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Understanding Your Child Preview: “The Adventure Continues: That First Swim″ (May 2012)

02/28/2012 Leave a comment

Indy’s First Swim (February 4, 2012)

Below is a short excerpt of my Baby Magazine article entitled, “The Adventure Continues: That First Swim”which will hit newsstands on May.

1)   To do, or not to do, that is the question. – Reflecting on Indy’s first swimming experience, I am reminded of several local swimming schools and their more aggressive approach to this useful, recreational, and essential activity.

An aggressive approach usually involves the use of the child’s survival instincts and the cooperation of the parents, as they may need to look away as the instructor lets the child figure things out in the water.

As a first-time parent or just a parent in general—I don’t think I could ever do that to Indy and would much rather be present and hands-on for that particular experience.

Now the question is, what would you be more comfortable doing?

Check out our latest adventures in the Understanding Your Child column.

Only in Baby Magazine.

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Understanding Your Child Preview: “The Adventure Continues: Baby Carrying and The Parent List″ (April 2012)

02/14/2012 Leave a comment

Indy’s First Swim (February 4, 2012)

Here is a small taste of my Baby Magazine article entitled, “The Adventure Continues: Baby Carrying and The Parent List” which is due out this April.

A casual “baby carrying” conversation

During one of the many times that Baby Indy was propped on my shoulder at work; Imelda, my office assistant, turned to me and asked, “If Indy were a girl, would you have handled (carried) him any different?”

I recall pausing for a brief moment to reflect upon this hypothetical scenario and then confidently replied, “Most certainly!  Indy and I would probably still be doing the same things—but I would just be a little more cautious if Indy were a girl instead of a boy.”

I added, “The reason why I hold Indy in this manner is because I believe that every little boy (and girl) should not be deprived of this experience: Be it sitting on their father’s shoulders, being cradled like a football from one arm to the next, and yes, even the act of seemingly catapulting them towards the high heavens.  I’ve realized that this is a special time in Indy’s life—a magical moment—that can pass in the blink of an eye.  As each passing day goes by, Indy grows a little bigger, heavier, and hyper and the time will eventually come wherein he would want to do other things or may simply become too heavy for us to continue our acrobatic routine.”

Paraphrasing Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “sharing Indy’s adventures will always be an interesting experience.”

And it sure is!

Check out our latest adventures in the Understanding Your Child column.

Only in Baby Magazine.

Understanding Your Child Preview: “The Adventure Continues: Taking a journey with my six-month-old son″ (March 2012)

02/01/2012 Leave a comment

‘Daddy’s Little Pumpkin’ at 6 months (January 2012)

Below is a short excerpt from my upcoming Baby Magazine article entitled, “The Adventure Continues: Taking a journey with my six-month-old son” which will be hitting newsstands and magazine shops in March.

3) Be a creative and resourceful parent! – As our child’s demands grow, so may the time needed by our personal and professional commitments.  Parents faced with such a conundrum are usually placed in a difficult position wherein they may need to flex their proverbial “creative muscles” in order to find some measure of compromise: being able to spend time with their child while at the same time attending to their personal and professional responsibilities.

For example, one of the greatest challenges I look forward too is whenever Indy spends the day with me at work.  Our space and time together is usually limited and it is much harder getting him to sleep as I have less control of any ambient noises.

This is where creativity and resourcefulness steps in as I try to make the most of the “advantages” offered by my work surroundings: an escalator!

Indy—like most babies his age—loves movement and the three-level escalator at the Makati Medical Center offers not only that piece of entertainment value but also an opportunity for father and son to share a moment.

So what are you waiting for?  Be resourceful and get your parental creative juices flowing today!

Read more about our adventures in the Understanding Your Child column.

Only in Baby Magazine.

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Understanding Your Child Preview: “Capturing your child’s life moments with an iPhone 4” (October 2011)

09/02/2011 Leave a comment

Shhh! Don’t wake him up. (August 31, 2011)

Below is an excerpt from my upcoming Baby Magazine article entitled, “Capturing your child’s life moments with an iPhone 4” which will be hitting newsstands and magazine shops next month.

As a first-time father, I made a decision early on that I wanted to always be in a position to capture my child’s life moments.   I also knew that the camera that I would eventually choose would have to meet a very demanding criterion—one that would not only consider picture and video quality but also the weight, size, functionality, portability, and durability of the device.

After a period of research on the latest smart phones and digital recorders, I felt that Apple’s iPhone 4 stood tall primarily on its camera features and quality third-party applications.

Here is a list of 40 built-in, free, or paid iPhone applications for you to consider:

Read more about the list in this October’s Understanding Your Child column.

Only in Baby Magazine.

Baby Magazine celebrates 15 years!

I just wanted to congratulate the Philippines’ premiere parenting magazine–Baby Magazine on their 15th anniversary!  Great job guys and wishing you only more success!

Understanding Your Child: “What steps to take when your child refuses to go to school?”

09/19/2010 Leave a comment

A growing concern

In the last month, I have had an alarming number of cases involving children and adolescents who have decided (for one reason or another) to stop going to school.  It seems to be a growing concern and the focus of my October column (Understanding Your Child) in Baby Magazine.

Below is a excerpt from the article entitled, “What steps to take when your child refuses to go to school?” which will be hitting newsstands and magazine shops in a couple of weeks. Hope you guys can pick it up.

As the number of academic responsibilities mount, there is a strong possibility that a child may not have the emotional maturity or the psychological coping skills necessary the weather the proverbial storm.  The sheer volume of endless projects, tests, and other recreational as well as personal activities may then drive a child to simple decide—either consciously or unconsciously—to withdraw and possibly stop going to school.  It is a scenario that can be likened to repeatedly consuming the same kind of food—in large amounts—every single day.  Eventually, the consumer would reach a saturation point and start to dislike or even become appalled at the sight of the food.

Happy Anniversary!

To everyone at Baby Magazine, just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, happy 14th anniversary!