Parenting: The Bullies

“Somebody bullied Lukas at camp,” my 8-year old son’s best friend told me. According to her, they made fun of my son’s tiny voice and accent when he speaks. And when Lukas tried to tell them to stop, they ridiculed him even more. I was shocked! The news was totally unexpected because my husband was with Lukas at the camp and it happened months ago, in summer. No one informed me about any bullying incident that involved my son. I was fuming! Being a mother, my initial reaction was to text my husband and demand that the parents of these […]

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Parenting: When words matter

My eldest son Pablo became involved in musical theater this year. As people close to me know very well, the stage has been my passion for several years, until I was won over by another – family. So I am “stage mother” as stage mother can get, haha! Part of what we do in supporting Pablo’s very young career is taking him to auditions and preparing him for them. Coming from a background that knows the demands of the industry, I tend to be very firm with his daily vocalizations, and would go through the scripts with him constantly so […]

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The World Will Teach Them

One of the reasons why many parents choose to homeschool their children is to be their primary and strongest influence. It was one of ours when we decided to homeschool Pablo, our eldest (and later on, his younger siblings), aside from finances and all other factors we considered. We wanted to raise our children to know Jesus and to adhere to the scriptures in how they live their lives, young as they are. We strongly believe that a child’s first 12 years are most critical in their character foundations. I have to admit that because our children have been closely […]

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Parenting & Homeschooling: Music and Discipline

I have been silently observing my eldest son’s progress with the keyboards the past few days. He only knows one song, he just had his first lesson with his dad last Monday, after all. But he’s been turning on that keyboard several times during the past two days and had been practicing the chords without prodding and singing along with it. I try not to make a big deal of it, at least not within his hearing. He’s turning 12 on Monday and no longer appreciates being fawned upon like a little boy. Pablo has always shown interest in the […]

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When you feel like a failure at motherhood

As I write this, I’m feeling physically exhausted. But I can’t just walk to my bed and lie down, which is what I really want to do. I’ve got an article to polish, pending blogs to work on, dishes to wash, clothes to prepare, a house to tidy up, and a million other things that I have no idea where or how to start on. So instead, I make myself coffee and try to keep myself up. A fellow work-from-home mom once shared in our group that her motivation for work are her monthly bills. I thought it was funny then, but in […]

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