#makeITsafePH My Top 5 Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age

I’m a mom of two beautiful girl—Bella, 7 and Cheska, 3—and I initially wanted to talk about how they don’t have their own smartphones (unlike most, if not all of their agemates and schoolmates) and yet manage to stay okay and happy. I didn’t however want to portray myself as that goody-two-shoes mom who’s all perfect and nice and knows exactly what to do every time.

Even in today’s world where new parents are utterly more confused as their parents and grandparents were when they reached that big milestone of a lifetime known as parenthood.Instead, I’ll be sharing my favorite tips on parenting in this age where kids find it an unforgivable sin when parents don’t give them the latest in smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices that turn them into zombies of the twenty-first century.

Globe Telecom takes it upon itself to ensure that the society as a whole remains safe from numerous threats facing everyone using the internet. This concern gave birth to the #makeITsafePH campaign under its CyberPinoy cyber wellness program. The program aims to to educate consumers on the proper online etiquette and make them aware of the increasing statistics on online threats and how they can stay away from becoming a source of such deplorable behavior or avoid becoming a victim.
If you’re reading this and find it interesting, it may be because one or two of your kids belong to the iGen or Gen Z or the Post-Millennial generation, which includes the little humans between ages 6 and 23. Not only is this generation the most diverse in the history of mankind, they are the most smartphone-addicted and digitally connected generation.

The Post-Millennial generation will have no memories of the pre-Internet times as they were born after 1995, which marked the commercialization of the Internet. They have most likely entered or will reach adolescence in the Smartphone Age. And as parents to these vulnerable little versions of us, the modern times and all the high-tech changes that come with it obviously have us facing a long list of parenting challenges. And I am happy to share my own little black book of tips on how to go about the parenting maze in today’s world that we call digital.

  1. Delay introduction of social media and smartphones to your kids for as long as you possibly can. My 8-year old daughter still has no Facebook account.  I told her that I only have FB because of my work (I work as an eCommerce VA and Socia Media Specialist) and that I can’t find a need for them to have it. Until now she hasn’t asked my permission to have one yet. But she loves to read and write so I gave her permission to create and maintain a blog site and that’s it. And as a rule in the house, they will only get their own smartphone when they are old enough to be able to afford buying one for themselves. I have not heard them complain about it.
  2. Wi-Fi, like TV use, is for Fridays and Saturdays only. I bought the kids one tablet that they have to share during weekends and weekends only. The girls are fond of reading, they use the tablet only to read their favorite e-books or watch the latest episodes of their Japanese anime series. The two of them love to read and are more excited getting additions to their mini library than reaching new levels on the latest video games or watching what's latest from their favorite YouTube stars.
  3.  Take parenting on a very personal level. Because the kids don’t have smartphones, we actually get to talk to each other a lot. We eat meals together and talk at the table. I help them with their take-home assignments and talk about how their day was in school. We hear mass every Sunday and we talk about their plans for the new week. We love movie marathons and talk about our favorite movie characters. I tuck them in bed at night and we pray together. We hug and kiss and say “I love you” to each other a lot in the house. We don’t text or do video calls or send messages with those cute emojis or funny effects on Messenger or Viber or WhatsApp.
  4. Teach and show them the real essence of life and living. This one shouldn’t be so hard if we ourselves actually know how it’s done. Teach your kids that they are beautiful and perfect and special and no less human than those who have the latest digital gadgets or have the cutest profile pics in their social media accounts. Let them understand the value of integrity, honesty, dignity, respect, and empathy so they may learn to love themselves as they are and be contented and happy with what they have.
  5. Make time for your kids. Actually make time for them no matter how much work consumes most of your wakeful hours. A few minutes of talking to them and understanding their feelings every single day makes a lot of difference in their lives. Of course, show them that you yourself are not addicted to your mobile phones or are always on Facebook worrying about your next coolest status update. Show them that we do not need any approval from any social media or online platform to define ourselves. That what we are or what we become should not be dictated by anybody or anything for that matter. Our attitude, character, relationships, values, and principles do. So they better be founded on the right and proper ones.

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Mom's Day Out : A Treat To Moms by Sun Life Financial

Motherhood is a gift and I consider it as my life's greatest blessing. The day I found out I first got a positive pregnancy test was such a joyous day for me. It's a lifelong career where resignation is not an option and vacation leave is a rare opportunity, so little pauses once in a while is more convenient. Being a mom, a wife and a career woman can be very challenging at times and a little pause is all I need to regain the strength and inspiration I need to keep going. By pause, I mean taking time away from the kids for a while and giving myself the most needed care. ☺

It has been a while since I went out and indulged myself to some pampering and "me time", so Sun Life's Mom's Day Out event is really a perfect opportunity for me to go out and enjoy an afternoon of pampering and learn about financial freedom as well as creating a balance as a mom. It was truly an event designed for moms to feel relaxed, pampered, and learn more about parenting, money management and a lot more.

Enjoying back massage by Elysia Wellness Spa
How lucky can I get? I won a gift voucher from Elysia Wellness Spa! It's an hour of pampering again!

Ms. Michelle Alignay, an author and Family Life Specialist shared about  The Balanced Motherhood. She also talked about how we, as mothers, should give value to ourselves and prioritize on giving the self-care that we need. By doing so, we are also caring for the welfare of our family particularly of our children. If we are reinvigorated and our strength is renewed, we also have the new energy to share quality time and do the much need work for our family. According to Ms. Alignay, the goal of self-care is to live a balanced life. And a well-balanced mom has more to give.

Ms. Mylene Almonte, Sun Life Mindanao's cluster head talked about the rising cost of college education and how we can prepare for it. Her talk excites me and it was very timely because I've been looking for an investment vehicle I can use to prepare for the college education of my daughters. While Bella is still 6 years old and Cheska is 2, I think the best time to invest for their college education in NOW.

Ms. Almonte introduces My Future Fund, an investment vehicle that can help parents prepare for the future of their children. MFF can also be paired with a variable life insurance that suits the family's budget. I believe it is wise to utilize My Future Fund because it is an investment that beats inflation. I can’t wait to discuss this with my husband. ☺

It was indeed an awesome afternoon as I get to see my blogging mommy friends and learned so much from the speakers on top of feeling relaxed and refreshed!

Thank you, Sun Life for thinking of moms like us!

Here's an inspiring video from Sun Life Financial Philippines:

To know more about My Future Fund and other SunLife's products and services, please check out the links below:

Website: Sunlife Financial Philippines
Facebook Page : Sunlife Financial Philippines
Instagram: @sunlifeph
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DDI Celebrates Its First Founding Anniversary!

I've been blogging since the year 2010 as a way of fighting boredom during my first pregnancy. It was very challenging for me at first but I finally got the hang of it especially when I started following blogs and got to know the faces behind those blogs. Blog comment exchanges are very fun and I found genuine people and develop friendships with them as well,  as we all become more active in our blogs and social media accounts.

Today, I am just so happy and honored to be a part of the Davao Digital Influencers, Inc. I may not be as active as the other members of the group in attending events but I am one with them in achieving the organization's objective to Engage, Influence and Make A Difference. Established in July 30, 2016, the group is a composed of passionate bloggers, video bloggers and microbloggers organized to take full advantage of its members’ respective influence in creating positive impact in the community particularly in promoting Davao region.

DDI has encouraged me to be a better blogger and social media influencer where truth, accuracy, impartiality, fairness are given emphasis on every blog and social media post. I am also one proud member of DDI because it is not just another blogging group but it is also registered in Securities and Exchange Commission. The organization maybe considered new but it has already done and achieved so much on its first year.

As DDI celebrates its first founding anniversary, I would like to thank and congratulate our founding officers on their unceasing hard work and devotion in bringing the organization to where it is right now and for truly making a big difference on its first year. A job well done, guys! ;)

DDI would like to thank the following sponsors for their love and support:

Platinum: Smart Communications, Inc., AirAsia, FWD Life Philippines
Gold: PLDT Home
Silver: Jolly Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Bronze: Abreeza Ayala Mall
Benefactors: Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp., Cecil's Snack Inn & Restaurant, Seda Abreeza Hotel, Marco Polo Davao, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Davao, M Magazine.

Happy Anniversary, Team DDI!

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Chasing Wonders With Air Asia's New Summer Destinations for as Low as P788

On April 22, 2017, the World's Best Low Cost Carrier Air Asia, has launched  new routes from and to Davao, Cebu, Clark, Palawan (Puerto Princesa), and Boracay (Caticlan).

In celebration of its new domestic flights from Davao, Air Asia is offering promo fares from as low as Php 788, all-in available at www.airasia.com for booking today until April 30 and valid for travel between September 5, 2017 to February 8, 2018.

For you guys to be able to discover the new summer wonders of our country, I will be giving away three (3) Round Trip tickets for two from Davao to Caticlan (Boracay).

Please stay tuned for more updates on the mechanics of  this promotion. 

Kindly visit www.airasia.com for more information about the flight schedules.

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Outfit Ideas for Busy Moms

Whether it's at the office or a family gathering, it's important to dress your best. However, when you're a busy mom, and you may find it hard to devote lots of time to your outfit choices. Here's a list of chic outfit ideas that are also functional for busy mothers.

Easy yet classy career wear:
Numerous types of relaxed fit slacks are wrinkle and stain resistant. Additionally, you can find many tops that come with layering pieces such as twin sets and button-ups with built-in faux vests. These clothing options are easy to maintain and accessorized.

Comfy and cute at home styles: 
Yoga pants and other active wear have long been this a trusted mom stable due to being comfortable. And because of this fact many manufacturers have taken notice and now there are many sophisticated active wear styles. You can pair these separates with relaxed fit T-shirts for a look that's comfortable yet trendy.

Reach for a Bohemian Chic style when going out: 
Whether you're having drinks with the girls or having a night on the town with your husband it’s always best to reach for a style that’s effortlessly chic. Try a gorgeous floor-length maxi dress paired with understated jewelry and fashion flats. This style is a quick way for busy moms to be on trend without having to waste a tremendous amount of time getting ready.

Additional tips:
  •   When you find a style you love such as cropped pants or peasant tops tries getting the same       style in a number of different colors.
  •  Opt for an extensive makeup palette in place of multiple standalone makeup options this will  cut your morning routine in half.
  • Whenever possible, choose comfortable slip on shoes and keep your favorites in a designated location just in case you have to make a Mad Dash in the event that you're running late.

Who says you can't be stylish and practical at the same time? These amazing outfit choices aren't just stylish, they also accommodate the lifestyle of busy moms. You can find all of these outfit ideas and much more at express.com.

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