Smart Parenting Workshop: Raising Toddlers

Toddler – came from the word ” to toddle” that means walking unsteadily.

Toddler – an uncivilized caveman, according to Dr. Harvey Karp, Author of “The Happiest Toddler in the Block”


This year’s first Smart Parenting Workshop was held at the Makati Diamond Residences last Saturday, March 18. This heart-warming, mind-blowing event is all about the wet kisses, muddy hugs and glass-breaking shrieks that comes with raising toddlers.


Toddler years are the golden age of exploration for a child. It is at this stage where parents should be extra mindful in understanding their kid’s language – and it’s you, mom, who needs to guide your kids how to communicate effectively. To help parents navigate the toddler years (children ages 2 to 4 years old) – from tantrums, toddler behavior, hygiene, milestones, activities and more –, the most credible parenting online resource backed by experts and a community of moms and dads, kicked off its annual signature workshops with the first leg, Smart Parenting Mom Workshops 1: Raising Toddlers.

“Hopefully, parents will leave the workshop more confident about parenting their toddlers,” said Leah Nemil-San Jose, Smart Parenting’s editor in chief. “The work really starts at this age when it comes to raising bright and independent kids.” Michelle Tambunting, the co-founder and directress of Young Creative Minds Preschool, discussed how to tame tantrums and doled out advice on parenting effectively in this digital age.

We need to understand who our toddler really is. We should let them play and physically move because

700 neural connections per second are created during physical activities.

One of the things I learned from the workshop is that you have to connect with your children to empower them. We should not control them, because resistance will become a barrier to connection, but working with them patiently will help them develop a sense of self discipline and hence progress into street smarts kids!

Self Regulate

– “If you could try to understand me rather than try to change me… this parenting thing would be a whole lot easier.”

– Always look for his/her needs

– They will only learn when they are OK (not crying)

– Always reach out and connect to your child


A model mom of two toddlers, Nicole Hernandez de-los Angeles, shared her experience on raising two boys. She spoke for Belo Baby, one of the major sponsors of the SP workshop, and spoke about how she found the perfect baby skin products for her boys, relying on Belo Baby because it has 100% certified natural ingredients.

Because baby’s skin is

  • Thin – 20-30% thinner than adult’s skin
  • Permeable – absorbs easily
  • Not fully-developed


Mother, Mother, I am Sick!

Dr. Carmina M. Arriola-delos Reyes, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, gave an informative talk on pain and fever management when it comes to kids.


Fever is basically the term used to call the body temperature higher than normal. It is only a symptom, a signal that something is wrong, it is initiated by the body to fend off and fight infection.

Managing Fever:

  • Use antipathetic
  • Lukewarm bath
  • No alcohol rubs
  • Treat the cause has an online calculator for paracetamol based on child’s age and weight.

Arceli Tan of Insular Life, ended the discussions with one the most important subject parents need to know, money. She talked about Financial 101 for all moms.

We should teach our kids to be financial savvy:

  • Open a bank account under their name
  • Introduce them to money – let them count money
  • Get them to start saving
  • Teach them to pay yourself first by saving for your future self first before spending
  • Control pocket money by wisely budgeting
  • Take them to shopping with the full knowledge of the pocket money and the amount and item to be paid
  • Tell them that they have to work to earn money
  • Keep money for special things
  • Think before spend

Raising Children in a Digital World

Michelle Lichauco Tambunting also talked about the good, the bad and the compromises we should take in raising children in this uncharted world of digital technology which is complex and complicated.

We should keep on progressing with a cautious thought that it has negative and positive attributes as well.

Virtual World grows, Physical World shrinks.

Guilty as charged with double  account of extended screen time to keep the environment fuzz-free!

  • Learn to delay gratification
  • Take them outdoors and run for real
  • Let screen time your last defense
  • Set limits on time and guided viewing
  • Remember, brain and eyes needs a break

After the talks, all participants were treated with sumptuous buffet, exciting raffle prizes, and gifts – thanks to Smart Parenting and its major sponsors – Insular Life, Belo Baby, and Calpol – and partner concessionaires – Smart Steps and Nature to Nurture. Get access to vital parenting information and relevant content 24/7, visit, and follow Smart Parenting on Facebook via /, and @_smartparenting on Twitter, and @smartparenting on Instagram.

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