Happy and Excited Me

I feel good and happy that after two years we have finally finished paying our bank loan. I received the statement yesterday and was happy to see the “0.00” figures.

Loan Billing Statement

Hubby and I usually say no to loans but with the crunch nowadays, it is hard to live without loans. To cope up with life’s circumstances, we rely on payday loans for emergencies or bank loans to cover the bigger amount of money we need. Though sometimes paying them off are daunting, we are thankful that loans exist.

One more loan to finish and we will be free from obligations, except of course for our monthly electric and water bills which are for life. After that, we can already save for our house improvement. Hubby and I are planning the house renovation long time ago but whenever we are about to save for that, something more important arises.

We want our house to be renovated to improve comfort. Our girl is getting bigger (so are hubby and me, lol!) so we need bigger rooms. It won’t cost as much though to refresh our living space but still we need to save and plan the renovation very well to maximize our small house. I can’t wait to save enough for that. Just the thought of having my dream kitchen with granite counter tops excites me.

Colorful Birthday

Saturday was indeed colorful because it was our unica hija’s 9th birthday. Weee! Original plan was to have a party but the celebrant changed her mind on the last minute. She just wanted the three of us to eat at KFC. But birthdays are not complete without balloons and cake so hubby and I surprised RJ with colorful balloons and with her favorite cake which is Red Ribbon’s black forest (with nine colorful candles) to give her a colorful birthday.

birthdaythe birthday celebrant…happy with our surprises…

birthday cake made her wish and blew the candles…

birthday celebrant

pretty even with uncombed hair.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Again…

HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY, RJ!!!

We love you very much!

 

A Parent’s View About Sex Education in Schools

The issue of sex education in school remains controversial because of the criticisms both from political and religious groups who claim that sex education is against “Catholicism”. These groups may not understand that in sex education it is the biology, the consequences of teenage marriage, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and the likes, are what being discussed and not the “act” per se.

I remember we had Population Education when I was in junior high…that was 1987 if I remember it right . Indeed, it was very educational. It didn’t give me curiosity or the urge, but instead it helped me develop self-respect and moral responsibility. I got married a little late (28 years old) and all of my siblings got married on their mid-twenties because of sex education both from school (only me) and my Mom. Mom is liberal minded and she answered all the things we wanted to know about sexuality. It helped us to be prepared physiologically, psychologically and sociologically thus no teenage marriage and unwanted pregnancies in the family.

I am Catholic since birth but I don’t see any reason why sex education should not be implemented in schools. As a parent, I am pro to sex education but still it would depend on the child’s age. I am not in favor for it to be integrated in elementary subjects like what Department of Education has been strongly pushing before as it will take away the children’s innocence. So when I learned that sex education was finally integrated to high school curriculum in the country, I was one of those happy parents.

Still, sex education should not be left alone in school. As parents we should work hand in hand with the school to bridge the gap on sex education by being prepared to our children’s questions about sexuality and by feeding them accurate answers.

MS Paint Arts

If you are using Microsoft Windows most probably you know what MS Paint is because it comes standard with most versions of Microsoft Windows. This painting program can be used to teach your children the basic of panting software while they are practicing how to drag the mouse. I want to share with you some of RJ’s drawings using MS Paint.

MS Paintour house (according to her)

MS Paint Artunder the sea…

Drawing using MS Paint

In this one she copy-pasted clip art (the flowers along the pathway) and she was so happy when she discovered that.

Cuteness! I am glad she got one thing from me and that is her love for arts and crafts.

What Your Children Learn from Their Toys

RJ was five years old when we bought her cash register. It is battery operated and has plenty of accessories; play money, a pretend credit card, pretend food boxes and calculator. The drawer can be locked and makes sound when you open it just like the real thing and it has barcode scanner that looks like and sounds like the real usb barcode scanner when you click it. What I love most about this toy is it helped RJ learn how to add and subtract and how to count money. Toys are for fun but wouldn’t it be nice if our kids learn something while having fun? It’s like hitting two birds in one stone.

It is also important to know what your child learns in each toy most especially on your baby’s first developmental stages. Here are some of the toys and games and what your child learns from them.

 

Toys/Games What your child learns
Mobiles develop visual skill
Soft toys, balls and puppets heighten your baby’s sense of touch
Act-back toys like squeak toys, bath toys that make a splash cause and effect
Mirrors self awareness
Soft toys and dolls emotional attachment
Grasping toys hand and eye coordination
Teething rings, crib gyms responding to his/her own physical needs
Musical tapes, CDs, Music box love for music
Washables books, non-toxic crayons, paper, large-piece puzzle sharpen visual skills
Shapes and colors sorting boxes shapes and colors
Pails, shovel, sandbox love of nature
Stacking towers, kitchen items small muscle coordination
Balls, push-pull toys large muscle coordination