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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.

 

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Cool Activities For The Family This Summer

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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.

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(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

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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

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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

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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)

Sweet 17

My daughter just turned 17 last February 15 and we all went home to celebrate with her. It’s not everyday that I get to see my daughter since she left Dubai for college so I will jump on every opportunity I have to be with her.

We celebrated her birthday a day early in my sister-in-law’s house in Quezon City. We invited few relatives, my mom, nieces and grandchild. The celebration was simple but with family around to show their love for my daughter was more than enough to make us all happy.

She’s growing up. I hope not too fast that I will miss every childishness she has in her bones. I know next year will be another year but a more remarkable one as she celebrate her being introduced to society as a young woman. We can’t stop time and that means I can’t stop getting older.

I’m glad we went home for her birthday. Nothing replaces a family’s bonding moments especially when it’s a special occasion you’re celebrating.

My daughter is now 17; not quite old but no longer a child. Soon, she will be venturing into another chapter in her life and I and my husband wish to be with her for many, many more years so we can guide her. And we pray for the best for her.

Happy birthday our sweet princess. We love you!

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