Posted by teacherjulie @ 10:47 am

YOU CAN DO IT! #weeklywordinspiration
Sometimes, it is how we say words that can make or break someone’s spirit, especially those who we hold close and dear to our hearts.

YOU CAN DO IT (KAYA MO YAN!) portrays confidence and assurance that you believe in your heart that the other person has it in her to conquer the hurdles and challenges she is facing.

CAN YOU DO IT? (KAYA MO BA?) conveys doubts, uncertainty and a feeling that one is lacking in the ability to do what must be done and accomplished.

To our dearest daughter, Trixie, we know deep in our hearts that YOU CAN DO IT! We pray for God to bestow you the wisdom, guidance and clarity of thoughts, some of the qualities that you need to be able to face one of the biggest challenges in your life. You have been diligent, dedicated, hardworking and persevering in achieving the goals you have set. God has wonderful plans for you and we, your family, is here to support, cheer on you and pray for you. We ?? you!

What are your words of encouragement to your loved ones? Please share!

Posted by julie @ 11:32 pm

I hope you understand that the words of wisdom I imparted to you are for your own good. I speak from experience and as much as I want you to learn from these, it is my desire to have you learn lessons with less hurt and pain.

I hope you understand that as a mom, almost every thought I have when I am awake and even in my sleep centers on you, my children. This is because I only want the best for you, I have you not just in my thoughts but in my fervent prayers that you are in God’s good graces and always feeling safe and secure.

I hope you understand that even if I fuss too much, I worry too much and I expect more from you, it is not because you are my children, but because you have the capability to think well and think wise. I may nag a bit too much but it is for your own good (and my sanity!) that we are all learning how to make things work well in a concerted effort and through collaborations and being  open to each other.

I hope you understand that there are times when the going gets rough, the tough just wants to make everything work out right for all of us. It may be just frustration that rears its ugly head at the heat of the moment but please, if we both exert effort to run a well-oiled routine, then we both know what to expect and what to do. If not, let these diversions from routine help make us adapt to changes easily.

I hope you understand that everything you and I are doing is for your own good because no parent wants his/her children to go down the path that will bring them a lot of disappointments and heartaches. There may be sacrifices and rough patches along the way but understand that life and its lessons are learned through a process that has its ups and downs.

I hope you understand that I love you and that everything I do for you is what I think is best for you. You may not appreciate all these things now but in time, you will. I know it not because I know I am right but because I once was like you, defying borders, trying to see how I can change circumstances the way I see fit and trying to do everything that I think I can do all at the same time. I have gone through disappointments and failures but because my own parents instilled in me values to help me be strong and wise, I can say I am exactly where I thought myself to be.

Remember this, life lessons may be tough and difficult but because we have both learned to adjust, to cope and to think wisely, you may very well become that person you envision yourself to be, on your merit, with us cheering you on at the sidelines.

I hope you understand. I know you do and for that, thank you for understanding.

Taking endless photos and videos are the things people do to record, remember and share baby milestones with family and friends. Photos and videos show babies’ developmental new tricks and other developmental progress.

People with social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram usually see these baby photos and videos posted by relatives and friends. Of course, there’s no denying that we love “oohing” and “aahing” these photos of the little ones.

On the other hand, there are times when it feels like there is over sharing and too much “exposure” for the baby. This is called “sharenting”.

If you parents, however, feel that you need to share these photos and videos on your Social Media accounts, there is no stopping you.

Here are guidelines which may help you ensure you do not endanger the baby’s safety and privacy from exposure to social media:

1. Tinker with the privacy settings of the Social Media accounts to make sure photos are not shared indiscriminately.
2. Turn off geotagged photos which show locations.
3. Only share with people you really know.
4. Ask yourself if you want people you do not really know see the photos you are sharing.
5. Ask yourself if you are willing to take that risk to have your baby’s photos used in other sites without your knowledge and permission.
6. If still you want to share, put watermark on the photo or least blur the baby’s face a bit.
We should value our privacy now more than ever especially since social media accounts are vulnerable to having its contents used by people of bad intent. This has happened and is happening. At this very moment, who knows that photos of your little ones have already been posted elsewhere?

Read more on Sharenting.

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