Homeschooling in the Philippines

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of parents talk about homeschooling their children. If this pandemic continues, the safety of the children will be of utmost importance, so most of us parents would rather have them stay at home.

Now one of the decisions, if not the biggest decision, that we need to make is how should we go on educating our children in light of this new normal? Should we already enroll them for next school year and will things go back to normal? Will it be much like what we have experienced toward the end of the school year, which was a more distanced learning approach?

Or will physical schools be a thing of the past and all of us parents will need to learn now how to make curriculums and then outsource some of it to teachers or providers who can facilitate these lessons?

Although, I’ve organized homeschooling conferences in the past, I’m a newbie and know just a little about homeschooling. If everything to learn about homeschooling was a book, I’d probably just read the forward. Haha!

So to help us understand more about Homeschooling in the Philippines, I had a terrific chat with my friend, Dr. Donna Pangilinan – Simpao. Donna is the founder of a Facebook group Homeschoolers of the Philippines or HOP. In 2018, she was also elected president of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI).

In this video about Homeschooling in the Philippines, we talk about different things:

  • What is Homeschooling?
  • Is Homeschooling cheaper?
  • What is the first step that we should take if we want to Homeschool our daughter?
  • We have limitations as adults in terms of skill. How do we teach things that we are not good at?
  • How do you encourage your kids to go beyond what you are able to teach and impart?
  • We have limitations as adults in terms of skill. How do we teach things that we are not good at?
  • How do you encourage your kids to go beyond what you are able to teach and impart?
  • How do we know if our child is doing well?
  • How can we be more patient with our children?

Some of the things that I learned in this interview are:

Modeling is the best way of teaching and building character.

Support for those who want to homeschool is now present (more than ever) and some of the resources are actually free!

Teach our kids to Love to Learn again!

Here are some resources for Homeschooling in the Philippines that Donna mentioned in the interview that can help us first time homeschoolers:

Homeschoolers of the Philippines: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303988516361928

Homeschool Association of the Philippines: https://hapi.ph/

Dr. Donna Simpao’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNYcR_RsDurjrBzshj25OSg

Homeschool Global: https://www.facebook.com/HomeschoolGlobal

Online Philippine Homeschooling Conference: http://bit.ly/RegisterOPHC2020

Due to limited time, we probably got to answer just a few questions during the interview. If you have other questions that you have, feel free to write it on the comment section below. I’m thinking of having another episode where we can dive deeper into more specific topics.

Hope you enjoyed this episode of Mommyhood Uncensored.

Sincerely,

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How are you REALLY? Injecting some Positivity!

I’ve noticed some changes with the way I think through things, the way I am with other people, the differences in my mood and how it changes abruptly, etc. I could go on listing more changes and more things that I’ve noticed, but rather than going on with that, I’d rather inject some positivity at this time. Injecting some positivity into things that I do helped me cope with factors that I can’t control.

I’ve been watching videos on Instagram and on YouTube, and there are some tips that I really find useful and some that make me feel worse than I’ve felt before watching the video.

I think what this pandemic has taught me is to learn how to distinguish things that I can control versus things that I can’t control.

So after feeling so “down” lately, what I did was I turned to one of my friends who is amazing. Her name is Trixie Esguerra.

Trixie Esguerra is the Philippines’ Vision Board Coach who helps people create powerful vision boards backed up by Science, grounded in Faith. She has done her signature Vision Board Parties for companies like FWD, ADB, Bayer, SMYPC, Manulife, Neutrogena, Sterling Bank, Tim Hortons, AIM and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. Also known as Positivitrix, she shares tips and tricks online to keep you positive!

We crated this video, and it was so much fun! I learned a lot from her. The really light and fun conversation was actually what I needed.

So if you’re feeling down and a little bit “off” lately, check this video out. Hope it helps you!

If you need someone to talk to… I’m just a comment away!

Business Lessons that I Learned from my Mom

My mom was a stay at home mom. She was very hands-on when it came to raising me and my sister, Kinney. Even if she just worked just for a little while and then focused her life on raising us and taking care of dad, I learned a lot of lessons from her that I applied and continuously follow in running a business.

She was never really an entrepreneur but she was a really tough mom — tougher than any competitor in the market that we would probably encounter. Haha! She was also hard to please. This was probably the reason why I’m one tough cookie. Nothing really gets me down.

They say if you want to move forward and be a better person, you need to take a look at your beginning. If you want to be a better business owner, I invite you to think about some of the business lessons that you learned from your mom.

Business Lessons that I Learned from my Mom

The first of the many business lessons that I learned from my mom is to always be punctual. My mom was very strict and would get mad if we were a few minutes late to anything. When she’d pick us up from school, she would always be there early, and would expect us to be at the meeting spot right after the bell rang.

This is probably the reason why I expect my team to be on time when they commit to something. This is my number one pet peeve. I hate it when people are late.

When I am personally late to an engagement or to a meeting, I feel super embarrassed. I always feel the need to be at least 15 minutes early. This is the reason why I stress out EJ and Zeeka (haha!) whenever I hurry them up to go somewhere. I have a running timer in my head that I can’t let go of.

The reason why we should always be punctual, especially when it comes to work, is that I believe that it is a sign of respect for the other person. It’s showing that you value their time as much as you value yours. I think my team can attest that this is something that I always mention.

The next business lesson that I learned from my mom is that the only thing that stops us from doing the best work that we can is ourselves. Our mind stops us from achieving what we think is impossible.

My mom was a tiger mom, and she would probably say that she was glad to have pressured us when we were young! haha! She had always expected me to have good grades, to study the minute I would get home, and to have a long list of extra-curricular activities.

And that I did.

Looking back, what I realize now is that it’s not about the good grades or being editor in chief in the school paper or running for a position in the student council. It was really about having the heart, the focus and the tenacity to go after the life that you want.

Some people lose interest with a business idea that they have just conceptualized a few days back. They forget about it and move on with their lives. Others lose focus when they try to establish a business. And when things get too technical, tricky, and challenging, they give up.

You, see, when I was young, I could never just give up on something. My mom would always say “ginusto mo yan eh… tapos ngayon ka susuko” (That’s what you wanted, right? Why are you now giving up.)

The last of the many business lessons that I learned from my mom is to take pride in what I do.

Do things that will make you proud. If you really want to be successful, it has be because you’ve passed on value to others. You’ve helped them become the better people. HOW you achieved your goals are more important than the goal itself.

Here are other entrepreneurship lessons from other moms all over the world.

https://www.zenbusiness.com/blog/entrepreneurship-lessons-from-moms/

My mom and I had a really challenging relationship while I was growing up. I know that if she’ll get to read this, she’ll probably laugh and stress the fact that she was right to have made decisions along the way. Haha!

I acknowledge that part of who I am today is because I was raised by her. So thanks, mom. Advance Happy Mother’s Day!

How about you? What business lessons have you learned from your mom? I’d love to hear from you.

Sincerely,

MyNanai: Virtual Babysitters

If asked what my main struggle is as a work from home parent, it’s probably juggling and maintaining a proper schedule for us and for our daughter. I recently stumbled upon a site that offers virtual babysitters that can help you out! I really thought it was such a cool business that I decided to check it out.

MyNanai

MyNanai is a recent startup that helps parents working from home to find virtual babysitters and interactive events to entertain their children. It’s meant to create brief breaks for us parents. From my personal experience, as much as we would love to be at our kid’s side 24/7, there are other responsibilities that we also have to do.

About MyNanai

Before I share my daughter’s experience, I asked the founder, Tom Yen, to tell us the story of MyNanai.

Tom: MyNanai is an idea that arose in response to the recent closure of daycare centers and schools. After my son’s daycare closed, my mom started using FaceTime each day to engage my son, read him books, put on puppet shows for him, and even played building games. When I shared that experience with some colleagues, we all got inspired to create MyNanai as a way to help out parents unexpectedly working from home.In a nutshell,

MyNanai is the daycare you need done in a social-distancing-friendly fashion! And that’s our chief mission—to provide kids and their parents with a “daycare” alternative amid this pandemic. But, beyond this, we at MyNanai also provide job opportunities to furloughed employees in the Philippines, who meet our “Nanai” requirements. This mission creates shared value, not just for our dear clients, but also for our employees as well during this trying time.

Zeeka’s First Session with Nanai Angeli

Ginger: Can you describe your business model, Tom? How do you earn?

Tom: MyNanai isn’t really meant to be a profitable business. Rather, it was created because we saw an opportunity to help parents and furloughed workers during a time of duress. It’s quite possible that MyNanai will simply disappear after the pandemic has ended, and as a group of folks, who just want to help, we’re totally fine with that.

Ginger: Now that you mentioned the pandemic, has it impacted your business in any way?

Tom: Personally, I’ve been very fortunate. I haven’t been impacted anywhere near as significantly as many others. That said, the elimination of daycare has definitely forced me to completely rethink how to juggle the responsibilities of work and family.

I would encourage people to give MyNanai a try and to give us feedback on how we can improve it. This was pulled together in a matter of weeks and we would welcome any suggestions that people are willing to share. For those with friends who may benefit from our service during these crazy times, please tell them about us.

Ginger: Because of the things happening now, what changes will you be implementing in your business?

Tom: At this point, MyNanai is so new that everything is changing! We’re trying to address feedback on the fly and we’re exploring ways to create more engaging and interactive experiences for families out there who are searching for sources of interaction.

To end our interview, Tom’s advice to all business owner is to “Never give up.”

My daughter’s experience

I recently tried MyNanai to keep Zeeka entertained while I was on a call. I was listening during the first few minutes of the call, and I like how Nanai Angeli was trying to get Zeeka to talk and communicate with her.

The part that Zeeka enjoyed the most was they had a trivia on Roblox. Nanai Angeli texted me before the session and asked me what Zeeka liked doing. I mentioned Roblox, and so I think she tried to incorporate it into her time with Zeeka.

All smiles when she heard “Roblox” from Nanai Angeli of MyNanai

I think I would book another session when I need time to focus on an important task.

GIVEAWAY / RAFFLE ALERT!

If you want to try it out, feel free to comment below on why you want to try out this service, and I will raffle off one free 2 hour session to three lucky parents!

For those who want to try a 30 minute session, just use the code GINGERxMYNANAI when booking their service.

To know more about MyNanai and to book virtual babysitters, please visit: https://www.mynanai.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyNanai
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisismynanai/

Love,

P.S. Here is an article that you may have missed 🙂

Effectively Managing a Remote Workforce

Many people, all over the world, are working remotely for the first time, as we try to stop the spread of COVID-19 so that our lives can return to normal. For some, the transition has been simple, but others are trying to work around children and other family members, homeschooling and other chores, uncertainly, mental health issues, and other factors. It’s tough. 

If you are responsible for a team, you might find that keeping them motivated, productive, and on the right track is much harder when we are all separate, and face to face contact is limited. But it’s crucial that you do. 

There are many benefits of remote working. With the right tools and resources, you could find that your team is more productive and creative than ever. Your business could thrive if you can manage to keep them motivated. Here are some tips to help. 

Improve Your Own Project Management Skills

Your own project management skills might need a brush up if you are working remotely. You might need some project management tips to help you to manage your own time, and organize your work. Only once you’ve got yourself in the right mindset, will you be able to effectively delegate, set goals and objectives, and practice constant quality assurance. Spend some time on yourself, and you’ll be better equipped to motivate others. 

Set Clear Expectations

The best way to get the most out of a team is always to set clear and attainable goals and expectations. They should have long-term targets, but also short-term, daily goals. Often, we feel like our employees let us down, but in reality, there was just a misalignment with expectations. Employees have no special abilities or knowing what’s on your mind, so speak up and clearly communicate goals with them.

This might be even more true right now, when they spend a lot of their time working on their own, without anyone standing over them to offer support and guidance. Set clear daily targets, and make sure that everyone understands what you want from them.

Find Effective Ways to Communicate

Photo by Andrew Neel from Pexels

Communication is crucial at the moment. Fortunately, we’ve entered lockdown in a highly connected world. Ten years ago, remote working would have been much more difficult. 

But, while there are plenty of communication options available, they might not all be right for you and your team all of the time. A daily, or weekly, group video chat may be useful, and one on one video calls to deal with specific issues can be a good idea. But, you can’t be video calling just to check-in throughout the day, you’d never get anything done. You may find that quick phone calls, messages, and emails are more efficient during the working day. 

You should also make sure your team knows that you are always reachable if they need help, and give them information about your preferred contact methods. 

Get Personal

This is a tough time, and having personal connections with your team will help you to support and motivate them. We’re all dealing with things differently, and some people are finding it harder than others. Check-in on a personal level, ask how they are and have an open chat. It could help a lot. 

Do you have more tips that you can share?

Watch out for more tips as I plan to share more this coming week!

Happy Labor Day!

Sincerely,