Muddles should teach Middles

Today’s youtube surfing session yield a treasure of a clip which was written and produced for Word Alive International Outreach.  Parents would do well to share this with their toddlers.

Got a college-bound teen?  Share this:

Start them young on the path of financial literacy so that they don’t make the bad decisions which lead to debt snowballs.

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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2008 Manila International Book Fair

I’m so sad that I’m stuck here in KL in the upcoming week.  

Booklovers across the Metro have been counting down the days to the 29th Manila International Book Fair will be held from September 12 to 16, 2008, 10:00 8:00 P.M. at Halls 1-4, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The MIBF 2008’s theme is Words without Borders. It celebrates the power of literature to cross boundaries of time, place and culture.  MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature, textbooks, educational supplements, general references, religious and inspirational titles, self-help books, management books, Filipiniana, coffee table books, popular novels, children’s books, art books, graphic novels, rare and hard-to-find titles, magazines, audio and e-books, multimedia, teaching supplies and services, publishers’ technology, and travel materials.

This celebration of books and all that it contains is one of the longest-running in Asia. It is also one of the most accessible and affordable, Through the years, it has welcomed millions of Filipinos to the Manila International Book Fair, which is for everyone of all ages, of all tastes and means and dreams. This year, the Book Fair becomes more international opening up to other cultures while continuing to champion the best of what Philippine publishing has to offer.

The world and the word comes to Manila this September for the sharing of stories and the meeting of minds. Come and join the conversation.

The 29th Manila International Book Fair is organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc. in partnership with Asian Communicators, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines. For details, call 890-0661 or 896-0682, log on to, or e-mail

Many local publishing houses will have their booths there and hosting workshops at SMX.  I was particularly excited about the workshops being offered by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBYP):

  • A Thumbnail History of Children’s Literature in the Philippines
    A lecture to be delivered by Prof. Lina Diaz de Rivera
    9-12 noon, September 13, Meeting Room 8, SMX
  • 25 Ways to Entice Children with Stories
    A workshop on storytelling; Facilitator: Manolo Silayan
    1-4 pm, September 13, Meeting Room 8, SMX
  • Library Magic
    – 25 Steps to Building a Mobile Library
    – 25 Ways to Survive and Thrive: Managing Change in Libraries
    – Setting Up Children’s Libraries
    Facilitators: Nina-Lim Yuson, Zarah Gagatiga, PLAI
    9-5 pm, September 13, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Tong Tong Tong: Tinig, Tunog, at Talino ng Tulang Pambata
    Facilitator: c/o Linangan ng Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA)
    9-12 noon,September 14, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Creative Effective Visuals for Children’s Books
    Facilitator: Totet de Jesus
    1-4 pm, September 14, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Reading, Responding and Reviewing
    A workshop on reviewing children’s literature; Facilitator: Neni Sta.Romana-Cruz
    1-4 pm, September 15, Meeting Room 9, SMX
  • Each workshop has a fee of six hundred pesos (Php 600.00), except for Library Magic which costs one thousand pesos (Php 1000.00).  For inquiries or registration, please send an e-mail to or call 3723548.  Also visit

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    Sept 27: FREE Museum Day 2008

    As a young mom, it’s increasingly a challenge to come up with activities which are both cost effective and intellectually stimulating.

    On Sept 27, enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to one of over a hundred museums and cultural venues in the United States. Just download the admission card here and present it at participating Museum Day locations. Find the list of museums here.

    Mark the date on your calendars and take advantage of the opportunity to introduce your child to a new cultural experience. He or she just might enjoy it. =)

    As a side note, some participating museums may already have a free admission year round. Good to note which dates are “free admission” days.

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    Quote of the Day

    So what’s the secret to being a great mom? Time and patience. To me, you bring children into the world and yes, it does take time, it does take patience— because no two children are alike. To me, you take every child and what their biggest strength is and you build upon that strength to make them have a consistently good self-esteem and make them feel good about themselves.

    — Debbie Phelps

    Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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    Picky eaters are made, not born

    I count my lucky stars that A is growing up to be an omnivore. We have deliberately gone out of our way to introduce our son to different tastes (from sweet to sour) and cuisines from different parts of the world. It is my personal philosophy that with our ever shrinking borders, globalization pertains not only to business but to cultural experiences as well. In order to succeed, we must teach our children to be open to new smells, new tastes and new textures.

    A is equally as comfortable using chopsticks as he is the fork and spoon. For him, wasabi chips are yummy, as is chicken curry. Don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t exactly been an easy journey. We have had a number of spirited negotiations over what to eat and how much to eat but A has learned that everything should be tried at least twice. If he really doesn’t like it, then it’s ok. At least he tried. I breathe a sigh of relief and satisfaction whenever he finishes what’s on his plate and asks for more (which is happening more and more often).   Funnily enough,  2 years ago,  his class conducted a blind taste test to illustrate the various tastes: sweet, sour, salty etc.  He was the only kid who said “yummy” to all, including patis.  =)

    A few days ago, we had a mini-encounter which got me thinking about picky eaters. Research has shown that while food neophobia (fear of of new food) appears to be genetic, it can be addressed. Biology is not destiny. Ellyn Satter has written a wonderful book called Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense which posits a simple yet very powerful message: It is the parent’s job to determine the what and when of feeding: what food gets offered and when. And it is the child’s job to determine if he will eat the food and how much.

    The Mayo Clinic has also put forth practical tips to avoid mealtime battles. Here are some of my favorites:

    1. Respect your child’s hunger — or lack thereof. Young children tend to eat only when they’re hungry. If your child isn’t hungry, don’t force a meal or snack.
    2. Stay calm. If your child senses that you’re unhappy with his or her eating habits, it may become a battle of wills. Threats and punishments only reinforce the power struggle.
    3. Boycott the clean plate club. Don’t force your child to clean his or her plate. This may only ignite — or reinforce — a power struggle over food. Instead, allow your child to stop eating when he or she is full.
    4. Leave taste out of it. Talk about a food’s color, shape, aroma and texture — not whether it tastes good.
    5. Be patient with new foods. Young children often touch or smell new foods, and may even put tiny bits in their mouths and then take them back out again. Your child may need repeated exposure to a new food before he or she takes the first bite.
    6. Recruit your child’s help. At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Don’t buy anything that you don’t want your child to eat. At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, stir batter or set the table.
    7. Set a good example. If you eat a variety of healthy foods, your child is more likely to follow suit.
    8. Minimize distractions. Turn off the television during meals, and don’t allow books or toys at the table.
    9. Don’t offer dessert as a reward. Withholding dessert sends the message that dessert is the best food, which may only increase your child’s desire for sweets. You might select one or two nights a week as dessert nights, and skip dessert the rest of the week. Or redefine dessert as fruit, yogurt or other healthy choices.
    10. Expect some food preferences to stick. As kids mature, they tend to become less picky about food. Still, everyone has food preferences. Don’t expect your child to like everything.

    It is the small steps that count. Don’t give up (or in) on your child and head to the nearest burger or pizza joint every single time. More importantly, don’t have separate foods for different individuals. We subscribe to the school of thought that eating is a social experience meant to be shared by all and it simply won’t do if you have family members cut themselves off from the rest.

    Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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    Debbie Phelps: Olympic Mom

    “I’ve been there not to dictate or guide. I’m there to listen to what he wants to do and try to help him problem solve and make a wise decision.”

    “Every time Michael gets on the blocks, he has a goal for himself, and he knows what he wants to do. … I don’t set those goals, and I’m a very strong advocate of [the idea that] I’m the parent not the coach or the agent or whatever there is to be.”

    Debbie Phelps

    Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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