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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

12 Good manners all kids should learn starting from age 2!

12 Good manners all kids should learn starting from age 2!

Want to raise well mannered kids? Here are etiquette practices to encourage as they grow!

Raising well-mannered kids means encouraging them each day. It’s a constant process that requires discipline and loads of patience.

We previously explored things to avoid if you want to raise well mannered kids, but now let’s take a closer look at specific manners your kids must learn from age 2 until they reach the age of 9!

1. Saying “please” and “thank you”

As soon as they master the art of conversation, they must also learn the value of being polite. Saying ‘please’ when making a request and saying ‘thank you’ is an important good habit to encourage as early as possible.

2. Not interrupting a conversation

Once kids learn to communicate, parents must guide them to wait until they can speak up, unless it’s very important.

3. Saying “excuse me”

To enter a conversation, they should learn to politely say ‘excuse me.’ This rule of etiquette also applies if they want to request to pass or if after they burp or cough.

4. Not commenting on someone’s physical appearance

Though the bluntness of kids can be endearing, it can often offend others. They must learn that it’s not okay to call someone fat, for instance, even if it’s behind their back.

5. Knocking before entering

Even if a door’s not locked, kids must learn to knock before opening a closed door. Teach them to wait for someone to respond before entering.

6. Avoiding foul language

Kids are like sponges. They imbibe expressions from whatever TV show they’re watching or from grown-ups. Sometimes, they don’t even know an expression is foul. So, do your best to correct them and discourage cursing and foul language before it becomes a habit.

7. Not making fun of others

Teasing or making fun of others is simply bad manners. Parents should also discourage name-calling, no matter how rampant it is on the playground.

8. Covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing

Out of consideration for others, kids must form the habit of covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

9. Not picking their nose in public

The same goes for nose picking. Teach them to wait until they’re home, or excuse themselves to go to the bathroom.

10. When someone is in need, offer to help

For instance, their aunt is working hard in the kitchen during a family gather, remind them to offer to help. It’s the polite thing to do.

11. Not pouting when something is boring

Kids have to sit through class or church services, and they’re not always fun. But teach them it’s polite to sit properly and be patient. This may be tough for younger kids, but constant reinforcement will surely help in making this a habit as they grow older.

12. Ask nicely if you need something

When dining, for instance, teach them not to reach across the table. Instead, encourage them to ask nicely if they need something handed to them and saying ‘thank you’ afterwards!

What other good manners would you add to the list?

sources: Parents.comFamilyEducation.comEverydayFamily.comhttps://ph.theasianparent.com

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

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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.

Makes
 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

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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

5 Ways To Get Your Kids to Love Math

5 Ways To Get Your Kids to Love Math

Have you ever caught your kids having a hard time dealing with their Math homework?

As a parent, it’s hard to see them undergo all the stress of the exams, trying to memorize all these math formulas and methods just to pass another semester.

Well, it’s time to give yourself and your child a break with the best Singapore Math program in Manila and the world, for helping children understand Math better.

Like most children intimidated by math, they get confused by abstract concepts and hate math. Ever wondered if there was anything that could make math easier? Now there is a solution.

Seriously Addictive Mathematics or S.A.M is now finally on the local scene, aimed at helping children improve their Math. With their specially formulated S.A.M method, they use both classroom and worksheet experience to help improve their grades and understanding of Math.

Created by Singaporean Teacher Lau Chin Loong, a graduate of National Institute of Education in Singapore, Serously Addictive Mathamatics is the best Singapore Math program for children from 3 to 12 years old.

The program is carefully crafted in a step-up formula including 300,000 colorful worksheets with narrative instruction and relevant examples to foster confidence and independent learning. Their Philosophy of “no spoonfeeding” creates confident independent learners. Through encouragement and the sense of achievement when the children get it right by themselves.

Trusted by thousands of parents in over 16 countries all over the world like United States and Australia, including 20 branches across the Philippines which continue to grow each year.

S.A.M versus traditional Math

S.A.M certified trainers are personally trained by a Singaporean Franchise Director, to ensure that your child receives the most authentic and the best Singapore Math program; enjoyable and effective compared to traditional math.

Below are the top five reason why and how your kids will surely enjoy math through the S.A.M way:

1. It promotes independent learning, diligence, and discipline in a way that kids would be empowered enough to have a conceptual understanding and critical thinking in solving math problems.

2. Unlike traditional math that focuses of memorization and repetition formulas, S.A.M guides and provide the necessary tools your child needs to solve non-routine word problems, and to be able to apply to real-world problems.

3. In S.A.M kid are introduced to why they need to perform formulas like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division before they are actually taught how to do it. They get to explore first the concept of “carrying” in addition or “borrowing” in subtraction.

4. S.A.M way uses concrete, visual, and pictorial presentation of concepts, catering for kinetics, visual or audio learners, instead of immediately jumping to tackling abstract ideas using symbols and jargons that might intimidate and confuse a child.

5. Instead of using pure equation to solve word problems, S.A.M used the “bar-model” approach to allow learners to develop their visualization skills which they will later on need in solving complex mathematical problems.

 

Overall, S.A.M promotes analytical thinking instead of merely following formulas to solve arithmetic while having fun. Are you ready to start your kids’ journey to having a healthy and enjoyable math experience? Visit one of our branches or connect with us through our website, www.seriouslyaddictivemaths.com.ph and like our official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/seriouslyaddictivemaths

 

Aside from unique math enrichment programs, Enrich Asia also offers non-traditional English enhancement program through The Unique English Classroom which will be launched this September in its pioneer branch in Marikina City.

 

 

#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