Friday, August 12, 2011

The nanny diaries

Nannies, or Yayas as we call them, have almost been a staple sight in Filipino households. With both parents having to work, many of them choose to hire a yaya to care for their children. Even some stay-at-home moms find that the assistance of a yaya as something very helpful, especially to childcare.

Letting a stranger take care of your child can be very scary. Which is why parents have to be very careful when they hire a yaya, and when they let the yaya take care of the child alone.

What parents have to remember is that even if they hire a yaya, they should not forget traditional childcare practices. In today’s society where both parents have to work, they still should be hands-on with how they take care of their kids. The best presence and influence for children after all, is and will always be their

Although it might be tough and consuming, having an active hand in your kids’ formative years is very important. Seeing their growth for yourself is priceless, and that ability to shape their future is something that only parents have.

The natural choices are often the best choices in life. They are more cost-efficient, they are better especially in the long run. While it is commonplace to have an extra hand with a yaya in today’s society, it should be remembered that nothing can replace the active hand of parents in the growth of their children.

Monday, August 1, 2011

On the games they play

Ask a kid nowadays about “Tumbang preso,” “piko,” or “hipo taya” and he might react with a blank face. Ask him about “FarmVille”, “Pet Society” or “DoTA” and he might give you an excited look, and he might even explain to you what these three are. Chances are, kids nowadays no longer now these classic outdoor
games – they’ve spent more time playing online, or with their computers and gadgets, more than playing with actual kids.

It is a sad fact that kids nowadays are growing up without ever playing these outdoor games. While it is not bad to let them play computer games, there are skills and experiences that only these physical games can teach kids.

While computer games may have social components in which gamers may interact with each other, there’s nothing like old school playing that develop social skills – kids get to meet other kids, play with them, and learn how to get along with them, without having to throw expletives around everytime they lose a match.

Children also get roughed up physically – some of them get bruises with these games, but it teaches them about themselves and their physique. These are their limits, and this is how to deal with them.

Letting children play outside a great option to teach kids lessons about life and being human. These natural choices should be prioritized as they the better choices – especially in the long run.