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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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Best self forward

Touchdown! It has just been a few hours since my return. An almost three-week vacation in the US was exactly what my family and I needed to cap 2015. Time spent with family and friends, away from the worries and cares of Manila, has recharged, rebooted, and refreshed our spirits!  We loved our time in Los Angeles and Vegas but at the tail-end of our vacation, we were all looking forward to coming home. On the plane ride to Manila, I scribbled a few things I should do this year. My list could be helpful to you, too, in facing the year ahead. I prefer to call it my “must-do” list instead of resolutions. Of course, at any time of the year, we are free to choose to start over or …

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Cashing in

Post-holidays are the perfect time to teach kids about money. They are not only a few hundred pesos richer—and absolutely clueless on what to do with their money besides buying the latest Shopkins toy or that Star Wars lightsaber—they may or may not have gotten their Christmas wishes, both of which need some kind of a follow-up lesson. According to Kiddo-preneur founder and ANC anchor Maiki Oreta, who has three daughters, a 10-year-old, a five-year-old, and a six-month-old, Christmas and New Year, a time when everyone is so focused on spending and getting gifts, bring to light the importance of teaching kids how to earn and save up for the things they want, all on their own. Giving kids money lessons is not that difficult as long as parents keep it …

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Right here, right now

If you think your kids are missing an episode of their favorite shows just because you declared a ban on the television set, think again. There are now a variety of ways that kids can watch television. This, according to the latest Nickelodeon survey on kids’ preferences. “Kids are getting better at negotiating hurdles, like when they cannot get access or find content, or when there are technical and people issues.  They also have increasing access to the kind of entertainment they want, using about five devices to watch TV shows and five sources to access them,” Jaslyn Chiu, Nickelodeon’s senior research manager for Asia, reported.  Since this increased access to terrific content heightens engagement, it isn’t surprising at all that TV has ceased to be “one device, one source,” and …

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Looking forward

Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. I have always been the kind of person that looks ahead. Looks forward. I try not to look back too much. The year 2015 was going well until I was hit by the unexpected passing of my father in December. This is the first time that I have been harshly brushed by death and I feel like I’m not handling it well. Not that there’s a “right way” to process it, but I feel like I’ve been sucker punched and the damage is permanent. It feels like I’ll never recover that part of myself because he’s gone and a part of my heart has a very sad gaping hole. Now, all I do is look back instead of forward. …

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