A big shoutout to all expecting moms and dads and with those who have infants and toddlers. We are running another session on August 13, Saturday of the Basic Yaya Training Workshop. This will help yayas and nannies learn the basics of taking care of your children. This session focuses on House Helper Training on New Born, Infant, and Toddler Care.

If you are interested to sign up, please go to this link:
http://manilaworkshops.com/events/basicyaya_newborn_infant_toddler

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The fee is at Php 1000 per seat. Mommies and Daddies who want to join the yayas and nannies will also need to pay for a separate seat. Please be aware that this workshop will be in taglish since we want the nannies to fully understand the lesson.

Fee is only Php1000 per head. Snacks will be served.

These are the topics that will be discussed in the session:

Newborn Care
1. What to Expect
– Oral Stage
– Cord Care
– Diaper Changing
– What to watch out for
2. Bathing, Holding, Burping, Swaddling
3. Feeding
– Helping the Mom when Breastfeeding
– Formula/Bottle Feeding
– Solid Food
4. Milestones and Activities to do with the Baby
5. Handling Separation Anxiety of the Baby from Parent

Toddler Care
1. Understanding a Toddler
– What to Expect
– Milestones
2. Potty Training
3. Developing a Routine
4. Playing and making the most of your time with the child
5. Handling Behavior
– Saying No to Toddlers
– Conversing with the Child
– Rewards and Punishment
– Watching TV and using the Ipad

Open Forum
– Questions and sharing will be entertained
– Picture Taking

Sign up now!

*** This series is brought to you by Manila Workshops, Mothercare and Venture Lab

Being a marketing advocate, I have embraced that marketing is an integral part of starting a business. People often mistake marketing with selling. These are two different things. Marketing focuses on a deeper understanding of the market, where your possible paying customers will come from.

With technology, everything has become easier for businesses to understand the market, or so it seems. I still encounter businesses that find marketing complicated and still implement the wrong strategies. We mostly get our information about targeting the right market online. We think that if something worked for Uber, Amazon, etc., it will probably work for our businesses. But this is not the way it works. There is not a one-size fits all strategy that we could use for our business.

What we business owners and startup owners can do is listen to different strategies and figure out which will work for us. Deploy a strategy that looks at validating customers’ responses and looking also at metrics and results. I am now studying Quant-based marketing that for me makes a lot of sense. I’ll write about it as soon as I fully understand and after I try to implement it.

I am particularly excited about attending DigPH, the country’s largest digital and mobile marketing summit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which will be on July 13, 2016 at Crowne Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. DigPH was born out of the collaboration between Globe myBusiness and Globe Digital Advertising (AdSpark) after seeing an opportunity from the desire of SMEs to expand their businesses through a strategy that is cost-efficient and effective.

See you at DigPH!

See you at DigPH!

DogPH will feature case studies, digital business tools, and practical tips for becoming digitally ready. Topics include the following: Learn how to maximize social media, venture into e-commerce, be present in digital moments that matter, optimize backend processes for your growing business.

I think these will be interesting topics that will help a lot of business owners. Entrepreneurs who want to push their businesses to the next level may register until July 11 (TODAY) to redeem the Early Bird Promo for P1,000. After the said date, registration fee for DigPH will be P1,500 which comes with a packed lunch, access to all sessions, and tokens. For more details of the event, you may visit www.dig.ph.

My little girl loves to sing and act in front of the camera. We don’t tell her what to do. She naturally blurts out things when she’s in front of the camera and it seems like she really knows what to do and say. My daughter though is not so much into arts and crafts. This is something that I want to do more with her, since I really think art is very important. Personally, I’m not really good at drawing, painting, crocheting, etc., so I really admire people who are great at these things.

Case in point, I really admire my cousin, Amanda de Ocampo.

Had a lovely relaxing afternoon with my cuz! Let’s hang out soon and make our ideas happen! @amandadeocampo you rock!

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She’s a really great artist! Check out her work!

Recreational Hugs???????????? You don’t even need to ask, I got you too. #whale #bearhugs #watercolor

A photo posted by Amanda de Ocampo (@amandadeocampo) on

Travel. Sea. Paint. #BaliW #watercolor #jellyfish #bali

A photo posted by Amanda de Ocampo (@amandadeocampo) on

 

She’s a really good teacher, too! So if you want your kids to learn how to paint, send them to Amanda’s Basic Watercolor Workshop called Ink Kid.

Amanda's workshop

These are for kids 7 to 14 years old. The workshop will run for six 3-hour sessions on Saturdays starting July 30 until September 3.

Slots are limited so hurry and reserve your slot now!

You may inquire at 877-0824 / 0927-2584668 or you may visit us at L/G Unit B2 Westgate Tower Investment Drive Madrigal Business Park Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Look for Ms. Van Tan.

I was watching this really awesome show on Netflix, Drop Dead Diva. It’s the story of a model who died and whose soul went back to earth and is now using a body of a kick-ass lawyer. Anyway, there are a couple of episodes when clients would go to psychotherapists. Then I wondered why in the Philippines, there are not a lot of people who go to psychotherapists and even wondered more why I haven’t met any psychotherapists at all. It seems like a lucrative specialization really, and no one seems to be talking about going to one. This for me is odd since psychotherapy deals with emotions and mental conditions.

By definition:
Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with your wife, husband or partner.
*http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Psychotherapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx

The reason that I got from friends when I asked them what they thought about this is that it’s a bit taboo to admit that you have mental issues. Yes, I get that, but then again, we are not talking about just mental problems. We are also talking about emotional concerns. We are talking about feelings, and I really think people need to speak up about how they feel, just to get it off their chest.

Feelings
If a loved one died or if you have been a victim of an abusive partner or rape, or if you, as menial as it may seem, have given everything to someone you love and they just leave you and drop you like you didn’t matter at all, where do you go? If you have issues with your family or with your best friend or issues like fears that you want to overcome, who do you go to? If you just want someone to talk to without judgement, who do you talk to?

I think our society needs to understand that we all need to talk about our feelings, and we shouldn’t judge people who talk to experts to seek for help and advice. I think a lot of the suicide incidents happen because these people found their problems to heavy to handle. I think if they had someone to talk to, this would have been avoided.

Emotions are important. It’s what makes us human. And sharing your story and talking about feelings when you need to share the emotional load is fine.

Just saying.

We’re thinking of having another baby next year and I think it will be as challenging as how it was with our first child. I’m sure a lot of second time expectant parents know what I’m talking about. Based on talks with friends, not a single one of them said that it gets easier the second time around. Sure, you would already know the basics, like how to change a diaper, how and when to give them solid food, or that breastmilk is still the best for any baby, but it will still be challenging. Why? It will be challenging because each child is different.

You’re not just buying the same doll off from a store’s shelf! Haha! The challenge is really adjusting once again to that particular child. Little Ginger

I do love having someone to look after (aside from looking after my husband). I love being a mom, even if it may seem to many that I highlight my businesses more over my family in conversations. Even if I don’t talk about my family as much as I babble about business and my new ventures, I love the spontaneous, silly conversations that I have with my 3 year old daughter at times when I’m home. I love wandering through the streets in our community when we both need breaks from working (for me) and from eating and playing (for her). I love the hugs and the kisses and the surprise “i love you, mama!” that she gives all throughout the day.

If you are expecting a child, there is nothing more challenging (even more challenging than running a business!), fulfilling, precious, exciting, etc. (there are tons of adjectives really) as raising your own child.

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To make that journey more enjoyable, Manila Workshops, together with The Parenting Emporium, invite you to attend First Time Parents workshop series this July 23 and 30, 2016. First Time Parents workshop series is one of the most successful workshop series of Manila Workshops. We have been offering this workshops since 2013. This series is designed to help expectant parents to prepare for the coming of the baby. However, we also do invite singles, relatives and caregivers to attend, too!

To sign up for this workshop, please visit this link: FIRST TIME PARENTS JULY 23 and 30, 2016

This event is supported by StemCord Philippines, Cetaphil Philippines, Mamachows, Beginnings Baby, Pampers, VPharma, Mega Malunggay, Cradle and Cycles.

Turn this into a wonderful and stress free journey by embracing new knowledge and love learning! As expectant parents, we need not only know how to teach, but we need to learn, too! Let’s learn together on July 23 and 30! See you!