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For parents, ‘to love’ is the ultimate role

When it comes to raising children, it doesn’t matter who does what, or how  Krista Garcia @kristamgarcia Published 11:59 AM, June 21, 2017 Updated 11:59 AM, June 21, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – How far will parents go for their children? On Father’s Day, Eden released “Drayber,” the 2nd installment of the #YakapStories online series. It featured a person shuttling from job to job in a single day – first as a tricycle driver, then as a market vendor, and finally as a car washer. At the end, the person is revealed to be a mother, and we learn why she has…

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How To Talk About Values to Your Kids

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/how-to-talk-about-values-with-kids/ Put the brakes on bratty behavior early by explaining the real meanings of respect, caring, and sharing. By Robin Westen   Talking About Values, p. 1 All parents want their children to learn right from wrong, but values won’t develop on their own. They need to be taught. When we catch our kids lyingor being disrespectful, it’s an opportunity to help them make a better choice. Simply saying ‘Don’t do that!” or giving a complicated explanation won’t leave a lasting impression. Here’s some expert advice on age-appropriate ways to talk to your kids: Use these words to teach worthy lessons they’ll…

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This PWD’s achievements prove “disability does not mean inability”

Mar 5, 2018 PAULINE MIRANDA Home This PWD’s achievements prove “disability does not mean inability” Here’s a dose of good vibes for the start of the week and a new month: An inspiring post has been making the rounds on Facebook, just in time for graduation season. But this post is extra touching because its message also coincided with Down Syndrome Consciousness Month. Brina Maxino, a 21-year-old AB History graduate and current assistant teacher, shares how despite having Down Syndrome, she has been able to graduate with a college degree and several special skills courses, while also serving as a…

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Take a Moment to Read These 15 Ways to Make Your Parents Proud

https://aptparenting.com/ways-to-make-your-parents-proud Surely, we cannot pay back the love and care we receive from our parents. But we can be good human beings and make them feel proud. Through little acts of kindness, we can show them that we care. Buzzle gives you some ways to make your parents feel proud of you.   “The fact is, my parents loved me, and I wanted to be worthy of their love. I wanted to make them proud.” -Michael Bergin   Parents are the most important people in our life. They influence our lives in so many ways. They teach us almost everything…

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10 Powerful Positive Parenting Tips – How to Give Your Children Empowerment!

https://www.positive-parenting-ally.com/positive-parenting-tips.html =========================================== • Looking for conscious high-level, yet practical positive parenting tips? • Good! • To me these 10 parenting tips or parental guidelines have made my everyday life easier and a lot more pleasurable (I hope they will for you, too!) … • … Also, these tips on parenting are deeply rooted in a children empowerment philosophy aiming at fuelling kids with genuine high self esteem! Your Child Is A Living Copying Machine  – What You Give Is What You Get! Many parents go through life unaware of how much their unconscious actions and choices affect their kids. One…

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How Breastfeeding Lowers a Mom’s Risk of Heart Disease

                                                             Jose Luis Pelaez Inc—Getty Images/Blend Images By ALICE PARK  June 21, 2017 A strong body of evidence supports the benefits of breastfeeding both for baby and mom. Breast milk gives babies a starter population of bacteria- and virus-fighting cells from their mothers, and breastfed babies tend to develop stronger immune systems, have less asthma and allergies and have fewer ear infections and respiratory problems than babies who aren’t breastfed. Some data…

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Here’s How Mothers Around the World React When Their Babies Cry

                                                          JGI/Jamie Grill—Getty Images/Blend Images By BELINDA LUSCOMBE  October 23, 2017 http://time.com   Having a kid changes a mother’s brains—and it’s not just “mother brain,” the forgetful state new moms complain about. Research has shown that pregnancy changes the architecture of the brain for at least two years in areas that govern the understanding of the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and intentions of others. Now, a new study published in the journal PNAS suggests that maternal brains around the world also adapt…

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What the Elderly Have Taught Me About Motherhood

October 20, 2017 by Guest Writer By Haley Graydon, Guest Writer http://www.motheringbeyondexpectations.com I remember his aged hands on the frame of my wheelchair; post-labor exhaustion fogs the rest. He was a hospital volunteer, late seventies or early eighties, and I was a two-day old mother, dazed by the newborn asleep in my arms. My body shook a lot those first days—blood loss from delivery. Short walks across the room left me breathless. And this elderly gentleman watched as I, normally agile and energetic, sat weak and subdued in a hospital-issued wheelchair, about to emerge into the daylight of a new…

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The 2017 Best Nanay awardees

DIRECT LINE By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) November 14, 2017 For the past four years, the Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation (MYNP) has honored the greatest women of our lives — our mothers. The awarding ceremony of the Best Nanay is usually held in October, which is also my birth month. This year, MYNP honored 10 Best Nanay awardees and introduced the first Licerna R. Abunda award, in honor of my mother.  The MYNP’s Best Nanay Awards 2017 was a night of tribute filled with songs and dances. The event held at Astoria Plaza in Ortigas was hosted by Karen Davila and Drew…

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Mothers Admit: We Do Have A Favorite Child

Parents see it as a secret betrayal, but a survey shows it is common to love one above the rest                       Sixteen % of mothers said they loved one child more than their others. Photograph: Alamy Amelia Hill, Social Affairs Correspondent One in six mothers has a favourite child – but would never admit to it, according to a survey by Netmums, one of the most popular parenting websites in the UK. More than 1,000 mothers responded to the survey, with 16 per cent admitting that they love one child more than the others. One third said that they love…

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The Power of a Mother’s Love

By Jill Savage The back cover of Dr. Brenda Hunter’s book The Power of Mother Love casts a vision for moms: Mother love shapes cultures and individuals. While most mothers know that their love and emotional availability are vital to their children’s well-being, many of us do not understand the profound and long-lasting impact we have in developing our young children’s brains, teaching them first lessons of love, shaping their consciences … At a time when society urges women to seek their worth and personal fulfillment in things that take them away from their families and intimate bonds, Hunter invites…

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Is Motherhood a Sacrifice or a Privilege?

The Opinion Pages | Op-Ed Contributor By KAREN RINALD In my recent Sunday Review piece, I addressed the question of whether motherhood is a sacrifice or a privilege, whether it is selfless or selfish. I made the argument that we would go a long way to empowering women and mothers by reframing the way we think and talk about mothers by refusing the badge of martyrdom and by heeding the language we use when we talk about motherhood. By insisting on calling motherhood a selfless sacrifice, we take agency away from her. The responses have been varied and illuminating from…

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Embracing The Mess Of Motherhood

  Nina Parrish, Contributor Mom, educator, and founder of Parrish Learning Zone Maybe motherhood was never about controlling every detail, but an exercise in letting go.     Motherhood is messy. It’s a belly that strains the buttons on pants until they pop off and nothing in your closet fits anymore. Stretch marks appear on hips, white and purple lines like the rivers on a map. It’s a stranger at Wal-Mart who insists that you are having twins, tomorrow, when you are not due for three more months. It’s the constant worry of eat this not that and the struggle…

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Being a Mother: An Important Role of a Woman

The pivotal role of being a mother is still the divine mission assigned to women alone.  From a classic poem written by William Ross Wallace entitled ‘What Rules the World’, he said that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. It illustrates the influence a mother plays to her child and in the long run to the society; that as a mother strives to nurture and teach a child, she explicitly makes the world a much better place. Women are actually given an opportunity and a privilege by God to be His partner in…

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New truths about Filipino moms

      May 26, 2016   Mother’s Day has come and gone, but in a meeting of communications professionals that I recently attended, someone expressed his observation that, here in the Philippines, “Every day is Mother’s Day.” He added that, perhaps, “Mother’s Day is bigger than Valentine’s Day.” There may be a grain of truth there, as not everyone will be inclined to celebrate Valentine’s Day—no matter how “sentimental” and “emotional” Filipinos are observed to be—but, in this culture, it is tantamount to a mortal sin to not pay some sort of tribute to our mothers on Mother’s Day….

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This New Study Says Working Moms Are a Big Reason Why Kids Have All the Power Nowadays

Because apparently this means we have more money to win our kids’ affection. By Audrey Goodson Kingo February 4, 2017 http://www.workingmother.com Does your kid rule the roost? You could be the reason, these economists suggest. Ask any parent, young or old, and they will likely agree: Today’s kids have far more autonomy than those of previous generations. (How many times have you heard your great uncle remind you that parents weren’t afraid to take a switch to their children back in the good ‘ol days?) Whether this “child-centric” approach to parenting is a good or bad thing is a subject…

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6 Creative Pregnancy Announcements

Katie – Wellness Mama July 9, 2017 https://wellnessmama.com Pregnancy is such an exciting time! From finding out that you are pregnant, through the various stages of pregnancy (some not so fun), to the birth of your child, there is so much to learn and experience. Some couples wait until the second trimester to announce a pregnancy, while others can’t wait to share the news right away. If you are pregnant (congratulations!) and looking for a fun way to tell family and friends, here are a few suggestions: 6 Creative Pregnancy Announcements 1. Say it With Video I always wanted to announce…

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Shattering Six Common Pregnancy and Childbirth Fears

Katie – Wellness Mama July 19, 2017 https://wellnessmama.com Psssst. I want to let you in on a little secret. If you’re feeling a little, well, freaked out about all the weird or scary things that might happen during birth, you’re not alone. I remember spending tons of time researching and reading and attempting to empower myself before going into labor with my son, and still having a major case of the jitters. There were just so many unknowns; I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be ready. Of course, it didn’t really matter if I was ready, because that baby was…

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Mother-to-child transmission of HIV data and statistics

Source: www.who.int > Percentage of pregnant women who received an HIV test in low- and middle-income countries by region, 2005 and 2009–2011 (BAR CHART) > Estimated coverage of antiretroviral medicines (excluding single-dose nevirapine) for preventing mother-to-child transmission in 20 priority countries in the Global Plan, 2012 (BAR CHART) > Percentage of pregnant women living with HIV and infants born to them who received antiretroviral medicine for preventing mother-to-child transmission, 2007–2011 (LINE CHART) Percentage of pregnant women who received an HIV test in low- and middle-income countries by region, 2005 and 2009–2011   Estimated coverage of antiretroviral medicines (excluding single-dose nevirapine)…

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The Effects of Bad Parenting on Children

Source: http://oureverydaylife.com/ by Eliza Martinez   Bad parenting can cause emotional issues in your child No parent is perfect and you’ll likely make some mistakes, both big and small, as you raise your child. This is just a normal part of parenting and isn’t likely to have lasting effects on your kid, as long as you work hard not to repeat the mistakes. However, consistently poor parenting can have negative consequences during childhood and beyond. Understanding them helps you make the best decisions you can for your child. Behavior Research at the Department of Education in England found that children…

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Birthing Beliefs in the Philippines

By Amy Wilde, Demand Media Many Filipino women put great care into their appearance while pregnant, believing that this will make their baby more beautiful. Traditional culture in the Philippines puts a very high value on the family — and motherhood in particular. The birth of a baby is not just a private affair for one couple or family; it is a culturally significant event to be celebrated by the whole community. In the Philippines, pregnancy, birth and the time period after is surrounded by a wide variety of beliefs, traditional practices and rituals that involve both mother and infant….

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American women are Waiting Longer than Ever to Become Mothers

Ellie Kincaid Jun. 15, 2015 (http://www.businessinsider.com/average-age-of-mother-having-first-child-going-up-2015-6) More and more women in the United States are waiting until they’re older to start having children.  The average age of women having their first child was a record high of 26 years old in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report. That’s an increase of 3.3 years since 1980, when the average age was 22.7. Most of the change took place between 1980 and 2000, when the average rose to 24.9. It stayed relatively stable around 25 until 2008, when it started climbing again to its current high: Business…

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Why Having Kids Later is a Really Big Deal

Ellie Kincaid Jun. 30, 2015 http://www.businessinsider.com It’s already changing families, lives, and economies.Flickr/ devinf The average age of American women having their first child reached a record high of 26 years old in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report. The average age of first-time mothers is increasing because more women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to start having kids and fewer women are having their first kids in their teens and 20s, the CDC report says. The majority of all births are still to women under 35 (about 85% of the total), but rates for all births, not…

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5 Filipino Heroines Who Changed Philippine History

  By Gaby Gloria CNN Philippines Updated 19:26 PM PHT Wed, June 7, 2017 Our female heroines shouldn’t be treated as footnotes or afterthoughts in history. Illustration by LAZIR CALUYA Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — When asked to give at least three names of Philippine heroes, who are the first people that come to mind? Of course Jose Rizal is a given as the national hero. And then there’s Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Emilio Jacinto. Perhaps even throw in Antonio Luna thanks to successful historical film “Heneral Luna” (2015). The Philippines does not have an official list of national…

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National survey: Chronic malnutrition in PH worst in 10 years

Nico Aquino April 21, 2016 http://www.rappler.com/ ‘Hunger, malnutrition is a man-made problem, we create this situation and it’s completely preventable’ says Save the Children. CHRONIC MALNUTRITION. Malnutrition in the Philippines is at its worst in 10 years, and it may get worse unless serious steps are taken. Image courtesy of Alyssa Arizabal MANILA, Philippines – Filipino children are more malnourished than ever. The Philippine chronic malnutrition rate among children aged 0-2 was at 26.2%, the highest in 10 years, according to a recent survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)….

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