“Kids, hurry up!!! What is taking you so long to wear your clothes?! You already spent half an hour wearing your uniform. FASTER!!! YOU'RE GETTING LATE!!!” 

This is me almost every day. Every. Single. Day. If you could hear this shouting statement of mine, your ears would probably hurt.

Ever since I lived here in the metro, my life has been fast paced. It seems there was no room to just chill, be quiet, peaceful, have a coffee and at least and just enjoy the moment. Now that I have kids, my temper has been shorter and it feels like, I would snap with the minutest things that my kids would make.

In this modern world where everything is within the reach of our hands, answers from Google in 5 seconds, groceries delivered on our doorstep, we tend to forget to WAIT. Imagine a world full of short tempered people, what do you think will happen?
A few weeks ago, my daughter’s therapist told me that my daughter tends to be impulsive. She cannot wait for her turn when she is in groups and tends to get frustrated just because things don’t go her way.


It hit me really hard. I believe what I am at home is being adapted by my children. I believe in the saying that it all starts at home. Honestly, I feel so sorry for my kids. When I think I am supposed to hone them into a better person, yet here I am trying to destroy them.

But it is not too late. I have to think ways on how to fix things and slowly, I am trying to be mindful of my words and actions. You know, it is really hard to be a parent because all the weight in the world is on us and it is either we make or break our children. That is why our actions, emotions and words are very crucial as it has a strong impact on our children.

Why do you think there is an importance of patience in rearing our children?


Too many things that we adults have to reflect on our actions as well and slowly we have to be mindful of our actions. Let me first enumerate some of the things we adults need to reflect on. This might be a long list, but these are just some of it:

  • Cashier queue. Many people cut lines and go straight to the cashier. 
  • Traffic. Drivers ignoring traffic rules just because drivers are in a hurry. 
  • Food delivery. When the delivery guys gets 10 minute delay on the scheduled delivery, they demand for vouchers or cancel the delivery. Too much hassle for food cravings right?
  • Slow Internet Connection. Saw the effects on my kids. They lose patience over a loading YouTube video.
  • Phone not responding properly, makes you want to throw it out of the window. 
  • People taking too long in the public restroom. 
I could go on with my list, but these are just some of them. Children simply are a reflection of our action so when we do this, chances are, the kids will imitate us. Children have innate short attention span, but we can teach them patience. Why do you think it is important for children to have patience.

  • Inner peace. It provides them clarity of mind because they are the ones in control of their emotions and they are not in a rush into everything they do.
  • Better decision making skills; make rational choices. When they have inner peace, they maintain a focus mind this having to make rational decisions. They don't simply just jump into something that is unexplainable in the long run just because they wanted easy and immediate results. 
  • Kindness to others. When you have inner peace, you also develop sympathy. You just don't focus on the bad rather than good in people. 
  • Focus. When you have inner peace, you also aim to focus on your long term goals in life. 
  • Persistence. Patient people don't just quit when they are being put to a test. They develop persistence which will lead them to achieve their goals in life.
These are just some benefits, why patience needs to be taught in children. As adults, it is important to train them early on and our responsibility. Who else is going to teach and train them but we?

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TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, has partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network, to launch the #ForClimate challenge, injecting new vitality into IFRC’s #FacesOfClimateChange global initiative.

From September 16th to 30th, TikTok users can raise awareness of climate change by using three specially designed stickers depicting extreme weather conditions: Rainstorm, Snowstorm and Global Warming.  

In addition, TikTok users can also take part in an interactive quiz where they can test their knowledge on environmental protection and share actions they have done to help end the climate crisis. The quiz consists of 15 questions including “"Should plastic bags be banned?" “"Will you buy used goods?" and beyond.

Dr Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC’s Under Secretary General for Partnerships, said:
TikTok’s social platform is perfect for getting a serious message across in a way that’s thrilling, inspiring, and energetic. We’re looking forward to seeing young people bring their stories to a global audience.” 

Dr. Mahmood also shared her video #ForClimate on TikTok 


The IFRC official account on TikTok has also released a series of official videos of global volunteers and staff.


#ForClimate is a global campaign and users from 100+ countries and regions, including United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and more can participate. 

TikTok's global community allows users to express their creative ideas through short videos. We’re thrilled to partner with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on the #ForClimate challenge, which empowers our community to creatively show their commitment to climate change and raise awareness for the importance of protecting our planet,” said Helena Lersch, Director of Public Policy, TikTok. 

By offering a home for creative expression and an experience that is genuine, joyful, and positive, TikTok is a great platform for driving initiatives on social responsibility. There has already been a series of “TikTok for Good” campaigns such as #SaveOurOceans demonstrating how TikTok users are taking action to protect the planet. 

On 22 September, a TikTok representative will join hands with IFRC to present at the 2019 UN Climate Change Summit. Download or open the TikTok app to creatively express your support for #ForClimate. 

About TikTok

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire and enrich people’s lives by offering a home for creative expression and an experience that is genuine, joyful, and positive. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo. www.tiktok.com.

About IFRC
IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network, comprising 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working to save lives and promote dignity around the world.

My son and I have a very sensitive nose, we inherited the family's rhinitis and unfortunately has been passed on to him. Every time there is extreme change of weather, extreme dust, smoke and smell--our rhinitis attacks. A few years back when we lived in a small apartment, our rhinitis was very bad. Our unit was in between two units that have heavy smoker tenants and have high firewalls that is why there is no proper exhaust. Also, when they smoke, our house smells really bad and the smell stays in for hours even after spraying perfume.


I thought there was really no hope with it until I came across this brand Mia Maison at Glorietta and began buying their water based scents for water revitalizer and had one in every corner of our former apartment. I must say, it was and is the best buy so far since I really wanted to smell our apartment back then to smell clean and homey.

Fast forward, they now have a new concoction to eliminate pesky odours in our home. Odour away uses cutting edge technology, ensuring that your household doesn't just mask bad odor (or malodor) but completely eliminates them. 


Odour away oil is able to interact with malodors leading to reduction of the negative perception, giving a pleasant and harmonic smell. Odour away reduction takes place immediately after it remains over the area for quite a quite a long time. 

They have four available  scents which are the following:


  • Kitchen Bliss: consists of Raspberries, Sweet Cherries and Peaches mixed with Red Roses and Aromatic Aldehydes
  • Bath Time: consists of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley and Warm Cedarwood
  • Clean Space: consists of Green Tea, zesty Blood Orange, and other exotic Florals. 
  • Anti-Tobacco: has Lavender and Bright Citruses, mix with Watery Notes, Sea Salt, Ambroxian and White Sandalwood. 


These scents are available in waterbased oil, aromatherapy oil, eReed diffusers and aerosprays ranging from Php800- 4,000.

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Dishes, laundry, clutter—cleaning is a basic part of life that never ends. With a busy schedule, it can be hard to stay on top of it. A routine, however, builds cleaning into your schedule so that it becomes a habit. We’ve got the basics to help you get started. The number of people in your family, your work schedule, and the size of your home will all need to be factored into your cleaning routine. From there, it’s all about adjusting the routine to work within the unique demands of your life.

1. Create a List

You can’t manage everything until you know exactly what needs to be done. Create a list of all of your cleaning tasks. It might help to walk through each room while you’re doing this to make sure you remember everything. Some of the tasks will be daily while others will be weekly or monthly. You can put these tasks in separate columns according to their frequency or put a different symbol like a star or dot next to those that are a weekly or monthly need. 

2. Pick a Method but Know Yourself

There are any number of ways to create a routine, but only you know you. Are you the type of person who only succeeds if you fully commit yourself to a single project? Or are you better at chipping away at things a little bit at a time? Knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses can help you decide on a method that works for you long term. 

  • All or Nothing: With the all or nothing method, you schedule a block of time on one or two days a week to do all of your cleaning from start to finish. This method works well for small families and homes as it may only take an hour or two to wade through the clutter and leave the home sparkling clean. 
  • Piece by Piece: If overwhelm keeps you from cleaning, the piece by piece method might be a better fit. With this method, you regularly clean and pick up throughout the day. Every time you leave a room, put something away, wash and load dishes as soon as they’re used, and put away one set of toys before another is gotten out. However, you will need to set aside large chunks of time for deeper cleaning like cleaning out the refrigerator or washing windows. 
  • A Project a Day: With this method, you tackle one large cleaning project each day. Monday is bathrooms, Tuesday is the kitchen, Wednesday is the master bedroom, and so forth. You’ll be deep cleaning every day, but only in a specific area.
  • Timed Maintenance: Power cleaners thrive with this method in which you set a timer and get as much cleaning done as possible before the timer goes off. You can begin with a general cleaning plan before starting the timer or simply go where the clutter takes you.


No matter what method you choose to have the right tools available. A lightweight vacuum for small spills and touch-ups, a cleaning caddy to keep cleaning supplies organized, and disposable gloves if cleaning the bathroom makes you gag can make the process faster and more efficient. 

3. Chart It Out

Charts give you a quick visual break down. The chart should be organized by the week or month. It’s here that you can adjust the routine to your schedule. For example, on days you’re running kids to activities or participating in an after work yoga class, schedule fewer cleaning tasks. Be sure to share the work with everyone in the family and remember to add tasks that are monthly tasks only. 

Conclusion

A cleaning routine isn’t written in stone. It’s a starting point with the flexibility for the unexpected. Stick with it and you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to keep your home clean and clutter-free when you’ve got a plan. 


Santa Rosa, Laguna — The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is set to host its first Dog Day Saturday event on August 31 at Ayala Malls Solenad, Santa Rosa, Laguna.

The full day event, open to its clients and Laguna residents, will feature dog obstacle courses, partner brands, and a line-up of activities that the pets and owners will surely enjoy. Guests can watch dogs strut the runway in their best costumes or join the basic obedience training session facilitated by a dog expert.



“Dog Day Saturday is one of the many ways for us to connect with the community our branches are in. This is an opportunity to engage with our existing and potential clients through activities that are relevant to them,” BPI Division Head for South Luzon Liza Sta. Ana shares.  


For updates, like BPI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bpi/.


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