Category Archives: Featured

On New Year’s Day, pope says there’s nothing like a mother’s love

On New Year’s Day, pope says there’s nothing like a mother’s love Elise Harris Jan 1, 2019 SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates a new year Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.)   ROME – Pope Francis started the New Year heaping praise not only on the Virgin Mary but on all mothers, saying their love is the foundation of humanity and the cure for a world often divided and filled with bitterness. He praised mothers for the “heroism” they show “in self-giving, strength in compassion,…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, All, Article, Featured, News and tagged , , , , on by .

How To Teach Your Kids About Other Cultures

Raising kids with a greater appreciation for differences can help make the world a better place.   By Caroline Bologna 10/19/2018 08:32pm ET  https://www.huffpost.com    BROOKE AUCHINCLOSS VIA GETTY IMAGES There are many benefits to talking to kids about diversity and other cultures. As racist and xenophobic sentiments fill news headlines, many parents are wondering how to instill values of acceptance and cultural understanding in their children. “It’s important to me for my sons to understand that people around the world are just like them and to have empathy for those people, understanding and real global awareness,” Florida mom Akeelah Kuraishi told…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, All, Featured and tagged , , on by .

5 Little Ways To Show Your Kids The Importance Of Mental Health

From the “emotional volcano” method to a children’s book about mindfulness. By Taylor Pittman 10/12/2018 02:31pm ET | Updated October 12, 2018 https://www.huffpost.com    HERO IMAGES VIA GETTY IMAGES Mental health isn’t something only adults should prioritize. Here’s how to talk to your kids about taking care of their minds just as much as their bodies. When children scrape their knees, they know it’s an injury that needs to be treated. But when they suffer from something mentally, they might not know it’s just as important to have their minds cared for too. Maintaining good mental health should be considered a lesson not only…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, All, Featured and tagged , , on by .

Life stands still for many women and girls in India during their period

      By Angela Dewan, CNN May 28, 2018   Menstrual Hygiene Day underscores stigma holding women back 04:30 (CNN)They’re skipping school, they’re excluded from sports and they’re shunned from places of worship — once a month, at least, when they’re menstruating. For many women and girls in India, even talking about periods is taboo, and a lack of access to sanitary products means life comes to a standstill for a few days every month.   The Myna Mahila Foundation is trying to change that. The organization employs 15 local women from Mumbai slums to make sanitary pads, while another…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, Featured and tagged , , on by .

Pregnancy complications might ‘turn on’ schizophrenia genes, study says

By Mark Lieber, CNN Updated 1910 GMT (0310 HKT) May 30, 2018 Schizophrenia affects nearly 1% of the world population Complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta associated with schizophrenia, study says (CNN)Schizophrenia is thought to be caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. But new research suggests that complications during pregnancy could increase nearly five-fold the child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later in life in high-risk individuals.   These complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta that have been associated with schizophrenia, the researchers said. “The complications that mattered were very serious obstetric complications…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, Featured and tagged , , , , on by .

10 Lies Parents Tell A Lot but Never Notice

Dr. Magdalena BattlesDr. E. Magdalena Battles has a PhD in Academic and Clinical Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Psychology. Her specialties include children, domestic violence, and sexual assault and she shares her real life experiences and professional insights on her website Living Joy Daily. https://www.lifehack.org === Parents all lie to their kids every day, they just don’t realise it. You may tell your child not to lie, but continually saying these lies, no matter how small teaches them to lie as well. They will think it is ok to lie, since…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, Featured and tagged , , , on by .

Parenting Skills – Level: Expert

Parenting Skills – Level: Expert Posted By Sarah, On May 23, 2018 http://momtruthbomb.com/index.php/2018/05/23/parenting-skills-level-expert/ There are many skills you acquire once you become a parent. Some of them are obvious and well-known to most people, like Moms ears that can hear the tiniest of whimpers in a deep sleep, or growing eyes in the back of their head, while Dads become very adept at sleeping through literally anything. But the skills that I speak of are skills at which you never thought you’d become an expert, mostly because they are skills whose existence you were completely unaware of pre-kids. These are a hidden…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, Featured and tagged , , , on by .

The Incredible Power Of A Mother’s Love

The Incredible Power Of A Mother’s Love A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty The love of a mother is also the reflector of light, hope, and happiness. It’s an incredible power that connects the heart of a child to that of the Heavenly Father. Let’s honor our Mothers in a special way!

This entry was posted in Featured and tagged , , on by .

10 OFW Mothers Cry in Dubai. Find out why

by Yba Ognikob 10 OFW mothers cry in Dubai. Find out why Photo: Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, (7th from left), and spouse, Dr. Yasmin Balajadia-Cortes, (6th from left), flanked by the 10 supermoms. ‘Ako lang yata and ‘Buaya’ na kauna-unahang umiyak sa entablado. Dubai, May 2018 – Being a mother is like a 7/11 store, you work from sunrise till the sundown, round the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days in a year. It takes a great amount of love, patience, dedication, hard work and understanding to sustain the family and keep them intact. In honor of all…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Featured and tagged , , , , on by .

Trends in Unmarried Childbearing Point to a Coming Apart

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/trends-in-unmarried-childbearing-point-to-a-coming-apart Late last year in this space, I offered an overview of a report from Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project about the rise of unwed childbearing. Today, two-fifths of children are born to unmarried mothers, a phenomenon the report traced to declining birth rates among married women, rising birth rates among unmarried women, a fall in “shotgun marriages,” and a decline in marriage itself. On Valentine’s Day, the project released some additional charts breaking the numbers out by race and educational attainment. The simple way to summarize them is this: In terms of race, old disparities have persisted as unmarried childbearing has risen…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , , on by .

Don’t Miss the Joy of Family Life

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/dont-miss-the-joy-of-family-life I remember leaving swimming lessons with a five-year-old one afternoon. (She was mine. I hadn’t taken a random child.) As we passed the garden I turned back to see why my daughter wasn’t beside me. We were late. I was frustrated. This was no time for dawdling. And then I noticed her bending over and smelling the flowers. My heart melted. She reminded me that there is joy in every moment if we look. We spent about 20 seconds looking at and smelling the flowers. Her curiosity was satisfied. And she gladly accompanied me to the car. Imagine the…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , , on by .

Kyla Reveals Heartbreaking Loss: ‘An Angel Is Watching Over Me’

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/getting-pregnant/kyla-reveals-angel-is-watching-over-her-a00228-20180417?ref=home_feed_1 A pregnancy loss is one of the most heartbreaking experiences for any woman. The devastating pain stays with you no matter how many years had passed, and the memory can catch you off-guard like what singer Kyla experienced recently during a performance. During the launch of her latest album, “The Queen of R&B,” at Eastwood City, Kyla performed some of the songs on the record, including one that was titled Proper Heartbreak, which was about a relationship coming to an end. In a video shared by ABS-CBN News, Kyla, who is a mother to Toby Elsiah, 4, and happily married to basketball player Rich Alvarez, explained…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , on by .

This Mom Got To See Her Baby Being Born Via C-Section

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/this-mom-got-to-see-her-baby-being-born-via-c-section-a00041-20180416?ref=home_featured_big For most moms, whether you deliver your child naturally or via C-section is not an issue. Still, however, a few feel like they deprive their babies if they don’t give birth vaginally. That way of thinking should be a thing of the past, though, as C-section moms are now also taking control of their belly births by having a gentle C-section. A gentle C-section allows the new mom immediate skin-to-skin contact with her newborn to stimulate bonding and breastfeeding, and in some cases, they use clear surgical drapes so the mom can see her baby being born. Pregnant ladies can even…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , on by .

3 Signs You Might Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-health/pcos-the-3-signs-you-have-it-and-the-possibility-of-infertility-a00026-20180410?ref=home_feed_1 If you’re a Filipina, you probably know someone — or have been diagnosed yourself — with polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS.  According to Dr. Maynila Domingo, an obstetrician-gynecologist at ManilaMed in Ermita, Manila, “Overall, at least one in 15 women of reproductive age will be affected by PCOS, making it the most common endocrine (a.k.a. hormonal) disorder among this age group,”   PCOS’ exact cause is unknown, but it’s characterized by an imbalance in reproductive hormones. The imbalance has a symptom that have made many Filipinas head to their doctor: irregular menstruation.  Unfortunately, many women wait up to a year since their last…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , on by .

Motherhood Is Like Working More Than Two Full-time Jobs, Study Says

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/wellness/motherhood-is-like-working-more-than-two-full-time-jobs-study-say-a00041-20180410?ref=home_feed_1 Of all the roles women play, being a mom is rewarding, but there is no doubt it is the most challenging. Whether you’re a mom who manages the home, runs a business, or has a career, you have a lot of things on your plate. And even then, there are times when we STILL think we’re not doing enough. We think it’s time to prove to the doubters — and we’re talking about you, mom — that we are all doing the best we can. We believe moms are superwomen, but even superheroes can’t do everything that needs to be…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , , on by .

Why Doctors Don’t Recommend Co-Sleeping for Babies Under 6 Months

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/baby/doctors-avoid-co-sleeping-6-months-a00026-20180319?ref=home_feed_1  Co-sleeping, where a parent and her child sleep in the same bed, is common in the Philippines. But doctors are urging parents not to co-sleep with their infants at least until your baby knows how to roll over due to the risk of death due to suffocation, strangulation, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  In the United States, “the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed skyrocketed 184% from 1999 to 2015,” according to new statistics released this February by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), reports WebMD. In the AAP’s updated safe sleep recommendations, the guidelines state that co-sleeping…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , on by .

What You Can Expect During Labor and Childbirth

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/6-things-you-can-expect-during-labor-and-childbirth-adv-con?ref=home_feed_1 No matter how many times you’ve discussed your birth plan with your doctor, it’s very likely that you’re going to encounter a few unexpected things on your actual delivery date. When the going gets tough, the best thing an expecting mom can do is to not panic and manage her expectations. Here’s a list of unexpected things you should brace yourself for:  You will feel labor pains that do not necessarily mean you’re about to give birth. There are contractions that may come and go in short bursts, which are called false labor pains or Braxton Hicks. They are described as…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , on by .

To Post or Not to Post? These Moms Say It’s Your Wall, Your Rules

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/to-post-or-not-to-post-a1741-20180311-lfrm In this day and age, parents can capture almost everything their kids do: Cute smile, adorable first words, grades in school, beautiful OOTDs, and a whole lot more. This treasure trove gets stored in our phones, computers and electronic gadgets, of course. But more often than not it finds its way first on our social media for our family and friends to see.  Whenever there’s a cute photo or a funny video of my baby that I want to share on social media, I ask myself to post or not to post? In my heart, I want to shout…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , on by .

Longer Maternity Leave Will Be the Best Gift This Women’s Month

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/life/news/call-on-congress-to-pass-expanded-maternity-leave-a00041-20180309 It’s been over a year since the Senate passed Senate Bill No. 1305, or the Expanded Maternity Leave Act. Where is it now? It’s pending with the House of Representatives (HOR), which has not approved its version, House Bill No. 4113or the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Bill.  “We call on our representatives in Congress — including the majority floor leader, [Rodolfo] Fariñas — to please support [the bill] and be the EML champion of the respective constituencies. We call them to action and give us a reason to celebrate Women’s Month,” Shirley Yorong of IndustriALL Women-Philippines said in a press conference in a GMA News report. …

Read More +

This entry was posted in Advocacy, All, Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , , , , , , on by .

Are You at Risk of Having a Miscarriage? 6 Common Reasons It Happens

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/getting-pregnant/miscarriage-causes-symptoms-a00228-20180305?ref=home_feed_1 In an ideal world, every mother-to-be would have the smoothest, happiest pregnancy. Except, it doesn’t always happen.  A lot of women worry about the risks of having a miscarriage, or the loss of a fetus, which typically occurs before the 20th week of pregnancy. According to a 2003 study published in the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, one in three Filipinas have had at least one pregnancy loss in their lifetime. In the United States, roughly 15 to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. For women who have experienced this heartbreaking loss, the guilt is overwhelming. They think the miscarriage…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , on by .

This Mom’s Simple Technique to Make Her Kids Listen Will Work for You

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/preschooler/would-this-trick-a-mom-uses-to-get-her-kids-to-listen-work-in-your-household-a00026-20180301?ref=home_aside_popular “My voice has lost some power,” says mom and writer forParent Co Curry Winters. She has three young kids and when she calls their names, “I am met with silence,” Curry shared. “Their lack of response makes me unsure if my directions are going to be followed.”  This is a scene typical of households with young kids, specifically preschoolers, who are testing out their newfound independence with defiance and stubbornness. Curry sought for solutions and found one that actually works for her: clapping a rhythm and expecting them to clap the same rhythm back to her.  Her trick is based on insight…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , on by .

Measles Outbreak in Zamboanga: DOH Urges Parents to Vaccinate Kids

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/measles-outbreak-declared-in-zamboanga-doh-urges-parents-not-to-stop-vaccinating-kids-a00026-20180228?ref=home_feed_1 The Department of Health (DOH) declared a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City with a reported 166 cases in the last two months alone. Rising infection rates were already seen in August 2017. The viral respiratory disease took the life of a 6-month-old boy. He “presented all signs and symptoms of measles such as fever, rash, cough, coryza (inflammation of the membranes in the nose), conjunctivitis (eye redness), malaise (discomfort or uneasiness), and dyspnea (difficulty breathing),” said the DOH. The outbreak was attributed to low vaccination rates. The last measles supplemental immunization conducted in the area was in 2014, according to the health agency….

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , on by .

New Estimate of the Share of Children Being Raised by Married Parents

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/1-in-2-a-new-estimate-of-the-share-of-children-being-raised-by-married-parents When it comes to today’s children, we often think about “privilege” in terms of the access to education, income, and good neighborhoods that some children benefit from and others do not. Certainly, these three forms of privilege matter for children’s welfare and for their shot at the American Dream, as Richard Reeves reminds us in Dream Hoarders. But there is another form of “privilege” that is often overlooked in contemporary debates about children’s welfare and futures: that of growing up in a stable two-parent family—loving and being loved by one’s two parents, who are also committed to one another and…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , , , , , on by .

Trends in Unmarried Childbearing Point to a Coming Apart

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/trends-in-unmarried-childbearing-point-to-a-coming-apart Late last year in this space, I offered an overview of a report from Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project about the rise of unwed childbearing. Today, two-fifths of children are born to unmarried mothers, a phenomenon the report traced to declining birth rates among married women, rising birth rates among unmarried women, a fall in “shotgun marriages,” and a decline in marriage itself. On Valentine’s Day, the project released some additional charts breaking the numbers out by race and educational attainment. The simple way to summarize them is this: In terms of race, old disparities have persisted as unmarried childbearing has risen…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , , , on by .

Feminism as the New Natalism: Can Progressive Policies Halt Falling Fertility?

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/feminism-as-the-new-natalism-can-progressive-policies-halt-falling-fertility “American Women Are Having Fewer Children Than They’d Like,” I recently noted in an article for The New York Times. The article generated pushback, especially from progressives who charged me with ignoring the role that public policy may be playing in keeping American women from realizing their ideal number of children. Take this tweet about my article from Jill Filipovic: Also telling to see an article hand-wringing about fertility decline, written by a man, that takes the time to blame birth control, lack of sex, and smartphones, but doesn’t mention paid parental leave, affordable childcare, or pregnancy discrimination. Filipovic raises the possibility that better public policy could…

Read More +

This entry was posted in Article, Featured, Research and tagged , , , , on by .