Saturday, September 13, 2014

Good Night

Whenever my daughter and I visit her lolo daddy and lola mommy, it is  important to never forget to say good night.  I take her and her cousin to their grandparents' room to give them a kiss and a hug before going to bed.  It has become their practice since we practice it in my own home.  

Those little things that seem trivial would be the thing they would remember growing up.  If it has become the practice then it would become a habit.  A habit would be hard to get rid off.  And I wouldn't want them to forget to do it.  I want them to do the same to me too.     

Class Birthday Party

I tried to celebrate my daughter's birthday in school last year.  However, I didn't receive any reply on my request letter from the school.  It would be fun to try this year especially now that I saw some pictures of another kids' birthday.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barbies and Disney Princesses

For a long time, I blamed toys like Barbie and Disney Princesses for girls developing misconceptions about themselves.  If you happen to come across Barbie Dreamhouse (or something like that) in YouTube, it would seem that a perfect life comes from all good material things.  It was that extravagant and never simple.  If little girls would grow up thinking that way, they'll end up disappointed in many points in their lives.  They create unrealistic expectations of what they should have and what they should become.

I want my daughter to have an encounter with the same toys I have played when I was young.  However, there must be some guidance so that she would understand that:

There will be no prince or fairy godmother that can save her.  She can only rely on herself.
You don't need to have everything to live - only the important things.  
Keep fit.  Do not keep thin.
Work on your brain not only your body.
There is some good in everyone, even the villains. 
Don't show off.  

And so much more.  

I want the best for my daughter.  However, I probably won't be able to give them all to her.  I want her to know that she can learn how to achieve what is best for herself.  (YouTube) Barbies and (Traditional) Disney Princesses won't teach her how.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Study Time

I am truly having a hard time making my daughter cooperate during study time.  She has the propensity to say "no" when she hears the word "study".  I'm not around that often because work takes up most of my time.  And whenever that I am around the house, all she could say to me was "Mommy, let's play" (her very words) accompanied by some begging facial expressions.  And whenever I don't hear her the first time, she shouts those words.

I am her favorite playmate.  I am a lot of fun, if I say so myself.  Kiddie fun, of course.  And it's so hard for me to get around playtime to get to study time.  I had to find ways to make play and study, one and the same.  However, phonics could be a boring game after time.

I highly depend on Papa to provide her the study time (since I have to have my own study time myself).  It only works when I'm not around for her to see me and think and say, "Mommy, let's play".