We celebrate Mother’s Day to honor all mothers. Moms are amazing women who deserve only the best! I think these words are often left unsaid.
This post is for all the mothers who have given so much of themselves to their loved ones. I hope this encourages you to say these words to a motherwho has touched your life in some way. I tried to include all kinds of mothers in different seasons of their lives.
If you are a mother who needs to hear these words, I am your mom friend. These words are for YOU!
To The Future Mom…
You will be a wonderful mother.
You are amazingly strong.
I will support you in any way that I can.
I am really excited for you!
You are so beautiful.
To The New Mom…
You are enough.
Wow, you are more beautiful now that you are a mom!
I am so proud of you.
You know what’s best for your child.
I love looking at your baby’s photos!
To The Seasoned Mom…
You have wonderful children.
I admire your style.
Let’s go out and do (something fun) together! (Playdate with kids/ Girls Night Out)
Tell me about your kids.
What’s your advice on ______?
To Your Mother-In-Law…
You have raised a great son/ daughter.
I am blessed to have you as my mother-in-law.
Thank you for everything that you do to support us.
May God bless you with good health always.
Please come over.
To Your Own Mom…
You were right all along.
Thank you for the sacrifices you did for our family.
Can I ask for your advice?
Let’s spend some time together.
I love you, Mom.
What would you like to say to a mother on Mother’s Day? Share your ideas in the comments section!
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Last weekend, my family went to Grosseto, Italy for a fun day at the beach. Grosseto is a bus ride away from Siena, our home base. My toddler enjoyed playing in the sand and walking by the shore with his papa. I had some quiet time with my eleven-month-old baby as we sat on the warm sand and listened to the splashing waves.
Are you ready for the beach season? I would love to share some tips on how you can make the most of your beach trip with your little ones!
1. Set the stage.
First of all, we got our two-year-old Leon excited to go to the beach by reading books about the beach, talking about sea-related words, and watching videos about the ocean and sea animals. I recommend Ocean Buddies, a board book that comes with sea animal toys. We also taught Leon the words “beach” and “mare” (Italian). Additionally, we watched aquarium videos on Youtube and toy shows with sea animals. I also ask him questions such as “Where are we going tomorrow?” and “What will you see at the beach?” By the time we got to the beach, Leon was ready to “see the dolphins” and “play with the octopus”. Of course, he just used his imagination when we got to the public beach. He did get to see shrimp in my cocktail and baby octopus in his dad’s pasta for lunch! (Recommended restaurant: Ristorante Belmare)
2. Prepare one beach bag.
As parents of two very active little boys, we have learned that it is best to keep all our stuff in one backpack. We experienced losing stuff before because we could not manage to carry so many things at the same time. I love my husband’s Kelty Redwing backpack because we can put so many things in it. It also has an ergonomic design so it is quite easy to carry.
We brought the following items:
a new set of clothes
diapers and wipes
3. Bring a beach umbrella.
We forgot to bring a beach umbrella that day! Next time we go to the beach, we will remember to bring this very important thing. Kids need to be protected from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s a good thing that they put on sunscreen!
4. Download the Instasize App.
If you are an Instagram mom like me, it is important to capture those precious moments for our feed and Instastories! I use the premium version of a photo editing app called Instasize. I really love their filters, especially L1, L2, and L3 because they really make your photos stand out! You can also add text to photos and videos! Most of all, they have a pretty fun collection of text styles, borders, and wallpapers that are not available on Instagram. Check out thislinkto read about Instasize’s amazing features! (Are you on IG? Please follow me @thebellissimamma!)
Enjoy this day with the family and forget about work. Use your phone only for taking photos and videos. Savor this moment with nature and listen to the sounds of the sea. Let your kids play with the sand and the water. They will surely remember this fun day with their parents. Moms and dads can have fun too! Do what makes you happy. (I definitely enjoyed my aperol spritz!)
Have you brought your children to the beach? Do you have any tips to share for parents? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
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Does your child show interest in STEM? Is s/he naturally inclined in science, technology, engineering and math? Are you looking for ways on how to support your child’s talent and interest? Let’s learn some tips from today’s expert, Niaw de Leon! She is the author of the book, Microcopy (Discover How Tiny Bits of Text Make Tasty Apps and Websites).
Tell us about yourself and what you like to do.
Hello! I’m Niaw deLeon. I make software applications and teach other software developers how to write the right words to make apps that sell.
A lot of apps that are being developed fail miserably at communicating why they’re valuable and how they are to be used. With the skillful use of language, we can make them easier to use and more commercially successful. For example, I’m currently helping an enterprise e-commerce company serving Fortune 500 customers choose the best words to use on their website so they can boost sales and provide a rich digital experience for their clients. I’m also helping a startup build a web application that makes sustainable travel simple.
As you can probably guess from what I’ve told you so far, I’m a huge language nerd. In my spare time, I study linguistics, write puns, and learn East Asian languages. Despite my current focus on language and communication, my formal background is quite technical. I graduated with a B.S. Computer Science from UP Diliman and worked for many years as a programmer. Luckily for me, I’ve found a way to weave both my penchant for solving technical problems and my passion for communication into a fulfilling career and life mission.
How do you know whether a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career is right for your child?
While I can’t speak as a parent, I can speak from my own experience growing up. At an early age, I displayed an interest in technology by way of my cousin’s computer. I figured out how to code in a pretty early programming language called GW Basic when I was 8 years old. My parents didn’t exactly really steer me in any particular direction, so I suppose just having the freedom to explore my interests and having the room to be curious was a big factor in determining my path.
How can you support your child’s interest in STEM?
I also grew up in a household that greatly valued curiosity and knowledge. We had tons of books at home and had lively intellectual discussions at the dinner table with my dad, a humanities professor, and my mom, who’s a medical doctor and public health advocate. They made sure to nourish my mind with books and science-themed toys as I was growing up. That was great.
Can you tell us more about your advocacy in encouraging young women to pursue a STEM career?
I feel strongly that STEM competency is a way for the Philippines to become competitive on the world stage and provide a better quality of life for a lot of Filipinos. That can’t happen without developing our local talent. However, I believe there’s a lack of support from many sectors of society compared to other professions. The challenge is persuading our nation that STEM careers are something to be emphasized and celebrated for men and women alike. Fortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of groups and events to encourage young women, who, due to many factors, might be discouraged from pursuing STEM careers. I’ve spoken at some of these events, such as GDG’s Women TechMakers, to share my expertise as part of my advocacy.
Congratulations on launching your e-book, Microcopy!
Thank you! I’m truly delighted by the feedback I’ve gotten so far! Business owners, project managers, designers, programmers, and students are looking to create great apps through the skillful use of short texts in their labels. I even got word from a friend in Hong Kong that a fellow conference attendee related how “she’s a fan of the Microcopy author from Manila.”
Grab a copy of Niaw de Leon’s latest e-book, Microcopy on Amazon. (If you make a purchase through my affiliate link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you.)
How did you support your child’s interest in STEM? Share your ideas in the comments section!