Please don’t get me wrong, I am not judging how the kids these days behave. This article will merely point out the things we do, in my opinion as a parent and as a teacher, that may hinder the way our children grow up the way we want them to. This will not try to compare one generation to the other in terms of which is better and will not indict “bad” parents and extol “good” ones.

Having said that, let me just write down my thoughts and those of some other adults I know when the topic “Kids these days” come up.

Kids these days need to look up and look around more. You don’t need statistics or testimonials to know that most of today’s young people have their heads down on the glaring and moving graphics of their electronic gadgets. Sometimes it makes us wonder if they know what is going on around them at all.

Kids these days are easily bored. Whether waiting for their turn at the doctor’s clinic, waiting for the food orders to arrive or waiting for the school service to come pick them up, they are bored. Parents see to it that they manage their time wisely by providing them with things that will entertain them: electronic gadgets.

Kids these days rely heavily and put emphasis on fast: Fast food and fast internet connection among others. Delayed gratification is something they need to learn because the truth is the truly good things in life are earned the long and hard way, with much patience and perseverance.

Kids these days are emotionally involved because of the technological advances including how fast and how graphically the news are delivered. Should children know in detail things that are happening elsewhere whereas they know nothing about what is happening in their own immediate environment? Should they be exposed to the violence happening around the world without understanding the impact of these things in their lives? Should we allow our children to read and watch things beyond their understanding?

Kids these days should learn how to form, think of and write their own opinions and not rely on what they read online. Everything is available in the internet. At the click of a button or a tap of a finger, they are able to copy and paste research work painstakingly done by others without reading and understanding the contents, oftentimes without acknowledging the author. There are a lot of cases too where they just copy and paste unverified work without checking other sources.

Kids these days want to work with computers. Nothing wrong with setting the mind to work using computers in the future. The question is, are there children who would want to work in the agricultural and fisheries sector, the human aspects of running a business, the face-to-face management or utilization of the hands and creativity in work-related tasks?

Kids these days feel empowered because they know they can get what they want easily. Parents feel they have to give the best to their children, beyond what they need. They do not want to see their children having less than their peers, as though this would make their children mediocre or deprived.

Kids these days feel entitled, that is, that that the world owes them what they want and when they want it. This sense of entitlement can prove to be a fatal disappointment when things don’t go the way the children expect. At this point, even when the children have grown to be adults, they will be having difficulties dealing with rejection, being denied the things they want to have and do because of the realization that they need to work hard and wait for the results.

Kids these days feel that they can handle all the challenges thrown at them because Mom and/or Dad are there for them at all times. We cannot always “clear the path” and face the adversities for the children to merrily make their way to their goals (which more often the parents have set and not the children themselves).

Kids these days are so dependent on the yaya to do simple tasks for them like getting them a drink of water, carrying their lunch boxes or even getting their clothes from the cabinet.

Parents should think about the long-term effects of their parenting style. Parents should guide the children to make their own decisions and choose what steps they should take to realize their dreams. Remember that you parents can’t be with them 24/7. There are a lot of life lessons and life-changing decisions that children have to make on their own in due time but if they know what to do and have been guided properly, then there is not much to fear. Parents should not be in competition with other parents or families because all children are unique in their own way.

How should we deal with the kids then?

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Posted by teacherjulie @ 7:48 pm
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Having gone through Encycligent’s DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test, I am recommending that parents as well as teachers and schools to consider the possibility of having their children go through with DMIT.

Here is a brief writeup about DMIT.

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Here are the reasons why parents should consider having their child(ren) undergo DMIT:

• Boost the child’s self-confidence by providing the appropriate activities. Knowing the child’s areas of strengths in the different aspects of multiple intelligences will increase the likelihood of him/her accomplishing the goals set. On the other hand, in the areas where the child has weaknesses, these skills can be given support to further develop in order to complement the areas of strength.

• The parenting style can be patterned according to the child’s learning style to be able to appropriately provide for his/her needs in learning new things, mastering old ones and acquiring new skills.

• The bond between the parents and the child is strengthened because the parents understand their child better than before the DMIT results were given.

• For the financial aspect, knowing the child’s innate intelligences will save the parents time, effort and money spent on activities that are not interesting or relevant to the child.

• The child experiences unique childhood experiences catered to the areas of multiple intelligences that need boost. The child is given the support to be able to do the things he can excel in and at the same time focus time and energy to tasks that he is not particularly good at.

For those individuals (or the non-parents) who want to know themselves better, the benefits of having DMIT are the following:

• Knowing the strengths or weaknesses in the different areas of Multiple Intelligences that they didn’t know they had all along.

• By knowing these strengths and weaknesses, people will reflect on their current living condition and see what passions and dreams that they have set aside that they can pursue and rekindle amidst the chaos of the daily grind.

• Self-development programs to further develop innate intelligences can help them boost their confidence and plan ahead to reach their goals and dreams.

• When they discover and understand their innate talents and abilities and further enhance these, fulfilling careers and better lives are not far behind.

• When they understand themselves better, they are able to not just improve themselves but improve on the different aspects of their lives: relationships, career, improve productivity, take better control of resources, efforts and time because these are not wasted on futile efforts.

• Work on a career where they can be satisfied, productive and happy because the potentials have been discovered, whether these are strong and needs a bit of support or where skills need more polishing to be able to maximize efficiency and performance.

We all have that need to have better abilities to develop ourselves better by being equipped with competencies that will help us reach our goals and dreams.

We all have that hidden passion that may need rekindling in order to live the life we have envisioned for ourselves.

We all have that need to have a career, not just a job, for us to find fulfillment, to celebrate successes that help us improve the lives of others, not just ourselves, and knowing we are on the right path is enough motivation to follow our dreams and goals.

Would you deny yourself that chance to be what you can be because you now know yourself better than before?

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I wrote about having DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test in this article. The article below shows the DMIT result and some discussion on how the DMIT has been an eye-opener not just for my daughter’s Multiple Intelligences but for mine as well.

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Being a mother (with that bonus training of being a [special education] teacher), it is my utmost hope that I, together with my husband’s support, am able to give to my children the best in terms of learning experiences, education and the proper way of parenting for them to be able to develop their full potential.

As I have previously written in this post, both my youngest daughter and I experienced going through DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test to determine primarily both our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the 16 different multiple intelligences.

After a few days, we got our results. One of the first things I remember being told was that my youngest daughter and I are alike in many ways “Nagmana siya sa iyo.

I made some notes in my small notebook based on the table below comparing our multiple intelligences results indicating where we are both

(1) predominant and advantageous intelligence
(2) has a potential to further mould or develop
(3) intelligences that need to be strengthened

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Below are some discussions done during the explanation of the results and some anecdotes I have reflected upon based on the findings:

Creation and Imagination:

The daughter and I were both surprised she (and I too) had Creation and Imagination as the intelligence where we are both “weak” and that this area of learning needs to be acquired and develop.

I reckon I am creative and imaginative enough because I have to be, I need to be, in my line of work, otherwise the children I teach won’t be able to sustain their attention with the tasks I give them, some for an hour while the others for two hours, depending on how many hours our learning schedule runs.

My fingerprint scan shows these skills need to be developed further and although I feel I have acquired enough creation and imagination skills to be able to come up with activities and experiences to answer the learning needs of the children under my tutelage. There are still however so many new learning experiences on creation and imagination to be explored not just for teaching my students and my children, but for me as well for me to further acquire and develop.

In the case of my daughter, in our opinion, she is quite a creative and imaginative child, making her own storybooks and characters even when she was only 5yo then. Thinking back on how she was able to process these creative works, it dawned on me that she does not always create her own design but would just improve on or work on design ideas she sees in books or in images.

Encouraging her to think of more novel ideas she herself has thought of for her to be able to work on should be a main goal for us. Who knows, she might even invent something that will make a lot of people happy.

Language Expression:

It was a surprise to note that the daughter’s Language Expression is a predominant trait knowing that she at times pauses mid-sentence to think and be able to say the right words she needed to say. Those pauses sometimes make those she is conversing with impatient for her to say the right word. There are however instances when she “hits the right spot” like the other night when she said to me, “Nay, R-13 ang movie” and true enough, she wasn’t able to go with us to that particular movie. We would have cancelled watching if not for my son and his friends who saw our dilemma and the friendly movie usher who looked for a vacant seat for her at the cinema beside us. She was able to watch her movie of choice with her brother and his friends (with a chaperone mom).

Activities and experiences to enhance this strength of her should be encouraged for my daughter to be able to develop this part of her multiple intelligences which would help her be able to express herself in less words than necessary to get her message across.

As for me, I have always been labelled as “frank” because there are times when I don’t mince words to be able to say what needs to be said.

Music Appreciation:

For Music Appreciation, we both got the result of “has a potential to further mould or develop”.
As a child I went through a few years of piano lessons, first with a family friend and the other was with a religious teacher from our school. We even did a few recitals and I remember playing Romeo and Juliet’s “A Time for Us” as one of the piano musical piece I played before my schoolmates and our parents. I played the xylophone for 6 years in the school marching band. These “musical talents” of mine were not further developed because I got busy with other extra-curricular activities in school.

For my daughter, she was able to play the recorder back during our homeschooling days when she was around 4yo. We would scour videos or she herself would look for “how to play the flute” or “flute tutorial” videos and learn from these. For the past two years or so, she has shifted to guitar playing, using the same method she learned while playing the flute. On both counts, she taught herself how to play both instruments without having formal lessons. On both counts, we have encouraged her to develop this musical skill.

This musical talent of hers has been enhanced in school during specific music lessons on guitar. She has also performed in front of an audience in school. If developed further, I know she can do even more with this particular talent of hers.

Kinesthetic Intelligence
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For my daughter’s Kinesthetic Intelligence, it was deduced from the result that when she was younger, she had better than average fine-motor skills, which was true. I could probably not remember the things that make that true but I do remember that tapes, pencils, paints, papers, crayons and scissors are things that she loves to use, then and now. She is never without anything to do, playing the guitar, doing artwork, making digital artwork or making a parkour park for her Tech Deck toys using cereal boxes and several rolls of tapes. It was also explained that nowadays she is more into gross-motor activities and if I may say so, that is correct because since last year, she has been training with the school’s elementary basketball team.

As for me, the result shows I am not the type to run long distances. Till two years ago, I used to join (3k and 5k) runs whenever possible, do nature walks during out of town trips or have morning walks in the neighbourhood during mornings. Because of schedule conflicts, I have stopped though still has plans to begin again. I like walking and in fact, I walk faster than other people. Perhaps this is a challenge for me to get up more and be involved in activities that will help me get fit as I add up the age and the pounds.

At the same time, this particular intelligence has my fine-motor skills finely tuned. I love doing crafts like scrapbooking and paper crafts so I might as well develop these crafting skills further not just to fill idle time but to enhance my creation and imagination as well.

Career Planning recommendations:

The results for the DMIT also has career planning recommendations which is good to use for when it’s my youngest daughter‘s turn to choose a degree for college that will further motivate and enhance whatever skills and talents she has for her to be able to develop her full potential.

My thoughts on DMIT:

DMIT is a good tool to use to see how the multiple intelligences guide us parents play a role in helping our children develop their potentials by focusing on the both the predominant and not-so-predominant intelligences.

The results made me more aware on how to deal with my youngest daughter’s learning style, strengths and weaknesses.

It also made me check on our parenting style with her if the values we give importance to are also the values she must learn to be able for her to be the best she can be.

The results also showed that she needs more hugs and kisses as motivation and rewards than material things that can be purchased.

For parents who are unsure of how to deal with their children’s learning styles due to various reasons, this is a good evaluation of their child’s multiple intelligences. DMIT will be a big help for parents to help their children find their own “place under the sun”.

For career persons as well as couples, this is also a god tool to further develop the self and the relationship to live better lives.

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For information on Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligent Test, contact Encycligent Marketing Services

Website: http://www.encycligent.com

Landline: (+632) 579-1170 or 775-7072

Mobile: +639178699418 +639189799224

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Posted by julie @ 10:45 am
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One of the things that was done when my parents had the home renovation was to have new cabinets in the kitchen. Some of the inspiration for the design were from ovisonline.com

I am happy that there are sites like these where we can browse online the things we need, without leaving the comforts of our home. Order what we need and even track the shipping of the products ordered because we just need to know due to excitement at receiving the goods.

I wish local manufacturers will follow suit. And may I suggest supermarkets to do the same too, allow their customers to order online and have these groceries delivered at home.

Posted by julie @ 4:12 pm
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Summer vacation is drawing to a close. My two younger children have less than two weeks before they go to school while my eldest still has a month and a half before she goes back to college.

Summer vacation for me is a time I get respite from waking up at 4:30am to prepare packed food for the children (and the hubby as well) to bring with them.

What have you done during the summer vacation? Over seas trip? Trip to the beaches and beautiful places in the country/ Summer lessons for the children?

Was summer an eventful season for you and your family? Was it a boring vacation?

Roadtrip

Were you able to make new memories to cherish in the years to come?

Were the days too short because you had so many things you wanted to do or were the days too long because these are mostly boring?

Are you starting to make new plans to make next year’s summer more exciting?

Posted by julie @ 2:31 pm
Shelved under Just For Fun, My Family

My daughters attended summer cooking lessons at The Maya Kitchen.

It was a fun experience for them to learn basic cooking lessons and meet new friends.

A Trip to the Middle East meal

For the older daughter, she learned a variety of food preparation consisting of rice, beef kebabs, churros and caramel/coffee flan for the theme: A Trip to the Middle East.

Some of what they cooked has recipes posted here in my food blog.

Buttered Yellow Rice and Beef and Vegetable kebabs

Photos were also posted in an Instagram account.

Cake Factory Baking Lessons

Vanilla Cupcakes

For the younger daughter, she had Cake Factory small cakes baking lessons where the children learned to do mango cake with graham crackers, vanilla cupcakes, banana loaf and chocolate frosting.

Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting

The Vanilla Cupcake recipe can be read here in the food blog.

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