Common Cold Remedies For Children

Happy Tuesday my loves…

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It’s the start of the cooler season here in the Philippines and this means that it is also the beginning of the cold epidemic especially for children. Even I was not spared of the cold. I have been having headaches and clogged nose since last week but last night was the worst. I couldn’t sleep because my throat was so itchy and if I could just reach it with my hand, I’ll spend hours scratching it. I know it’s gross but I wouldn’t have second thoughts about it.

Come to think of it, if it was that uncomfortable for a grown up person like me, how much more does our kids suffer, right? So I would like to share with you, my lovely parents, these easy and very effective cold remedies for children:

1. Cliche as it may sound but the kids need plenty of fluid intake. Water is the ultimate remedy for cold. If your kid is water-hater (which I believe many kids are), you can squeeze them some fresh orange juice. Other natural fruit juices will also do.

2. Use steam to prevent clogged nose. Saline nasal spray is very useful too. If you don’t have a vaporiser for the steam, you can improvise. This is how I do it: I heat water in a deep pan and close the lid tightly. Then I let my son sit and then put a blanket over him. I slid inside with the hot water in the pan and right after I open the pan, I put a spoonful of *Vicks vapor rub on the water.

3. Let the child blow his nose very gently to remove mucus. This will help the child breathe easier.

4. Let the child rest. This is very important. It allows the body to recover on its own. In fact, I noticed that most cold syrups or medicines induce sleep. I know as I have taken a few over the past couple of days and I’ve been nodding off at church just last Sunday.

5. Gentle massage will also help the child feel better. Cold can cause serious headache to children and a massage ease the pain.

There you go my loves..I hope these parenting tips will help you and your kids safe and healthy this cold season.

Fever Care For The Little One…

Happy Tuesday my loves…

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My little boy is sick. He has fever and I assume it is because of the cough and colds that he has. The weather over here in our place is unpredictable. One day it’s too hot and the next it’s raining cats and dogs. I guess this is the reason why my son got sick.

He was not able to go to school today. It’s too sad that he will be missing his lessons but I decided he needed to rest to get well. I already gave him paracetamol and decongestant for his stuffed nose. Just this morning he still has fever but I noticed that this afternoon he is already feeling a little better.

For those of you out there who has a sick little one as well, here are some fever care tips which you can follow:

* Always use the correct dose for medicines. The dosage will depend on your child’s age and weight. It is best to consult a pediatrician.

* For children 2 years and older, you can give acetaminophen and for children 6 months and older, give ibuprofen.

* To relieve fever, use cold compress on your little one’s forehead. There are also fever reducing patches out there which you can use.

* Sick kids feel cold. So if there is a need to give him a bath or sponge bath, use lukewarm water.

* The room where the child rests should not be too hot nor too cold. Even if the child is feeling cold with the chills, avoid over layering the clothes and blankets. The temperature should be on a comfortable level.

* Hydrate. Let the child drink plenty of water.

Well, there you go my loves. I hope everyone is safe. And pray for God’s healing always :)

Psalm 30:2

O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

Envy Rots The Bones…

Happy Monday my loves…

Proverbs 14:30 says that a heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones. There are people who will keep track of everything you do and say not because they admire you but because they want to find anything that they can use against you. I don’t understand people like these.

In my case, there is nothing to be envious of. I live a simple life. I struggle to make both ends meet for my family. I am far from looking good. My house is far from being a palace. And I don’t even have the luxury of rest. But there are people who seem to be too affected with everything that is going on with my life.

I keep mum about everything because I believe vengeance is not mine. But there comes a time when the fuse is out and my cup overflows. I am not one who will stoop down my level to theirs so thanks to this blog that I have an outlet where I can say anything I want and no one will judge me.

I’m far from being angry as well. I pity them actually. They are so overwhelmed with envy that they don’t notice that they are ruining their own lives. My heart is at peace knowing that I have not done anything against anyone. I fear the Lord and I believe His justice.

Anyway, let us enjoy a peaceful life my loves…

When Is A Child Old Enough To Be Home Alone?

Happy Monday my loves…

There comes a time when parents feel like they children are already old enough to be left home alone. I wonder if there is a particular age to know exactly when parents can do this. Child development books tell me that children mature differently from each other. So this means that two children of the same age may not have the same level of maturity. So it follows that the age is not a fair measure or gauge whether or not you can leave the child at home alone.

This reminds of me an old movie “Home Alone”. The child has been in so much trouble because he was left alone (although this was not intentional on the parts of the parents). Anyway, I’d like to share my personal opinion regarding this crucial parenting matter. We may not have the same opinion as parenting styles differ among parents too. Nevertheless, I sure hope you find these parenting principles helpful.

Voluntary Home Alone

There is no excuse for parents to force their children to be left home alone. I believe we can only leave them if they voluntarily request for it. Gone are the days when my son would throw tantrums just to come with me wherever I go. He is way past that stage. Most of the time, he will just request to stay home but not alone. I make sure there is someone with him, an auntie or cousin maybe. Not that I don’t trust my son but because he is scared to be alone. So if ever you intend to leave your child at home alone, make sure that it is voluntary on the part of your child.

Readiness Depends On The Child

I believe parents can’t tell for sure when the child is ready for something big like this. The child will be the one to identify if he is ready. He will show signs of maturity like looking after himself and his needs. For instance, if he can already prepare his own food or take medication when needed, these are clear indications of the readiness of the child. Parents should watch out for these signs.

Trained For Emergencies

We are not asking for it but it pays off to be ready in case of emergencies. It is a big NO for parents to leave their children alone at home if they haven’t been trained yet on what to do if there is an emergency situation. Never put our children at risk.

So there you go my loves, 3 simple principles that will tell us, parents, when our child is old enough to be left home alone :)

I Loved You At Your Darkest

Happy Tuesday my loves…

Why would you love a person? We may have different reasons but mostly we love because we find goodness in others. But who would love us at our darkest?

Roman 5:8

This is my verse for today. Isn’t it amazing that God loved us even while we were still sinners? He loved us at our darkest times. He pulled us up from the depth of our sins.

It is easy to love someone who loves us back. But being buried in sin means that we don’t love God. This only means that even when we still haven’t loved Him yet, He already has his eyes of love on us.

Although we are Christians, we are not perfect. I bet no one can stand up and profess to be perfect except Him who has clothed Himself in full humanity but yet without sin. Once in a while, deliberately or not, we still grieve God. We still commit sin. Sad but true. We may not even notice it at times but we do things that are not pleasing to Him. What I am trying to say here is that even if you feel the guilt of sin, don’t you ever think that God doesn’t love you. He loves you and He cares for you. In spite of all our failures and darkness, He sees us with eyes of grace and love.

This verse is my source of comfort. One song from the Black Eyed Peas asks “Where Is The Love?”. Sometimes we feel that there is no more love left in this world.  Sometimes we feel that it is us against the world. There are also times when situations seem to be unfair. When these things happen, when the enemy attacks us with this kind of self pity emotion, always turn back to Romans 5:8. Even while we were sinners, Christ died for us. That is how much He loves you and me. He doesn’t care about our past or our future sins. The blood He shed has cleansed us from all sin – yes, even the future ones we are about to commit. Although we must remember that this doesn’t give us any license to sin.

I hope you feel God’s love always. He has a special way of making us feel His love. We just need to be more discerning.

May your day be filled with an awesome love!


Gloomy Saturday

Happy Saturday my loves…

Normally Saturday is like a breath of fresh air for me. It spells freedom from a week of going back and forth to the school to drop off and pick up my son. It spells rest from an everyday review of homework and advanced lessons. This is the day to enjoy the outside world. But today is different. It is a gloomy day and my baby and I are stuck in the house.

We woke up quite early today which is really surprising considering the fact that we slept late. Hot coffee kept me from being pulled back to bed. Coffee and good conversation with my family is a good way to start the day. We planned on watching a movie while eating breakfast but we were not able to do so because I was too lazy to turn on the television and my laptop. I don’t have a DVD player so what I do is connect my laptop to the TV using an HDMI cable. My laptop has a DVD player so this set up works well for me.

And then we all went to get our gadgets and we each find a corner where we can play. I know this is not a healthy activity but bear with me as today is extra gloomy and I just want to relax a bit. My son used the iPad so I used my iPod. I would usually play “Frozen Free Fall” but because I have already finished all levels, I have downloaded new games. I only have 2 games on my iPod and I believe this is enough.

One is the SF Tycoon World Tour. This is like a food service game wherein you run your own street food cart. The products depend on the country you are in. The first stop is Asia and it is really funny because my customers are the celebrities here in the Philippines. What makes it even funnier is that they are buying street foods that I don’t even eat like “Betamax” which is a block of pig’s blood and “Kikiam” which is like a rolled meat loaf wrapped in pig intestines I think.

Anyway, here are some snapshots of the game. It is developed by kuyimobile.

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Game For iPad, iPhone

Game For iPad, iPhone

My other game is called “The Voice’. It is just like the show. There is an option for a camera while you sing the song. This is a good thing because you can record yourself and it is just like recording a music video. There are 4 judges that you have to impress so that they’ll turn their chair. The measure of the score depends on how well your tempo and pitch are. Every time you finish a song, you will be given coins which you can use to buy more songs. So far, my favourite is “All of Me'” by John Legend.

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But let me tell you that I only played for an hour. So I really don’t think it is that bad, right? And it’s Saturday anyway, right? Do I sound like I am defending myself? LOL

Anywhere, there goes my Saturday my loves. The rest of the day will be spent working. Enjoy your weekend my loves and remember:

Ecclesiastes 8:15

So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people to do in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them.

I Am Made New

Happy Friday my loves…

Last Wednesday night, we had our discipleship training here at our home and our topic was 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! This means that our sinful nature has died and a new us is born. From being slaves to sin, we become children of God.

This verse strikes me hard on the heart. It got me thinking, just how new am I?

God changed my life

I hate to speak for myself as some of you may not agree with me but personally, I have noticed a lot of positive changes in me since God has looked upon me with favour and grace and has gladly accepted me as one of His children. It would be better I think if this observation comes from other people because then I will know how changed I am. This is the fairest measure of the changes in me.

I have always been known as the loud one. I thank the Lord that somehow He has started taming my tongue. I am not saying I can fully control what comes out of my mouth but little by little I have learned to stop when I know that someone might get hurt by my words. I am still on the process of change but it is a great thing that I have already started the journey. Og Mandino once said, the journey to a thousand miles begins with the first step. I am past the first step already and I thank God for it.

I am not always the obedient one. I do things that I like to do even if I go against what other people say to me. But lately, I have learned to be obedient. I know that this is not an overnight change but I am glad that my heart and mind can already discern what’s best to do. There are times that obeying seems to be the hardest thing to do but then the Bible reminds us that obedience is better than sacrifice so no matter how hard it may seem, we should learn to obey. And by obedience here, I mean obeying God.

Being a new person in Christ means having a renewed mind. We can’t say that we are changed when we still think the same way. There should be a renewal of our minds to make way for the transformation. We are transformed. We are new. I really love the word “transform” because it means that God has made us new. We were not just “reformed” but “transformed”. Isn’t it great that God did not just corrected our faults but He actually removed our old selves and gave us new ones. I am just truly in awe.

What a great verse this is. This is something that gives me hope and inspiration to continue striving for greater change.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!