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How To Nurture Your Child's Gift with these Three Activities.

11/21/2017Shen


How does it feel to be like 5 year olds? It feels good.


As moms, we know there are a lot of things we put aside. With the never-ending to-do lists, the many expectations of people, how can we afford to be like children again? There's always something nagging at the back of your head that needs to get done.

But what if? What if you do take  few hours in the days to be like your cute little toddlers? What could happen?

Well, I got to do exactly that during an event that Promil Four hosted.
They gathered some of the best child developmental experts and engaged us in 3 activities that will cultivate the minds and bodies of our toddlers. And we get to experience it ourselves. Because what better way to show something that works that doing it yourself!


MENTAL ACTIVITY

First stop is my favorite! Art Activity that will help us develop the mental agility of our children. This art workshop done through storytelling is thoroughly engaging. It also showed us simple ways introducing repetitive actions to our child like how to clean brushes. "Swish! Swish! Squeeze!" Painting also introduces our children to colors, mixing it and also shapes. There's nothing wrong that you can do in this activity! While the story-telling part which you can customize yourself helps with creating memories with your children!




This activity spoke volumes to me because I am currently managing my stress through watercolor and activity. I notice the curiosity in my child and I have encouraged her to do the same. Claud loves to color! She has been exposed to many art medium and I feel like this is the beginning of me learning about her gifts. I'm looking forward to doing more research and creating more art activities with her.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Yoga is one the best ways to strengthen our body. I used this as my main exercise regimen when I was diagnosed with hypertension. Claud and I also attended a workshop that actually uses Yoga to teach them alphabets! Stretching the muscles, strengthening the core and encouraging coordination is great as a physical activity for this children. Allowing our children to move their bodies outside their usual daily activities is actually very encouraging to cultivate self-awareness and mindfulness. If I can get so much from a Yoga class, what more a growing child ready to absorb anything?



If you think you need lots of money to learn yoga, you simply have to log onto YouTube to know how! But if you'd rather learn under tutelage of experts, Urban Ashram offer yoga classes for children! Claud loves being active! I can't wait to teach her basic yoga poses that will entice her to be more active.


SOCIAL ACTIVITY

The last activity is aimed to develop social awareness. This is multi-sensorial workshop in a way that our group was tasked to build a house using big blocks without talking to each other and to do it again talking with each other. The contrast of the two tasks gave birth to ingenious ways to build a fortress!

I find the at my child is very congenial but I recognize that her interactions has been minimal and so she doesn't usually know how to interact with different people. This activity helped me in teaching her social cues that will help her communicate with others. Having to build something with 10 other people without the use of our mouth was empowering and at the same time humbling. Having to look people in the eyes and see their reaction, to be patient and to allow others to go first are things I would love for my child to learn.


Environmental and intrinsic factors greatly affect our children’s development, Said Dra. Leticia Ho, Clinical Psychologist/Neurotherapist and President of PCGE. She provided us proper tools that will enable us to help shape our children’s gift. Her recipe for reaching a child’s full potential? Proper parenting, proper stimulation, and proper nutrition.



These activities may cultivate a child's giftedness but really these activities simply allow kids to kids that can grow up to be a functional beings able to contribute to the society. I really don't require my child to be a genius, to be savant. I need her to be a good person. A person who thinks of others and to think of consequences. I need her to be a person with faith. But as parents we don't always feel we have everything our children needs, right? I'm glad I was able to participate in these workshops because it showed me that I am able.

As for nutrition, aside from providing a healthy balanced diet that is rich in DHA, having that extra boost for our children doesn't hurt. It's such a releif for amny parents to be able to rely on some things that puts their minds at ease!

"To end the event, Dra. Leticia Penano-Ho, President of Phil Center for Gifted Education gave a key take away message and that is “Every child has the talent which can be a Gift if discovered and nurtured early. It is the parent’s role to make the child’s talent reach his full potential, or else that gift could just be there untapped and undiscovered.”  
Aside from the Learning Workshop, this year, PROMIL® Four is also partnering with Atlantis Production. They will be showcasing awe-inspiring talents in the local production of Matilda the Musical, a theater play that features the story of a gifted child..

The three child actors, who will portray the lead role of the play are Esang De Torres of ABS-CBN’s “The Voice Kids” and “Les Miserables” Asian Tour; Uma Naomi Martin of “A Little Princess”; and Gawad Musika’s Outstanding Child Performer, Felicity Kyle Napuli. This musical play will run from November 10 to December 10, 2017. Promil Four is raffling out free Matilda tickets, visit www.promilfour-matilda.com for more information
PROMIL® Four has long been known for nurturing the young Filipino’s gift. It is specially formulated for children above three years old and is the only brand that contains NUTRISSENTIALS®—the combination of the unique and important nutrients that help support mental & physical development to help Nurture the Gift, together with balanced diet and healthy lifestyle."

Are these activities something you and your children would be interested in doing? Share with me in comment section below. If you have other activities that you think your fellow readers would like to try, you can share them, too!
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