Summer and Kids

When I was a child, I remember I am always excited for summer vacation because that means: unlimited play outdoors and swimming at the beach in the province.

This may still be applicable to children of this generation. Or may not.

Alex has not yet gone to the beach nor the pool. The closest she has gone so far was their inflatable pool which we setup in our garage late last month and their swimming in the batya during their bath time. I can say that it is partly our fault as we have not brought them outside the Metro like what our parents used to do. Actually, Alex’s ballet recital is something that sort of prevents us from doing so. The recital will be at the end of this month and she has practices thrice a week.

I can say that that is another aspect that differs the summer of this generation to ours. This generation has so many activities lined up for summer. Some they probably chose and some, their parents chose for them. Arts and Crafts, all sorts of workshops (acting, dancing. modelling and singing), tutorials for the next school year, swimming lessons, and many more. Alex is into ballet as I mentioned. Maxyn is too young to be engaged in something else but I have been thinking of enrolling her to swimming classes. Then again, that could prevent us from going on a summer vacation.

I know, we parents, only want the best for our children. I know we want to hone whatever skills they have so they may grow as holistic individuals. Actually, admit it or not, some of the things we want for them are things we cannot pursue for ourselves. But let us not forget that summer should mean vacation. Vacation from months of studying for school. I personally equate vacation with OUTDOOR play. Don’t you just love to hear your children squealing due to excitement of running after a playmate as they play habulan (chase me)?

Alex loves ballet and the outdoors too. So after the recital, hopefully we can teach her how to play patintero and luksong tinik.

Battling Chaos

In as much as I wanted to greet all of you a Happy Easter in a loud and happy manner, I do not feel that way. I have been missing in the blogging world for a week now and while I remember I have to update this blog, I do not find the urge to do so. :( Well, there was the Holy Week but after that, I still cannot find my writing mojo. Maybe because I feel sad and I feel that my our life is chaotic now.

sick

Last Black Saturday afternoon, we received a news through text message that my paternal grandmother is already dead. My father and his siblings are expecting this to happen. My Nanay Isay is already old and weak and has been like that for the past year or two. I know it will come but I wish I could have visited her more before she died. I have been planning to make time for it but I have so many excuses.

My mom and I were not able to attend the Easter Vigil. By 12:06am of Sunday, I received a call. It was my brother, asking us to pick him up because the jeepney he was riding home got into an accident and his ear is injured. My brother was lucky for a few reasons: 1) I forgot to put my phone on silent mode and I was able to take his call; 2) We are here and LP and hubby is here to drive and assist him; 3) Only his ear was injured and nothing more serious happened to him. It was 2am when they got back.

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Sleep and Vacation

I have been MIA for a couple of days because I was sleeping! Well, I really did not mean to. I actually want to find some online work to apply for but my eldest has been sleeping relatively late the past couple of days. And that is causing me to have little online time.

You see, I do not really like going online when my kids are still awake. I hate that Internet takes away precious time with my girls. Although there are times when I cannot help it, specially when there are things I need to take care of online. And when it happens more than once or twice, guilt slowly creeps in me.

My eldest is not yet on vacation mode but as early as now, I am seeing that her sleeping pattern will be changed. She will probably sleep a little later in the evening and a little more during day time. And I guess that is fine as long as she gets the appropriate number of hours of sleep. Besides, vacation is here for her to enjoy.

So if you see me without new posts, you already knew it. I spent time with my girls. :)

Water Borne Diseases to Watch Out For

It was Wednesday when hubby told me that he is taking a leave from work on Friday. He was sniffing a little so I thought he would like to rest from all the office stress he had gone through for the month. But he said he just wanted to take a leave and not really rest. Picture me thinking of what to do and where to go for the weekend at midnight. I got really excited.

That Friday was a tiring one. I swear. I simply wanted to hit the bed as soon as we arrived but of course, we didn’t.

After Alex’s school, we went to the hospital. Our itinerary includes vaccination for the two girls and ear cleaning for Alex. I peeped at the OB’s door but decided I will just see her next time.

Our pedia gave our girls Typhoid vaccine. She said that during summer season and vacation, cases of this water borne disease goes up because most kids go for a swim. And even if our kids only swim in our backyard, they will surely drink water for their pool, whether intentionally (like what Maxyn did this morning) or accidentally. Even if they bathe themselves first before plunging to the pool and just stay there, the possibility of contamination is really high with other kids joining the fun.

I was really glad we made it to our pediatrician. Well, not that we will be hitting public pools and beaches soon, but who knows.

Aside from Typhoid vaccine, Max is schedule to have her HEP A shot this coming April. I will make sure I do not forget it.

I hope your kids have these shots already. If not, an online buddy suggests yogurt or Yacult. Thanks for the tip, Arcee!

When Should Kids Transfer Rooms?

For some time now, Alex, our eldest child, has been telling us that she already want her own bed. A pink one with a Barbie headboard. She even tells us that she will sleep on the top row and her sister, Maxyn, will be on the bottom row. We have kidding her that we will simply separate our one single bed from our double bed and that will be hers. As for the Barbie headboard, we will just hire someone who can hand-paint her desired design.

But we haven’t been taking it seriously. Alex and Max has been co-sleeping with us since they were born. And no, they haven’t sleep without one of us, the parents. If I am not there, like when I attended overnight company affairs back when I am working, hubby makes sure he is there. And now that I am a WAHM, I am always there when they go to bed at night. But the recent events kind of make me think if it is already time for the girls to sleep on their own.

Giving children their own room to sleep has its pros and cons, of course. I read that when children are given their own room, they learn to put themselves to sleep on their own, which is an essential life skill. But giving them their own room also means spending. If there is a spare room it is easy to convert it to a child-proof one as long as there are resources. Everything a child needs should be there, perhaps including their own toilet with nice faucets to encourage them to clean their hands after playing. Cabinets, shelves, beds and their other needs should also be there. What if there is no spare room, how do we do it?

But if we go back to my question, when should they leave the parents’ room? Is there a right age? Are there skills I have to look for to tell that my children are ready? Do your children sleep in their own room/s?