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
Oh but in a good way, I assure you. I realised I’ve been working too long hours lately, defeating the purpose of working from home so I have enough time for my kids. This afternoon, I took a mini break, allowing my firstborn to keep me with him in the playroom during their quiet…… Continue reading Hostage
Note: This was written and saved as a draft in 14 October 2016. I completed the post but have not changed the references much. We have been busy lately. You can probably tell because I have posted rarely. A lot has happened offline that I can’t seem to get my mind to catch up enough…… Continue reading It’s Really About the Little Things
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