• Child Care,  Guidance & Discipline,  Parenting

    Are Old Parenting Filipino Practices and Beliefs Worth Reviving?

    I became a mom for the first time 13 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 haven’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.

  • Guidance & Discipline,  Lifestyle,  Parenting,  Technology

    Important Considerations for Raising a Kid Around Modern Technology

    Being a parent can feel a bit tough nowadays with the extra burden of technology looming over your shoulders. A kid can just pick up a tablet and get online, instantly able to interact with numerous people and their creations. And while this can certainly be a great thing when the child has proper mentoring on how to use it all, leaving a young one unattended for too long can have disastrous results. It’s important to know what you should be prepared for, and how to deal with the common issues that you’re going to face.

    Social Media and Online Interactions Your kids will be able to connect to multiple people with great ease, and that’s a fact you’ll have to get used to as early as possible. You won’t be able to stop those communications from occurring, but what you can do is teach your kids about the dangers of sharing too much with people online. We’re raising a generation of kids that see no issue with spreading their real name, address and other data all over the Internet, and this is a ticking time bomb that can lead to some serious problems in the very near future.

  • Child Care,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    Let kids be kids

    Let kids be kids.” This is what my husband tells me – all the time.

    We are opposite. I say no. He says yes all the time. I make rules. A lot. Here are a few:

    • Gadgets can only be used up to 9pm on weekdays provided they’re all done with their homework.
    • I allow them to be on Social Media but yes, I have all the access, all notifs go to my inbox.
    • Or they have to finish their homework first then they can go and play outside, in the condition that they should be home before the lamp post opposite the house turns on.

    You can’t blame me. He’s not here. What they become will definitely reflect on me and how I raised them. No, I am not trying to be a perfect mom here but I just feel it’s the right thing to do.

  • Lifestyle,  Parenting

    Keeping Up With Generation Z

    Generation Z or Gen Z, just like the Millennial, are often criticized by many just because they mostly spend their time on gadgets and social media, while older generations like me would always remind them and talk about the days without cell phones, yet we survived.


    Most of the time, I don’t understand them, but that doesn’t mean that I cannot keep up with them. If I have to be with them on Snapchat or say have a short appearance on their Musical.ly, I would. I must admit, too, that even though my job is all about digital marketing, there are things that I no longer understand and able to do – like video editing and uploading on YouTube. That’s when I turn to them. They teach me. I also learn many things from them and not always the other way around. Let’s admit it, they are the empowered generation of today’s digital age.