Meet my little Chef and beautiful Photographer for yesterday’s Career Week at school.
So far, both have been consistent at what they want to become in the future. Each time I spend time in the kitchen preparing our meals, my youngest would always ask if she could help and do the rest of what I still have to do.
Today’s youngsters seem to be growing up too fast! They know what’s hot and not. They keep up with what is trending. And they just seem to comprehend some “things” in advance too quickly, when during our time, those were the things that we didn’t even pay attention to. Some even have the guts to commit crimes and suicide, and it is very alarming.
So how do you survive raising a tweener?
I became a mom for the first time 11 years ago, at the age of 30. At that time, I heard and actually followed (and still following) some of the old practices and beliefs that the older generation practiced for years. Here are some of the practices that I grew up with and am aware of:
Photo from Unsplash
Po and Opo. Children are taught to say “po” and “opo” whether you are related or not. It is a must to insert these words in every sentence that you use when talking to elders. Unfortunately, my children hasn’t practiced this that much as their first language was English. However, I always remind them about it and they actually do when they remember.
If there’s one thing I regretted of not pushing through with my first born, it’s breastfeeding. If only I knew the importance of breastfeeding back then over the hours I spent at work, I would have given more time storing breast milk at least. Glad I did it for 6 months with my 2nd one. Yeah, proud of that teehee!
It’s amazing to know that these days, a group of mothers gather to promote the benefits of breastfeeding. This is organized by a Facebook group Breastfeeding Pinays. The activity seeks to promote the importance of women’s rights and proper support for breastfeeding mothers. Unfortunately, many people still condemn breastfeeding in public, which should not be the case. Let’s go over what HAKAB NA! 2017 brings and is all about.
Back to the normal grind. Get up earlier than the usual, everyday. Unending home works. Projects. And a lot more. My eldest is now at Grade 7 while the youngest is at Grade 2. Since High School has the most memorable days, I want Deye to make more memories which she will never forget, where in she has the opportunity to explore and learn more, with new set of friends maybe. So I’ve decided to transfer her to a big Catholic school, and tagged along Ishi with her. Here they are on the first day of school.
Time goes by too quickly. I can’t believe Deye is already in High School. Next thing I’ll know she’d be asking if she can go out with her friends, without me. I can see in her actions these past few days that she’s having a hard time dealing with more than 40 classmates, in a much bigger school with different approach. I hope she’d get along with everybody well despite her being too shy still. I know in time she’d get to adjust very well.