Is Eating Rice Really Bad for You?

You may have heard that eating a lot of food with a high glycemic index (GI) causes acne breakouts. An example of a food with a high GI is rice, our dining table staple. But more than causing blemishes on your skin, the amount of high GI foods you eat can has an impact on your health, particularly on your weight.

According to Harvard Health Publications, “the glycemic index is a value assigned to foods based on how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood glucose levels.” High glucose levels increases your likelihood for kidney failure, obesity and the diseases that can come with it like diabetes and cardiovascular problems.

There are advantages and disadvantages to eating low or high GI foods. Those looking to lose weight often go for low GI foods and those looking for quick energy boosts, like marathon runners or individuals who have just finished a workout, go for high GI foods.

But, what GI doesn’t tell you is how high your blood sugar can actually go, which is dictated by how much carbohydrates is in the food you’re eating. Think of it this way: GI tells you how fast a food will release sugar into your blood while the amount of carbs in the food will tell you how much sugar will be released. Combine these two, and you get your food’s glycemic load. “A glycemic load of 10 or below is considered low; 20 or above is considered high,” says Harvard.

Foods low on the GI scale releases sugar (or glucose) more slowly into the blood, and high GI foods release sugar more rapidly.

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Let’s give an example. According to a list provided by Harvard, rice has 150 grams of carbohydrates per serving (that’s high), and a GI of 72 (also high). Which in turn, gives it glycemic load of 29. Yikes. And, based on the list, it comes out as one of the foods with a very high glycemic load.

Other foods that may pop up a lot in your diet that are actually high in glycemic load include: raisins (glycemic load of 28), spaghetti (26), instant oatmeal (21) cornflakes (20) and the cereal brand Coco Pops (20).

However, all this doesn’t mean you should skip carbs altogether, and stick to a strictly low GI foods diet. “Fruits tend to have higher glycemic indices, but they’re also good for you and a great to eat for a snack,” Dr. Barbara V. Howard, senior scientist at MedStarHealth Research Institute and professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, told the American Heart Association.

“Following the principles of low-glycemic-index eating is likely to be beneficial for people with diabetes (whose bodies cannot process sugar efficiently). But reaching and staying at a healthy weight is more important for your blood sugar and your overall health,” says Harvard.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. They give us the energy we need to be able to work, study or play. In fact, we need a good serving of it in every meal. The problem lies in picking poor sources of carbohydrates. Find out how much serving of carbs you need in every meal and what good sources of carbohydrates are here.

Sources: Harvard, Mayo Clinic, American Heart Association

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Make a New Year’s Resolution as a Family! 6 Steps to Make It Work

Perhaps you have made life-changing goals for the new year: return to a pre-baby body, start a business you love, travel to a place you’ve never been or get that promotion at work. But have you ever thought of setting a New Year’s resolution for your family? If a resolution is defined as an intention to make this year better than the last through concrete actions, then this possibility is open not just for a personal change but positive transformation even for the people you love and live with.

It sounds daunting. How are we supposed to control the actions of our family, especially if they’re already adults? Look at your resolution to be less about control but about intention and action, so you can make the changes you want in your family life.

Here are six steps to setting a family intention for the new year:

1. Visualize an ideal day in your family’s life.
Take a deep breath, and close your eyes. Envision an ideal day. Be clear about the details. Where are you? What are you doing as a family? When you wake up in the morning, what are you doing? What activities fill the rest of the day? What makes this day so special? How does this day make you feel? Bask in that feeling for a while.

Open your eyes. Write what you had visualized in your journal. Write about it in the present tense, as if it’s already happening. Talk about how your ideal day made you feel. You can also draw this or find photos that represent this day.

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2. Summarize your year in a word.
With your vision of the ideal day, think of a word that will encapsulate it. This word is your intention for the year, and it will guide the actions you want to take.

Take a look at what you had written and see if there are any words that pop. Maybe the feeling you had at the end of the visualization is your word. I invite you to dig deeper than choosing “happy,” “hard working,” “achievement,” “success,” or “wealth.”

While these are all worthy goals, what your family needs may be more immediate and specific. Here are some words to consider:

ADVENTURE: Maybe there’s a desire to travel more, to go beyond your comfort zone, to do something new.
CONNECTION: This could be a need to get off your devices and social media and start talking to each other again.
CALM: This could be anything from less shouting to a more peaceful, less cluttered environment.
WELLNESS: Maybe it’s time to start some healthy habits — more nutritious food, exercise, outdoor activities, increased water intake.
KINDNESS: Little acts and words of kindness could be something that your family is craving for.
GRATITUDE: Instead of comparing yourself to others, look at the gifts that your current life already has.

If you’re still struggling to find your word, consider the following questions:

  • What are you looking forward to doing as a family this year?
  • What didn’t you like about your family life last year?
  • What are your hopes and dreams?
  • Are there activities that you used to do together that you miss and wish you could do again?
  • Where qualities do you want to nurture in your family?
  • At the end of 2017, how will your family have changed?

Ask your husband and children to share their own resolutions. You might find a common thread.

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3. Consider how you can put this word into practice.
Let’s take the sample words above.
If it’s ADVENTURE you seek, plan a series of trips, visit an unexplored part of the city or try a new hobby together.
If CONNECTION is your word, mobile phones, and devices will no longer be allowed at the dining table. You can also write birthday love letters to your kids and husband instead of just a generic tag on their gifts.
For CALM, create an altar or read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for tips on de-cluttering.
For WELLNESS, remove junk food from your grocery list or drink an extra glass of water.
KINDNESS could mean a list of words that can no longer be used at home.
GRATITUDE can be a simple sharing of what each member of the family is grateful for during Sunday dinner.

4. Share your word.
Gather your family. Explain to them why this is important, why you chose your word, and your vision for your family in the new year. They might also have suggestions on other words that they can better connect with.

Get their buy-in.

Ask them to think creatively about how this word can be made real. Make a list of 10 ideas and implement the simplest one. Create a poster highlighting your chosen word. Post it so you can see it regularly — on the refrigerator door, on everyone’s mobile phone lock screen, above the TV. Make it fun.

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5. Be the change. Be the word.
It’s difficult to change others. As Gandhi so wisely pointed out, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.” If you want your family to adapt your word-resolution, be the first to put it in practice. Model the behavior you want. Remind your family gently that you have made a commitment towards this intention.

6. Do monthly check-ins.
Ask yourself: How did we put ADVENTURE into action this month? How did we improve our CONNECTION? How did I infuse CALM into my family life? How did we make WELLNESS a priority? What KINDNESS activities did we do together? How did GRATITUDE show up?

If you were unable to make your word a priority, be gentle with yourself and your family and remind yourself that you can start again. You can also evaluate if the word resolution still works. You can change it mid-year if it doesn’t resonate anymore. A year is a long time, and we can renew our commitments to positive change over and over during its course.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from the Book ‘Letters to my Children’

The following are excerpts from the new book ‘Letters to my Children’, a collection of 35 personal letters by known personalities addressed to their kids. Their inspiring messages of love and goodness are sealed with the hope that one day, when their children get to read them, they will live as their parents had hoped they would, and in the process make a difference in the world.

“On nights when I can’t be with you, I’m glad you have your books with you. They are great life companions as they show you worlds and possibilities. I love how you both write your own poems and stories now, and I am amazaed at the power of your imagination. I hope books continue to open your minds and explore the depths of ypur hearts and souls. Our library of books and the time we read together are my gifts to you. One day when you are all grown up, you will open those same books and share them with your own children. And within those pages, you will think of me, and know that I love you forever.”
Xandra Ramos-Padilla is the managing director of National Book Store and the President of Anvil Publishing. She wrote this letter for her children S and F.

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“I’m not sure which path you will choose when you are older, but I promise you that I will support you and help you grow as best as I can, and help you pursue your own dreams. I want you to know that you were loved by your Nanay and Dada from the very first moment we knew of your existence, and we will be there for you to cheer you on, be it from the bleachers or any other kind of arena in life. I only ask that in all your endeavors, do aim to put your heart into it, and always act with well-placed courage and generosity. You may only be a baby now, but I can already feel so much inner strength in your spirit. Use this strength wisely, and fall not into the trappings of material success. Focus instead on higher rewards — that which will make you a greater human being.”
Ani de Leon-Brown was the first Filipina to qualify for the IronMan Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii in 2008. She has a son, Dashell Daniel, and a daughter, Amaya Rosa, for whom she wrote this letter.

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“My high school barkada is called the UDC, short for the Ugly Duckling Crew. After seeing our old high school photos — with our overbite teeth, braces, excess facial hair, pimply round faces, oily skin, ill-fitting clothes, and horrible haircuts, sobrang pangit namin! But, I rose above my flaws. Classmates would make fun of me because I was dar-skinned, skinny, and shapeless. After receiving so many labels, I accepted these names — and transcended them. I made it my mission to be the best model people could work with. Today, we continue to call ourselves the UDC. It’s a wonderful reminder to never be insecure of how you look, no matter how pretty you think your friends are. You’ll later realize that you have turned from that seemingly ugly duckling into the prettiest swan of them all!”
Rissa Mananquil-Trillo is wife to Paolo and mom to Enzo, Celestia, and Audra. She is also a Philippine Star beauty columnist and co-founder of homegrown makeup brand Happy Skin.

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“When I think about you growing up, this is what comforts me: If you have Christ in your life, you will be okay. You will have His peace, joy, grace, hope, power, and presence. This means that you will have everything you need to persevere and to overcome the obstacles and challenges you will face. Best of all, you will come out of these life lessons and tests stronger, better, and wiser. Your Dad, your siblings, and I may not be physically present everywhere you go (even if we would like to be), but God will ALWAYS be with you. Know that I love you always, through everything. And no matter where you are or where you go, remember that I will be praying for you , entrusting you to the One who is able to uphold you and shield you.”
Joy Mendoza is a mom to five children. She and husband Edric are homeschooling advocates and inspirational speakers. She wrote this letter for their firstborn Elijah.

Letters to my Children is available for P295 at all leading bookstores nationwide.

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What I Am Most Grateful For in 2016

“Before this year ended, we were able to move to our new home, and, as part of giving back, we (as a family) participated in our friend’s birthday/outreach program with the indigenous Aetas and their families. We hope to instill in our young girls’ minds that it is in giving that we learn to appreciate and share what we have.”
Tin Parallag, 32, mom of Martina Khloe, 9, Marthena Khelsea, 6 and Marthine Khylie, 3

“It’s a second-chance on love for me this year, slowly building a good relationship with my boyfriend after being a single mother for some time. Even with the differences, I’m thankful for his patience, maturity and his love for my daughter, as captured in these photos.”
Lory Espia, 34, mother of Isaiah Lorean, 8

“2016 has been really good to us. My daughter learned how to ride her bike and it’s an achievement for both of us, ako bilang taga-turo at sya bilang learner.”
Louise Ann Sempio, 23, mother of Halley, 3

“It was a well-spent Saturday with my Little Doll and my hubby at Manila Ocean Park last November when we had a short vacation in Manila and a few days left for us to spend with my husband before he returns to work. Grateful to have a rare, intimate family time.”
Janyne Grace Denore, 24, mom of Kiendra Mignonette, 1

“After a year of hard work, my son got the most number of special awards! First honor, Best in Math, and Best in English. This blessing came March of this year. Im so proud of my son, kahit maaga ako naging nanay sobrang saya na may matalino at mabuti akong anak!”
Marisol Gonzales, 23, mom of Arthur Daniel, 6

“I had one more semester left to finish college when I got pregnant. All thanks to Him who heard my prayers, I was able to finish college and fulfill my parents’ wish even with a little munchkin who made my life more wonderful and complete.”
Louella Angelica C. Manuel, 20, mom of Aerys Dmitri, 11 months

“The most precious and special gift I ever had and was worth fighting for for almost 22 hours of pain in delivery room. A wonderful feeling blooms inside me seeing my precious little boy healthy. His cries felt like music into my ears.”
Dina Grace Vallejo Revillas, 25, first-time mom to Dylan Anthony, 3 weeks old

“Im grateful that I have survived my first year as a breastfeeding mom. I did not experience labor pain when I gave birth because I had a scheduled CS due to complete breech presentation of the baby. Pero yung pain na nae-experience ko while breastfeeding really kills me!”
Ann Ancheta, 30, mom of Ysabelle Luanne, 1

“What I am grateful for in 2016 in numbers: 20 years of blissful marriage, 15 years of service to help marginalized children, 3 wonderful kids, 3 great siblings, 1 kind mother, 1 loving husband, 1 happy home, and 365 days I got to wake up and enjoy life and God’s unending love and blessings.”
Riel Santos-Andaluz, officer at Save The Children, mom to Chrel, Johann, and Mia

“I am so grateful to have these boys in my life, first and foremost yung baby na wala nang pag-asang mabuhay at sobrang kritikal na nung 2 months akong preggy, and I believe he’s a survivor.”
Arcie Joice Cuenco, 19, mother of Arkene Shadrach, 8 months old

“We finally have a priest in our family, yahoo! After years of waiting, my cousin kuya Stephen is now officially Father Stephen! Never kasi nagkaroon ng pari sa clan namin. The whole clan had been praying for one ever since. So when he was ordained, we travelled from Bicol to Quezon City just to be with him.”
Mommy Vinness, 30, mom to Tiffany, 11, and Trife, 9

“Bago matapos ang taon na ito, nabuo kaming pamilya, umuwi galing sa U.S. ang daddy ng baby ko at nagkaayos ulit kami. This year has made me stronger and made me realize that God is always with me.”
Jay-Anne Gipit, 20, with partner Raven Go, 23, and daughter Chelsea, 1

“This was when my son was starting to learn how to crawl and sit. Our little captain has been giving us so much happiness and love. Everyday has become special to us since he came, and every month that comes is a miracle.”
Rhusselle del Rosario, 22, mom of Red Carlisle, 9 months

“Mahirap ang long-distance relationship kapag nasa barko ang asawa at mas mahirap ang maging nanay at tatay sa bahay. Thankful ako na kahit sandaling oras lang ang bakasyon, parang ang tagal ng katumbas na panahon lalo na ang mga adventure namin.”
Princess J. Raya, 23, mom of Francess Sophiah, 1

“I am grateful for being an active member of our church community dahil ito ay nagsilbing daan para mabasbasan sa simbahan ang aming pagsasama after 9 years of being civilly married. I’m thankful for the new family I found in the Couples for Christ community who continuously helps us grow our relationship with God.”
Rosenelle G. Tajanlangit, 33, mother of Rexelle Leiann, 9, and Reanne Leuise, 3

“Inspired by the ballet recital we watched at the mall, my daughter wanted to enroll in a ballet class this year. Because of it, she gained more patience, confidence and self-discipline. She now wants to pursue a kiddie-career as a ballerina.”
Hope Javier- Joson, 32, mom of Gabbie, 6

“I’m thankful to God that as a family we were able to go on our first international trip to Hongkong Disneyland. We also were able to celebrate my son’s 3rd birthday at our new condo. Unknown to him, I was the person inside the Mickey Mouse mascot costume, and I danced and endured the claustrophobic heat, all for the love and enjoyment of my son and our family. Nagulat siya when I revealed …read more    

To Moms Who Struggle to Breastfeed, No Shame in Saying You Are Tired

Hello, Mommy.

I don’t know in what situation this letter will find you. It may be the dark of night with a crying newborn or the light of day as you wait to be let in the NICU when you get to read this. You may be a first time mom not getting support from elders, like the way things were done in our grandmother’s time. Your baby might be sick, teething or refusing to latch. You may be worried about your baby’s weight gain or are being pressured to give formula by well-meaning family, friends or doctor.

Chances are though, you are exhausted, conflicted, desperate. Maybe even in actual pain.

So, breathe, Mommy. Cry if you must but calm yourself enough by taking deep breaths. And then remember these things:

You are qualified.
If you were able to grow this baby inside you, then you can certainly do the same now that they’re out. You have enough education and life experience to tell if something is really wrong, as opposed to things just not happening the way you want them to. What’s more, you are a mammal. The chances of your body being able to provide are certainly higher than the stray dogs in your street or the polar bears affected by climate change. Please also remember that generations of mothers have bested the same struggles and fears, ensuring the survival of the human race. This is your legacy. And because you are the person who loved this child first, you already are their champion.

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Yes, you can get help.
It’s a great time to be alive now. Information is literally at our fingertips. While circumstances will never be exactly the same, you probably are not the first mom who felt helpless when the baby refuses to be put down. You are probably not the first mom to have asthma or had to have an emergency C-section that limited her mobility. You are probably not the first mom to suddenly have mastitis or who couldn’t get ounces of milk when she expressed. So, go find out what they did or what can be done for your situation. Ask trusted friends. Ask your doctor. Ask another mom.

You need to communicate your feelings and specific needs.
There is nothing wrong in delegating the burping and changing to your husband — after all, you need to concentrate on breastfeeding and recovering from the birth. There is nothing wrong in expressing to friends that you feel really tired and overwhelmed and, yes, you would appreciate if they can bring you food. There is nothing wrong in asking your doctor to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals by giving you options. You may also need to tell some family and friends, “Hey, I know you mean well, but can you also trust that I also have my baby’s interests at heart?”

Because of the great love inside you and your commitment to your duties as mom, others may not know that you are already consumed by your pain and your fears. So, tell people (kindly) how you feel and what you think will help. They will appreciate not having to second guess, and you won’t have to resent them.

You also need to identify the real issues.
If you’re a mom of a newborn, you have to remember that babies need to suck and suckle. They have been doing so since they were about 15 weeks old in utero. Nursing from you ensures their survival (by boosting their immunity through touch, and regularizing their heartbeat by mimicking yours) and development (social, emotional, physical). Your problem may not be supply but expectations and fatigue. If that is the case, then find out what else you can expect and plan to get all the help you can get when they come. The solution to your problem may just be a set of helping hands willing to hold baby for a while so you can have a proper meal or shower.

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If you are hardly getting any milk when you express, it is not automatically a sign that you do not have milk. It could be because you have just given birth or you may be doing something incorrectly. You may also have plugged ducts or are too tense while you express that the milk just won’t flow.

Talk to someone who can help you see the forest from all the trees.

You need to ignore what isn’t helpful.
In an ideal world, we would just get the support we need without having to ask. In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be people discouraging us with thoughtless remarks. Well, the world we live in is far from ideal, and hormonal or not, you will have to manage your expectations. Some people will be mean, just because they’re mean. They may even feel defensive because they probably thought they couldn’t breastfeed.

So, remember why you wanted to breastfeed in the first place.
Look at your child. Remember the great privilege of being blessed with a life — you want to give them the best start. Remember that you and your child will reap the benefits, now and for a very long time. Remember that this opportunity to invest in each other’s health only presents itself once in your child’s life.

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Don’t forget this is a journey.
Edit your own thoughts and your own questions so that they empower you into action, and not depress you into giving up. Celebrate the little things and the little triumphs. Take things one day at a time. Treat challenges (pumping, soreness, sickness) as bumps on the road and not your final destination. Learn to accept that there will be difficulties and that you are entitled to tears and the occasional chocolate bar or ice cream pint because what you are doing IS worthwhile.

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Duterte’s painkiller use draws concern

President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that he used a powerful painkiller has prompted concern about his health, with lawmakers urging him Sunday to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results.

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Heading To Baguio? Drop By This Charming Food Village

When tourists flock Baguio, they often go to the same places: Session Road, The Mansion, Mines View Park, BenCab Museum, and so on. But just a few steps away from Session is Ili-likha Artist Village, where each food spot has something unique to offer; some serve Filipino classics, while others cater to health enthusiasts. Ili-likha as a whole, however, focuses on sustainability and environmentalism through art, which makes it a definite must-visit location whenever you’re in Baguio.

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And when you’re done taking photos, feast on some of these mouthwatering eats:

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What’s not to love?

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This New Streaming Site Lets You Watch Your Favorite Korean Dramas for Free

If the local success of Descendants of the Sun is anything to go by, then the KDrama craze is far from over. In fact, this newly-launched streaming site is just the thing you need for your next binge-watching session.

Viu is a legal, online streaming platform that gives users access to 10,000 hours of Korean dramas and variety shows with English subtitles. The best part? It’s all for free. All you need to do is register with your e-mail or Facebook account.

If you’re following a currently-airing series, you can watch the episode eight to 24 hours after its initial telecast in Korea! If you’re always on the go, Viu lets you download episodes and watch them offline (one episode per device only). There are also plenty of Japanese dramas for your viewing pleasure.

Viu will soon launch a paid, premium service that will offer special, additional features, and they’re always looking to add more to their massive Asian drama library.

Viu is available online, the Apple Store for iOS devices, and Google Play Store for Android devices.

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7 Ways To Break A Sweat Without Realizing It

1. Dance!

Whether it’s in a class or just in your bedroom, dancing requires a lot of movement. It’s a fun and easy way to get those endorphins going. A lot of gyms offer Zumba classes, but if you’re strapped for cash right now, you can always just plug your phone into a speaker and move to the groove at home.

2. Park farther, or better yet, commute.

Parking farther might seem stupid to some of you, but walking can do wonders for your body, and every little step counts! If you’re already commuting to work every day, try taking the stairs instead of the escalator. Because we’re in the Philippines and our public transportation system has a lot of work to do, sometimes it’s not really our choice. LOL! The next time the escalator breaks down, don’t feel too shitty about it. Just think of it as your mini workout for the day.

3. Clean more.

And we’re not talking about just sweeping the floor until all the “visible” dirt is gone. Nope! Scrub those tiles, mop the floors, and wipe down your windows. And do this more than once a week. We’re pretty sure you’ll be drenched by the time you’re done.

4. Ditch your washing machine.

Go old-school on your clothes and hand-wash them! Your arms will definitely feel the burn afterwards.

5. Play video games.

Technology is making things easier for us—you can have practically anything delivered now. But it doesn’t have to make us lazy! There are a ton of video games out there that get us moving! Most of them have motion detectors that push us to exert extra effort so our movements are registered. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with the kids.

6. Wash the family car.

It’s more than just hosing it down with water. You have to scrub it section by section, top to bottom. Can you imagine how hard it is to clean those wheels? You also have to rinse it down thoroughly so the soap doesn’t stick to the paint. It’s also essential that you keep the entire car wet if you aren’t ready to wipe it down yet, to avoid leaving annoying water spots. We’re tired just thinking about it, but at least you aren’t running!

7. Have more sex.

Win-win. 😉

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

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Katrina Halili Is Like Any Mom When Her Child Asks for an Expensive Toy

If you want your message to get through your children, Katrina Halili says don’t overdo it.

During her PEPtalk shoot, she advised fellow moms, “Kunwari, sinabihan mo siya ng, ‘Don’t do it,’ huwag daw paulit-ulit… dedmahan mo na lang ‘tapos titigil din siya. Saka i-explain sa kanya.”

The star also reveals she sees a lot of her childhood antics in her daugter Katie and most often, it’s aimed at keeping her mother’s attention glued on her.

“Marunong mag-arte, e. Makikita mo, drama talaga! Ang galing niya umarte kasi talagang nag-emote siya nang todo-todo. May pahiga-higa sa sahig pa. Mapapaniwala ka niya kasi talagang akala ko mahihimatay na siya. Noong una, nakakatakot kahit alam ko na, ‘Ay, alam ko arte lang ito kasi dati ganyan ako,” she shares.

PEP asked does she say “no” each time Katie asks her to buy a toy? She shares that her Sa Piling ni Nanay co-star, Yasmien Kurdi, has found a tactic: designate a toy box. “Kung anong magkakasya do’n, iyon na iyon.” Read about it here.

For Katrina, she had to adjust over time. “Dati, bihira lang naman. Nagkaroon siya ng gusto sa Peppa Pig. Binili ko sa kanya kasi iyon lang naman ang gusto niya. Aba, maya-maya, gusto ng Pororo, gusto na ng ganito.

To be specific, Katie wanted the Pororo School Bus toy, which was expensive even by celebrity standards. Pororo is the lead character of the equally-popular Korean computer-animated children show, Pororo The Little Penguin.

In the end, she and her daughter arrived at a compromise.

“Sabi ko, ‘Mama, doesn’t have money, I have to work for it. You wait on your birthday.

Sabi niya, ‘Okay, Mama work first? Mama work first then buy Pororo Bus?

Sabi ko, ‘Yes, Katie. You wait for your birthday.’

Alam na niya na gano’n. Nag-aantay naman din siya.”

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

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