Helping Your Child Love Nature

One way to encourage your child’s interest in nature is by going on outdoor trips.  These can range from hikes on walking trails to vacations that include camping and fishing in the woods.  Have your child help select supplies and equipment for your dog who will accompany you on your trips.  Give your child the job of caring for the dog.  Be one of the families who takes their dog along when they go on extended journeys; some bring them on skiing trips and outdoor vacations – even on exciting activities like whitewater rafting and canoeing.  Involve the kids in selecting items for your pet when preparing for your trip.  Let them find the Groupon promo codes and pick the items to order.

Bella with the waves

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Gardening with Daddy

As a child, I never really had the chance to get acquainted with any chores at home because most of our vacant time is spent in our small food business. That is why I regret not knowing how to grow a plant or having a garden at home. Even until now I find hard to even grow a simple plant.


I think Bella is growing to be my total opposite. As early as one year old, she has shown fondness in all the chores she sees at home. I think this is due to the influence of my parents who serve as Bella’s role models.


Aside from sweeping the floor or assisting Mommy in the laundry, Bella also loves to do gardening with Daddy. She usually assists Daddy in his small vegetable garden at home. Although she would be sweating all over, Bella seems to be very happy and proud whenever she could contribute in any chores at home.

I am just so proud of my little girl. She’s growing to be very smart and responsible. Thanks be to God!

Originally published in Sep 20, 2013 @ 21:09.
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3 of 100 Happy Days: Bella and the Amazing Banana

We live in a simple home and in a humble but joyful neighborhood. This has been our home for almost five years now and we are truly blessed to have a house we can call our own. The whole area is not that big but my parents who are living in the same compound managed to make the vacant portion productive by planting ornamental flowers, organic vegetables, fruit trees, herbal plants and what we called the amazing banana. I don’t know what variety it is because my father just got it from his friend in the neighborhood.

I didn’t even notice that my parents are growing this kind of banana in our backyard until it got the attention of some friends visiting the house. In fact, this banana has been one of the attractions in the house because of its extraordinary yield. It can actually grow even longer and bear fruits than the usual banana just like in Ate Claire’s home. We are all so excited to see how long and fruitful it could become until my mother decided to take away its heart one morning.

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Her Most Favorite Chore

As I told you before, our little helper at home loves her role as assistant in all the chores inside the household. Have I told you that her most favorite chore is doing the laundry? She was having fun playing with water and most of the time, playing and blowing the bubbles. When Mommy is busy with the washing machine, she would take every chance to get herself wet. Mommy would usually do the laundry using the washing machine but when the old washing machine gave up on her, she had no choice but to do the laundry manually.

Bella and Mommy are buddies and they would go to the mall and shop together. So when they got the chance to look for a lock washer to buy, they went to the nearby shop without letting us know. And when her washing machine is finally ready to serve her, Bella and Mommy are back to their favorite chore, playing while doing the laundry.

Originally published last October 13, 2013. 

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Daddy’s Dependable Helper

Day by day, I can’t help but be amazed by Bella’s progress. We are more than blessed by her presence but as a mother, I felt like she has taught me a lot of lessons in life and most of the learning is from my very first experiences as a mother.

The little girl is now the best imitator inside the household. She would usually follow what most of us are doing and since she spends most of her time with Daddy, she is generally called Daddy’s dependable helper. Since most of Daddy’s daily activities include working on his motorcycle and doing other manly chores, I would not be surprised to see this little one holding and operating one Daddy’s Ridgid power tools one day.

Contrary to what we all expect, this dependable helper inside the household has actually taught us a lot of things in life like simplicity, humility, simple joys and most of all, being childlike in dealing with complicated things in life.

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