who give his son advice and wishing him all the best in life.

CREDITS: Mademan

Monday, February 20, 2012

10 Best Nirvana Songs


Today would be the 45th birthday of Kurt Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana. We remember him for their hits like "Smells like teen spirit", "All apologies", "Come as you are", and many more. But here are the 10 best nirvana songs as written by John Brhel, Break Studios Contributing Writer.

In Bloom. Nirvana's massive success and mainstream acceptance contradicted Kurt Cobain's indie sensibilities and punk-rock roots. This lurching but insanely catchy single tricked the jocks in the band's audience into singing “He’s the one who likes all our pretty songs / And he likes to sing along / And he likes to shoot his gun / But he don’t know what it means.” It sure tricked plenty of Brits: "In Bloom" hit number 28 on the UK charts and stands as one of the 10 best Nirvana songs.

Heart-shaped Box. This song’s nothing groundbreaking (the whole thing's three chords, verse and chorus), but it has some cool, twisted lyrics ("I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black”?) and the band hammers the melody into your skull with the help of an accompanying guitar riff. Cobain wrote this song, originally titled “Heart-Shaped Coffin,” in five minutes; quite a feat for one of the 10 best Nirvana songs.

Negative Creep. Try listening to this chunky throat-shredder and not throwing yourself around the room and knocking stuff off the walls. “Daddy’s little girl ain’t a girl no more,” whatever it means, doesn’t matter. The song’s one of the best songs off the band's debut album, "Bleach," and one of the 10 best Nirvana songs ever. Check out the performance on 1991’s “The Year Punk Broke” for the ultimate version.

About A Girl. Long before Courtney Love inspired her husband to write the lyrics “married / buried” in “All Apologies,” another inspired Cobain to write the classic Nirvana song “About a Girl.” Written after listening to The Beatles all night (and it shows), "About A Girl" is a response to Cobain’s ex-girlfriend Tracy Marander's question as to why Kurt hadn’t written a song about her. This song spotlighted Cobain’s pop brilliance amongst the dankness of "Bleach" and is certainly one of the 10 best Nirvana songs.

All Apologies. Another Beatles-esque single (the band members were all big fans), “All Apologies“ is hypnotic, melodic and full of weird lyrics (what does “Aqua seafoam shame“ really mean?). The band’s performance on "MTV Unplugged" cemented its place as a Gen-X classic and this song's place as one of the 10 best Nirvana songs.

Smells Like Teen Spirit. Overplayed and overpraised, its hard to listen to this song objectively nowadays, but the truth is it’s actually super catchy and expertly crafted pop. The riff alone, a play on Boston’s “More Than A Feeling,“ would make it a classic, but Andy Wallace’s mix made it sound arena-ready, and the single’s success sure lived up to it. It’s 1990’s “Freebird," in a good way.

Drain You. After the chaos of “Territorial Pissings” on "Nevermind," “Drain You” seems like a light-hearted romp. The A section’s playful and clever wordplay (“With eyes so dilated I've become your pupil”) contrasts nicely with the darker and repetitious B section and makes it one of the 10 best Nirvana songs.

School. Cobain may have come from the underground and detested the band’s mainstream audience, but the holier-than-thou indie crowd bugged him just as well. This sludgy Sabbath-inspired gem finds Cobain howling at his best. Apparently being judged as a band is like being “in high school again.”

On A Plain. A bright moment in the catchy-yet-bleak 43 minutes of "Nevermind," this song finds the band channeling The Beatles yet again in the verse’s melody and Cobain making references to his mom. The bridge melody sounds eerily familiar, and Cobain commented on this in the lyric “Somewhere I have heard this before.” Easily one of the 10 best Nirvana songs.

Sliver. How rock and roll is it to sing lyrics like “Mashed potatoes and stuff like that?” With "Sliver," Nirvana bashed out a fun punk-rock sing-along, a prelude to the full embracing of pop that would come with “Nevermind.” This is the most playful song on the list and one of the 10 best Nirvana songs.


Disclaimer: This List was written by  John Brhel, Break Studios Contributing Writer. 

CREDITS: YoutubeMademan


Saturday, February 18, 2012

20 Motivational Rock Songs

Image from www.matternow.com
There are times that we feel like we want to give up on life because of the challenges and obstacles that come our way. Especially for us moms, who always face trials in our life, in our family, career, and relationships. In order for us to go on, we should think about the things that will keep us hanging and holding on, such as our children, which are the very reason of everything that we do. And listening to music will add up to our motivation to continue and face our lives everyday no matter how hard it is. Here are 20 Motivational Rock Songs we can move, groove, and head bang into and will remind us to hold on and go on. DISCLAIMER: Im not a music expert and this list is based only on my personal preference. thank you!!!

1. Give it all - Rise Against
2. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
3. Its my Life - Bon Jovi
4. Awake and Alive - Skillet
5. Move - Thousand Foot Krutch
6. Iridescent - Linkin Park
7. Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Today - Smashing Pumpkins
9. Rise Above This - Seether
10. Paradise City - Guns n' Roses
11. Lightning Crashes - Live
12. Ain't it the life - Foo Fighters
13. Beautiful Life - U2
14. Everybody Hurts - REM
15. I am Mine - Pearl Jam
16. Be Yourself - Audioslave
17. Dream On - Aerosmith
18. We're not gonna take it - Twisted Sister
19. Don't Stop Believing - The Journey
20. Don't Stop me now - Queen

CREDITS: Youtube

Friday, February 17, 2012

Snoring in Children

I only had snoring problems with my husband until i had my youngest child. When he was a baby, i never heard him snore but when he turned 18 months old, that's when his snoring started. It was never a big deal for me before until the snoring became persistent. I was kinda alarmed and researched for this condition and so i learned that snoring in kids is not really cute and is NOT NORMAL.

Snoring happens when the air that enters the nose was blocked by several structures in the throat. The sound is the result of the rubbing structures in the mouth and throat as the air passes. There are some causes of snoring like colds, allergies, obesity and obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the leading cause of snoring in children. It is due to the enlarged tonsils and adenoids which blocks the passage of the air and cause the snoring sound. The child with OSA have disruptions of sleep with pauses which lasts for 10 or more seconds and happens several times in their sleep. The child usually wakes up feeling grumpy, irritated, and tired. The child may also have growth and behavioral problems, and may have poor performance in school. Some children with OSA may be misdiagnosed with ADHD because of hyperactivity and restlessness as a result of disrupted sleep.

How to manage snoring?


Proper sleep position. Proper placement of the child's head may lessen the snoring. Elevating the child's head while sleeping could help clearing air passages.

Alleviate the Allergy. If allergy is the problem then remove all the things which trigger the child's allergy (cats, dogs, stuffed toys, flowers, dust). Also, a PRESCRIBED medication for allergy from the pediatrician may control the allergy.

Lose Weight. An obese child should start to lose weight slowly by having a proper diet and exercise.

Treatment for OSA. If the problem is an enlarged tonsils and adenoids, you should start discussing with your doctor for the best treatment for OSA. The usual treatment for OSA is Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids)

One of these days, We will visit my children's pediatrician to have him examined for the cause of his snoring and seek treatment before the condition becomes worse and may affect his growth and development.



CREDITS: aboutBabyzoneWhattoexpect

German Measles

During the first trimester of my pregnancy, i contracted the Rubella Disease or commonly known as German measles. As someone with a background in medical studies, i knew the possible effects of this disease to an unborn child, which my 4 year old Carl have today. But what really is Rubella? what is its causes and effects? what are the methods to prevent the disease?

Rubella is a common communicable disease in children and young adults caused by the rubella virus. Its name was derived from latin meaning "little red". It is called German measles because it was first discovered by German physicians in the eighteenth century. The incubation period is from 14 - 21 days. It is acquired/transmitted through the respiratory route (can be passed along by the breath of a person sick from rubella).

Signs and Symptoms 

  • Enlarged Cervical and postauricular lymph nodes (lymph nodes behind the ears)
  • Low grade fever
  • headache
  • runny nose 
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • joint pains
  • Faint pink to red rashes which develop on the face that spread down to the trunk and extremities 1-4 days after the onset of the first symptoms.

 Prevention for the Rubella Virus is usually given as part of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Vaccine. The first dose of the vaccine should be given to children at least 12-18 months of age and the second dose at 36 months of age as recommended by The World Health Organization. It is also recommended that adolescent girls should be given another shot of the vaccine so that they wont contract the disease when they got pregnant. There is no specific treatment to rubella because this disease is self-limiting however, management of the symptoms are done to minimize discomfort. Isolation of affected person is usually done to avoid transmission of the disease.

Congenital Defects caused by Rubella

  • Congenital heart defects (Patent Ductus Arteriosus is the most common)
  • Severe to Profound bilateral hearing loss
  • Unilateral or bilateral congenital cataract
  • blindness


The rashes from Rubella are usually faint pink to red in color which spreads from the face down to the trunk and extremities.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Things I remember my mom told me.

Being a mom is indeed a very rewarding job. It pays nothing but hugs, kisses, and love from our kids. I remember the things that my mom told me/want me to do when i was a kid that are exactly what i'm telling my kids today.

My Beautiful Mom and My adorable kids.


1. Don't Go Far! My mom always held on me when we were out in the mall. I wonder why she wont let me go and roam around, look at the things around. Now i know why. She's just afraid to lose me as I am very scared of losing sight of my kids when we go out.

2. Taking a nap in the afternoon. My mom told me that if i sleep in the afternoon, i will grow tall. Well, i did that but i never grew tall. Now I know the reason behind the "nap in the afternoon". Well perhaps for me, I send the kids off to sleep in the afternoon because toddlers need 10-13 hours of sleep at night and 1-3 hours nap time at day time to add up for their growth, physical, and mental development. Complete hours of sleep in children also lessens their mood swings and irritability. And it also gives the parents time to do the house chores or have sometime for relaxation.

3. Eating Vegetables. Getting Children to eat vegetables could be a very tiring battle between Parents and kids. That was also one of my mom's problems when i was a kid, and also my problem now that i have kids. But we should get our kids to eat vegetables because vegetables are great source of vitamins and minerals that are needed for growth and development. We Should introduce vegetables to our kids as early as 6 months by incorporating it to baby cereals, or other baby foods that they eat. We should also show them that we are eating vegetables as a way of convincing them because what we eat will also influence the kids' food preferences.

4. Don't talk when your mouth is full. My mom told me I should never talk when eating or with my mouth full because it may choke me to death. SERIOUSLY. Choking is when something, a liquid or a foreign body entered our air pipe where the air passes to our lungs, and blocks this air way. If this foreign body is not removed within seconds, it could result to death. Another case is when a foreign body entered our air pipe down to our lungs which could result to Aspiration Pneumonia.

5. I Love You! Of course our parents love us much more than we love them, and they want us to know how much they love us not only by saying these words but also by showing us through simple but thoughtful ways. Now that i already have my kids, i will never get tired of telling them and showing them how much i love just like my mom never got tired of showing me how much she loves me up until now.

Do you also remember things that your parents once told you which are exactly the things you're telling your kids now?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

E-cards

This is My husband and I's very first Valentine away from each other for he was working since last year in Dubai. I won't be able to give him a valentine's gift this year so I just made an E-card and the photo of the kids as a gift.



Valentine's day

A lot of People are busy today, specially the lovers because its valentine's day!! But what really is valentine's day? Why is it called valentine's day? Who made this day a valentine's day?

Saint Valentine's Day, often simply Valentine's Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is celebrated in hundreds of countries around the world, mostly in theWest, although it remains a working day in all of them.

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").

Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome, and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.

Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).


Saint Valentine of Terni and his disciples.


Legends
The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were expounded briefly in Legenda Aurea.According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.

Since Legenda Aurea still provided no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail.

There is an additional modern embellishment to The Golden Legend, provided by American Greetings to History.com, and widely repeated despite having no historical basis whatsoever. On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he would have written the first "valentine" card himself, addressed to the blind daughter of his jailor Asterius, signing as "From your Valentine."

~ Whatever the history of Valentine's day is, Its great that we have this day to commemorate and express our love to our love ones, may it be our friends, parents, children, or spouse. But expressing our love shouldn't only be done every valentine's day. We should show our love every single day, in every waking hour of our lives, Because the true meaning of love is not only everyday, but FOREVER AND ALWAYS. Happy Valentine's Day Folks! :)

CREDITS TO: Wikipedia

Top 20 Rock Love Songs

Its Only a day before we hit Valentines day and so I will share to you a list of my top 20 favorite rock love songs that you can dedicate to your love one. Disclaimer: I'm not a music expert and this list is based only on my personal taste. If you know other rock love songs, just add a comment. :)

20. Wonderwall - Oasis
19. You're my best friend - Queen
18. Love Song - 311
17. Echo - Incubus
16. Something - The Beatles
15.  Heaven - Bryan Adams
14. She's the One - Robbie Williams
13. I will follow you into the Dark - Deathcab for cutie
12. I'll be there for you - Bon Jovi
11. Love will keep us alive - Eagles
10. Standing at the edge of the earth - Blessed union of souls
9. Forever - Kiss
8. Angel - Aerosmith
7. The Search is over - Survivor
6. Yellow - Coldplay
5. Nothing else Matters - Metallica
4. I will do anything for love - Meatloaf
3. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
2. Melt with you - The Cure
1. Wouldnt it be nice - The Beach Boys

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pancakes!

I've cooked a Pancake today for snack. I was kinda careful in cooking this one as it gets easily burnt up if not cooked correctly. The one i used in cooking this is the pre made flour for pancakes that does not need egg, only water to create the creamy texture of the pancake. I only fried this in a frying pan with a little amount of oil, just enough to lubricate the pan to avoid it from sticking. I stuffed the pancakes with cheese inside and voila!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kids' Fight

An incident yesterday happened where my two older kids fought over a toy. The result? Fist fight, head banging, biting. I was kinda alarmed by my kids' behavior and scolded them both. just to be fair, i scolded Daniel because of wounding his brother in the head. But is scolding really enough?




While browsing the web, I found the answer at Baby Center for the things to if the kids are constantly fighting.

Penelope Leach
child psychologist

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that two kids aren't that much more trouble than one. I wonder who came up with that idea? No single child can run you constantly ragged (after all, he has to sleep sometime!) but two children can — and often do. A lot of parents say that the worst part of having two kids is the sheer amount of noise they make. Not the loud voices, wild games, or blaring toys, but the particular, maddening sound of children squabbling. If they're playing together, something is soon loudly unfair. If they're playing apart, one wants to join in and the other doesn't — and they're both more than willing to communicate this at top volume.
Even when they're both with you — at home, in the car, at the store — there's an undertone of point scoring and complaint that keeps you on edge, just waiting for an outburst. Guilt adds to the stress: After all, aren't children in "good" families friends and companions? And shouldn't you do something more, or differently, to keep the peace?
Actually, you may have more peace if you do less. Playing judge and jury in children's squabbles is a no-win situation: Even if you witness an act of aggression or hear an insult, you can never know what subtle sibling injustice provoked it. Being "fair" doesn't always help, either. The more you ration out the berries in each child's bowl, carefully divvy up the number of gifts they get, and tabulate the frequency and fulsomeness of the praise you pepper them with, the more you'll encourage your kids to measure your performance on a balance sheet — and to find errors.
The fact is that you'll have times when you must weigh each child's needs differently. When one child is ill or has a birthday, giving him the extra attention that's due him shouldn't leave his sibling feeling deprived. You can't control the green-eyed monster (who lives in every family) by carefully rationing your attention. All you can do is try to give your children the sense that no rationing is needed because there's more than enough unconditional love for everyone.
As much as you want your children to love each other, you can't mandate it. Their feelings are their business — the only thing you can try to exert some control over is their behavior. Start by making it clear to them that no matter how they feel about each other, they must tolerate and treat each other decently. Bullying, cruel teasing, and tattling are not allowed — no matter who started it or what the other child was doing.
Don't just forbid the negative behaviors, though. Offer them some positive alternatives: ways to solve problems. If they both want the same toy, don't tell them what to do — ask them. Eventually they'll hopefully come up with the idea of taking turns.
Though they're very close in age, try not to force your kids into each other's company. If you let them pursue their own interests, and allow them to have separate friends at home and school, they may well grow into a mutual solidarity that will amaze you.
Above all, respect each child's dignity. Loving each as an individual means that you should never make either one look or feel small — to himself, to his sibling, or to outsiders. And, of course, never, ever compare them, much less hold one up as an example to the other. You may wish that this orange were sweeter, but you'd never wish it were more like an apple, would you?

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Grandparents

Yesterday, my Parents-in-law came to visit the kids. They brought food and snacks for the kids and they just want to bond with them. Grand Parents are God's way of telling us that we, parents, have someone to turn to if we are not sure of some things about parenting. That Grand parents are the people whom we can entrust our children with when we are out at work. And that Grand parents are the ones who will love us, the parents, and of course our children unconditionally. The only problem is the kids become spoiled. :)

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Diamond Eyes

I bought a contact lens from an online shop for me to sell here on our salon. i got 3 pairs, the two pairs was already sold and the other one was left. I was tempted to try it and this was what it looked like.
This lens is The Sparkle Lens in diamond series. This one is in gray color.

Just a reminder, before you wear a contact lens, be sure that you have washed your hands so it may not contaminate your eyes and may end up in infection. When wearing contact lenses, be sure to remove it before you sleep because it may get stuck in your eyes when it get dry. Also, keep away from flame because there are instances that someone burned her eyes because of going near the open gas stove  while wearing contact lenses. When you feel uneasy upon wearing contact lenses remove it immediately. 

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

An Ordinary Day

It almost took me an hour before i could take a picture as good as this. What i mean is, i really couldn't get them together this way and pose for the cam as i will send the photo to my husband abroad. Before i could take a photo like this, i had to chase them around, instruct them for the nth time until i got tired and give up. BUT i successfully took this picture because of telling them that their daddy will come home soon bringing them presents. And so, Voila!

This One's the first shot. See? 

Monday, February 06, 2012

Marley: The Biography

Its one of the great news that I've heard this year, the release of Marley, a documentary-biography of the reggae legend Bob Marley. Will surely catch this on theaters!!





REBLOGGED FROM CINEMABLEND
Happy birthday, Bob Marley! As a gift, Magnolia Pictures has acquired the rights to Marley, a documentary biopic on the legendary musician that has been directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, One Day In September). The company announced the acquisition in a press release.

“This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” said Ziggy Marley, who served as an executive producer on the film. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey."

Marley will hold its World Premiere at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival later this month. It will have its North American premiere at next month’s South By Southwest film festival. Magnolia then will open the documentary in theaters on Friday, April 20, launching day and date with all VOD and digital platforms.

The family’s support of Macdonald’s vision makes Marley worth seeing. The director reportedly had access to rare footage, archival photos, performance footage and interviews with the late musician’s family, friends, and bandmates.

“Bob Marley is a fascinating, towering figure in musical history, and Marley is the biography that he deserves,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.

I’d line up to see Marley just for the soundtrack. But with the promise of the Marley family opening up the vaults on unseen footage and insights, that moves Macdonald’s doc to the top of my want-to-see list at SXSW in March. What do you think? Are you interested in this visionary’s life? Will you see Marley when it opens near you?

One Love!

Another Legend in the music scene will mark his 68th birthday on February 6, 2012. Robert Nesta Marley or Famously known as Bob Marley Was a Jamaican singer-songwriter musician. He is famous for his reggae music which was influenced by the social issues in his homeland, Jamaica. He also helped spread the Jamaican music and the rastafari movement. Through his music, He expressed his love for God, Advocacy for Peace, Freedom, and Humanity. Being a Descendant of an Afro-American (his mother) and White-Jamaican with English Descent (his father), He once Reflected:
I don't have prejudice against meself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side nor the white man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.
His best known hits include "One Love" , "I shot the Sheriff", "No woman no cry", "Stir it Up", "redemption song", "Three Little Birds", and Many More. Bob Marley Died on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36 years old.

As My Personal Tribute, I would like to share My kids and I's Favorite Lullabye Rendition of Bob Marley song from Rockabye Baby! Enjoy! and Happy Birthday Bob!




I personally made this vector image in Adobe illustrator. Its not that perfect but its the thought that counts! :)

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Happy Birthday Axl Rose!

On February 6, 2012 marks the 50th birthday of our beloved Guns n' Roses Front man William Bruce Rose, Jr. or Famously known as Axl Rose. Guns n' Roses was formed in March 1985, where he and his former bandmate Tracii Guns merged their respective bands Hollywood rose and L.A. Guns. After several line-up changes, the band consisted of Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. ( wikipedia) And the rest was history. :)

..and now i would like to share to you a Lullabye rendition of GNR song Sweet child o' mine from  Rockabye Baby!. This renditions are perfect if you still want to hum to the tune of your favorite rock band without banging your little ones' eardrums. Its effective too, my kids fall asleep easily whenever i play these lullabyes. So sit back, Relax and enjoy!!

The Album Cover is cool too! Look at slash, such a cute teddy! :)