BETTINA CARLOS

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Have you ever had a bad day that you’ve taken it out on people unrelated to the matter? Have you lost your temper and scolded your kids out of your frustration? Have you ever felt insufficient as a parent for trying to be present at all times, in all aspects—juggling…

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Motherhood is not a walk in the park. It is tiring, consuming, messy, painful, demanding, dramatic; but also fulfilling, completing and ultimately, beautiful. I am a hundred percent sure that 100-pecent of mothers will still choose to be a mother in their next lifetime; yes des­pite the [birth] pains. The…

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Well into the summer break, I learned that gymnastics is not just a physical conditioning for children—it can also serve as an early life training ground for them. In the previous week, Gummy officially started her formal training for gymnastics. Although she managed to finish training for 3 hours—successfully and…

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I was blessed to have such loving and supportive parents and grandparents who carefully observed my interests and inclinations, and patiently enrolled me in various classes and camps to further develop my skills. Because of this–as parents well know with their own children–it was inevitable that I grew up exposed…

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Next to the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, Holy Week is my next favorite long break—not because we can travel (we never have actually) or sleep in for as long as we wish, but because it is an allotted time to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ while He…

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Parents are the first and primary educators of their children. Sad to say nowadays, parents tend to “deposit” their kids to school and let the teachers assume their parental role, expecting that when their kids come home, they are to be perfectly mannered and educated. Then wondering why they cannot…

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Yes, yes I know Mother’s Day is due in two months time but, hey, one cannot help but mention mothers when we talk about women. In commemoration of Women’s Month, why not double the celebration by honoring both women and mothers! How special are we, women anyway? Did you know…

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A continuation of the “How I do’s” that make Gummy the behaved and mature girl that—modesty aside—people find admirable in my little girl. 11. If your child throws tantrums, leave her. She should learn that making a scene would never get her what she wants. When she is calmer, ask…

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We frequently hear this line as an expression, a joke, or a statement that is half meant. Nevertheless, it usually has an underlying intention from the speaker to find out how they can be like person they look up to. So on a more serious note, why don’t I list…

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In celebration of my daughter’s sixth year of life, I want to honor my Partner who has made parenting—despite the solo status—work out. Most people think that single parenting is hard. That’s true. But not as difficult if you have a Partner who carries your burdens for you, promises to…