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Regina G Posadas

No hurries

For sure, parents want what’s best for their children.  But because of their anxieties, competitiveness, and need for control, moms and dads sometimes make their kids’ lives more stressful, difficult, and complicated.  For example, they send their toddler to school even if he isn’t ready yet, or they coerce their child to take up a tiring and time-consuming after-school activity that he has no interest in. That’s why in his recent talk titled “The Syndrome of the Hurried Child,” held at the Escaler Hall of Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, developmental and behavioral pediatrician Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta reminded parents and educators that childhood was not a race.  It should be savored, not rushed. “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count.  Childhood is a small window of time to …

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Pretend play

Parenting and cosplay are undertakings I wouldn’t normally compare. Raising a child is serious and life-changing, while “the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially from the Japanese genres of manga and animé”—as the online dictionary defines cosplay—seems fickle and frivolous. But I changed my mind after attending a comic convention with my daughter and meeting a few top notch cosplayers and costume makers there. As I listened to these world-class talents speak about their entertaining exploits, I realized that the two endeavors have, in fact, more similarities than differences. Here are eight reasons why: Both cosplay and parenting require pretense. Cosplayers usually dress up as their favorite superhero or villain, just like some dads don a Santa Claus outfit during Christmas, and moms become the invisible, money-giving Tooth Fairy for their children.  At times, parents have to pretend, too, that they …

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Birthday boon

Guess who just turned one? It’s none other than Kidzania, the interactive mini-city in BGC, Taguig that has its own language and governor—a place where children can romp and role-play to their hearts’ desire. To celebrate this milestone, Kidzania held a Zank-U (its version of “thank you”) party for its industry partners recently, complete with free-flowing food and drinks, celebrity guests, mascots, and upbeat song and dance numbers. Adult guests were also given the rare chance to play and explore the sprawling venue that has more than 70 real-life establishments and over a hundred fun and engaging activities. Actors Xian Lim and Sam Concepcion added spark and cheer to the event, as both gamely posed for pictures after their hosting and singing duties. The energetic crew of Kidzania, on the other hand, showed …

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Skin-tastic!

You bathe your baby every day so her skin must be clean and well cared for, right?  Well, sorry to burst your bath time bubble, mommy, but it isn’t.  Not if you’re using soap, says Dr. Ma. Victoria Dizon, a pediatric dermatologist and a fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society who practices at the Makati Medical Center and at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan.  In fact, it’s likely that your baby’s skin already has that “squeaky dry” feeling – it looks smooth but it’s really dry even without visible flaking or roughness, and it’s squeaky when touched – from frequent washes with soap. Unfortunately, not many moms are aware of this.  They think that using ordinary soap is not only convenient but good and beneficial for the skin.  …

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Barbie gets real

 “I love what they did to Barbie! And I think it’s great they changed not just the doll’s size, hair, and skin tones but also the facial features and expressions. They’re definitely nicer and more realistic now than the previous blonde, super-thin Barbies,” says my 14-year-old daughter Andrea when she saw that Barbie dolls now come in tall, petite, and curvy versions. She adds that if she were younger, she would definitely pick and play with a doll that looks more Filipina or Asian. Mattel, maker of Barbie, will launch 33 new dolls in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, 30 hair colors, and 14 face shapes. I applaud the move. I think it’s a brave and resounding step and a clear upgrade to the beauty and body image …

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Ready for purée

Are you excited to let your baby try solid food and introduce him to a whole new world of flavors and textures? Who wouldn’t be? Admit it, though, that along with the excitement and anticipation for this important milestone, countless questions are racing through your mind.  Is my baby ready? When is the right time to start? What do I feed him first? What if my baby refuses to eat or spits out the food? How many times a day should he eat? How do I know if he’s full or wants more? Do I spoon-feed or let him eat on his own? At “The Cerelac Media Kick-off,” held recently at Earth Kitchen in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, pediatrician and Philippine Pediatric Society diplomate Dr. Celeste Gomez answered these questions and more …

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Cookie craze

Be they crunchy or chewy, plain, striped, or sprinkled with nuts and chocolate morsels, cookies are a favorite baon for school-age kids. But why buy the processed, prepacked, and with preservatives variety when you can easily make your own? Recently, pastry chef Miko Aspiras of the French-Japanese restaurant Le Petite Soufflé and the cookie craft shop Scout’s Honor in Makati showed moms how to get creative in the kitchen and give their kids better and healthier snacks (which they will eat!) For him, a cookie is an obvious choice for baon because it’s cheap and easy to make. One can just whip up the dough, freeze it wrapped in foil, and then just bake as needed. Frozen dough can last for about three months while dough put on chiller can last for …

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Conquering your bully

School year 2016-2017 is about to open in a week or so and with it comes what can safely be called the number one problem in schools today—bullying. Although not really a Millennial or even a Gen Z thing, technology and social media have made bullying easy and faceless. Facebook posts, comments on social media, even a snapchat can hurt children’s feelings, endanger their reputations, and cause shame and suffering, all the while giving the bully or bullies the option to conceal their identities. But whether done via a click or an actual kick, the secret to dealing with bullies has never changed—Stand your ground. Fear only reinforces bullying. According to Cherrie Lapar-Ragunton, MP, counseling psychologist and administrator of Interspect Training Services in Marikina, a child can fight back but it should …

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Breathe Easy

What do playing outdoors, having a picnic, and hanging out at the park with the neighborhood kids have in common? Well, all are typical and fun summer activities you’d rather your kids do than play with computers. Unfortunately, these are also activities that expose them to environmental triggers like heat, sudden weather and temperature changes, pollution, smoke, and pollen that can lead to cough and allergic episodes. One time my daughter spent an entire afternoon swimming with her friends and the next day she was coughing like crazy. A week of vacation ruined. I am sure this is not an uncommon situation for any mom. At the launch of GSK’s new campaign “Expert Mom,” Dr. Sheila Chua, GSK’s medical affairs manager and a practicing dermatologist, offered tips to help moms deal with …

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Parents on top

“I can stay up as late as I want. My mom and dad let me. Isn’t that cool?” That was a boy of about 10 boasting to his friend at a recent party my daughter and I attended. No, kiddo, that is so not cool. It isn’t cool as well when parents give their children free rein on gadget and social media use, or what to eat and drink, on how long they would play, or any other contentious issues. BOUNDARIES NEEDED In fact, this is exactly the kind of parenting that American physician and psychologist Leonard Sax warns against in his latest book The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. He claims that authority has been transferred from parents to children in the past three decades, with kids doing more things with their peers than with their families. This, according to him, results to youngsters today being less resilient, more likely to be depressed, and more fragile …

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