BETTINA CARLOS

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Has your parenting ever been questioned? Have you ever been “shamed” or criticized for your chosen way of raising your child? For giving them candies and letting them participate in Halloween parties when you are a Christian or for allowing them to wear heels and let them play with make…

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My daughter has been tremendously enjoying our abundance of time together since I no longer have tapings, or as she liked to call it, long-day shoots that take me away from her. Since I have gone fulltime baker-mother-homemaker for the past five months, I have made sure to work only…

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My daughter’s first quarter grades have been released and I am happy with them. I always am. Not because they are high, but because beneath those grades, I know my daughter gave her best. For Jesus. Let me tell you that as a person whose hobby was studying throughout the…

AMANDA ANECDOTES

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As my child grows, so do the details of her observations. Last week she told me that there are three singles in her class. And I responded with, “Baby, all 17 of you are singles because all of you are still young and not married.” She corrected and said, “No…

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A lesson on jealousy and materialism I notice that Gummy’s sweet ramblings significantly increase as the day dies down. After our nightly devotional, and when the lights are off, she gets more talkative about the most random of things, usually not in the order they happened. As a mother, I…

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More than the physical nourishment our children need, the fulfillment of their dreams as society’s leaders and builders are shaped by how we nurture and nourish them today. Last week, Republic Cement invited me to grace their series of school visits in Batangas to launch “Lusog Tibay” campaign in partnership…

OF BROKEN MIRRORS AND BITTEN PENCILS

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A few weeks back, I caught my daughter denying the truth for the first very first time. She not only did it once, but three times. The issue: her wooden pencils filled with teeth marks. She was in the shower while I was checking her assignment notebook and fixing her…

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For almost two weeks, I observed recurring unempty lunch boxes. As a parent who wakes up early every day to prepare her child’s food herself, that was frustrating. Especially if you diligently encourage your child to focus on eating instead of talking during lunch thus, showing gratitude to God for…

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I have met some single mothers who in their desire to “complete” their family or their child’s identity, thoughtlessly rush into introducing the father of their child to their kid. Sadly, some of them find themselves in a more difficult, compromising and childhood-shattering position than ever. I am not saying…

UNTOLD STORIES OF A SINGLE MOM

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I have encountered numerous single parents who have the simplest to the most complicated of answers to this same set of questions. What your child tells her classmates or playmates depend on what you teach them, not on what their little innocent minds suspect. Some of the answers are “Kinain…

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