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8 Ways to Improve Teamwork when it comes to Parenting

8 Ways to Improve Teamwork when it comes to Parenting

Be better parents by strengthening communication, collaboration, and cooperation with each other! Here are 10 tips that can make this easier!

No matter how in sync you and your spouse are, there will be times when you’ll encounter bumps in the road on your journey to raising a family.

You might clash when it comes to the way you prefer to discipline your kids or when making important decisions, like where to send them to school. It’s important to communicate and be considerate of each other’s point of view. It would also help to consciously and continuously strive for harmony, rapport, and teamwork with your spouse. Here’s how to make working well together as parents easier!


1. Be each other’s back-up

Come up with a “good cop, bad cop routine.” Decide whose turn it is to discipline your child, while the other can be there to offer comfort. Be sure not to allow your spouse to be overly harsh on your child and call them out when necessary.

2. Discuss issues privately

Seeing parents resolve conflict may be necessary to provide a good example to kids, but be careful not to lash out in front of them often. Sort through and discuss issues when out of earshot, prioritizing your kid’s welfare and not simply focused on winning the argument.

3. Talk when you are calm

Heightened emotions can cause you to say things you might regret. Talk things out when you’re both calm and able to think and respond objectively. Remember that you’re not always right and there are a lot sides to an issue worth exploring.

4. Hear them out when needed

Give your spouse a few minutes to explain their point or beliefs, without interrupting them.

When searching for a solution to a problem, you’ll have a better shot at being heard when you don’t lose your cool and genuinely listen to what your partner has to say.

5. Don’t let kids take advantage of discord

Seeing that you’re in constant conflict might cause kids to try and manipulate the situation. Show them a united front, despite the challenges, agree to disagree and reassure them you want what’s best for them, even you sometimes differ in your methods and beliefs as to how to accomplish this.

6. Acknowledge your spouse’s background

Taking your spouse’s family history into account can help inform how you relate to him. Did he grow up in a disciplined household or perhaps he was raised by free-spirited parents? Knowing this will help you better understand where he is coming from and communicate more effectively.

7. Ask for time to regain your bearings

Not everything needs to be talked through immediately. Don’t be scared to ask for a “time out” when you need to. Self-care should be made a priority, just as being sensitive to your spouse’s emotional needs should be given importance.

8. Empathize with your child but support your spouse

Show your child that you empathize with them when they’re upset or being disciplined, but be sure not to undermine your spouse’s authority.

It’s important to accept that you won’t agree 100% of the time, but what matters is that you never stop striving to work, compromise, and help each other to raise happy, kind, and healthy kids.

This article is originally posted by TheAsianparent Philippines

Make These Well-Loved Desserts with Only 5 Ingredients

Make These Well-Loved Desserts with Only 5 Ingredients

Meals together bring the family closer. Agreed? And what better way to make your bonding time sweeter but with homemade dessert! You can absolutely have a satisfying sweet treat with just a handful of ingredients. These recipes prove so:

1. Japanese Cheesecake

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Yes, you can bake a cake with just a few ingredients! In fact, with Japanese cheesecake you only need three — plus two if you want toppings. Allot a weekend afternoon and you’ll have something to pair with green tea for merienda.

Makes 1 8-inch round cake

10 ounces good quality white chocolate, chopped
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 large eggs, separated

Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


2. Brown Butter Polvoron

IMAGE Aldwin Aspillera/Yummy.ph

IMAGE Aldwin Aspillera/Yummy.ph

Add a twist to this classic Pinoy favorite by browning your butter. It adds a toasty and nutty flavor that’s easy to love, says Yummy.ph. Make them with the kids too! Experiment with different molds and see what shapes you can make out of polvoron.

 24 pieces

3/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/4 cups powdered milk
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1/4 cup almond or hazelnut powder
3/4 cup unsalted butter

Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


3. Chocolate Mousse

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You can impress the guests with a dessert that needs just two ingredients, water and chocolate — three if you want fruits on top. They’ll never know! This chocolate mousse recipe is also perfect for parties. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, try experimenting with different kinds of chocolate or substituting water with fruit juice or coffee.

Makes 2 servings

100 grams 65% dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


4. Buko Pandan

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Good for both handaans or just Sunday family dessert, this Pinoy dessert is easy to make and absolutely satisfying on a hot day. Get the kids involved and make it more fun by cutting out your gelatin into different shapes.

Makes 8 to 10 servings

1 pack buko-pandan gelatin (90 grams)
1 pack all-purpose cream
1 can condensed milk (390-grams)
4 to 6 pieces buko meat, grated into strips
1 can whole corn kernels

Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


5. Frozen Blueberry Refrigerator Cake

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Don’t have an oven? No problem! You can still make a scrumptious no-bake cake. This blueberry ref cake just needs four ingredients: frozen blueberries, yogurt, graham crackers and whipped topping. Easy, right?

Makes 4 servings

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup low-fat yogurt, thawed, (plain or blueberry flavored)
1 cup non-dairy, low-fat whipped topping (try the dairy aisle at the supermarket)
60 grams (about 15 squares) graham crackers

Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


6. Mais Con Yelo Popsicles

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Remember how you used to love mais con yelo as a child during hot summer months? Introduce the cold treat to your little ones but made more fun! These creamy grab-and-go ice pops are a guaranteed hit. Try saba con yielo pops as well by substituting the corn with sliced bananas.

Makes 8 popsicles

1 cup canned cream-style sweet corn
3/4 cup all-purpose cream
1/2 cup condensed milk
3 tablespoon pinipig (pounded glutinous rice), toasted

Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


7. Mango Sago

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno/Yummy.ph

We confess. Technically you need six ingredients to make this dessert but it’s too good to pass up! Besides, you can skip the sugar if you feel your mangoes are sweet enough — and sweet mangoes are essential to this recipe. Serve chilled.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

4 pieces ripe mangoes, cubed
1 cup mango juice
1/4 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup small tapioca pearls (sago), cooked
1/4 cup milk

Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

SOURCE: http://www.smartparenting.com.ph

A Study Shows How Your Child Feels About You Spending Too Much Time on Your Phone

A Study Shows How Your Child Feels About You Spending Too Much Time on Your Phone

How much time do you spend using your phone? These figures support what we know about gadget usage and how it affects human relationships.

A global survey revealed that children feel unimportant when their parents spend too much time on their mobile phones

The survey was done by AVG Technologies and was answered by more than 6,000 children ages 8- to 13-years old from Brazil, Australia, Canada, France, The United Kingdom, Germany, The Czech Republic and the United States.Results show that 52% of children think their parents spend too much time on their mobile phones. For comparison, 54% of the parents agreed with their children and worried that they were setting a bad example.

The disheartening news is that 32% of the children felt unimportant when their parents used their phones during meal times, conversations, when watching television, and playing outside.“I do feel like the balance between the degree to which I use my mobile device to stay connected to work and my ability to be more present, available to my family, is quite out of balance,” said one of the parent respondents.

Tony Anscombe, Senior Security Evangelist at AVG Technologies, mentioned another figure to consider. 25% of parents also wished that their child reduced their device usage. With this, he advised parents to lead by example.“With our kids picking up mobile devices at an increasingly younger age, it is really important that we set good habits within the home, early on,” he said “Children take their cues from us for everything else, so it is only natural that they should do the same with device use.

Source: http://www.smartparenting.com.ph

#BKFEP2017 Exhibitors List

#BKFEP2017 Exhibitors List

 Only one week left until #BKFEP2017!

Here’s the final list of exhibitors you can expect when you visit the 6th Baby, Kids & Family Expo Philippines on September 2-3, 2017 at Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall Mandaluyong City. See you there

  • Promama
  • Promil Gold Four
  • Nestle Cerelac
  • Nestle Nankid
  • Allianz PNB Life Insurance
  • Aspen Philippines Inc.
  • Baby Town
  • Babymama Inc.
  • Ballet Philippines
  • Bausch & Lomb Phils.
  • Big & Small
  • Cusina Home
  • Bosom Buddy Breastfeeding Station
  • Britesparks
  • Tiny Buds
  • CEO Emporium
  • Cebuana Lhuillier
  • Chicco Artsana
  • Attipas & Horigen
  • Farlin & Babyjoy
  • Cordlife Medical Phils., Inc.
  • Crown Regency
  • DMCI Homes
  • Enchanted Kingdom
  • Sam Singapore Math
  • Dr. Edwards Water
  • Everyday Sunday Studios
  • Gem’s Empanada
  • Kidsme
  • Baby First
  • HSBC
  • John Robert Powers
  • WWF
  • Milna
  • Karihome Inc.
  • Kaypee Baby Nursing and Terno
  • Aller Plasma Sterilizer
  • Mommy’s Den
  • Lee Chia Brush Co., LTD.
  • Lil Miney
  • Milking Bombs by ABC (Bettina Carlos’ booth)
  • Enfant
  • Photobook Worldwide
  • Goo.N
  • Storage Room
  • One Global Playground
  • Wellness.com
  • Pacific Cross
  • Pedia Pharma Inc.
  • Phoenix Early Learning Services , Inc.
  • Peg Perego
  • Posh Fairy
  • Pru Life UK
  • Quanzhou Apogee Trading
  • Pampers
  • Ritemed for Kids
  • Sanosan
  • Shop Barcelona (Nenuco)
  • Shuta Trading
  • Bubi Trampoline
  • Smart Moms PH
  • Tempra
  • Fawnshoppe
  • B&G Lifecasting
  • The Reading Station
  • Uni-Love
  • Union Bank
  • Baby Martel
  • UNNA Cares Inc. (Chynna Ortaleza’s Booth
  • UV Care
  • Value Peso
  • Waters Philippines
Top 5 Places to Spend Your Long Weekend Around the Metro

Top 5 Places to Spend Your Long Weekend Around the Metro

With the long weekends coming up, it is important to spend some quality time with your family. Family time or bonding time is as important as the time you spend working to provide for your family. Given the fact that most parents try to juggle their work and parenting on weekdays, weekends are the only time that a family can really sit down without any work and just bond with the whole family. This makes long weekends sweet as they can plan and visit several places where their whole family can enjoy and bond together. Here are some recommended places where you can spend your long weekend with your family around the Metro.

1. Trampoline Park-Gravity Zone

Source: Our Awesome Planet

Are you looking for a new a fun family park? Try Trampoline Park-Gravity Zone! This family fun park is one of the first and biggest trampoline playgrounds in the country. This fun and exciting playground have one simple concept which is to bring people of all ages together to be active and fit while having fun at the same time. This park is perfect for the whole family as it houses lots of fun activities like several ball games (dodge ball, volleyball, and basketball), diving in a huge foam pit, as well as fitness classes like Gravity Zumba which is perfect for the whole family! This family park also houses a cafe and open area inside where the guests can rest and unwind for a little while before joining the fun.

Location: The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City (Walking distance from the Shangri-La Mall).

Entrance: Php 320 per hour is the rate of the park on the weekdays and Php 350 on weekends. You also need to purchase a pair of trampoline/gravity socks for Php. 100 that you need to enter the park.

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday with varying prices on the weekends. The park opens at 12NN-9:00pm and 9:00am-10:00pm on Saturdays and 9:00am-9:00pm on Sundays.


2. The Venice Piazza

Venice GrandCanal Mall by night

Source: Kostas Trovas

Do you have any plans on taking your family on a trip to Italy? Worry not, because you can have your ultimate Venice fantasy here in the Metro! Visit the Venice Grand Canal Mall which offers a romantic canal cruise a la Venice. This little Venice attraction is a picturesque sight complete with iconic gondolas that your whole family can board for only Php500. Aside from the gondolas, the Mall also features an area where lovers can put love locks and mark down their love for Php200. After a day of taking pictures with your family, riding a gondola, and feeling the vibes of Venice; you might want to try the different cuisines featured by the different restaurants inside the Mall that will satisfy your cravings.

Location: Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Philippines

Entrance: Entrance to the Mall is free

Operating Hours: 11:00am-11:00 pm


3. Manila Ocean Park

Source: Manila Ocean Park

This Marine theme park is the Philippines’ first state-of-the-art Oceanarium, open water marine habitat, restaurant, mall, and function facilities jam packed into one. Since its opening in 2008, Manila ocean park was able to upgrade itself and add several attractions inside the park. This is perfect for the family as the marine theme park features different sea creatures and highlights the biodiversity of the Philippine Marine life. “Buhay na Karagatan” or the Living Ocean (Oceanarium), jellyfish display, birds of prey, sea-lion show, Penguin talk show, trails of Antartica, and the Yexel’s Toy Museum were among the many attractions featured inside Manila Oceanpark. The availability of these programs depends on the package or promo that you will avail. Food stalls and several restaurants are also available inside the Marine theme park. Manila Ocean Park guarantees enjoyment for the whole family showcasing entertainment and educational materials not just for the kids but for the entire family!

Location: Manila Ocean Park Luneta Manila Philippines 1000

Entrance: Entrance for the Oceanarium is Php400. Prices may vary depending on the promo and package that you want.

Operating Hours: 10:00am-8:30 pm

4. La Mesa Ecopark 

Source: Eduardo David Pardo

If you want a breath of fresh air, take your family to La Mesa Ecopark! Let your kids discover the beauty of nature and have a one-of-a kind date with Mother Earth. La Mesa Ecopark is the center of the La Mesa Dam watershed which is the main source of water for Metro Manila. This 33-hectare public park offers the family a lot of activities like biking, boating, fishing, swimming, wall, climbing, even zipline and paintball. This park has a lot of open spaces where visitors are free to conduct all sorts of activities. You can even make this trip extra special by packing a picnic for the whole family, spread a mat and have a picnic enjoy the sight. Food stalls and several attractions are also installed inside the park that whole family can enjoy!

Location: La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City

Entrance: Php40- Quezon City Residents (With proof of residence), Php20- QC Students (with valid ID), Php50- Non-QC residents. Children below three feet and senior citizens are free of charge.

Operating Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm. Open daily including holidays


5. National Museum

Source: Rappler

Take your whole family here and explore the rich history and cultural heritage of the Philippines. The building itself is historical as it was the former Legislative building which was a witness to several important events in our country. National Museum is home to many great and historical paintings and one of them is the magnificent Spolarium which resides in the main gallery near the entrance. Other galleries inside the Museum are the home of several masterpieces including the works of our national hero, Jose P. Rizal, Hidalgo Guillermo Tolentino, Fernando Amorsolo, as well as Felix Resurreccion. Apart from paintings and sculptures, several artifacts can be found in the galleries. This fun and educational trip are made special and affordable by the fact that its entrance is free!

Location: Padre Burgos Drive, Manila (Near Luneta Park and Intramurous)

Entrance: FREE!

Operating Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm. The Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays


SOURCES: www.primer.com.phwww.mommykay.com, www.en.wikipilipinas.org, www.rappler.com, www.asiatravelbug.net, www.lakwatsarah.com, www.trampolinepark.ph, www.quezoncity.weebly.com