6 Things I Said I Would Never Do as a Parent (But I Did)

Raise your hand if you ever judged a parent and swore you would never do the same thing when you have your own kids. Now raise another hand if you’ve done the exact thing you said you would never do after you had kids. Are you raising both hands in the air? So are we! It’s not uncommon to underestimate the wonderful world of parenting. Of course you imagine an almost perfect picture of you raising kids—making all their meals from scratch, listening attentively when they tell you about their day, reading Goodnight Moon before bedtime at eight on the dot—but it doesn’t always turn out like you planned and that’s totally okay too. It’s always good to have a goal in mind for what kind of parents we want to be, but it’s also just as important to accept when we need to adjust our expectations. Here are just some of the things I said I would never do as a parent, but ended up doing with my kid. No regrets from this enlightened mama. Go on and let us know about some of your “I would never’s…” in the comment section!

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Encourage Your Kids’ Learning Through DIY Sensory Play!

The home is a child’s first school. Although this can be quite literally interpreted as true nowadays in the context of online and hybrid classes, this has always been true long before gadgets and technology transformed home into a “school.”

Remember when we used to speak in front of an electric fan’s spinning blades and listen to how robotic our voice sounds when we were kids? What about the time when we collected scented stationery and separated them from the unscented ones? Do we have memories of playing outside and collecting rocks, leaves, and bits and bobs in our little plastic basket, much to the frustration of our elders at home?

We were then exploring how the world works. Knowingly or unknowingly, we were activating our senses – seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling. This is called sensory play. Toys for sensory play may come with a hefty price tag. What’s a practical mom’s gotta do? D-I-Y! Many of the things available at home or our backyard may be used for sensory play, but not everything is made for them to explore and play with. It takes an intentional parent to think through and gather materials needed. Here are some ideas.

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Long Flight Coming Up? Here are 7 Tips When Traveling with a Toddler!

Traveling to another country with a toddler in tow can be an adventure in itself. There can be a combination of excitement and anxiety especially for us moms as we prepare for the long haul flight. How can we make the experience less stressful and more enjoyable for us and for our child? Well, I have listed down some tips that have helped me manage my toddler during our 13-hour flight to Rome.

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The Baby’s Coming! Common Signs to Look Out For During Labor

One day away from my 37th week mark, I was jolted awake by stomach cramps. It didn’t last long, though it was a different sensation in my pregnancy. My belly felt heavier and I was walking slower. I was supposed to take a half day off at work but I ended up taking a leave for the whole day.

Good thing I had a scheduled checkup with my OB that day, and I found out I was already 1 cm. And yet my doctor wasn’t alarmed at all! She just gave me a list of things to watch out for before making the decision to go to the hospital.

My doctor’s instructions that day proved to be very handy: I went into labor that very afternoon and by evening, my daughter was born. So here’s a checklist of some of the most common things to look out for to know if it’s time for you to meet your baby.

A gentle reminder that every pregnancy and body is different. Some might experience these signs a few weeks before the estimated due date (EDD), similar to what happened to me. If you experience any of these events too far off from your EDD, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

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