It was October when my husband confirmed that he was coming for the holidays and we both agreed to keep it from the girls, but my eldest found out sooner when I asked her to message Dada using my phone. I completely forgot that our latest conversation was about his flight details and plans on how to surprise them. Since she already knew about it, I told her to keep it a secret and plan on something.
So there, that day has finally come. The plan was we will go to SM Clark for a little early Christmas shopping than the usual, and I’ll be meeting a common friend of ours who was carrying the parcel that my husband has sent for us.
I took them to Pizza Hut for snacks, had a little window shopping, headed to the airport without them, and began with the plan. See what our little girl’s reaction was.
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.
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:
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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.