With the booming and upgrading technology, extracurricular activities in school and the fact that I have more than 30 years gap with my kids, it is sometimes too difficult to relate to what my girls want. This is why I try hard to still connect with them in some ways that I could. In my case, with a husband working abroad, I have to be the mother and the father at the same time.
On school activities/events. Being a working mom that requires traveling at times, I make sure that I don’t miss any important school events. Though there were times that I couldn’t really make it, I’m glad my parents were always there to fill my shortcomings. One good thing about my daughter’s school is that they took consideration of the working parents whose schedules are really tight. During the school orientation last week, a whole year-round calendar of activities was already handed over to us. I am much happier that the major events including the family day were all scheduled on a Saturday.
Indoor games. How do you like seeing a 36-year-old playing “bahay-bahayan and lutu-lutuan”? Whether I like it or not, it’s a must to squeeze even a little time for this. With my toddler, I need to adjust big time to relate to her activities. With my eldest, it’s not really difficult as she’s very much into gadgets. We frequently play Draw Something online and that already makes her the happiest kid. The only thing I really cannot do is watch cartoons with them. Oh please!
Dining. With food issues, we are much alike. If they feel like going to Jollibee, there’s no big deal for me. I love fast food, too! They also love lutong bahay except for my eldest who gets too picky at times.
Above are basically how I stay connected with my kids. Oh, we also love putting make-up on sometimes!