How can I say that, right? I love my family dearly but, yeah, I am. I can be. What stings here is that I have no solution. Too many demands on me and my time and attention. Not enough of me. I’m at a point right now when I feel like I have nothing left…… Continue reading Tapped Out
A parent in one mommy group asked about this “new age parenting thing”: the refusal to spank children for misbehaviour. I honestly still chalk it up to differences in method. I don’t know why “I turned out okay” is found to be a valid argument or defence for spanking. I was rarely spanked but I…… Continue reading Different Strokes
Okay, a little bit of seriousness for now, just to process what’s been going on offline. I have long since accepted that I am easily misunderstood. I have always laughed at the most awkward things. I have always laughed at the most inappropriate things. To me, it’s a coping mechanism. There are times when I…… Continue reading The Accused
Being bilingual in fluency, there are still times when I find it easier to express my thoughts in one language or the other because some words in my native tongue, Filipino, cannot be expressed in English, and there are English words that are too vaguely translated into Filipino. An argument on compassion versus pity cannot…… Continue reading Am I missing vocabulary?
L: Mama, shadow! M: Yes, it’s a shadow. You see the shadow because there is light. L: Shadow and light. M: A shadow is created when something blocks the light. L: *repeats after me slowly after each sentence from this point on* M: The shadow is as important as the light. M: The shadow reminds…… Continue reading Night Time Lessons #1
I found this post via Facebook. I thought I’d share it here because as a parent, I do need this reminder sometimes, and yes, people around me need the reminder, too. How would YOU feel if… …a shirt was suddenly and unexpectedly pulled over your head from behind? …people around you talked about how you…… Continue reading Sometimes we need the reminder
Last Saturday I told a friend about how parents are so quickly and easily judged by others. “It’s not that I don’t make my own judgments,” I said. “But I do so with caution in that I ask myself ‘What can I learn from this parent’s moment?’ Because all we are seeing is a moment:…… Continue reading Judged