October is United nations month. I remember during grade school, we are required to make a flag of the country that is assigned to our class section. I even participated as a muse to represent Mexico when I was in 4th grade and on my Senior highschool.
Sad to say, there were no photos to share because my mother wasn\’t that active when it comes to attending activities like this and has always been busy with house chores. I guess that results of me not having enough self-confidence and secretly wishing that if things weren\’t that way, surely, my childhood years would have been more fun, I\’d be in full potential, and it definitely would be more worth looking back. hehe
This thought made me promise to myself to do things that my mother failed to do for us. My parents\’ mistakes would surely be a lesson learned and I vow not to make the same mistakes and try a different approach in rasing my own child.
I begin with having family trips
, less house works and more on spending time with my preschooler. I always do my best in explaining things he asks and builds an open communication while imposing house rules and why he needs to comply.
And so, I did not forget to be the stage mother that I wished my mom had been to me during United Nations Day Celebration:
On stage performance of Hula dance
from their whole class.
But ofcourse, Mommy and Daddy watched it!
I definitely think I am doing great as a stage mother, I just hope I am not over doing it. LOL
Wonderful One, Terrible Two, Thrilling Three, and now~ Fearsome Four. Among those Kid stages, wonderful one will always be my favorite! It is when I am in control of my little bundle and not the stage where I should use my vocal chords on its highest level (woossh).
We are now on Fearsome Four, but I sometimes borrow that \”Terrible Two\” stage for the exact description of what\’s stage we are in. Teaching and encouraging a good behavior and discouraging the bad is a challenging task that test our patience, parenting skills and strategies.
There are many interesting approaches in reinforcing a good behavior and I thank this one for giving my throat a time-out that it deserves. =)
Husband suggested that we try using the Reward Chart to easily teach B to display good behavior at all times. As of now, the results are in favor of nearly getting his Hulk, the Avengers Mighty Battlers
as a reward:
Notice the last 3 check marks on the first row! Hmn, I think someone\’s been manipulating the results, with daddy\’s consent… tsk, tsk!
This Reward Chart replaces the \’1-2-3 warning\’ and I must say it works well as it offered him two choices in which he can easily choose to behave, having in mind getting additional check marks. Our first implementation is soon to finished, advance rating? Overall successful!
When he doesn\’t behave well, I just warned him that he will be getting 2 or more X, for such behavior. Then, he listens and stop, and just like magic, the unwanted behavior instantly change and disappears! (*wink).
We actually think that B would never appreciate \”The Avengers\”
movie, or would simply bother other people inside the cinema so we decided not to bring him as we watched. Instead, we bought him a Captain America action figure (The First Avenger!) to at least enjoy the the super hero movie craze.
Captain America, stepping out of the box to join us. =)
Days after, we also bought Iron Man
to join the Captain where B delightedly exclaimed that the two are instant friends!
My B has a habit of not throwing away the box of his toys, weeks after the purchased. And, every new toy sleeps with him until it finally sink in that they are exclusively his.
He is so into it that husband decided to watched again the movie, this time with our B (I\’m at work ) where he get to experienced The Avengers in action. Husband told me that B is well behaved on the entire movie except when he got really amazed with the scenes while proudly exclaiming \”That\’s my Toy!!!\”.
Oh, well… I guess B is ready enough for such movies, that he also requested to have Hulk, The Avengers Mighty Battlers aboard (hmn… we\’ll see).
We were invited by my former office mate to come celebrate trick or treat at their office and enjoy their different themed station that adds up excitement for the kids. Here are some pics from last night\’s jam packed fun celebration:
Red mask- final touch up on \”The Flash\” costume.
Doing his rounds on cubicles for treats.
Naruto and friends =)
At Smurfs Village
Have you watched this movie?
with his instant friend, Superman.
tired and irritated Sailormoon for the picture taking. (still, adorable!)
Enjoyed play fight with tandem, Batman and Robin.
Husband\’s fave shot! Flash as he is… =)
What a cute puppy =)
Scary white lady with anak ni Janice…hehe
almost done… a taste test from trick or treat\’s basket.
Children with scary and cutie halloween costume was all around the place, i wasn\’t able to capture photos of their get ups, but like my B, i also had a great time looking and enjoying their little surprises.
supportive mommy ever!
its 11pm already and i can\’t make him wait till tomorrow.
(last, last, and another last one to taste!)
According to KidsHealth.org,
kids under age 6 should watch only an average of about 2 hours of screen media a day, primarily TV and videos or DVDs. Admit it, television serves as our care taker keeping our child busy allowing us to attend errands at home without getting interrupted. Given that \”too much on anything causes harm\”
my toddler already display signs of TV addiction so i cut back and make a good deal of choosing only his favorites and taught him how to tell when the clock shows the time of his much-awaited TV programs.
Although media provides a good support on child\’s education and learning, its still best to engaged on activities that focuses more on reading skills which can actually form good study habits.
If my B was restrained from watching, i gave him Pre-school worksheets
to practice the hand grasp and writing skills keeping him busy on a more sensible way.
I strongly recommend keeping up rules of implementing limited access on television =). Needless to say, educational programs are advisable and beneficial but too much on television also comes with harmful effects. So make sure to observe the following TV-watching guidelines
After having his own tools, Handy Manny
easily made a come back on my B\’s list of favorite Disney shows. Special agent OSO
and Jake and the Neverland Pirates
were among his line up of \”must-watch\” series. I let him watch all his favorites edutainment shows in which he can actually learn while having fun, as well as taking advantage on Scientific Toys
and other educational materials.
|Our Handy Man here doesn\’t forget to wear safety helmet but totally forgot about wearing his shorts! ahihi =)
Below is Handy Manny\’s tools names:
Dusty– the saw
Squeeze – the pliers
Pat – the hammer
Stretch – the tape measure (he borrowed the real one from daddy\’s tool box)
Felipe – the Phillips head screwdriver
Turner – the flat head screwdriver
Rusty – the wrench
Flicker– the flashlight (he kept on asking me to pls lend our ever ready flashlight!)
Now he\’s our official handy helper, a toddler who does all the \”tooling around\” at any given time!
Its sad that I will no longer play the character of Gwen Tennyson (haha! affected) I\’m Izzy
, who has the ability to fly \’coz of the pixie dust given by Tinkerbell. Our wooden furnitures the dining and sala set, transforms into our pirate ship during \”Jake playtime\”. =)
|shiver me timbers! =)
Daddy becomes the Captain hook, and who else would be Jake, the main character who leads the crew? No other than B who always got excited (over and over again) singing the opening theme song. I was tagged along to sing and go marching, encircling our imaginary treasure chest when its time to count the collected gold doubloon.
When leaving for work, I was always asked to bring home the Jake toy! Since I have no time to look from nearby malls and market stalls, and I don\’t even think the Jake collectibles was already here considering the show came out only last month; I decided to make these coloring pages
in addition to the stickers I made.
I punched every pages and cut the red paper clip into 2 to bind, to make it more of a coloring book. And my B really appreciate the personalized coloring book, making it part of his daily activity even he already finished every pages (I think im gonna print another set again!).
I had a conversation with my toddler last night about Santa Claus and how he generously leave his gifts to good children while they were asleep. Emphasizing the part where only \”good children\” are being rewarded for being nice and the part that gifts were left under the Christmas tree on Christmas eve.
This morning, I woke up from the sound of his voice loudly asking \”mommy, where are the gifts? where? where?\”, I guess he got too excited for the gifts that it fast forward on waking up and finding the gift. So I have to explain to him again emphasizing now the patience of waiting and the need to be a good boy at all times.
Its good that we often engage in small conversation like this helping him to communicate well. He does know a few words and sometimes he can\’t seem to express exactly what\’s on his mind so I encouraged him to explain further by pointing out things that will described the word or make actions to help me understand what he was trying to say.
Earlier today\’s topic is about having a baby sister, Ooops! we got the topic after her 6mos. old cousin visited us and I diverted his thoughts by suggesting to get a pet instead. He\’s only 3 and taking care of a pet requires a lot of time and teaching so how about getting him a Jellycat Stuffed Animals
? He can have a wide selection from bunnies to zebras to the more familiar dogs and cats. Our conversation always goes with helping him pronounce letters correctly, \”ba-ba-bunnies, duh-duh-dog!\”
He did a good job copying the sound of words and chooses the cuddly \”duh-dug-dog!\” to be his JellyCat companion. Acquiring a real pet will definitely be years ahead from now. Mommy\’s not yet ready to supervised him with all the responsibilities and work of having a pet at home.