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Shy Girl

Dear Suzi and Paolo, Hello. I hope you can help me with this. My eight-year-old daughter is painfully shy at school but at home or with relatives, she’s not. In fact, she’s very bibo. If it not had been for her teacher telling us that she needed to participate more and be less shy, we would not even know that she was like that in school. Nagtanong ako sa teacher if she was being bullied and the teacher assured me she was not. According to her teacher, she didn’t seem afraid, just shy and very quiet. Whenever she is asked to recite, she will blush and stutter. What do you think is the reason? What can we do to help her? Help! Carla De Mesa Manila Suzi says Hello there mommy Carla! Thanks for writing in. …

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Teaching Faith

Dear Suzi and Paolo, Hi. My eldest son, Andrei, is about to start elementary school next year. And right now, we’re already thinking of where to send him. My husband wants him to attend a Catholic school so he would learn more about God. Problem is, it’s too far from our house. I’m worried that the travel time will tire Andrei. Can you advise us on what to choose? Marita Solemno Suzi says Good day Marita! Thanks for writing in. That’s a very important situation to think about indeed. I agree that it’s necessary to consider the distance from house to school so as not to tire the child. But at the same time, it is incredibly important as well for the child to grow in God. I imagine even as practicing Catholics, …

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Love After Separation

Dear Suzi and Paolo,   Hi. This is actually for a friend of mine. She is a single mom with a seven-year-old son. She and the father of the boy lived together for a while but separated two years ago. The relationship between them is strained although the father still goes to the house every now and then to visit the boy. Late last year, she met someone who she introduced to her son just this year. Problem is, her son did not like him and would always throw a tantrum whenever the guy visits. Do you have any advice on how to make her son understand the situation? What can she tell him to make him accept the guy? Is it normal for kids to do this? Will it change in time?   Cyrene …

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Growing pains

Dear Suzi and Paolo,   Hi Suzi and Paolo. Just want to ask your opinion about this. My now 10-year-old son used to be so affectionate with me. We were very close. He would tell me about his crushes and his friends in school. He would hug and kiss me when he leaves the house and when he gets home. All of a sudden, those stopped. When I hug and kiss him, he would squirm and try to get away. He’s also very mum now about what happens in school. Is this normal or should I be worried that something is happening to him at school that I am not aware of. What should I do to bring back the closeness we enjoyed before?    Charity Sarmiento Pangasinan   Suzi says Good day mommy! I can only imagine …

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Throwing a fit

Dear Suzi and Paolo, I am a working mom and my project is on night shift for five months now. My problem is my daughter. There were times when I would not be the one who would give her breakfast. But when it would be my turn to feed her, she would not eat and, instead, would go on and play with her toys. I also noticed that she would keep on throwing her toys everywhere. Even when I would tell her it was not right and that she should not throw things, she would say “no throwing.” I know she understood what I said but later on, she would throw her toys again, especially when she’s in a middle of a tantrum. Please help.   Roxane Cabile-Montierro     SUZI SAYS   Hello Mommy Roxane! Thanks …

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Making the switch

Dear Suzi and Paolo, How can I teach my breastfed baby to take a bottle? I have been breastfeeding for almost 11 months now. But I have to go back to work soon. What do I do if she refuses to drink from the bottle? Christi Marie Pereira   SUZI SAYS Hello mommy Christi! First of all, congratulations for being able to breastfeed your baby that long!  You’ve given your daughter the gift of a good immune system, plus major mother-daughter bonding. Going back to work means a lot of adjustments, for both of you. There will be a bit of separation anxiety so try to prepare yourself for that. I’d guarantee this: You will miss your baby a lot! Now, onto the topic at hand. Practice makes perfect, I must say. Weeks before you go back to work, start giving your child the bottle so …

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