By Anna Valmero
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA—Instead of letting children play video games, TV host Daphne Oseña-Paez urges moms to instead give them a box of crayons and paper to express their creativity.
“Traditional as it may seem, letting your kids draw what is in their imagination can boost their creativity and make them enjoy their playtime, instead of just sitting down in front of the TV or playing video games,” said Daphne during the press launch of the online auction of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).
Daphne is a Unicef volunteer and breastfeeding advocate. She said she exclusively breastfed her three kids for up to 12 months to promote nutrition, and protect her babies with the natural antibodies found in mother's milk.
On May 25, Daphne will launch an online auction of Filipino-made furniture, paintings and jewelry to help fund Unicef projects for the protection and health improvement of Filipino kids.
Being married to broadcast journalist Patrick Paez, Daphne said her three daughters grew up exposed to traditional media such as TV, print and radio and now social media on the Internet.
“Everything is available in media today more than ever so I make sure I keep my kids creative, that not every idea is spoonfed to them by media. Actually I keep them away from social media muna (for now),” added Daphne, referring in particular to Facebook.
Daphne has three daughters Sophia, Lily, and Stella. Her eldest is eight-year-old Sophia while Sophia, who is a year old, is the youngest.
The TV host added that the use of Apple's Ipad is an “issue of age” and should be monitored, especially among teenagers and children. Sophia used the Ipad for a while but luckily, she “did not get addicted to it becase she has other things to do like reading fairy tales or drawing,” said Daphne.
Daphne said she ancourages her kids to write their diaries and draw pictures on them. Her eldest Sophia is currently interested in taking pictures (which she attaches to her journal) after seeing her mom Daphne take photos of her kids for her blog. Every year-end, Daphne collects and preserves photos and artworks of her kids.
Daphne also agrees that it is better to put PCs in open areas such as the sala instead of the children's rooms to prevent them from being victims of “cyberbullying” and visiting adult-oriented sites.
She added it is also wise to moderate their use of gadgets such as cellphones to minimize addiction and to encourage them to start a hobby.
“What matters is we are involved in our children's life. Whether your kid is one-year-old or 25 years-old, make time for them and get involved with their activities because the time spent with them is invaluable than giving them gadgets.”
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