Parents Flock to the 1st Smart Parenting Convention

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – This African proverbs is so very true, even non-first timer moms would appreciate all the help they could get out there in rearing and raising the future.

Trusted parenting authority Smart Parenting (SP) held its first ever Smart Parenting Convention last July 29, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall in Megamall.

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Despite the fact that you can Google anything these days, SP moms (and dads!) still flock to the website and its events, ready to listen, learn, and ask questions. And each time it concludes one workshop, Smart Parenting get messages asking when is the next one.

So this year the website decided to supersize its baby showers and workshops in one huge event: its first ever “Smart Parenting Convention”, presented by major sponsors Belo Baby, Calpol, Insular Life and powered by PLDT Fibr.

There were 12 talks divided into topics to help moms settle further on their role, whether she’s preparing for a baby, juggling a career and a toddler. or raising a preschooler.

At the pregnancy block, Chiqui Brosas, a certified doula (a woman trained to assist another woman during childbirth) and an in-demand childbirth educator who conducts classes all year round, talked about the early stages of pregnancy. With her was Dr. Aurora Tajan who debunked a number of pregnancy myths.

During the Baby block, Brosas shared tips on taking care of a newborn especially when it comes to his skin. Another speaker, Sharon Agoncillo-Galang, an Independent Certified Instructor (ICI) of the baby Signs® Program and a passionate speaker with 21 years of hands-on experience on the different fields of Early Education, talked about baby sign language as an alternative and effective way of communicating with babies.

At the Preschool block, Michelle Lichauco-Tambunting, co-founder and directress of Young Creative Minds Preschool who holds a Master Education from Harvard, offered advice to discipline your kids and manage and tame tantrums. She also shared insights on the challenges and the pros and cons of raising kids in the digital age.

Lastly, at the Family block, Aya Alaraya, a certified securities and investment company representative, and an investment advocate with 25 years of finance and investment experience, discussed how saving money and understanding where tonpit it best important are crucialbfpr your family’s future.

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At our “The First Year of Life Workshop” last November, moms and moms-to-be audibly gasped when Dr. Roselyne M. Balita, a pediatrician and founder of the Little Lamb’s Pediatric Wellness Place, said you could actually use edible oil (yes, that can mean cooking oil) to massage your baby. Sensing the disbelief, she continued, “With edible oil, there’s no danger of your baby ingesting toxins when he puts his fingers or toes in
his mouth.”
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It’s just one of the gems we’ve gotten from the numerous workshops we’ve hosted in the past. Despite the fact that you can Google anything these days, SP moms (and dads!) still flock to the site and our events, ready to listen, learn, and ask questions. And each time we conclude one workshop, we get messages asking when is the next one.
So, this year we’ve decided to supersize our baby showers and workshops in one huge event: our first-ever “Smart Parenting Convention.” To be held on July 29 at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall, the SP Convention will have at least 12 talks divided into these topics: pregnancy, baby, pre-schooler, and family. We hope to cover every stage of mom’s life so we’re getting experts who can help get you settled further in your
role, whether you’re someone who’s preparing for a baby, juggling a career and a toddler, or raising a pre-schooler.
We’ve noticed many of our past attendees wished they could ask more questions. So, at the SP Convention, each talk gets its own room, our experts have a longer time to delve into each topic, and you can ask to your heart’s content. There will be shopping. We have at least 40 booths to cater to your pregnancy, baby, kids, family, and home needs. We’ve also added beauty and food concessionaires.
Get access to vital parenting information and relevant content 24/7, visit www.smartparenting.com.ph, and follow Smart Parenting on Facebook via /smartparenting.ph, and @_smartparenting on Twitter, and @smartparenting on Instagram.
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#GerifiedPH: Smart Parenting’s Money Strategies

My boyfriend let the fire ants scrape away an unopened (just a poked hole on top) coconut husk. A month later, he saw a rectangular hole in it and made me my very first authentic coconut coin bank. Until now, we are using it as Clyde and Dave’s piggy bank.

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Smart Parenting held its first Smart Money Strategies last Saturday, 9am at the Cafe 1771 in El Pueblo, Ortigas.

Our first speaker is an Investment Advocate, TV Show Host and the man behind Peso and Sense, Mr. Aya Loraya.

Why do save?

1 Lotto Mentality : that basically mean that when you have a lot of cash whether on hand or in the bank, you are secured.

2 Retirement : Money to used in old age

3 Own House: Filipinos is a house owning culture

4 Education: For yourself, offspring or a loved one

5 Travel: Pocket money and souvenirs

How to be effective in saving?

1 Learn and know what you want

2 Realistic budget to make savings a regular habit

3 Discussion with the family as savings should be a family matter

4 Consult with  the right competent people

5 ACT – Action. Changes. Things. Use technology wisely.

Our second speaker is none other than Ms. Rose Fres Fausto who talked about Raising Money Smart Kids. It’s important to acknowledge our children’s IQ (Intellectual Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient) and FQ (Financial Quotient) with the use of the Basic Laws of Money.

The Basic Laws of Money

1 Pay yourself first.

2 Get into a business you understand. Seek advice to competent people.

3 May your gold work for you. Make an army of gold before you buy luxury.

We should change our ways in finances from Income – Expenses = Savings to

Income – Savings = Expenses.

Always remember to buy luxury if you can afford buying ten times of it. And finally for parents, we should remember these:

1 Open a child’s bank account the day after their birth

2 Save regularly no matter what

3 Go beyond savings, invest in growth like stocks, business, pooled/index fund

4 Make Individual Balance Sheet of Assets and Liabilities

5 Cut financial umbilical cord once they graduated

More about this event here.

Thank you so much Ms Jen of Smart Parenting for having me. 🙂