BETTINA CARLOS

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Don’t you find it amusing how sometimes the most random of things our children say speak so much to us about life (and love)? How sometimes, us parents are reminded by God through the tiny, innocent lips of our kids? Here are some life principles my five-year-old reminds me of…

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January 1 might have already passed, but because it is still the first month of the year, most of us feel that it is still not too late to start our “a list to change” or “a list to improve on.” Let me tell you the good news: With the…

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Every time a brand new year ushers in, we are most compelled to change our ways or revert back to our good old healthier ways. But like the start of last year, you realize that as the months progress, we tend to digress from our so called “resolutions.” Truth is,…

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Since I started writing in September, I have been vocal about the parent’s spiritual life (relationship to God) as the foundation of our parenting. 2016 is the best year for me because of how my faith has been tested, refined and grown; and has consequently matured me as a person…

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Because Christmas in the Philippines starts in September and ends not on the 25th of December but on the Feast of the Three Kings on January 6, allow me to dwell more on the reason for this season—Christ Jesus. Here are truths about Jesus that parents must share with their…

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Christmas is a doubly special occasion for me for besides celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my birthday also falls on the same date. And ever since I had Gummy, Christmas has become an even more meaningful season of thanksgiving and gift-giving for the both of us. Most people would…

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When #HUGOTLines tipped, I found myself jumping on the bandwagon and dropping these lines here and there, even to my daughter. These one-liners became so assimilated in my life, personally, that my words unconsciously carry much weight [with implied pain from the past-though now recalled with laughter] and used to…

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• Be a good example. Your children will do what you do, not what you say. • Prioritize developing relationship. You cannot teach effectively and influence successfully if you don’t have a relationship with your child. Relationship must be established first before rules. Children will not have the heart to…

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Last weekend, I attended a Solo Parents Retreat facilitated by CCF’s KSP or Kool Solo Parents Ministry. It was the first Christian retreat I attended since I became a mother and follower of Jesus. As a first-time parent and a solo one at that, I am constantly searching and seeking…

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