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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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Individual reading time, our unplanned but perfectly welcomed activity after nursing. β™₯️

Reposting from @letchildrenplay ❀️ I am guilty of this in the sense that, I really think my son could be outdoors more... @papa_the_explorer, yoohooo!!! 😍

ATTENTION: BREASTFEEDING MOMS (yes, I was breastfeeding in this photo, lol)
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@TheParentingEmporium and @HoneySucklePhils kasi will have a milk letting/collection event this Saturday (Mommy Milkshare), October 21. All the collected breastmilk will be given to Fabella Hospital's NICU babies.
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Breastfeeding moms who have excess milk can donate to this event by either
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1) dropping off frozen breasmilk at TPE
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or
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2) express on site, the pump will be provided (or you can bring your own pump!)
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TIME: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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Message @TheParentingEmporium / @HoneySucklePhils for more details!

We all know children imitate adults, that's expected, but we can't help but feel entertained when we see Pablo do it, especially when we least expect it.
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A few weeks ago, while I was looking around and my husband and son were in line, my husband told me to come and watch Pablo. Apparently, when my husband opened his wallet, Pablo got a card and handed it to the cashier. He got the card again when it was finally their turn, and has been paying the cashier for us since.🀣
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No teaching was involved here, but I guess he would always notice his Papa pulling out a card while shopping.
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Montessori's practical life doesn't end with household activities - it can be something like this, too!
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When we went home that day, we gave him a wallet with old cards to explore. He still loves taking them out and trying to put them back - such simple activity (and literally cost us nothing!) that can really refine or strengthen their fine motor skills. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

The DIY man himself made an account for his projects. 😍 This is what he was working on with Pablo earlier (watch my stories). Follow my hubby @papa_the_explorer for his projects and activities with our little one. ⭐️

Before baby: pack the night before the trip
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After baby: pack a few weeks before the trip
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#HowParentingChangesYou #TestingTheLayers #YeyWeGotTheRightSizeSoICanHaveItWashedNow

I admit, I got worried when my son was attempting to go down this way. Good thing my husband was there to remind me to trust our child.
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I remember @whenhippostalk's story when she had a talk here. One time, while her son was happily chopping some vegetables, her husband came in and looked so worried. She quietly talked to him and told him to go outside first, because the last thing our children should see is our mistrust in them and their abilities. This view stuck with me since. She was soooo right.
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In Montessori, there's a huge stress in repetition and consistency. Children don't become skilled overnight - but by allowing them to practice and problem solve (and having the patience to wait for them to learn instead of barging in to correct them every second), you see results of independent and confident work.
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Maria Montessori, in her book, wrote about how children can walk for miles, because their inner body is aching for it, yet, we always think they can't walk far or long, so we carry them, or put them in gocarts. "At the very moment of his entry into life,", she says, "we give him an inferiority complex."
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Many of us have become so used to treating babies as helpless human beings. I surely thought about them this way before I became a mom. But if we change our perspective, it's surprising and amazing to see just what they can do. In this video, the easiest way was to just carry him, and also the easiest way to show him we doubt his capabilities.
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Did you know that a lot of issues in adulthood springs from their experiences in the first few years of their lives? Imagine the power (and responsibility) we have in assisting humans into becoming citizens of the world?
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How beautiful it was to be reminded by my husband to trust our child.❀️I, too, sometimes, get overpowered with my emotions, but I'm glad to have someone to remind me to have faith and let go.❀️

It's been a month or two that this guy can practically open and figure out how things work in the house. To be honest, it's much easier to "cage" him, especially when we need to work, or you know, when we just want to lie down and rest without worrying about anything, but that would really be a disservice to the hardwork he's done.
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Something I read when I was pregnant stuck with me so much. I think it was from the book Montessori From The Start.
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"At the time, they were fighters, but now they are victors! Now, they are really independent! And how do we respond to this great conquest of independent action? We make a square box, a playpen, and put him/her inside."
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This view was a big reveal to me, a big "Oh My Gosh! That Is So True!" moment. It never left me, which is why, we don't own or have a playpen.🀣😜
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But come to think of it, makes sense, right? We've grown so accustomed to all these heavily marketed baby products - many of which are made for the convenience of parents/caregivers, but how about the child? The child who is learning about the world around him/her?
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This kind of parenting we chose may be unconventional, but I love how, in every step of the way, in every action and/or decision, it really includes the most important people in the stories - our little humans.❀️
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(Video: I finally got to take a video of him figuring out how to go to the kitchen. Sometimes, we'd put a chair as a gate, but then, he'd just move the chair. So, I just let go and let him.🀣🀣🀣)

You guys know I'm a DIY-kinda-mom. So I was about to sell this scarf hanger from IKEA when I thought it perfectly fits the small clothes rack we have for a shoot-the-ball activity, or whatever my son thinks of doing with it. But you know, there's a downside to DIY projects sometimes - esp with children. They can literally rip and break hours of hardwork in a second, OR, just fail like it did in this video. Hahaha! It's a momma-fail moment. πŸ™ˆ Should have foreseen what my son would do. But they're light and not sharp, don't worry. 🀣🀣 So yeah he's totallty fine.

Practical Life activity with an 11mo old and a 3 year old. I got a glimpse of what it means when Montessori parents always stress that the child IS the curriculum through my 3-year-old nephew. I do it with my son, but was wondering how that works on a daily basis for toddlers. What happened, more photos, and where I got the materials now up on the blog - www.MamaTheExplorer.com πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

Hi guys! Thanks for joining my La Salle for Ateneo concert raffle. We only paid for 2 tickets, but the organizers were kind enough to give me 4 more for this raffle, yey!
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So, since I posted this on my 2 accounts (@mama_the_explorer and this account), I put all the names of those who tagged the person they want to watch with, and asked the help of our son to pick the winners the minute he woke up, hihi.
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Congratulations, @chayan020, @gabbyeusebio, and @letletquizon for winning the tickets! Have fun with your dates. Will PM you guys!❀️😍
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For those who are interested, you can still watch and support the Ateneo scholars. Go to www.smtickets.com to buy tickets, or text +63906-2878049. This is for tomorrow, October 13, 2017 at SM Aura's Samsung Hall.

This slide is short, but it's more slippery than the other slides (like the other one in Pablo's previous slide video). So everytime Pablo would try to go up here, he'd keep sliding down.
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Today though, he succeeded from trying and trying. He found a way to do it on his own. ☺️To give a child the gift of letting him own his discoveries - worth the wait.❀️

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