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Should I focus on my newborn, or older kids?


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In just a few days, my newborn, Santiago, will be a month old. As I look back on the last four weeks and how it has turned my life wonderfully upside down again, I’m amazed at so many things I am realizing, learning or rediscovering all over again.

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Unique finds for kids at MaArte


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CASA San Pablo Pottery

I’ve never been much of a shopper as I never had the patience to spend hours shifting through racks or going from shop to shop. But one of the events I look forward to every year is the MaArte Artisan Fair. The unique and beautiful items they have never fail to amaze me.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Are you raising your child to succeed?


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At a recent dinner party, I had a chat with Carrie Lupoli, a US-based parenting and education consultant, about child-rearing practices and beliefs.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Woman behind ‘Barbie’ didn’t exactly have a dream childhood


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MYRNA Yao with her grandchildren during their weekly Sunday breakfasts

If you were a child of the 1980s and fond of Barbie dolls, you would probably remember the Barbie commercials. A promotion or contest would entice you to mail something to an address in Quezon City; I had memorized it, given the number of times I joined and tried my luck. There was even a hotline you could call and which Barbie would “answer.” (It was a prerecorded message.)

Posted: August 6th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Don’t do your children’s homework for them


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Homework. Just when I thought it was all over and I had put those long torturous hours behind me, they’re back, and with a vengeance! I now realize that doing your own homework, while difficult and tiring, is nothing compared to helping your young child with the simplest and easiest worksheets!

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

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