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Disconnect From Technology To Connect To Your Kids

I have been observing people in public places, especially the families. I feel sad looking at them from afar because they are all busy with their gadgets including the kids, that they barely had time to talk to each other, let alone interact with one another. My experience is not far from this too.

I get really irritated when I am out with my own family and they are all busy fidgeting with their smartphones, checking their FBs, if not, chatting with someone other than me who is seated right there. I always remind them to switch their phones and gadgets off or keep them away from family time. It’s just plain disrespectful and outright disheartening.

Being a mother myself, my daughter is already in her late teens. We have gone through this phase where I had to keep reminding her to limit her use of gadgets, laptop, and phone. It wasn’t easy but it was achievable.

Parents, now that summer is here. Your kids will be bored stiff at home especially if they have been exposed to technology. It will be a bit difficult to pry those smartphones, tablets, and other gaming consoles away from their tight grip. But do not lose heart, you can still do it with these tips on how to disconnect your kids from technology to be able to have a more quality family time.

Go out on a vacation without laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles

I know, budget may become an issue for some but if it is not, try to enjoy a long vacation if you can with your family. Give them a heads up that the idea of the vacation is to spend quality time with each other without the use of technology. However, as parents, the need for smartphones are necessary especially when you need coordination. Do limit the carrying of smartphones amongst the parents only. None for the kids.

Engage in fun outdoor activities

If you have decided to go on a vacation, try to incorporate some fun outdoor adventures with your kids. Try camping, hiking, visiting farms, fishing, or go to the beach and enjoy some beach sports!

Just in case you did not go on a vacation, this can still be achieved by going on bike trips as a family, or make them walk with you at the park and have a picnic. If your other friends who have kids are also home for the summer, enlist the kids for play date in one of the friends’ houses, and take turns doing it every weekend. That will foster camaraderie, and encourage kids to enjoy family time even with friends.

Visit historical sites and art museums

Make a list of nearby historical sites, and art museums you can visit every week. Make it a point to leave the gadgets and tablets behind so the kids can soak in great information about your town or nearby town’s history. Involve them in a cultural and arts immersion in your trip. Let them develop that appreciation for arts.

Go to a petting farm or zoo

Kids these days don’t know the feeling of being in a zoo. Everything they see about animals of the wild is all through the internet which is not a good thing in a way. Not all their senses are heightened just by merely seeing pictures or videos of animals in the wild. What better way to introduce them to the animal kingdom is to bring them to a petting farm for a more close contact with farm animals, or take them to the zoo to see the animals of the wild in person. The petting farm is a perfect way to foster compassion to animals, giving them the responsibility to care for other beings beside their own.

Introduce your kids to board games

Have they even heard of board games or at least have seen one? If not, parents, this is your chance to introduce your kids to the board games you love. This is a perfect way to spend a quiet day at home when the weather is harsh. Instead of holding their gadgets, why not spread the board game and play with the whole family.

Go outside and take some photos

Maybe your kids are just waiting to be tapped for great eye for a subject. Let them be photographers this time around and allow them to explore their hidden eye for beauty. They will surely have fun taking snaps of various subjects which you can later on view and choose the best ones and let them create a photo book as part of their photography adventure.

Volunteer as a family in civic organizations or in hospitals, elder care, orphanage, free food for the homeless, or pet/animal shelter


The list can go on and on! If you have more to add to this list, feel free to leave them in the comment.


10 Ways to Foster Your Child’s Creativity

The first five years of your child’s life is a time when his or her mind is an absolute sponge, absorbing any and every piece of stimuli available. By fostering creativity, you can allow your child a strong foundation for imagination and intellectual thinking, resulting in a confident and resourceful adult later in life with increased problem-solving skills and cognitive abilities.

One way to achieve this is to create a home strong in musicality. This does not mean you have to surround your child with nothing but Mozart all day, however. Music of all types and genres are beneficial when introducing to your child at a young age, enhancing cerebral neuron connectivity. Do you have a band that you absolutely adore? Pass on your affinity for the group by introducing it to your child at a young age and creating a positive association. A quick online search can turn up versions of songs that are often more age appropriate than the originals.

Listening to music can be done at any time throughout the day, whether in the morning as the family is waking up, in the car as you are driving to the grocery or to school, or as background entertainment during bath time. And, of course, do not forget to incorporate a fantastic dance party into your living room activities from time to time. Dancing to your favorite tunes can help your child improve control of muscle movement as well as encourage his or her confidence. For those too small to dance on their own, swoop down and pick them up in your arms while you twirl around the living room for a great workout for you as well as creating a terrific bonding experience between the two of you. Learn more about this and other ways to stimulate your child by clicking on the following infographic regarding 10 ways to foster creativity in your child.



Cool Activities For The Family This Summer


The mercury is rising. School is over and It’s hard to be cooped indoors for a long time. Don’t you just hate it when you’re stuck at home and not doing anything aside from eating and sleeping? Not that they are bad to do but it’s healthier to do something fun while your on summer break, right?

Stay cool with your family this summer with these fun and “cool” activities you can do with everyone.  These fun activities not only get you moving and going but it won’t break the bank as well. It is perfect for everybody at home to engage in these fun and cool activities for summer.

  • Play board games
  • Sing along
  • Walk the dog
  • Do arts and crafts
  • Learn to bake
  • Learn to sew
  • Ride the bicycle with your family
  • Read books
  • Learn a new language
  • Start painting
  • Re-arrange your room
  • Paint the fence
  • Camp at your backyard at night with the whole family
  • Volunteer at your nearest pet rescue
  • Volunteer at the home for the elders
  • Solve puzzles
  • Get fit


And yes, there are more activities that you can do with the whole family, and even with your friends this summer. The break from school must not be boring. Fill it with activities and learning escapades that will enhance your skills, bring knowledge, build good values, and foster quality time with the whole family. Happy summer!



Be Careful With Your Car Bumper Stickers

We put bumper stickers to our cars for many reasons. For one, most of these stickers are colourful. They add pizzaz to our vehicles. They convey the owner’s unique personality. They add to the design. And they can can be a conversation piece. However, much as our intention is as innocent as the bumper stickers that we have displayed in our car, some of these bumper stickers can be very dangerous and leading.

I remember having a conversation with my husband one fine day while we were out shopping. We happened to pass by a stall that created unique vinyl stickers and one of them are cute stick figures to put on the rear of your car. My husband didn’t buy the idea because he said it would call so much attention and would give off unwarranted information to strangers. I didn’t get his logic that time until I saw this photo in FB.

So, let me just remind you about the potential danger of some stickers you place on your vehicle. They can give information about your family even if you don’t mean to shout it out to the universe. The photo below clearly illustrates the danger of certain bumper stickers in your car. Just be cautious and don’t give unscrupulous people the chance to put you and your loved ones in harm’s way.


(Photo credit: credit to the owner / taken from FB wall post)


Top 5 Netflix Movies to Watch With Your Family At Home

Weekends are great times to spend with the family. The short respite from the office world is definitely a breath of fresh air for most working people. The weekends are not long so spending time with the family and doing fun stuff is a great way to maximize the quality time spent with them.

Watching movies at home is a great way to spend quality time with the family. And going out to the movies these days can be costly too. One way to enjoy a quiet time at home with your family is to watch your favorite movies at home instead.

Netflix is a good place to get all those movies to watch with your families. I have rounded up top 5 movies that I think is awesome to be watched by the entire family members, and you can include your fur babies too!

Monsters University


Monsters are supposed to be scary creatures. They are not in this lovely and comedic animation of Monsters University Netflix. Who can get spooky with the witty Mike and his fuzzy, big buddy Sully? Kids will surely enjoy this movie. They will learn about overcoming fears, loyalty, standing by your friends, and even learning a thing or two about honesty.


The Karate Kid

This movie will certainly inspire young kids and the whole family. It is about overcoming adversity no matter how big they are as long as you believe in yourself. I have watched this movie many times while I was younger. I have learned many things about this movie as it taught me to follow my dreams with passion, to build up confidence, and to instil discipline even at a young age.

The kids will surely learn all those values when they watch this movie, and allow them to even learn a thing or two about karate-do.


Freaky Friday

It does not matter whether you watch the classic version starred by none other than Jodie Foster or the remake done by Lindsay Lohan, both movies are entertaining and funny. It is all about the switching of places between a mother, and a daughter and learning how each other’s lives evolve.  Makes you think of the famous quote, “be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.”

Kids will find this movie entertaining as they watch how a mom and daughter switch places and get to understand more about each other’s lives. I wanted to hug my mom after watching this movie.


Beauty and the Beast


This is an animation movie that I love watching over and over with my family. I am not sure if they share the same sentiment. This animated movie adaption of the classic Beauty and The Beast fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot is about a beautiful lady’s dream to marry a prince. Instead, she had to sacrifice herself to the beast in order to save her father.

The story gives viewers the message that what is inside that matters and that beauty is not skin-deep. This will be a good movie to watch so the young ones will appreciate beauty not in a shallow manner.


The Sound Of Music


This movie never gets old! The younger generation needs to learn more about the classic movies of the past. This movie has won many awards, and it is not a surprise that this movie will go on as long as we share it to the young ones.

So many songs are sung in this movie, and this will allow you to let your kids sing along and learn many things about this movie. They may even find it surprising that one of the practice pieces I used to play in piano is in this movie, Do-Re-Mi!


I am sure there are more movies in Netflix that are great fit to the whole family on a weekend movie marathon. You can always check out Netflix’s many upcoming titles to see what you can add in your next weekend’s family movie time!

(Photo credit: not mine)

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