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Yaya dilemmas

Dear Suzi and Paolo, What are your requirements for choosing a helper and yaya? We’ve had so many bad experiences in the past that we’re scared, but as I am a working mom, a yaya is necessary. Tiffany Quezon City   Suzi says: Hello there, Tiffany! Aww, I feel you. In this day and age when moms also work, we definitely need someone we can trust to leave our kids with. Lately it’s been harder and harder to find good people to help around the house. My theory is that since there is much industrialization in the province, possible helpers prefer to stay in their provinces and find work there. We have never had to go to an agency for help because the yayas we have have been with the family from many years ago. Our first helper was from my husband’s family and moved to …

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Mission: Veggies

Kids are a mystery on their own. Sometimes, they can be the sweetest human beings that walked the planet. And sometimes (or most of the time), they can drive you crazy! But you’d do anything for them, including making sure they are as healthy as they can get. And you know what that means, make sure they eat their fruits and vegetables, even if they don’t like it. But how do you get these kids, especially those who don’t like vegetables, to eat their produce? It’s tough but it’s possible. You just have to be very patient and creative. So how do you get your kids to eat vegetables? 1. Shop with your kids Start at the beginning. Bring your kids to the grocery and to the produce section. Make the shopping exciting …

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Generosity beyond boundaries

No matter where they are in the world, Filipinos leave a mark because of their remarkable values. Aside from their hard work and resilient spirit, they are also known for their readiness to always lend a helping hand. They carry this heartfelt concern and nurturing spirit wherever they go, caring not only for their kin, but even those they are not related to. Among the most inspiring Filipinos who have made a difference in the lives of their fellowmen are the recipients of the Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA) OFW Family of the Year. They include the Duque family based in London, and the Villa-Wilcox and Gange families, both from California. Despite being away from home, they stay true to their roots and continue to make it their missions to uplift …

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Corndog chronicles

I love corndogs! During my freshman year at Ateneo, lunch consisted of corndog and a tall cup of grape slushie. This was my staplemeal for a whole year—maybe even two. It’s hard to find a well-cooked corndog. I like it medium battered, with a jumbo hotdog inside and deep fried to perfection. Delicious! Over time, I never quite enjoyed corndogs the way I did during my college years and I never found this snack-on-a-stick cooked as good as it was by the school’s lunch lady. Little did I know that I could make this fare in my very own kitchen! Four-in-one Fun! Last weekend, my kids and I headed to the Maya Kitchen to take part in their half-day family baking module called “Baking Magic Together.” The kids thoroughly enjoyed their weeklong cooking and baking course last summer so they were more than eager to attend another culinary expedition. We were …

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Baon 101

With school opening on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about not only the contents of your kids’ book bags but also what’s inside their lunch boxes. Creating packed lunches and snacks for your kids is not only a great way to save but the way to make sure they eat nutritious food. These easy dishes are not only easy to prepare but will go down easy with your kids as well! Grains Did you know the Australian dietary guidelines recommend eating a wide variety of mostly whole grain and/or high fibre varieties of breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats? Why? Because it is good-for-you grains Grains play an important role for a healthy diet, providing nutrients and energy for your kids’ growth and development. One of the benefits of eating …

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Raising Nate

By Kaye Estoista-Koo Celebrity moms may look glamorous especially on their social media platforms and in commercials, but beneath it all, they are just like any mom. They go through messy diaper changes, unearthly feeding times, tantrums, and more. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, at the launch of her cookbook Bongga sa Kusina: Recipes from Sarap Diva, shared some of her mommy moments. She reveals that unlike other little kids helping out in the kitchen, she doesn’t allow Nate, her unico hijo to help out just yet because, “he’s too small, natatakot ako, baka masugat , but he’s very interested.” Sarap Diva, the GMA cooking lifestyle show that inspired Bongga sa Kusina, has been on air for four years and Nate has appeared on the show every now and then. Regine says that with that regular influence in his life, “he wants nga to be a chef, mayroon nga siyang lutu-lutuan na …

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Don’t be sorry if your child has no gadget

In this digital time where most kids would rather play online games instead of engage in conversations, watch their favorite Youtube channels instead of take up a sport, and spend countless hours doing whatever it is that they’d rather do with their gadgets than with anyone else, it really is quite a challenge for parents to think of a family activity that can pry their hands off from their virtual companions.   Setting the Rules Truthfully, I don’t have it as bad as other parents.  Very early on, I made my opposition to gadgets and clearly laid down the rules regarding its use.  My son M was already 10 years old when he got his own iPad.  On weekdays, he is allowed to use it as a search engine for homework and strictly …

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How to tell the kids that your marriage is about to end

By Aileen Santos There’s no simple way to say it, and I’m certainly not going to sugarcoat it. The plain and simple fact is this: In a family and a marriage, when the adults screw up, it’s the kids who become the victims. Back when it was just about you and your partner, any problems you encountered (or inflicted on yourselves) only affected the two of you. But when kids are involved and you can no longer think of your spouse as anything but “the enemy,” then let’s face it: You’ve both just managed to negatively impact your kids’ views about love, family, and marriage, and this will affect their own future relationships (or lack of it) for as long as they live. No dear, I’m not blaming you. But I am holding …

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Happy Birth-DIY

When my first two children turned one, I enlisted the help of professional party planners to materialize my vision for their first celebrations. I always planned them to be in Manila where I have wonderful existing relationships with some of the best and most creative suppliers in the country. When Lila was about to turn one however, I decided to have a smaller celebration in our Singapore home for her. I wasn’t really up for the massive undertaking of an elaborate party as my Dad had passed away only two months before. I decided to go at it alone and came up with a theme. I then turned to my trusty Manila suppliers to get some basics printed up to complement the theme and assist in my execution. These included …

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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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