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    WORKING MOM OR STAY-AT-HOME MOM?

    Paolo and I taught at a parenting seminar yesterday and one of the concerns that was raised by a mom was working vs. staying at home. I know a lot of great kids… well-mannered, respectful, giving, helpful, have a heart for God…some have stay-at-home moms (SAHM), others have moms who work a 9 to 5 job or run a business. I also know some not-so-great kids… rude, whiny, rowdy, selfish, disruptive, impatient… some have SAHMs, others have moms who work a 9 to 5 job or run a business. Every family situation is different. I am a SAHM and I am so thankful I can be with my kids most…

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    THE COST OF RAISING A CHILD

    Author: Unknown I have seen repeatedly the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It’s nice, really nice. The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That’s a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice…

  • My kids' journey

    GOD PROVIDES FOR THE BIG AND LITTLE

    I was in line for Nathan’s Playshop Streetdance recital. I didn’t think the line would be that long already and it was getting longer by the minute. Paolo had to look for parking and my dilemna was how to buy another ticket and keep my place in the line. I only had 2 complimentary tickets and I needed one more for Ryan. Should I leave Ryan in line while I go to the ticket booth? Or should I bring Ryan with me and just tell the people behind me to watch my spot? Or should I just sneak Ryan in and not have to pay an extra P150? hehe… While…

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    GOODBYE FARMVILLE

    I am finally letting go of my farm. And to all my Farmville neighbors, it was nice farming with you! Since I started my facebook, I’ve gotten tons of invitations to play different games from different people. I was never into them, and still can’t say that I am now. I only started playing Farmville upon the insistence of my kids. For many months, I’ve always declined, saying that I’m much too old for things like that. And then one day, it hit me, that I don’t want them to remember me as their mom who was too old to enjoy the things that they did. Hence, my decision to…

  • Family Activities

    NAILSPA AND FISHING

    Janina and I had a wonderful day yesterday with other mom and daughter teams, Therese and Isabel and Belle and Bella. We had a nice lunch at Larry’s Bar in Serendra, then got a footspa at Nail Tropics. Lunch at Larry’s Bar Foot Spa at Nail Tropics The girls’ nail art While we girls got pampered indoors, Paolo and the boys were out being sweaty and dirty. He brought Ryan, Nathan and Nathan’s friends to Lakeshore, Pampanga to go fishing. Fishing at Lakeshore with their home-made fishing rods Dipping their heads to cool off Ryan dipping not only his head, but his upper body Though there are a lot of…

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    15 YEARS OF CRAZY MARRIAGE

    still in bed, upon waking up this morning, paolo puts his arm around me: jenn: you were so mean to me… paolo (shocked): huh? when? how? what did i do? jenn: i don’t remember. it was in my dream last night. paolo: oh, I’m sorry for being mean to you. jenn: it’s ok. i forgive you. after 15 years of marriage, i still love waking up with this crazy guy!

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    OUR TRIP TO CORON

    At the beginning of summer, we asked our kids where they wanted to go for vacation: HongKong or Palawan. Unanimously they chanted “Palawan, Palawan.” I almost regretted making them choose. If it was up to me, I would always prefer shopping in the city and theme parks over lots of sun and sticky, salty water. I started doing the preparations for the trip… booking with the airline, arranging our lodging and island-hopping tours. With the tips given by several friends, I was able to save several thousands of pesos. We spent 4 days in Coron, Palawan. I must say that every centavo we spent was well worth it. And I’m…

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    ALIEN MOM

    Over lunch today, one of my kids told his siblings “I told you, our real mother got abducted by an alien.” And the others agreed in unison. A part of me felt insulted and wanted to ground them for life, but a part of me understood why they were saying it. I decided to play along and in a robotic,¬†alien voice said “You’re right. I’m not your real mother.” And they all laughed. Mothers have good days and bad days. On our good days, we are jolly and sweet, always encouraging and helpful. On our bad days, we morph into that mom that we vowed never to become.¬† That’s when…

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    ACCEPTING DEFEAT

    After the results were announced, I saw Janina hugging the winner. I wasn’t sure how Janina would react if her name wasn’t called because she wanted to win Playshop Idol 2010. She auditioned and became part of the final 3. She was so nervous and when she asked me for my last word of advice before the show started, I told her “Just be yourself and no matter what happens, you’ll always be the winner to us!” And as she walked away, she mumbled “You always say that mom…” A big factor in helping our kids accept defeat is how we react as parents. Sometimes the bigger pressure comes from…