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The future starts at home



Parents today face an immense challenge — how do they make sure that their children grow up ready to face whatever the future brings?

Consider the fact that today’s lifestyles are demanding more time from parents at work.

School environments are also being driven by technological shifts that young kids have to keep up with. This leads children to lifestyles with little focus on physical activity and exercise. All things considered, nutrition has also been compromised in lieu of food that’s easy and convenient. As a result, many children grow up facing issues such as obesity, social difficulties, attention problems and learning deficiencies.

These new challenges that parents have to contend with can be overwhelming. This is not to say however, that they cannot do anything about it. With consistency, dedication, patience and a little guidance and support from fellow parents, experts and Parentology+, powered by Nankid, it is entirely possible for parents to ensure that their kids are future ready.

Launched earlier this year, Parentology+ is anchored on three pillars — proper nutrition, active lifestyle and high social quotient.

Understanding that parents seek guidance and tips from people they trust, Parentology+ sought the help of various experts to weigh in and give advice for the three pillars.

Cat Arambulo-Antonio is skilled at juggling relationships in different situations, and with clinical psychologist Dr. Cely Magpantay, the two believe that in order to help the child socialize, it is important to put the child in new situations where they can learn and listen to others.

To better encourage kids to socialize with others, Dr. Cely shared, “Warm up, be present at first, then be invisible during playtime. Join them during the start of the activity and eventually let them be. Be a role model to them.”

Nutrition can be challenging for parents, especially when kids need around 3,000 calories a day. However, Joy Sotto and nutritionist Aleli Magtibay said that it can be done with moderation, balance and variety of food options.

“Follow portions by making sure to give a combination of go, grow, and glow foods in every meal, and practice variety, in terms of flavor, texture, color and food preparation,” she elaborated.

Play time may seem like a regular activity for children, but its benefits on the child’s physical health is hard to ignore. Anton Del Rosario and Dr. Edgar Eufemio, an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine, want parents and kids to realize that some activities are better than others.

When asked how to encourage kids to be more active, Dr. Edgar shared this tip. “Give them a taste of success by giving words of encouragement. Be supportive of your kids’ activities, so they would just continue doing what they love to do. Also, play with them. If you expect them to be disciplined and grow up a certain way, do it with them.”

Parents are encouraged to be a role model for their children and participate in their various activities, may it be socializing, eating healthier and staying active. Through learning the style of modern parenting, Parentology+ can help parents create a customized model that can help reshape their child’s future. These three pillars are essential to the development of a healthy, well-rounded child that’s ready to take on the challenges the future holds.

With the different activities that await participants, exciting prizes such as digital instant cameras, premium tumblers, and other exclusive Nankid items can be won when they post their experience at Parentology+ on social media using the hashtags: #NANKID #PARENTOLOGY #ReShapeTheFuture.

Parentology+, powered by NANKID, will also coming to SM City Cebu on 11 to 12 August and Abreeza Davao on 25 to 26 August.