Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Coming home soon

Posted by CHAT at 4:19 PM 0 comments

Why, hello there.

Yes, I am still very much alive. The holiday has kept me super busy though. Since it is over, we are back to regular programming.

My uncle, an OFW, will come home soon. My siblings and I were talking about giving him a welcome back gift. He is one big NCAA fan. Ticketamerica.com has college seats for very good teams in the NCAA that include the Southern Methodist Mustangs, Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the great St. Bonaventure Bonnies teams. We have an option of buying a southern methodist mustangs tickets for 2, a southern miss golden tickets for 2, or st bonaventure bonnies tickets. Either way, he would surely be delighted. Can’t wait for him to go home.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy birthday!!!

Posted by CHAT at 4:00 PM 0 comments

My darling Claire,

Has it really been a year since your first birthday? Where did all the days go?

Seeing you grow up day by day makes my heart skid with excitement. You are a usual sweet little girl that exudes so much character. One moment you are prim and proper, another you become a loud kid.

You adore your Kuya so bad. Amidst the daily fights over toys and space, you still get away with his annoyance with you by hugging him and giving her wet kisses.

Lately, you'd learned to choose your own clothes. It means a daily chaos on your closet. You insist on what you like and you wailed when you didn't get what you want.

You still don't know Dora the Explorer. However, you loved Angelina Ballerina and twirl like her. You also loved to sing and dance like Mickey Mouse and his friends at Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. You also loved to watch the fishy and the ming-ming and the birdy.

As you grow each and everyday, we thank God for giving us a blessing as special as you. Happy birthday my little darling. We will forever love you.

Friday, July 29, 2011

10 Rules to Keep Kids Active

Posted by CHAT at 9:00 PM 0 comments

The Rules of Kids' Fitness

Parenting has never been easy. Since the beginning of time, men have tried to keep their children safe and healthy. But instead of protecting kids from, say, starvation and predators, like our cavemen ancestors, these days we're up against a modern batch of challenges: obesity and sedentary behavior—two equally formidable enemies.

And since these are fairly new problems, your parents and grandparents might not have all the answers. Well, we don't either.

Follow these 10 rules to keeping your kid active, though, and you'll have a great head start.

Rule 1: Don't Rely on Organized Sports

Just because your kid is in T-ball doesn't mean that he's active enough. A new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that less than 25 percent of student athletes receive the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise.

Plus, the researchers found that the kids spent about 30 minutes of their practice sessions being completely inactive.

Coaches need to make sure everyone is participating in the game, so some children might have to wait their turns to head onto the field, say the scientists. They suggest that adults should take a more active role in the practice sessions, even if that means monitoring children with a pedometer.

America's fight against childhood obesity starts with parents. Here's an action plan to keep your whole family fit.

Rule 2: Keep Play Fun

Don't worry too much about the rules. "Making a game or activity too rigid is the best way to guarantee that a kid won't want to be active," says Men's Health FitsSchools advisor Jim Liston, C.S.C.S. "Your job is to facilitate play, not dictate it."

So if kids stop playing an organized game and start chasing a butterfly, just go with it. "As long as young kids are running, jumping, and having fun, they're improving their health and athletic ability."

Rule 3: Turn off the TV...

If you want your kid to get off the couch once in a while, you have to do the same. Case in point: A 2010 study by British researchers found that 6-year-old girls were nearly 3.5 times more likely to watch more than four hours of television a day if their parents similarly stared at the tube for two to four hours a day.

As for boys, the scientists found that the little guys were about 10 times more likely to watch TV for four hours a day if their parents did as well.

Luckily, the solution is simple—turn off the tube. But what about "educational TV," you ask? Fact is, only one out of every eight shows for children are real learning opportunities.

Rule 4: ...Unless You're Playing Wii

We're not saying that your child should start spending more time in the living room than the backyard, but kids can have a good workout by playing certain video games. Recently, the American Heart Association officially stated that Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort games are legitimate ways to stay active.

And a recent study in the journal Pediatrics found that kids (aged 10 to 13) who played Dance Dance Revolution had an exercise session that was comparable to walking at a moderate-intensity pace.

21 Big life lessons learned from little kids.

Rule 5: Never Reward Kids With Food

It's no wonder childhood obesity is so prevalent: "We tell our children to eat healthy, but then we reward their good behavior with junk food," says Liston. No, there's nothing wrong with an occasional treat. But to consistently reinforce a kid with ice cream and candy for a job well done—such as finishing his homework—delivers the wrong message.

In fact, you should use caution in rewarding kids with any kind of food, including healthy fare. "This practice can teach them that it's good to eat even when they're not hungry," explains Liston. Instead, give them another kind of reward—like extra playtime outside.

Pack the perfect school lunch: Send your children off with the right fuel they need to learn—and play.

Rule 6: Instruct by Showing, Not Telling

Forget the phrase "Keep your eye on the ball." Why? Because the first time most a kid hears it, he (or she) has no idea what you're talking about. Instead, show him how to hit a baseball with these 6 steps:

  • Stand a few feet away and tell your kid to look at the ball.
  • Move toward him with the ball in your hand while continually instructing him to keep looking at the ball. (This way, he'll learn to track it.)
  • When you approach the strike zone, tell him to slowly try to hit the ball with the bat.
  • Go back to the starting point, then toss the ball into the strike zone and allow him to swing.
  • Review what he did well and give him instruction for improvement.
  • Repeat.

Rule 7: Know When to Praise

Kids aren't stupid. Say your son whiffs at three pitches in a row. The modern parent often says, "Good try." But that type of hollow praise doesn't console him, or help him the next time he steps up to the plate. "Praise should be specific and authentic, as in, 'Good job juggling the ball 10 times. I see you've been practicing a lot. Your efforts have paid off,' " says Liston. "You should also mix instruction and encouragement when your child makes a mistake." Look for a teaching point, even on a strikeout. For instance, you might say, "Good eye on that second and third pitch. Keep swinging at pitches like those, and the hits will come."

Follow the 10 Commandments of Dad and raise happier, healthier children.

Rule 8: Make a Play Date With Friends

Remember the days of running around with the neighborhood kids from dawn until dusk? Wasn't that fun? Well, it's also an essential way to keep your kid in shape: UK researchers found that children who have an active, neighborhood playmate are two to three times more likely to be physically active themselves when compared to kids who don't live near a buddy.

Rule 9: But Don't Compare Your Kids With Others

Kids develop the coordination to run, catch, and throw at different rates, says Liston. The trouble is, they're often expected to perform at certain levels based solely on their ages. As a result, a child whose development is slower than average may never have the opportunity to catch up with his peers.

"If a kid tries to catch a baseball on the run before he's able to catch a beach ball while standing still, he won't have the tools he needs to be successful, says Liston. Unfortunately, many parents and coaches think the solution is for the child to try harder, when the real secret is backing up to a simpler task that the kid can improve upon.

Rule 10: Give Them Your Blessing

Encouraging your kids to participate in "vigorous" sports—like basketball and soccer—can cause your children to become more active, according to research in the journal Health Psychology. In the study, kids who received support from their parents were more likely to sign up for team sports (and less likely to spend their time sitting around) than the children who's parents didn't give them a push.

Obvious—and simple, right? Then what are you waiting for?

By Maria Masters and Adam Bornstein
Men's Health

Article snagged here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Once is enough, twice is too much, thrice is

Posted by CHAT at 6:26 PM 0 comments

u26995777 Here I go again.. Sorry for reading so much rants for the past few days. I just need to vent out all my frustrations with the yaya we got. As you all know, the yaya we got is staying out of the house. She reports to us at 6 in the morning at goes home usually around 7 or 8 in the evening.

Okay, too much introduction. This is the real story. She haven’t stayed with us for a month now and she incurred 3 absences already.

First. It was a Saturday and she didn’t show up to work. We still didn’t know her contact number so we were left to ask for my cousins rescue as I need to work on that day. Come Monday, she didn’t even informed us why she was absent not until we asked her. Her reason “may sakit po kasi si ate.”

Second. Another Satruday. She didn’t show up again so we need to ask my cousin again to stay with us as I need to go to work. Come Monday, we asked here why didn’t she show up and her reason “wala po kasi si ate.” We even told her to even just advise us if she can’t report to us and her answer is a simple “opo.”

My husband then decided to give her my oldest mobile phone so we could contact her if needed.

Third. Yesterday. This time around, I really got mad. She didn’t show up again. We were trying to call her on the mobile phone we gave her but it was turned off. I have no choice but to take a leave from work as my cousin needs to go to school. Come night time, we tried to call her again. The phone is turned on but no one is answering it. We tried to call it for ten times.

Her reason why she didn’t report to work? “May sakit po kasi ako.” I let the husband talk to her as I might say something bad and she might hurt the kids when we are not around. The husband asked her why the phone was turned off yesterday morning and why she wasn’t answering the phone last night. The answer is silence. I even told my hubby that she might got binat if she answers the phone.

Goodness! Is she the boss of the household? Do we need to adjust on her schedule and not the other way around? We hired her so we could work. Nauubos na ang leave ko dahil sa kanya!

I just have one last straw for her. Once she makes another mistake or she didn’t show up one more time, I have no choice but to fire her. Iawas ko din kaya lahat ng absences nya sa sweldo nya? Hayst.

 

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