BETTINNA CARLOS

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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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In the past two months we have tackled the right parenting approach (heart parenting), discipline with love (use of the rod) as well as house rules (home commandments). Now why not talk about specific values we want to teach and instill in our children? They say that the first seven…

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Rules are made for our safety and be­nefit. Imagine if there were no rules in basketball games, then players can freely elbow their opponents. Imagine if there were no traffic rules … Imagine just how more chaotic the world will be if there weren’t laws that citizens must abide by.…

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Co-parents have asked me how exactly I deal with my daughter when she has broken the rules of obedience and respect. I tell them, “You should never warn your children when an act of discipline is about to happen.” For me, it is unnecessary to ask, “Do you want to…

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I only have two rules that when broken automatically call for the rod—no questions asked nor pleadings allowed when my daughter disobeys and shows disrespect. Disobedience is when I give an order, and Gummy responds with a challenge (“But Mum you said I can watch on a weekend…” ); an…

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