The next question is, how much do you pay your yaya so that she’ll be happy to stay with you and take care of your child for a long time?
There are a number of things to consider when contemplating on your yaya’s salary, like the yaya’s work experience, her responsibilities or work load, and your child’s age. Rates are usually higher for yayas who take care of newborns up to 2 year-old kids, as these younger children need more attention and extra care. Yayas from agencies are usually paid salaries from P2,500 to P3,000 a month.*
[*Source: Smart Parenting, November 2007 issue]
You, how much do you pay your child’s yaya? I’d love to hear about your own “yaya” experiences.
My friend is celebrating her daughter's first birthday party soon, so I thought of this list of ideas that will make any kiddie party enjoyable and memorable.
- Food – Any party won’t be complete without food. Of course, the all-time kids’ favorite spaghetti and fried chicken must be part of the menu. A separate menu for the adult guests would be great, but not required especially if you’re on a budget.
- Venue – A McDonald’s/Jollibee/other fast-food chain/restaurant-catered party is the best option for parents who want a stress-free, all-in-one package without the need to hire party organizers.
- Activities – Kids enjoy being involved. Some fun activities for kiddie parties are face painting, balloon-making, magic shows, mini playground like inflatable slides, and games like “Trip to Jerusalem”, “Bring Me”, “Longest Line”, and dance/singing/beauty pageant contests for the cute kids.
- Souvenirs/Give-aways – These can be store-bought, but the best ones are those that you personally made or put together. We went to a princess-themed party where the 7-year old celebrant distributed the “take-home goodies” which consisted of princess-designed mini fans, stickers, mini notepads, candies, and mini toys all placed inside a cute princess box, in line with the party’s princess theme. What a truly nice treat for the kids!
So, whether you’re willing to splurge on your kid’s party or you’re on a tight budget, what’s most important is to enjoy the day in celebration of the wonderful gift that is your precious child.
Any more tips on making kiddie parties fun? Let me know how you celebrated your own child’s birthday, or the most memorable kiddie party you’ve been to!
My baby is very choosy when it comes to her milk. She's been used to the NAN series of formula milk made by Nestle: NAN1 from birth to 6 months, NAN2 from 6 months to 10 months, & NAN3 for 10 months to 24 months-old babies.
As I watch my baby playing in her playpen, I thought of starting this blog to share my personal "mommy" experiences as well as "baby" information that may be helpful to first-time parents like me.
Having a baby has changed me. I believe I've become more responsible, more caring, more loving. Sure, there are days when I wish I had more "ME" time. But nothing beats my baby's smile, embrace, or kiss, to take away all my tiredness and lack of sleep. There's a certain magic in her eyes, her smile, her touch, her kiss.
I hope you'll join me in my "mommy" journey. Feel free to leave a comment and share your own "mommy" or "daddy" experiences, too, so that I may also learn from you. Let's all enjoy this carousel ride as parents!