7 Ways to promote self-concept in Children

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Self-concept in children is essential. It is how they value themselves especially in later life. Sense of oneself during childhood is usually formed by interactions with family members and family circumstances. They often learn their individual worth and rate of competency in their family. How they perceive themselves change as they go through developmental stage. They will reach the age when they will acquire experiences from their immediate environment and know the worth of people around them. Only then will they see their self-image and set down identity.

1. Build Open lines for Communication. Establish articulation widely. Show willingness to talk about certain subject may it be serious or petty. The importance of developing mutual respect between children and parents is needed in nurturing relationship and trust within family circles.

2. Encourage children to express their Feelings. Give them the opportunity to appropriately demonstrate their feelings through words and actions. Allow them to rake-off their problems, anxieties, and even happiness. Children who do not have a port to release what they want to share eventually become timid and self-destructive.

3. Listen to children and use words they understand. Lend your ears to make them at ease in imparting what they have to say to get their message right so you can act appropriately. Do not get your wires crossed by using languages they can't comprehend as not to confuse them of what you are trying to relay.

4. Let children explore their talents and accept their limitations. Take pride in your kid's abilities and assets. Encourage them to develop their talents and strengths. Nonetheless, be realistic in your expectations and do not compare your children to others. It will only put pressure on them.

5. Celebrate achievement. It is important to recognize your children's accomplishments and you can do this dozens of different ways. A simple tap on their shoulder lets them become aware that their efforts are actually paying off. Without doing so, they could end up feeling underappreciated and incompetent over the haul. Congratulate, treat, offer a nice break, or even share the good news. Sincere expressions such as "Hey, you did a great job!" and "I'm proud of you!" are also strong reinforcements.

6. Provide unconditional love. Above and beyond, give all the love that you can give to your kids and allow them to feel your limitless affection. In spite of their weaknesses or pitfalls, you should first and foremost accept your offspring without weighing things out. As they say, "parents were the only ones obligated to love you." By providing genuine passion, they will feel defended and confident, hence, may lead to affirmative self-construction.

7. Teach by example. Many parents insist that their kids should be perfect, even though these parents are not. How can children imitate their moms and dads in this kind of scenario? Parents greatly influence their kid's self-perception and so live as examples in ways you wish to become of them, teach them consistent moral teachings, and share soul-shuttering experiences. However, this does not necessarily follow positively as everyone has his or her own faculty to discern. Furthermore, even children from sound homes stray and resist, but what counts most is never to give up without a fight.

Registration Guide for Workers-on-Leave (POEA)

Workers-on-Leave (WoL) or Balik-Manggagawa (BM)

The overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who are on leave for a specified period, and would be returning to their employer after a certain time are called workers-on-leave (WoL) or balik-manggawa (BM). Before an OFW can go back to work, he or she is required to get a travel exit clearance from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). This government agency issues this clearance to all outgoing Filipino migrant workers, which serve as an exit pass at the airport and likewise to exempt an OFW for paying travel tax and airport terminal fee when leaving the country for employment purposes.

Registration Guide for WoL


• Get an OFW Information Sheet at POEA's building entrance or you can download it here.
• Secure a queuing number at the Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center (BMPC).
• Fill out the OFW Information Sheet at the designated area.
• Wait for your assigned number to appear on the queuing machine.
• When your number appears, proceed to the Evaluation counter and present your documentary requirements.
• Proceed to the Assessment counter to determine the fees to be paid.
• Go ahead to the Cashier's counter for the payment.
• For workers who have not secured their OFW E-card, move on to the E-Card Production Unit at the BMPC area.


• Request For Processing (For agency-endorsed only)
• Accomplished OFW Information Sheet
• Valid passport
• Entry visa or equivalent documents


• P100.00 for Processing Fee
• P1,275.00 for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership fee
• P900.00 for PhilHealth/Medicare coverage

Note: There are now BM-Processing Centers at Trinoma Mall and SM Manila.

Philippines' Overpopulation

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I am from the Philippines, and I love my country despite of its flaws. But that doesn't mean I am no longer hoping for a change, one that could better our lives. Our nation has been facing many problems, and one of them is the rapid growth of its population. An alarming rise in numbers of people residing in the regions, greatly affect its economy and environment. An area can be said overpopulated when one's resources such as land space, food and resources isn't enough to sustain its inhabitants. We have been like this for many years. What would be the effect of this phenomenon?

Social Issues

How Overpopulation Affects Our Society

Philippines has a total land area of 300,000 km2 and based on Census of Population and Housing made on May 1, 2010, it has a total of 92,337,852 population and still growing. It ranked 12th as the most populous country by US Bureau International Data Base. Many of my countrymen experiencing hunger, sickness and unemployment. Despite the government's effort through allocation of big budgets to support pro-poor projects to eradicate poverty, the shortage to basic necessities for our commoners is still evident. This leads to another problems such as, poor education, poor health, and high crime rate.

Poor Education. Insufficient school materials and supplies hinder the improvement of education in public schools. On the other hand, private schools are quite expensive, and many low-level income families can't afford to send their children in this kind of school.

Poor Health. Because of poverty, poor families do not have accessed to proper medical health services. They either opted for unprescribed herb medicines, or totally ignore their illnesses.

High Crime Rate. Due to lack of diploma and high unemployment rate, poverty surges and this leads to antisocial behavior and negative psychological impact on people. Hunger and lack of financial means drive other people to desperate actions.

Environmental Issue

Effect Of Overpopulation To Our Environment

The deterioration of our ecosystem caused by human activities poses some serious concerns. Deforestation and pollution is just two examples that puts our ecology at risk and could create potential danger among us. One example is the recent disaster that afflicted our country, it wasn't even a typhoon, but heavy rains that caused great floods in Metro Manila on August 7, 2012. Almost 70% of the area was submerged in water, houses either destroyed or unfit to live in and thousands of people needed to be evacuated.