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Breastfeeding or Formula feeding: What do you need to know?

Let’s stop the argument of breastfeeding over formula-feeding. Shaming a mother for the choices she makes when it comes to feeding her baby is not helping. Pressuring her into taking a certain side she is unwilling to do is manipulation. When we do this, we are ignoring the fact that the mother as soon as…

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11 Reasons Why I Choose Home Birth

I’ve had four home births and my daughter thinks I am a superwoman for having a natural birth. “Yes, mama! You are a superwoman!” my teenage daughter insists. She reasons that I gave birth to four children without any medication, and she thinks that is extraordinary. She saw me go through labour pains when I…

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Women are prone to gallstones than men; don’t ignore abdominal pains

Women are prone to gallbladder attacks than men. This is the unanimous information I gathered from different resources in my desire to understand my recent condition. Last month, I had bouts of excruciating abdominal pains, which apparently were gallbladder attacks. A day later, I was scheduled for surgery to remove my gallbladder and two gallstones…

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11 Reasons Why Storybook Gardens is Our Happy Place

Nothing beats my satisfaction with our purchase of annual Storybook Gardens passes. One of the best spending decisions for my children that I’ve ever made. It’s worth it and we got more value out of it.  Every time my children and I are at Storybook Gardens, we are all winners.  Storybook Gardens allows kids to…

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Fanshawe Pioneer Village celebrates 60th anniversary with new features

Big on history, big on fun!  True to its theme, Fanshawe Pioneer Village will take you back in time. The museum will allow you to immerse in the way of life of the residents of Middlesex County from the year 1820 to 1920. Last year, I visited the village as part of my homeschooling activity…

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5 lessons I learned in our impromptu family camping trip

Spontaneity is among the characteristics of our family. Everyone is in unison with the instant actions we take for fun, it could be just a drive around the city for an ice cream past 10 in the evening or to another town just for a bite to eat and the recent one, unplanned camping. We…

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Hazel: My 3 kids with a disability helped shape me into the fighter I am

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) It’s very rare to encounter a person whom you can tell right away…

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Noemi: Spend time with your children as much as you can

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) Note: I have heard enough mothers with this advice: Spend time with your…

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Children’s Water Festival stirs awareness; The importance of water from a 5-year old

I have a special attachment with water. I grew up by the beach and also had access to rivers, so swimming and boating as an activity were part of my childhood. Those scenarios of children swimming in the river or the sea, getting on a boat or canoe, I have experienced them. Oh, what a…

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Lola Rita, 102 years old: I do nothing except thank the Lord

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) “I do nothing except thank the Lord,” these are the words of Rita…

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Aiesha: Don’t compare yourself and your kids to others

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) “Do not compare your kids to others, do not compare yourself to other…

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Christine, mother of 10: Raise your children with patience and love

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) “Motherhood is a test, to pass it you really need to have patience,”…

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Khadija: ‘I hope the society to be more accepting and accessible’

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) Khadija Malik, 28, fights for her son’s rights every opportunity she gets. She…

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11 ways to avoid food waste this Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the most festive times of the year for Muslims, despite hunger being the concept associated with it due to fasting, from dawn to sunset. This month is a merry month, time for family and friends to make time to be together for iftar, (breaking of the fast) and going for night…

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Twiga, clothing company for a cause

There are times I don’t feel guilty spending, and one of those times is spending on something that supports a cause, like buying items from Twiga, a clothing company for a cause, that brings awareness about important issues and cares for homeless people. “Spread awareness, spark conversation,” this is the motivation behind the messages of…

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Ramadan books available at the London Public Library

The holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner (expected to start on May 6th). Every Muslim family is busy preparing for the announcement of its arrival, signalled by the sighting of the moon. Here in the West, included in our preparations of welcoming the month of Ramadan is also being prepared to share…

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Judge Coroza: Education is mandatory in our home

The Honourable Justice Steve Coroza is the first and only Filipino-Canadian judge appointed to the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice. His appointment as justice in Canada is a success and pride that not only he and his family are proud of, but jubilation that Filipinos around the world celebrates. Although he…

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How to survive a language barrier when travelling

Excited is an understatement of what I felt when my husband mentioned to me the possibility of travelling with him. But the country we were possibly going to, he said, was Denmark. That put me on second thought. I don’t know people close to me in Denmark, that means “fun” is already out of the…

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Ways to reduce your waste

It’s been a decade since my daughter and I joined the world in recognizing the importance of taking part in keeping our world a better place to be. Literally, by being litter-conscious, we consider every day as Earth Day. The amount of trash in the world is alarming. According to worldcounts.com, every year we dump…

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CHILDREACH CENTRE: ‘Freedom’ for children; Solace for parents

“We believe that every parent wants the best for his or her child. If the best is not being provided, it is because of some barrier – such as inexperience, depression, illness, aloneness or poverty. It is our goal to help lift this barrier, and bring joy to both parent and child” — Childreach founder,  Dr.…

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Ready, get set game!

“Get into the games with your kids, stop fighting the game trend. Become one with the game, enter the game, understand the dynamics of how your children play the games that they play. Understand how their mind works…” Zichermann

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‘Internet prisoners’

I got nothing to hide, nevertheless I am not the type of person who will share anything about me easily.   I am cautious in the online world. I don’t blindly sign up or give my information on any website unless it is “secured”. Unfortunately, as a Facebook and social media user, I have already allowed…

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Cognitive surplus brings hope to the world

There are trillion hours of free time available in the world, according to Clay Shirky in his TED talk on How cognitive surplus will change the world, and then we hear people asking “Where the time goes?”, “How time flies?” after a realization of time passing without accomplishing anything. We’ve also heard a phrase like…

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What happened to time and distance?

Time and distance used to be a big deal in people’s lives especially concerning communication. I remember when my mom was in the Middle East while I was in the Philippines, our exchanges of letters through snail mail took forever – it’s an exaggeration – although that’s how it felt.  A phone call was impossible,…

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Public Sphere: Don’t absorb everything

We live in a borderless digital society, where we have access to information beyond our imagination. There is a space for us to express ourselves and communicate with people in a blink of an eye. We access information and have various communication channels at our finger tips. Digital technology brought us to a life where…

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Qatar Airways did not allow me to pray

“We cannot allow you to pray. There is no designated space for prayer.” These shocking phrases are still reverberating in my head. “I just need a small space to pray. It will only take few minutes,” I reasoned to the flight attendants I approached during the flight. I was on board Qatar Airways’s flight no.…

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Dr. Arlyn Jawad-Jumao-as: The Mama Doc of Basilan

“We the people of Basilan will save Basilan,” she says confidently, when I first met her at the Clinica de Lamitan. A true blooded Basileña, Dr. Arlyn Jawad Jumao-as is on a mission of giving hope and help heal the children of war in Basilan, Philippines to be better individuals in the future through the…

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Tess Cusipag: True to her vow, cares for paralyzed husband for 18 years

She enters the room sporting a contagious smile as she pushes a wheelchair with an immobile man sitting on it. She is his caregiver. She’s welcomed and responded positively by the people in the room all the time. She must be somebody, I whisper to myself. True enough, this couple are known personalities in the…

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