Thursday, February 21, 2013

Parenting Blog Award: The Positive Parental Participation Blog Award

The Positive Parental
Participation Blog Award

Ages ago (yes, that's exaggeration), lovely Vivian has tagged me with this parenting award she herself has started.  I've had been given some blogging awards but this one is yet to be the most important and most appreciated one for me.  Vivian has started this award to give recognition to bloggers who, she believes exemplifies the tenants of Positive Parental Participation (words borrowed from her).
See, being a parent is for me, above any other role that I have right now.  I am really dedicated (sometimes obsessed) to be not just a good parent to our daughter but also one that is gentle and one that provides positive participation.  I deeply believe on positive and gentle disciplining and being really there, present and fully participating with her, whenever given the opportunity.
Of course, there's always a struggle.  At the time that Vivian has told me she got this award for me, I was in that moment when I was feeling insufficient as a parent, as a mom.  We were in that phase that meltdowns and tantrums and less sleep is very common at home and so I'd often find myself always on the edge and snapping every minute.

So when Vivian told me about the award, it nearly broke me into tears. It was just so timely.  I felt guilty at first as I thought I didn't deserve this but then I took it as a challenge... a gentle reminder of what I have told myself the kind of parent I want to be.

Again, I'd like to really thank Vivian for thinkking of me!  You always continue to serve as an inspiration to me.

I've been meaning to write about this post but couldn't find time as usual. But finally, I was able to do it :) and of course I'm going to pass this award along to other parents who I believe exemplifies the tenants of Positive Parental Participation.

Please feel free visit Vivan's article about it.  You can also continue to browse her other articles as you will surely pick a lot of things about activities, picture books and other things you can share with your children to have some quality bonding for positive parental participation :)

In reality, I have a very long list of bloggers to pass this award but I will start off with a short list as otherwise, I'd be making the longest blog entry of my life  :)  I do know that these wonderful bloggers below will be passing this award to other deserving mom/dad bloggers.

1. Kristeta of Kalokang Pinay sa Ukay -  She's one sweet mama and girl friend.  We haven't met in person but I do feel like I've known her personally for a long time now.  We do have so much in common in terms of parenting views and life situation in general.  I can almost see myself in her as a mother for her cute Jace... not to mention that Jace is also very similar to our Little Spanish Pinay. Jace is one lucky little fellow for having this uber sweet-thoughtful-baking-goddess mom.  It's always a pleasure to viber with her :)

2. Em of Akira and Everything Nice - She's my idol in breastfeeding. More than 3yrs now and still breastfeeding! If that is not one of the tenants of positive parental participation, then I don't know what it is :)  It always make me smile when she talks about her lovely daughter as it would always picture how she adores her and that she's all for her. 

3. Annmarie of Mom to 8 Blog - She's a mom to 8 children! All raised so well.  She has such a positive and simple outlook in life that is simply an inspiration to me.  Her entries are most of the time short, funny and full of good insight.  It's always a pleasure to read her articles.  My favorites are about her conversations with her children!

4.  Mamas TodoTerreno - Behind this blog are two equally dashing mamas, Rebecca and Ava. This is one of the few blogs in spanish that I regularly check and read.  I love how they both create a positive and loving environment for their children.  I love the activities and the crafts they both do with their children. Many times, I'd steal their ideas ;-)

5. Madi of Entre Apuntes y Pañales - Another one of the few spanish blogs I read. What can I say, this young and dedicated mom is all giving.  She has a toddler just like me and I can always relate with her experiences on the terrible two phase.  I love the way she handles this difficult situation gently.  And now that she has been gifted with another adorable baby girl, I really don't know how she's doing all what she's doing now.  She's doing it so wonderfully... a total pro ;-)  Oh, let's not forget that she's a babywearer!

6.  Faye of Fighting For Maia and Turning Dreams to Reality - I have just recently met this mom through her blogs and I was already captured by her story.  As she puts it: I am alive because I became a mom. And for that I will fight to live so Maia can have a mother.  Those are such beautiful words.  She's a survivor, a doting mama who would overcome anything and everything for her little one... even cancer.

 7. Pepper of Days In aWagon - This artsy mom is also a heartsy.  Her gentleness and love for her little A is pasted all over her blog.  Her little family is adorable and her positive parenting participation is evident with how her little A is growing to be a really nice, sweet and well rounded little girl.  They have such a sweet, sweet bond and I'm looking forward to having the same kind of bond with my own daughter as she grows.

I could add more on this list but I'll keep it short and let the award roll from one mom/dad to another.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Surefire Cold Remedy - All Natural!

 
Ever since the cold weather started, colds and cough has been in and out of our household.  We have tried a lot of natural remedies both homemade and over-the-counter type as we really want to avoid taking medicines as much as we can.  While some would give good results, the effects are nothing really dramatic nor consistent... except for one. 
 
And that is the reason why I decided to wake up my sleeping blog. 
 
I'd like to share this to mommas out there because it has been really effective for all of us. I KNOW how hard it is to take care of a sniffling and coughing toddler especially at night, so here is something for all you mommas (and everyone else) out there hoping that it may help you as well.
 
This natural remedy has helped the Little Spanish Pinay combat cough, colds and even throat infections.  Ever since we started giving this to her, around January, she has never fallen to serious illness relating to cold weather (and viruses as such).  Never missed daycare as well and has a better fighting chance against falling sick.
 
The best part is that this is all natural and thus, no side-effect nor limit as to when and how much to take.  Ok, maybe one side-effect could be stomach acidity.  This is almost undiluted lemon juice so just make sure stomach is not empty when this is taken.
 
Ok, without further ado, here's the recipe.  Special thanks to hubby by the way, because he was the one who was able to find this recipe somewhere in the internet. Unfortunately, we can't find the link anymore to give due credit.  I will definitely update this entry if we finally get to find the source.
 
 
Ingredients:
     half of a medium sized onion - chopped
     a small piece of ginger - grated
     2 lemons - squeezed (we need the juice only)
     honey - as pleased
 
Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in one recipient and let them sit for a minimum of 10 minutes.  This will let the onion "sweat" and release its powerful substance.

2. Strain the mixture so it is left with the syrup part.

3. Store the syrup in an airtight container.  It is also best to store this in the refrigerator.  Take it out from the refrigerator a few minutes before giving it to your child just so it won't be too cold.
 
My husband tells me that the syrup is best taken within 2 days.  After that, it loses its power or effectiveness.  It does make sense because vitamin C content of lemon or orange drops or "evaporate" when it comes into contact with air.  Then again, storing it in the refrigerator can slow this down and besides, this powerful syrup does not only count on vitamin C for combatting cold and cough but a lot other medicinal substance.
 
And since the recipe above results to a good amount of liquid, it is most probable that there will be a lot of left-over even after two days, and this mami just don't throw away good stuff.
 
So I continue to give the syrup to her as long as it is hasn't perished... I tell you it can last up a to a week in the fridge.
 
Some more notes:
 You can add as much honey as you like.  This reduces the acidity of the lemon so it helps the syrup to taste a little better.  It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so it's all good.

 Onion is all wonderful.  I adore onion because of its so many medicinal qualities.  It really helps the relieve cough and fight bacteria, fungi and anything that is eww.
 
 Ginger  is another oh so marvelous herb on earth.  In the Philippines, it is popular for treating throat problems.  Singers are known to take hot ginger tea or "salabat" because it is said that this tea "sweetens and smoothens" one's voice.  So, you want to sing like Barbara Streisand? Then you know what to do ;-)
 
Lemon is the mega source of Vitamin C and is so good with throat infection as well as it is also has anti bacterial properties.

Given all these facts, I tell you that this WORKS. 
 
Now, the challenge is for you to get your child to drink this as it has quite a strong taste. I normally administer it to the little one using a teaspoon or syringe.  It would take me a lot of persuading but she drinks it.  Over the time, I have learned an important trick on making her drink her medicine too.  Key note? Do not lie and do not sugarcoat.
 
I'll talk about this trick next time.
 
For now, ta-tah!
 
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