Building Your Child’s Self-esteem

I remember when RJ was still a toddler. If someone asks her to dance, she’ll dance and if we ask her to sing, she’ll sing. Doesn’t matter if we applaud her or not. She just loves to perform and share her talents. I’m glad that she has that same attitude until now. Self esteem…sometimes I think she has too much of it.

Self-esteem is your child’s armor in this challenging life. Children with low self-esteem find challenges to be a source of anxiety as well as frustrations thus, affecting every aspect of their life. They easily give up on things because they believe they can’t accomplish it and won’t succeed to whatever they’ll do. You don’t want this to happen to your children, do you? So how can you build your children’s self-esteem?

  • Ask your children to help you with what you’re doing…not every line has to be straight anyway. Let them feel that you trust them.
  • Don’t set your standards too high. Kids must learn to make a bird-house first before they can create an outdoor furniture. Of course I’m just exaggerating. I’m sure you know what I mean. 🙂
  • Don’t rescue too soon. Give them the chance to think, decide and learn from their mistakes.
  • Have them involved on challanging activities like sports, scouting, camping, musical instruments lessons, etc. Let them experience the great feeling of accomplishing things.
  • Don’t forget to give them praises for every job well-done. This will help them to feel good about themselves.
  • Do not compare. Comparisons, whether positive or negative, can be damaging because the child finds it hard to live up to his own image.
  •  Pay attention to what your kids do or say. You don’t necessarily need to agree. Listening make them feel they are important.
  • Love and affection. Let your children know that you’re there for them regardless of their capabilities, strengths,  difficulties and temperaments.

Building your child’s self-esteem is not an overnight job but through a constant trying and believing in your child. It takes time so be patient.

Kids and Electronic Toys

Toys give our kids enjoyment that no other things could give. It is children’s nature to be playful that is why they are always looking out for action and toys are what pacify them and give them sheer sense of pleasure most of the time. Today, kids are very lucky. With the rapid advancement of technology, there’s also a rise in the variety of toys more so in battery operated or electronic toys. Most electronic toys give your kids interactive learning games that help them enrich their vocabulary or develop their skills in Mathematics.

One example of good electronic toy is RJ’s “Learn with Me letter Book”. It’s a spelling tablet that recognizes what you spell. Just touch the letter keys to learn and practice spelling. The spelled words appear on the screen. It will prompt you if you misspelled the words and would say “great” or “that’s right” if you spelled the words correctly. I bought its rechargeable batteries online when the original batteries worn out. Until now it is working and still as good as new. It’s a great educational toy for your toddlers and preschoolers.

However, playing with electronic toys for a long time is not good for your child as these might take over your child’s time for other activities. Do not forget that playing outside is still essential to your child’s development and health. They need to inhale fresh air and feel the sunshine. Not to mention the joy they can get while exploring the natural world. So as parent, control the amount your child spends in playing electronic games.

Don’t Miss These Travel Hot Spots in Italy

One of the most popular places to visit in Europe and the world is Italy. Whether you came from the US, Asia or Europe itself, you will surely grab any chance to the hot spots in Italy. Nobody can truly resist the charms that only Italy’s culture and architectural wonders can offer. This country has been home to the legendary Romans as well as the Heroes of the Renaissance so tourist, travelers and visitors of this country can expect breath taking wonders of sheer beauty – both natural and man-made.

Florence Italy

the canals in Venice Italy

Milan Italy

Roman civilization can never be equaled in terms of strength, power and entertainment. Explore this civilization by visiting the Coliseum, Piazza Campidoglio and the Roman Forums. And when in Rome, visit Italy’s hot spots such as the Pantheon for the sculptures, architecture and magnificent architecture, toss a coin at the Trevi Fountain to guarantee return to this great city and feel the romance at the Grand Canal in Venice.

Colosseum Rome ItalyRome’s greatest amphitheatre in AD72.

Forum Rome ItalyTemple of Saturn 
The 8 surviving column of this temple stand closer
by the three column of the Temple of Vespasian.

Italy is also a very religious country and here you can visit some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Vatican is situated right in the heart of Italy and in here, you can visit Sistine Chapel to see extraordinary pieces of art such as the works of Botticelli and Michelangelo. Architectural fan should also include St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square in their long list of hotspots in Italy.

 headerVatican CityThe ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical 
state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope.
It was established in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty.

St. Peter's BasilicaOne of he largest churches in the world and is located within Vatican City.
Designed principally by Michelangelo, Donato Bramante,
Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

headerDuomo Di MilanoDuomo di Milano is the main cathedral in Milan.
It took more than five centuries to build.

headerFlorence CathedralFlorence Cathedral  is dedicated to Sta. Maria Del Fiore.
It was built between 1296 and 1436, designed by  designed by Arnolfo di Cambio .

Of course the trip won’t be complete without visiting these hotspots in Italy. It’s time for some shopping.

glass showroom Murano IslandShowroom at glass factory in Murano Island in Venice

mall in Milan ItalyInside the mall in Milan

San Lorenzo MarketWomen’s favorite…leather bags!
At San Lorenzo Market in Florence