Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

Vito was 5 weeks 4 days. Iñigo was 7 weeks 3 days. Piero was 6 weeks 5 days.

Vito is now 4 years old, Iñigo is 2 years and 3 months and Piero is 7 weeks and 5 days. Time flies! So I'm beyond thankful I have these photos to capture these fleeting moments. What happy Tuesdays (and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays!) I have!

Enjoy your today, too!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why I allow my kids to play with mobile devices

Some time ago, an article with the too-long title "10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12" went viral. As a rebuttal, a team of professors from esteemed universities and education groups wrote an article with also a long title called "10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns."

I love this long-titled list the best: "10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give My Kids Handheld Devices." Please click on the article because it's told from a teacher-mom's point of view!

My husband and I allow our kids to play with computers and handheld devices. Because we're writers and we work from home, we have a lot of gadgets. My iPhone and iPad Mini were given by Smart Communications (thanks, Smart!) because, like me, Smart believes modern families need gadgets in this fast-paced world.

Vito loves playing video games.
Iñigo is sometimes allowed to use my laptop.

Anyway, though we have several gadgets at home, we've never really had a problem with the kids. Sure, sometimes they zone out but they snap out of it when we impose our ownership of the gadgets. Yes, Mama and Papa own all the gadgets so when we want them back, our kids give them up. I think that's important. Don't buy gadgets for your kids. That way, they won't claim their right to play with it. If they know it's yours, then they will borrow it, respect the fact that they have limited use, and return it when the owners (the parents) want it back. That's how it is in our house anyway, and it really works!

I just can't ban technology because my kids learn so much from educational apps. Vito has a big vocabulary because of the fun videos he watches. Both boys love Play-Doh tutorials and they get inspired when they play with their Play-Doh afterwards. I must confess it's the iPad that taught Vito the alphabet. Well, we taught him his letters and numbers but the iPad apps sure helped! We homeschool the kids and play-learn with arts and crafts, but the iPad has been an invaluable tool to us parent-teachers, too!

As work-at-home parents and because we've been without household help for months on end, the gadgets sometimes rescue us when we need to meet a deadline or I need to prepare dinner. I mean, do I insist on playing with them myself and letting everyone go hungry or do I let them have a little fun on tablets while I cook?

Monday, August 18, 2014

For moms who need refreshments, here's a yummy healthy cocktail!

With absolutely no alcohol!

Fly Ace, distributor of such healthy juices from Happy Day, Welch's, Mott's and Old Orchard, sent me a few recipes. We tried this lovely cosmopolitan one hot day.

Here's all you need for two glasses:
Ice in a cocktail mixer.

Six parts Old Orchard Cranberry Juice (I used Apple Cranberry).

One part Happy Days Orange Juice.

One part calamansi juice.

Shake shake shake then pour it out!

Nice! Looks pro, right?

The glass is rimmed in sugar so that's the only sinful part of this cosmo!

Enjoy, mommies!

For more recipes, go to the website of Fly Ace. You can also check out the online homes of Rauch Happy Day, Welch's, Mott's and Old Orchard.

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