Wailings Of A Work At Home Mom

The Wild and Wacky World of WAHMs!


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Entry-Level Programmer/Developer – March 4, 2013

English: Programmer

English: Programmer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Learning how to code is one of the best and most useful skills to have in today’s job market. The problem though is that most schools don’t have any programming courses as part of their curriculum.

Want to try your luck as a programmer but don’t know where to start learning or working? I just found a great job that would allow us work at home moms to learn how to code and earn at the same time.

Village88 is looking for 5 full-time entry level developers. Applicants must possess at least a Vocational Diploma / Short Course Certificate. A college degree in any engineering course or mathematics would be an advantage. Applicants also should have some background knowledge on different programming languages and syntax (you can easily learn this stuff online from websites like w3schools.com, codecademy.com and code.org).

For more details about this position and how to apply, click here.


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Out On Their Own

Yesterday, my husband and I cried like babies. We were on an emotional roller coaster that started with intense anxiety, followed by alternating bouts of fear and doubt which eventually ended with an overwhelming rush of bittersweet joy and immense pride.

Yesterday was my daughter’s assessment and entrance examination for preschool.

I know what you guys are thinking, why are we so emotional over our daughter getting into preschool? It’s preschool, for crying out loud! Nobody fails in those “assessment” tests and all they do in preschool is play.

My husband and I are very involved and a bit overprotective when it comes to our daughter. Although we allow and encourage her to face challenges by herself, this was the first time we felt like she was facing this completely alone. As a parent, you know you that you should let your child work things about by themselves but we’re usually at the wings ready to swoop in whenever our child is in trouble.

This time we felt helpless. We weren’t allowed to go with her to the testing area and she was tested by complete strangers. They didn’t know our daughter and we couldn’t tell her what her quirks are and what makes her tick. We wouldn’t know if she was scared or nervous until after they let us in the room.

Our daughter is smarter and stronger than me and my husband combined. I’m so proud!

She proved us wrong and she passed with flying colors. She even enjoyed the challenge! The guidance counselor and principal were charmed because she told them that she wanted to go to school and she will go to school even when she’s sick!

And I was really thankful that the staff was very professional. They really knew how to put my child at ease, which surprised me because normally my daughter is very shy among strangers. One of the counselors made the effort to make us more comfortable and reassured us by saying that our reaction is normal and that a lot of the parents there actually felt the same way we did.

It’s not you, it’s me

It’s not because we didn’t trust her abilities. It’s more like we didn’t trust ourselves. I think despite all the things we did to prepare her, we’re never completely sure that we did everything that we could or we did everything right. We’re human and we makes mistakes and it scares us that our child would be the one to suffer for our mistakes.

It’s a good thing children are forgiving and they often come out stronger and better than what we expect of them.


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The Power of Why

I came across this article yesterday on the AsianScientist.com about the Phil. Department of Education dropping science from its Grade 1 and 2 curriculum. It’s actually an old story but when you look at the reactions online, you’ll see that it still hits a raw nerve.

I think the reason why we’re so offended by this issue is because of what it implies. It implies that our government thinks that our children (and by association, us their parents) are not smart enough to understand complex scientific concepts. It implies that our government doesn’t think that our teachers are capable of teaching science to young children. It implies that we, Filipinos in general, are afraid of science and that it’s beyond our simple comprehension.

I understand that the Department of Education did this to follow the educational model set by our Asian neighbors. There’s nothing wrong with that because we can see in their cases that the K-12 system does work. Science education would be strengthened, they claim, because science would be taught at an age where children are better equipped to understand it and t’s easy to integrate science topics in other subjects.

But that’s not really the case. Rather than just following the system, why not improve on it? Why be content with just catching up with our neighbors? Why not introduce science early so we could bypass them?

Killing Curiosity

This decision saddens me because it greatly underestimates our children’s curiosity and desire to learn. What parent hasn’t complain about how inquisitive their children are? They can’t stop asking why. Why do we eat? Why do we sleep? Why does the sun shine? Why is the earth round? Why is the night dark? Why do my fingers wrinkle after I bathe? Why? Why? Why?

No one is too young or too old to learn science.

No one is too young or too old to learn science.

They can’t see that these questions are about science. Teaching science isn’t about spoon-feeding children science concepts. It’s about answering these questions accurately, in the way they understand so they’ll ask the right questions and learn how to find solutions.

When we foster our children’s curiosity and encourage them to ask questions, we’re teaching science. When they express the desire to know more about themselves and their environment, we’re teaching science.

When we tell them they’re too young to understand science, we’re teaching them to fear not just the subject. We’re teaching them to be afraid of learning and exploration. We’re telling them that they’re not good enough to learn and we’re not competent enough to teach. We’re basically killing their curiosty, telling them they’re too young to ask questions. When we take away science and turn away from the power of why, we’re not just failing our children, we’re also depriving them of all the opportunities they deserve to have.


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Spanish-speaking Customer Service Representative – February 6, 2013

Hablas espanol?

Outbounders.com is looking for full-time, homebased Spanish Speaking CSRs who are  hardworking, resourceful, and confident individuals with dynamic personality, who pay attention to details and are flexible in work schedules.

Welcome to the World of Spanish

Welcome to the World of Spanish (Photo credit: mikecogh)

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

1. Must have minimum of 1 year inbound experience
2. Excellent in Spanish communications
3. With GOOD experience in sales and telemarketing
4. Willing and able to work in flexible shifts
5. Able to work diligently and effectively under minimum supervision

Just click on the link below for more details about this position and how to apply.

http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/job/20917


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Science In Everyday Life

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism is a change o...

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism is a change of a nucleotide at a single base-pair location on DNA. Created using Inkscape v0.45.1. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always been a nerd. Ever since I was a kid I was always curious about how thinks worked or why things are the way they are. I was lucky enough to have a family and teachers who supported my interests and made science really fun for me.

Now that I’m a parent, I realize that this isn’t the case for most schools. A lot of people are still intimidated by science and math. And as much as I respect science and math teachers, I know a lot of them are having a hard time relating these concepts into everyday life or how to make science more accessible or easier to understand.

 

 

 

“(When reporting about science,) you should be able to explain it to your mom.”

—Dr. Michael Purugganan
NYU Dean of Science
Professor of Genomics

I’m not a good teacher but I know I can explain science my writing. That’s because I love how science works in our day to day lives. And you would be surprised at how a lot of the complicated science concepts out there can easily be explained by the simple things we encounter everyday.

This is something we need, more than ever, in science education. We, as parents and primary educators should try to see life and nature through child like eyes and find ways to be excited again with the prospect of discovering something new. I know a lot of us have lost this child-like wonder and curiosity along the way because of the drudgery of everyday life. But how can we get our kids excited by learning if we ourselves have given up the desire to learn something new.

I’d like to do my share in helping make science more accessible. And here’s my attempt in explaining how SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphisms can help Filipinos trace their ancestry give us an insight into our identity as a race. And I did that by using adobo. Enjoy!


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Note Taker and Test Question Maker – January 10, 2013

For work at home parents who have teaching experience or any a parent who was a good student in their youth. This is a short term job which would require you to watch 10-15 minutes lectures, take notes about those lectures, and write test questions about these videos. It’s that simple.

The job pays $2 per video and there around 800 videos available right now for ID-10013636qualified applicants.

Click here for more details about this job and how to apply


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Turning The Other Cheek

 

One of the ways I try to give back is by teaching Sunday school in our church. It’s not easy teaching 7-9 year olds. They have their own opinions and they’re not afraid to share it. And in a lot of ways they’re like sharks, they can smell fear and they won’t hesitate to take advantage of it to their own ends.

Regardless of the challenges I face, I actually enjoy teaching these kids. Over the past few months that I’ve been teaching them, some of them have grown to like me, some of have grown to trust me, most of them at least respect me as their teacher.

The lightness in my heart lets me enjoy my family, despite all the struggles.

But the thing I probably like the most about teaching Sunday school is going back to the basics of what’s the right thing to do. Last Sunday, the lesson was about loving your enemies; specifically Matthew 5: 44-45

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

At first glance, it’s an easy lesson to teach. Don’t fight back. Be nice to people who are mean to you. It would have been easy to give these kids lip service. But when I got this lesson, I realized it would have been soooo easy to just talk about it without applying it to real life. I could have easily gotten away with it. The kids don’t have to know. But I know my conscience wouldn’t let me. My faith wouldn’t let me. I became a Christian because I wanted my child to have these values. What kind of parent would I be if I can’t apply these values myself?

I had to remind myself of this verse several times this week just to get through all the pain. I saw my reputation being torn to shreds in public. I saw my ideas, my hard work being blatantly stolen in front of me without any shame or remorse. I just take comfort in the fact that God has a higher purpose for this and that he’s teaching me a lesson to help me become a better person, better teacher, and a better parent. I realize that once you have faith and you believe in God, you don’t need the satisfaction of seeing karma at work. Not that I don’t want to see karma at work but I don’t need it. Letting go and moving on to better things; it’s better than any rush karma can give.