Monthly Archives: January 2011

Photohunt: Shadow

Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Monument in Kawit, Cavite

This was taken on September 26, 2005 during my daughter’s educational field trip .

From Wikipedia:

Emilio Aguinaldo (March 23, 1869 – February 6, 1964) was a Filipino general, politician, and independence leader. He played an instrumental role during the Philippines’ revolution against Spain, and the subsequent Philippine-American War that resisted American occupation.

Aguinaldo became the Philippines’ first President. He was also the youngest (at age 29) to have become the country’s president, and the longest-lived (having survived to age 94).


Sibling Bickering

Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and make my kids young again, the age when they don’t bicker at the slightest provocation. There are times I wish I could just disappear in the middle of arguing kids. They get into my nerves. But who else will be there to pacify them. If their constant bickering can make me lose weight, then I will no longer need the best diet pills because the mere act of pacifying them will serve as my natural weight loss remedy.

I found this three-R solution to sibling bickering by child psychologist Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.:

Rule 1: Don’t take sides. When a parent intervenes on a side – “John don’t hit your sister,” instead of “Stop that, you two,” Wolf says, the argument turns into a competition for a parent’s attention and allegiance. Instead, make sure that you address both children.

Rule 2: Act fast (or not at all). If you want something to stop, tell your children when you first get annoyed, instead of waiting until you explode at them.

Rule 3: Don’t listen. When bickering children come looking for you, offer love and support, but don’t allow them to use you as a judge to whom they can deliver their opening arguments. Give them a hug, but don’t do more than recognize how difficult a situation must be for them when they launch into their case, and, if necessary, remind them that they can and must find a way to solve it themselves.

image taken from the Internet

Not A Big Veggie Eater

My kids are not big vegetable eaters. In fact, they prefer fruits over veggies. If I have made them to eat their vegetables, it’s because I gave them lecture (most of the time) about the benefits of veggies. Fortunately, they favor certain types of vegetables like squash, malunggay and kangkong depending on the type of dish I prepare. With their kind of appetite, I allow them to binge on their favorite food such as pizza, spaghetti and fried chicken from time to time. I don’t worry that they will get fat to the point of getting them the best appetite suppressants because my kids don’t have large appetite for food. They are not “matakaw” (voracious eaters), so to speak. Besides they don’t get to eat pizza and spaghetti everyday.

image taken from the Internet