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  • Top of the Morning: New Mom Jerika Ejercito Finally Introduces Partner to Dad Erap

    The mayor of Manila finally meets actor Bernard Palanca, the father of his 7-month-old grandson
  • 1. Jerika Ejercito introduces father of her baby to dad Erap

    Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada finally met with his grandson’s father, Bernard Palanca. Bernard and Jerika Ejercito, Erap’s daughter with Laarni Enriquez, welcomed their first child, son Isaiah Ejercito Palanca, early in 2014. First-time mom Jerika shared photos on Instagram to celebrate her “best Christmas to date.” (abs-cbnnews.com)

    2. Preschooler should practice writing before school
    According to a new research published in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly, early writing, especially when it occurs before any formal education, plays a significant role in improving a child’s literacy level, vocabulary, and fine motor skills. The study suggests that instead of teaching young kids their ABCs, they should be teaching writing to help kids relate sounds to letter on the page. (psychcentral.com)

    3. Zoë Saldana gives birth to twins


    Actress Zoë Saldana welcomed her twin sons Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio with husband artist Marci Perego last November 27. Both mom and sons are happy and healthy. The "Guardians of the Galaxy" actress tweeted a photo of two bottles and two plushies with bottle nipples as hats on Friday, January 3, to announce her twins’ arrival. (people.com)

    4. New recommendations for screen time
    U.S. non-profit organization Zero to Three has released a more realistic and useful set of guidelines for parents when it comes to screen time with young kids. The recommendations are based on how screens are used, for example: instead of giving the child a tablet and letting him be on his own, parents should use media with their kids. Another key factor that was mentioned is minimizing the instances of having the television running in the background. (huffingtonpost.com)

    5. Rapper Macklemore is going to be a dad
    Macklemore’s fiancée Tricia Davis is expecting. The “Same Love” rapper shared a moving video on Twitter Saturday, January 4 to share the news. Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, also shared that the baby is due in May this year. Congratulations! (people.com)

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