Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Positive Discipline Workshop

I didn't want to be permissive, but yet I didn't want to be a military person. I want my children to follow  because they want to, not because they are afraid. Where to start? 

Then I remembered I first encountered the word Positive Discipline upon reading about Montessori teaching.

What is Positive Discipline? “Positive Discipline is not about punishment or control. Rather it is about instructing, educating, preparing, training, regulating, skill building, and focusing on solutions.”
Excerpt From: Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., Lynn Lott, M.A., M.F.T., and H. Stephen Glenn. “Positive Discipline A–Z.” Crown, 2007. iBooks. 

It was further discussed by Jane Nelsen in her book. Here are some free downloads, to get a better understanding, read the book.

I attended a workshop the covered the basics of it for toddlers and preschoolers.

The workbook is a perfect way to discuss with a co-parent at home.

The tool cards, which can be bought as an app (since the cards are not available locally) is a summary key points and the blog also follows some examples as discussed per card. You may read one card per week.

I share this information to inspire parents. and when you are loosing your cool, try a tip or two from this book. It has saved my sanity for quite some time! :)

Now reading: Positive Discipline A-Z and Positive Discipline for Preschoolers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Home Cooking #3 Maki

I am still doing recipes from this book, adding a bit of my own.

Book: The Sexy Chef Cookbook

I prepared a maki before, but it takes me more time to prepare. Also, I always have leftover rice since I am only preparing for 3-4 persons. 

Cutting out some of the rice in our meals, here is an alternate to your heavy appetizers. Check out the book for more details.

Appetizers or Snacks: California Pinwheel Maki

Smoked Salmon Maki

It is so easy to prepare, even my husband stepped in to take over!

Happy eating everyone!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday Wash Day

Turning chores into fun learning day.
One thing I love about toddlers and preschoolers is that they love to help.

1. Color Sorting
Whites, reds, black

2. Develop Patience
Don't let your child play with the knobs, designate a task for them. Teach them the order of things.
Make a photo chart for younger kids.

3. Follow instructions
We follow a step by step procedure, use the same routine when washing.
I plug the water and power supply, put soap.
Little daughter puts in the clothes, wait and watch while I set it up.
She presses play and brings out laundry.
Excited to press the button
4. Clean up
Make it a habit to clean up after.
Volunteer cleaner, meticulously wiping it dry
5. Balance 
 Hook and hang on the clothesline

6.  Word of the day- Steam
Time to iron. My daughter helped refill the water and watched from a distance.

Set limits. Instead of telling them don't, teach them how to and let them learn the practical life.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Home Cooking #2 Potato Soup

I have bought cookbooks, but they are mostly on my shelf untouched. This however has me trying one page after the other.

Book: The Sexy Chef Cookbook

I usually buy canned soup then add veggies on it. Yes I know it has msg and loads of salt. Now I'm doing a proper and healthier option, replacing whatever's missing in my pantry.

Soup: Creamy Potato Soup with Broccoli
I used broccoli instead of asparagus because it is unavailable at that time.

Main Dish: Japanese Fried Cauliflower Rice
In this dish I tried to make a bigger serving, underestimating my cauliflower quantity, I added rice to my supposed no rice meal. Wait for the second run of this dish.

Happy healthy eating everyone!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Eric Carle's Doodle#1 Red

We love Eric Carl's artwork, doing some expansions on his work.

All about Red
In this sheet- what else is red?
You may introduce  colors thru songs then do some more activities.

Strengthen the hand and improve coloring skills

Identify and match

Finding red in the room
Drawing the object (for older kids)

Happy doodling everyone.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Home Cooking #1 Stuffed Tomatoes & Seafood Thermidor

Moms with two kids and without help means a challenge to fit all the time to do things.
Complicated recipes are not an option for me, but I need to include healthy cooking in our diet.

Local recipe book is the best way to start since all the ingredients are readily available. 

Book: The Sexy Chef Cookbook

It is Holy Week. Fasting or abstaining from meat is a common practice for Catholics. 
Here are our choice for the seafood recipe.

Appetizer: Stuffed Tomatoes

Smoked Fish or Tinapa mixed with cream sauce
loved the taste of tinapa on tomatoes

Main Dish: Seafood Thermidor

Shrimp, Cream Dory, Squid and Carrots
need to add mushroom green peas and corn,
most market are closed so we have to make do with what's available

I am trying out new recipes to explore my daughter's palate and to improve her eating preferences.
Wish me luck and Bon Appetit!