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Paula Peralejo-Fernandez πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­  Smooth rides, tumbles, and turns of this crazy and exciting journey called Motherhood. Main IG: @paulatheexplorer πŸ“©: mamatheexplorer@gmail.com

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Back from our overnight trip to the beach. Brought plastic toys for the beach, but I guess natural is better for eating. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ Swipe for more photos! #cpfanvaya2017

Does my chair fit this resto's chairs? Haha! 🀣 Loving this chevron print in mint green universal stroller pad from @zyji_shop πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ #MTEfinds

While others see a mess, we see a little boy learning - about food, about textures, about different tastes, about independence, about practical life.
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While others think of how much hardwork it is to clean up, we see it as an opportunity to show what must be done when a meal is over.
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While others would just rather put a spoon inside a child's mouth, we see this as the perfect time and place to empower a child - to not only give a spoon, but teach him how to use it, and make him realize how much a little human can achieve when given the chance.
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To all of you parents who get tired of cleaning up after your child's dining space but allow him/her to slowly learn and figure out the proper way of eating anyway, to you who wait forever while your child's eating, and eat the leftover (or give it to pets) after just so you don't waste food while allowing your child to learn, to you who consistently model how mealtime is done instead of getting mad or frustrated, this post is for you. Hats off to your patience, understanding, and hardwork. ❀️

Sharing this post from @milkandhoney.ph with permission from the mom herself, @tinbautista_quimpo ❀️
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Such an inspiring mom! I never thought this was possible, but indeed, a mom's determination can spell the difference between giving up and holding on.
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It's been 9.5 months of breastfeeding for me and Pablo, 4 months of which has been about weekly inflammations made better with homeopathic treatments but not completely gone - I go by the day and think that maybe, i'll have to wean my son sooner than I want to admit. .
But then I read stories like this - and again I am encouraged. Thank you, Tin and Theo, for showing us that breastfeeding is possible even if you're miles away! Whenever I feel down with my own journey, I'll make sure to remember yours and why in spite of the challenges, I still choose to breastfeed my son.❀️

No one lives the motto "If there's a will, there's a way!", or "If at first you don't succeed, try again.", or "Fall seven times. Stand up eight." than little humans! .
First video - him trying to climb the table for the first time (last night). This table is a bit higher than his dining table.
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Second video - tried again tonight, tried and tried till he succeeded.
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When we're getting tired of trying, kids can serve as huge inspirations! I read a beautiful quote before: "When a child is learning to walk and falls down 50 times, s/he never thinks, 'Maybe this isn't for me."
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Time and again, the irony of life emerges - just when you think you'll pass your knowledge to your child, he ends up teaching you.
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Our little game today. 😍 Not sure if he already knows the cat, but i'm sure he knows kangaroo. I noticed how he'd intentionally look at it or hold it when I mention the word kangaroo, and that's when I thought of playing this game. #FollowTheChild

Hey guys. I have been getting so many messages re Pablo's climber.
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I know many of you already bought from my source, and many of you are also messaging me about having it done by someone else. .
While i'm happy that you are open to spending for your child's movement, I think it's time I give a word of caution: the climber is not some magic tool that will make your child move, or coordinate his/her movements. Or do what Pablo does (I was told of a mom who specifically wanted to have this done so her baby can do what Pablo does).
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It doesn't start from the climber. It starts from your baby's environment even before putting that out. When your baby tries to stand, sit, walk, etc, do you try to catch your baby right away? Do you give your baby enough floor time? Do you allow your baby to fall? Do you allow your baby to explore? Does your baby have a safe space for exploring? Is your baby using contraptions like bumbo seats, jumperoos, electronic bouncers, cribs, walkers? Is your baby in a carseat / stroller/ bouncer/ carrier a lot? Do you trust your baby?
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These are things you need to reflect on before you get a climber. .
Pablo sometimes slips from the climber, but he knows how to catch himself because I've allowed him freedom of movement from day 1. I cannot say all babies can do the same.
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So again, just like any area of Montessori, it's less about "fancy tools" like this one (or beautiful wooden toys), but more on living the philosophy day in and day out.
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Just thought I should really say something about this already because I don't wanna be held responsible for possible accidents. πŸ™ˆ #9months PS: Here, he kept doing the same thing after he figured out on his own how he can take one leg out without falling.

Of all the gross motor skills a child goes through, I am most fascinated with crawling! In the Philippines where I live, I notice that very little attention or importance is given to it. Andador, our native version of a walker, is one tool given by parents to "speed up" the process and skip the crawling stage (then go straight to walking). If only I can tell every parent how much (biofeedback) is lost when you don't put your baby on the floor...but to each his own, right?πŸ˜‰
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We put so much emphasis on "intelligence", referring to whether or not your child already knows the alphabet or numbers (PS: In Montessori, this is not introduced till they're about 3 years old, so friends, please do not teach this to Pablo. Knowing the alphabet just shows a baby can memorize - absorbent mind. I am after understanding, not memorizing.). Anyway, did you know that a child's motor skills greatly affects his/her brain for speech, writing, thinking, etc?
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If you want to learn more, research on CORPUS CALLOSUM. Here's a link for starters: http://ilslearningcorner.com/2016-06-corpus-callosum-childs-superhighway-connecting-emotional-logical-sides-brain-better-learning/
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Many children who have "developmental delays" show weakened corpus callosum. What's one of the easiest ways to thicken / strengthen this? CRAWLING. πŸ”ΈπŸ”ΆπŸ”Έ
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I'm the kind of parent who uses both Science & Nature to guide me throughout this journey - I say, let babies be babies! They know best how to be babies, and what their needs are. Just prepare your environment and let them do the work.πŸ˜‰
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PPS: Took Pablo to Gymboree for the first time while his Papa was running errands - not the class, just self-guided play, and it was actually not bad at all (just really wish there were less colors in the room!) #9months

When we sleep, we turn the lights off. Usually, Pablo sleeps when we nurse at night. But there are times when he's still not sleepy even when the lights in the room are off, and I pretend to be sleeping. This is what he does.πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ #9monthsold #NoAdultNoProblem

After a little past 9 months, am back in the reformer. And this little one enjoyed crawling and discovering the studio till he fell asleep.πŸ˜‹Swipe on the photo to see me at 6.5 months preggy; was doing Pilates there till I was almost 40 weeks. πŸ”Ή I tell you, super worth it. From pregnancy to labor, NO back pain at all. This is from someone who has a history of severe back issues. πŸ™ŒπŸ» Happy to be back, @onelifestudio! 😊

The most beautiful letter I've read today is from my feed care of @TheWorkspaceForChildren
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Read and notice the following concepts:
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*Courtesy - "good morning"
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*Collaboration - "I need some help! Here's a list of what we need to get done."
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Sense of urgency but said with respect - "I need some help before the beach today."
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If you were the child, wouldn't you want to help more if you were asked this way instead of being forced to do something, or threatened to be punished if you don't obey, or just simply told to do something even if you're not up for it?
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Our choice of words can make a big difference in others' lives, children included. How did you speak with your child today?:)
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Thank you, @TheWorkspaceForChildren for allowing me to repost.

We were supposed to be at an event today (hence his "polo"), but my weekly inflammation decided to schedule itself today 🀣, so we decided to just rest cause it might just get worse if I keep moving around...Anyway, showing you here how his after-nap (where we usually leave him when we're not sleeping and work in the other room) is usually like: he'd crawl his way from the floor bed, and go through the sliding door that separates his room from ours. He's 9 months now, but has been doing this even before that. The beauty of a prepared environment - no need for him to wait for an adult to pick him up to address his needs. He has choices: sometimes, he'd crawl towards us right away, or sometimes, he'd play in his room. I cannot tell you enough how a prepared environment has saved us from a lot of crying and frustration on both ends. It is worth all the effort and time spent planning and thinking about it. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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