Raising Kids Who Speak Up: Why I Allow My Daughter to Answer Back

I’d like to think that I’ve done my job as a parent if my child grows up knowing what she wants, how to stand her ground, and when to speak her mind.

As a millennial parent, I come from a generation where children were often discouraged from speaking up. For example, when my mother gets mad at me, she would demand answers to her questions. When I give her one, she’d say, “Aba sasagot sagot ka pa?” Although this contradiction has become a running joke amongst friends nowadays, I admit that it made me keep things from my parents growing up out of fear of being scolded and reprimanded.

Now that I’m a parent myself, I make sure that our home is a safe space where my daughter can freely speak her mind, even if it’s against us. Here are my reasons.

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Philhealth, HMO, and Health Insurance: Do I Need to Have Them All?

Saving money for health emergencies is a good habit, but here in the Philippines, this good habit on its own might not be enough.

We’ve heard about the need for PhilHealth, HMO, and health insurance many times before. You have one or two of these, but you’re unsure whether the third one is a necessity.

So, let’s lay down the cards: do you really need to have them all? Let’s discuss.

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Baby’s Big One: Why the First Birthday Bash Matters (Even if Kids Won’t Remember) + Giveaway!

Under the canopy of warm colors and the elegance of tassel-accentuated native chandeliers, family, friends, and guests gathered in a huge hall dressed in Filipino-Mexican details for Hermosa Filipina’s first birthday.

In the years to come, she would not have any recollection of these well-thought of details nor of this grand celebration. However, her family, with her parents Mommy Maja and Daddy James at the helm, still chose to give her only the best they’ve got.

But why does the first birthday bash really matter?

Mommy Maja shares her reasons, and how her entire family, together with her team at Passion Cooks, curated a celebration that speaks volumes of milestones and miracles, family values, and love for sharing good food.

As a token of gratitude for Mosi’s First Birthday, Passion Cooks is giving away a set menu for a lucky reader to share with his/her loved ones. Check out the end of this post for the complete mechanics!

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When Your Kid Asks Tough Questions: A Parent’s Survival Guide

You’re in the middle of something totally normal – maybe folding laundry or making dinner – and your kid throws a question that feels like a pop quiz you didn’t study for.

Here’s the secret: these questions are actually golden opportunities to connect with your little ones on a deeper level, to teach them about the world, and to build their trust.

So, take a deep breath, channel your inner wisdom, and let’s tackle some of those tough questions together:

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