101 Parenting Ideas Every Parent Must Read

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Parenting can be very tricky and one cannot follow a single guideline or parameters as no two children are alike. Even parents with multiple children need to vary their parenting style based on each child’s personality.

The fact that parenting did not come with a manual makes it an exciting yet frightening phase in a parent’s life. The parenting books can only get you too far, and the parenting tips you read online may not be as effective to you children as they are to another parent’s child.

Truth be told, parenting is almost always instinctual and each parent-and-child’s journey is different form the next. So relax, mum, because you are doing a good job. And in case you want to earn more “cool mum” points with the kiddos, I have enumerated a handful of suggestions here:

101 Parenting Tips To Consider

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Perinatal Association Of The Philippines’ Mom & Baby Expo 2017

Pregnancy and being a mum for the first time are both exciting stages in a woman’s life but they can be the most trying and terrifying, too, especially if you have no idea of the challenges that lies prior and ahead of pregnancy. Back in the day, I was overly excited to welcome my little bundle of joy but I was also filled with apprehension as to whether I will be a good mum or if I will be able to care for him the way a mum should. The floods of worry is enough to get a good woman down and not having my Mama {as she has passed on two years before my pregnancy} around did not help. I relied mainly on maternal instincts, the dozen or so pregnant mums that I had the fortune to share the experience with, as well as the online parenting forum I frequent then for tips and trips concerning motherhood.

It is so much easier to be pregnant and be a mum these days given the many resources available online, not to mention the many trade fairs and expos dedicated to motherhood and parenting. In fact, another expo is coming this April ~ the very first Mom & Baby Expo!

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The Mom & Baby Expo 2017

Organized by the Perinatal Association of the Philippines {PAP}, together with its trusted affiliates, the Mom & Baby Expo is slated on 21-23 April, 2017 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Halls 2 and 3. Opening ceremonies for the Expo is scheduled at 10Am of 21 April followed by a press conference. It will be open to the public by 2pm onwards until 10pm. Entrance is only Php50!

PAP President Dra. Belen Velasco enthused that the objective of the expo is “simple yet powerful; to impart advices and traverse new ideas moms and expectant moms can use that will ultimately strengthen their maternal bond with their babies. This is very exciting because this something big, something we have envisioned to happen for the longest time. And now, finally, we are doing it.”

What sets this expo apart from its previous contemporaries is that this time it will be organized by the experts themselves, who are passionate and have decades of proven and justified experience in their fields of expertise, and know everything there is to know about perinatal care. Past PAP President Dr. Diosdado Mariano shares that “the Expo is an opportunity to analyze and seek solutions to existing issues pertaining too maternal-fetal and newborn areas in an engaging and fun way.”

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Thankful Thursday: Of Struggles + Gratitude

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Life is made up of constant struggles but only if we allow it. Most of the time, these struggles {internal or otherwise} is often created by our own doing and I guess, more often than not, we cannot help it. As humans, genes and heredity, as well as history and experiences, influence the way we see ourselves and life, in general. We seem to have a knack at re-visiting our past, which created these struggles in the first place.  Oftentimes, we revel at reliving them and wallowing in them. Sometimes, we even crave to remember and relish them. The key to end these struggles is to actually keep a grateful and loving heart. When we make peace with our past and keep an attitude of gratitude, these struggles end and we will finally find peace.

Of course, it might be difficult to keep a grateful heart when everything seems not to be going our way, this is why we need to constantly practice it, one day at a time, one thing to be grateful for at a time. And when the going gets tougher, this is when we should be more grateful and thankful.

This week I am thankful for:

  • my new specs as they allow me to see everything around me clearer and crispier. Putting them on for the first time felt like seeing the world in an entirely different light. Everything seems to be so clear all of a sudden. It has been awhile since I last went for an eye checkup and I am glad that I finally did!  :chic:
  • Ed Sheeran’s new songs
  • precious time with my boys  :heart:
  • joining the Mindful Mom Re-Treat {which I will share here soon}
  • surprises in the mail
  • my new set of Washi Tapes!  :-D
  • catching Deepak Chopra on Facebook Live
  • news about the new 21-Day Oprah and Deepak Meditation coming in April
  • fond and beautiful memories of my Mama and Papa  :heart:
  • watching Collateral Beauty
  • my BeautyMNL haul {it was my second order from this site and am lovin’ it! Will share about it here next!}
  • Spotify Premium
  • personalized gifts from pr friends
  • more opportunities for the blogs

This year, I will try to write Thankful Thursday entries regularly. I have been posting those lovely gratitude quotes on Instagram, but I do not post them here on the blog all the time, so I am changing that this year and I am aiming to share them here, too, and include my gratitude lists for each week. You may check my previous entries on my Instagram Page {you can also use the hashtag #ThankfulThursday to check out entries from other sharers, too!}. While you’re at it, you might as well check altiverb out!

So, here’s to being more grateful and thankful this year. You may start by writing down one thing that you are grateful for each day and before you know it, you have developed the habit! Let’s join hands in filling this world with love and gratitude, as we need these now more than ever, and we can do so by changing our attitude, one person at a time.

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