Build Your Child’s Reading Skills This Summer!

Looking for ways to get your child to read when school’s not in session? iVillage has partnered with PBS Parents to bring you a free, four-week reading challenge that will help you make reading a fun, easy part of everyday life for your kids.  Sign up today and starting on Monday, July 5, you’ll get daily ideas to help you turn everyday activities with your kids into adventures that build reading skills.

What I really like about the site is that it also includes great reading guides:

Kid’s guide to reading fun
Great books for kids of all ages
10 ways to grow a bookworm

What are you waiting for?  Sign up and get reading!

For all BoA cardholders: Get free museum tickets in 2010

Here’s a great money-saving, family/friend bonding tip:

Bank of America cardholders can get into select museums, zoos, science centers, botanical gardens and more for free with the Museums on Us program. All you need is your Bank of America ATM, credit or debit card and a photo ID.

Get the full list of participating locations, as well as eligible weekends through September 2010, here:

Barack Obama: “‘What I Want for You — and Every Child”

It could be said a politician’s family makes the ultimate sacrifice:  privacy and any semblance of normalcy.   For Malia and Sasha,  tomorrow marks the start of a new life lightyears away from the one they left behind in Chicago.  I appreciate President-Elect Obama for sharing with us the letter he wrote to his children.  It talks about his motivation for running for the highest office in the land: 

“…  it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential. ……These are the things I want for you-to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That’s why I’ve taken our family on this great adventure. “

To read the entire letter,  go to

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

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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.

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

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10 Kids’ Health Issues to Watch in 2008

Kids’ has recently published its list of Top 10 Kids’ Health Issue to Watch in 2008.

  1. Bullying: Not Just Kids’ Stuff
  2. Overtraining Little Athletes
  3. The Growing Reach of Retail Health Care
  4. Keeping Child’s Play Safe
  5. Food Allergies: Outlawing PB&J
  6. Lost Childhoods
  7. Obesity: Beyond the Body
  8. Covering Kids’ Health Needs
  9. Battling the Superbug
  10. Rethinking a Pill for Every Ill

To read the full details go to

Happy Homes, Smart Kids

Working Mom is one of the better magazines in the market with well-written articles by working moms such as Maribel Sison Dionisio and Queena Lee-Chua. This April’s issue had a very insightful piece about which factors contribute to student success written by Queena. What makes students excel? Through the joint efforts of family unit. Learning starts at home and parents are the key to success.Recommendations of the Parent’s Best Practices Study (Ateneo de Manila High School)
· Develop good study habits
· Create a conducive environment for study
· Communicate regularly and well
· Encourage love for reading and judicious multimedia use
· Ensure solid grounding in the fundamentals
· Emphasize effort more than ability
· Promote genuine self-worth
· Discipline with love
· Set personal, academic, and life goals
· Be there for the family

Recommendations of the 2006 Study focusing on Marikina and Bulacan public high schools:
· Discipline to instruct, not punish
· Set goals, for wishes are not enough
· Rely on ourselves, not on fate
· Strengthen family bonds
· Make the home fit for learning

It comes as no surprise that children raised in loving and supportive home-learning environments have been found to do better in school. Parenting is not an easy task but we need to take it seriously for our children’s mental and emotional well-being.