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.

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.

Rome’s greatest amphitheatre in AD72.

Temple 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.

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

One 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.

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

Florence 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.

Showroom at glass factory in Murano Island in Venice

Inside the mall in Milan

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

Five Tips for Dealing with Hair Loss for Pregnant Women

hair lossNegotiating the tunnels, dives and dust of a military bootcamp is a monumental and body changing task; a new recruit must be emotional, physically and psychologically resilient at the smallest hours of the morning. Are you overwhelmed yet? Try pregnancy. Your body does a complete 180, your emotions are set to stun and your mind barely grasps the passing of the days, as muscles, skin and tendons stretch to accommodate a living being. You enter the final battle, a tug of war between violent contractions and excruciating expansion, that finally crescendos in the delivery of an angelic, innocent babe, your living heir. Months later, you are under the spell of the halo effect, and the living hell of the last nine months are viewed with an irrational nostalgic fondness. As you are standing in the shower, now adjusted to your new physique and new life norms, a bombshell drops, a painful reminder of the war waged on your body, your hair is falling out.

Hair cut

Now is not the time to skimp on the beauty budget. Do not pay a visit to the half-blind, elderly, has-been-hairdresser down the road. Undoubtedly, you will walk past reflective surfaces and do a double take; but instead of being pleasantly surprised by your hair transformation, you will release a guttural cry in mourning. Don’t make this mistake, get a great haircut, nay, the right haircut. A smashing style on the wrong head is still a bad choice. You might have noticed Jessica Alba sporting an oh-so-hot-right-now long bob, but those voluminous curls are going to bounce right up into a 70s afro. When you know what suits your face shape, hair type and skin tone, any number of optical illusions are possible.


Do what your mother told you; don’t judge a book by its cover. It may look like the ugly cousin of the emu egg, but give this little guy a chance. It’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? In this case, absolutely. Crack open one of these babies and you will find green, creamy flesh (provided you won the avocado lottery, opening it on the single day of its life it is ripe). Smear that goodness on toast, chop it up for a salad or go gung-ho with a spoon and let its hair growing superpowers permeate your (lack of) follicles. The humble little avocado is full of healthy fats and is proven to strengthen hair and promote growth – tuck in!


Let me apologise to you on behalf of the media. You’ve been sold a lie. Each magazine cover, shampoo advertisement, lookbook, billboard and bus wrap is smeared with photo shopped images of celebrities secretly donning hair extensions and wefts. Does this explain why no Youtube tutorial ever perfects Victoria Secret curls? Time for real talk, put down the comb, leave your GHD on 0 degrees and leave the styling goop in the drawer. All that pulling, tugging, gelling and frying is causing your strands to jump ship from your scalp. Like teenagers, the more you try to make them conform, the more they will want to get away from you. If you want a full head of hair, embrace the au naturel style and let your locks run free.

Don’t face this battle on your own. Recruit some professional allies. For more hair rejuvenation solutions, head to , or consult your doctor.

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Is Your Child Ready for a Mobile Phone?

Mobile phones have become an integral part of the modern lifestyle. Most adults cannot live without their cell phones around and some parents would even allow their kids to have one as well. Having a mobile phone is also becoming a norm with high school kids. But what is surprising is that some children as young as six years old are allowed to have their own mobile phones. There are even mobile phones for kids that are readily available in the market today. But the question is, are these kids ready to have a cell phone of their own?

kid mobile phone

Allowing your child to have their own phone would of course have benefits. It makes it easy for parents to keep in touch with their kids and help monitor their safety as they make their way to school and back home. It also comes handy whenever there are emergencies. However, there are also consequences that need to be considered. The use of cell phones can disrupt their school work, keep them up late at night because of texting, or worse it can be used as a bullying tool just like the internet and social media.

As tempted as you are in buying mobile phones for kids, it is essential to make sure that your child is ready for it. More than the child’s numerical age, it is their maturity and sense of responsibility that can best gauge their readiness to have their own cell phone. Some of the factors that you may consider include the child’s ability to take care of his belongings, attitude towards following rules, and level of understanding in the safe use of cell phones.

Once you have decided to allow your child to have his or her own cell phone, make sure to lay down some rules first before actually buying one. Basic rules usually cover what, when, where, and how often a child can use the phone. There are mobile phones for kids that are also equipped with safety features to minimize the risk of misuse. Most of these models have pre-paid kits that limit the number of messages and voice calls along with a pin protection feature.

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