Seven Awesome Ways to Empower Young Girls

For 20 years, The Powerpuff Girls have been on a mission to prove that girls rule. Now Cartoon Network is launching #Empowerpuff in the Philippines, an initiative that hopes to make a difference in the life of every Pinay.

Through #Empowerpuff, Cartoon Network will premiere a series of on-ground activities, local partnerships as well as online content to inspire Pinays to build their very own ‘ka-pow’ legacy and transform their communities. But before it officially kicks off, you can empower other young ladies in your community with these easy steps:

Encourage them to express their creativity

Creativity is meant to be expressed because it is a gift that is ever evolving. If you know someone who has a talent in creating things or making beautiful drawings, encourage them to hone their craft!

Say no to bullying!

Whether online or offline, bullying should not be tolerated. Lift each other up by saying good things that will help them become more driven and motivated.

 Always be ready to help out 

Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup may have their differences and fights, but they’re always there for their sisters. Whether with a big or small gesture, support goes a long way when it comes to empowering others. Watch out for the #Empowerpuff themed shirts by Merch By, so you can empower other girls one shirt at a time!

Spark up conversations

Another way to empower one another is to encourage conversation. Let your gal-pals know that they are remembered by perking up your group chats and sending them cool #Empowerpuff-themed Viber stickers starting this September 19.

Ride on to adventure

To empower others, you need to believe in yourself too. By stepping out of your comfort zone, going on adventures and meeting other people, you gain experiences that can make an impact on others. Visit different places and take advantage of every opportunity.

Teach each other things

Sharing is caring and it doesn’t only apply to material things like your baon.Talent, skills and knowledge are also valuable things that you can share and teach others. You never know; they might be encouraged to pay it forward.

Mingle with others

Empowered women never limit themselves. They go out of their comfort zone and mingle with others with whom they share the same passion. Events like It’s A Girl Thing (IAGT) are designed to empower girls and celebrate uniqueness. And, as Cartoon Network partners with IAGT on November 10, girls like you are surely going to have fun as you meet your fave women who wowed the world!

In addition to international personalities like the Merrel twins, there will also be guest appearances from local celebrity trailblazers like Anne Curtis, Yassi Pressman, Karylle, Jessy Mendiola and Megan Young.

Be empowered with #Empowerpuff! Stay tuned as Cartoon Network has a lot of surprises, cool prizes, and activities in store for you! For more information about #Empowerpuff and other Cartoon Network-related news and updates, log on towww.cartoonnetworkasia.comor followFacebook.com/CartoonNetworkAsia.

5 Ways to Teach Kids the Value of Saving

In this day and age when shopping is at one’s fingertips, it’s easy to lose control and end up with an ugly spending habit and a huge debt hole that can wipe out hard-earned savings. It becomes vital now more than ever that children are taught important money lessons so they can navigate through the lures of consumerism and make wise financial decisions later in life.

Here are five ways you can teach children how to have good fiscal habits:

  1. Highlight the importance of waiting

That princess dress that your kid badly wants may be cute on her, but don’t give in too easily. Instead, explain to your child that it costs money to be able to have it, and that she can use her hard-earned allowance to pay for it. Also, talk your child into waiting until tomorrow so she can make a more sensible financial decision. Emphasize the need to save now so you can spend later, like for a family trip or music lessons. This gives you an opportunity to impart lessons on impulse buying and instant gratification.

  1. Use a clear money jar to save

Children tend to be visual so they’d get the idea of money multiplying better if they see clearly what they put inside. While piggy banks will still get the message across, clear money jars are far more effective. You can have three jars—one labeled “spending” for small purchases like sweet treats, one for “saving” and one for “giving” or charity.

  1. Open a bank account

This is where all the cash from the savings money jar goes. Let your children join you when you open a bank account and deposit what they saved from the money jar. Or, if this is too tedious, as it often is, open a digital savings account instead. Mobile wallet GCash has a feature called GSave, which allows you to open and maintain a bank account with CIMB (a top international bank) straight from the GCash app. This is a simpler alternative that offers interest rate at 3% annually, much higher than in traditional banks. It also doesn’t require a minimum initial deposit to open an account or a maintaining balance to start growing your savings. Kids now are more tech-savvy than ever, so introducing them to the concept of mobile wallets and digital savings early on may be easier than you think. This will also set the tone for their financial skills and jumpstart the habit of saving larger amounts of money. 

  1. Give commissions or allowances for chores

To clearly illustrate that money is earned and doesn’t grow on trees, give allowances or commissions for household chores accomplished. This will also teach children early on the value of hard work and spending wisely. But it’s important to note that such pays should be modest, not extravagant—just enough to incentivize children to perform their weekly duties. In this way, they also understand that basic chores require no payment and are part of family life.

  1. Set an example

Children are observant and they copy what adults do. To impart important financial lessons, model good spending habits which they will likely pick up when they grow older. The grocery store is a fertile ground for teaching the value of money. For instance, when making a purchase, compare prices and show them how they can save by buying the cheaper but quality products. Be prudent also when using the credit card as they might get the idea that there’s free unlimited money in there.

Mother Nurture lactation coffee and choco mixes officially launches in PH

I first encountered Mother Nurture in 2014, when I was still pregnant with my second son. Someone posted about it on a breastfeeding group on Facebook and I read some good feedback, so I promised myself to try it once I begin my exclusive breastfeeding journey.

Almost five years later, my son had already weaned himself from boob milk, but I would still recommend Mother Nurture to friends who are also into breastfeeding.

Mother Nurture is a locally made lactation mix born out of the love, care, and months of research and hardwork of a Filipina mom. It has coffee and chocolate variants, and contains seven all-natural ingredients that are known to be galactagogues or breastmilk production boosters.

Lan San Juan-Perez, the superwomom behind this wonderful product, recently shared some good news about her product.

After five years of online entrepreneurship, Mother Nurture is now officially launching its products with a seal of approval from the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration).

The Mother Nurture 7-in-1 Chocomix and Coffeemix are packed with galactagogues such as calcium lactate, malunggay powder, and ashitaba. It also has gotu kola, an herb that helps relieve mental fatigue and boost blood circulation. Both products also use Stevia as a sweetener, which is a healthy sugar substitute that helps in inslin secretion and is a known antioxidant.

These unique ingredients make Mother Nurture products not only safe for for pregnant and breastfeeding moms, but also for diabetics, hypertensive, and acidic individuals. Even kids can enjoy the Chocomix variant, while those who have dietary restrictions can try the Coffeemix as it is Halal certified.

“Breastmilk is the perfect food to give to a infant. It has all the necessary nutrients that they need for immunity and to protect them from common infections. Breastfed babies are shown to have higher IQ, language ability, visual-motor abilities, emotional, and intellectual developments. All these things can benefit children later in life,” says Lan.

Mother Nurture’s Coffeemix and Chocomix are both available in packs of eight 21-gram sachets for only P140.00.

To order, visit mothernurtureph.com.

You may also join the first-ever Mommy’s Day Out Facebook giveaway for a chance to win a special Mother Nurture gift pack.

9 Lessons to learn from the Bea-Gerald-Julia controversy

The internet is currently on fire with posts and reactions about the issue surrounding actors Bea Alonzo, Gerald Anderson, and Julia Barretto.

(If you’ve been living under a rock and need the full back story, check out PEP.ph for the most accurate and latest info.)

So here’s my take on the Bea-Gerald-Julia brouhaha: Whatever happened to being a decent human being?

Last I checked, we are human beings, not animals. Within our species, we have unwritten rules we all need to live by in order to keep this world from falling into chaos.

This love triangle story has released a lot of negativity, and by the looks of it, there’s still a long way to go before this reaches a happy ending for all involved.

But moving forward, I want to focus on the lessons that this issue can teach us.

Perhaps by listing some of them down, we can also be reminded that decency and respect do not only apply to celebrities whose lives have become public property, but also in our own lives and relationships.

Lessons

1. Learn to be content with what you have.

2. Not everything that glitters is gold. Resist temptations and always choose what’s right.

3. In a relationship, always respect your partner and the bond you share together. Honor your promise of love and loyalty at all times.

4. Do not do things that would make your partner question your love and loyalty.

5. If a problem arises in your relationship, fix it together with your partner. You may ask for guidance from people you know would know better, but never seek solace in the arms of another.

6. Open your eyes to your own faults, and listen well to your partner’s woes.

7. A relationship is not a contest between who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s a beautiful dance of forgiveness, understanding, compromise, and acceptance.

8. If you are no longer happy in your relationship, have the decency to break it with your partner. It will hurt, but it’s better to get wounded with honesty than to get stabbed in the back with lies.

9. Respect yourself by respecting other people’s relationships.

What about you, what has this controversy taught you?

Remembering my breastfeeding journey

Whenever I look at my kids and see how much they’ve grown, I couldn’t help but shed a little tear when I remember how small and pure and helpless they used to be.

I remember holding them in my arms, nursing them to sleep, and breastfeeding them whenever needed.

Like most first-time moms, my breastfeeding journey didn’t come so easy with my first child.

I was completely in pain, nauseous, and had recurring fever throughout my first two post-partum weeks. My breasts were so enlarged, hard as rocks, and so excruciatingly sensitive that I could barely even carry my baby for so long. It was absolute torture, I thought my body would just give up and die.

When the fever finally subsided and my CS wound started to heal, I was able to breastfeed my boy, finally, thanks to his pediatrician’s guidance.

I didn’t know better then, so I was mixed feeding my son thinking he wasn’t getting satisfied with my milk. I was able to mix-feed him only for six months.

When I got pregnant with my second child, I was more determined to breastfeed him exclusively, having learned about techniques to get your milkflow going.

From day one, my second son was breastfed exclusively until he started eating soft solids at around eight months old. We ended our breastfeeding journey just a few weeks before he turned four.

Suffice to say, I miss my breastfeeding days especially during this Breastfeeding Month.

I absolutely miss the quiet bonding moments, watching your child literally feed out of your chest and out of your heart.

I also enjoyed the cuddles that came with breastfeeding and catching that innocent toothless smile even though it’s just baby reflex.

The convenience of not having to get up in the middle of the night just to mix formula was a gift from heaven. Not to mention the savings I get from not having to buy a P500-can of milk every week.

At one point, my milk supply had become so stable that I had an entire compartment in our freezer just for my expressed milk. I even had the chance to donate a few bags to a newborn baby who lost her mom to childbirth. That felt really good.

Ah, if only I could turn back time!

This August–Breastfeeding Month–I want to blow a sweet virtual kiss to all the mothers who pulled through all the hardships of breastfeeding. The same goes for moms who didn’t last as long (or simply couldn’t) but nonetheless tried.

Happy Breastfeeding Month to all of us!