Category Archives for "Parenting"

My WAHM Journey Started Today, 1 Year Ago

Freelancing , Parenting

“Di ako mag-ho-homebased. Di ko kaya sa bahay” 

Bukambibig ko yan nung una pa lang akong sinabihan ng kaibigan ko na try ko mag homebased job para mas tutok kay baby. 

Desidido akong kaya kong panindigan ang mga binitawan kong salita. Araw-araw akong gumigising ng 4am para mag ayos at humabol sa 5am na byahe ng nakaparadang UV Express sa amin. Gising na si baby ng ganoong oras at hinahatid nya ko sa gate. Patakbo na ko palagi kung pumunta sa van dahil nauubos ang aking oras kaka-paalam kay baby na ayaw tumigil sa pagpa-cute. 

Mommy Ely when she’s still working in the corporate.

6am dating ko sa opisina, diretso ako sa Lactation Room. Nag-a-almusal ako habang nag e-express ng milk.

7am simula na ko mag trabaho. Napakiusapan ko ang boss ko noon na magpalit ng shift to 7am-4pm para di ako maipit sa traffic at makauwi agad. 

Motor ang sinasakyan ko pauwi araw araw pauwi sa Cainta. Inaabot din ako ng P150-200 pamasahe pauwi. 6pm ang dating ko sa bahay. 

Kakaen ako agad dahil si baby 7pm sobra na kung umiyak dahil gusto na matulog. 8pm tulog na kami ni baby. Gigising kada 2-3 oras para patahanin sya. Gigising uli ng 4am para sa panibagong araw sa opisina.

Sa buong araw na nagtatrabaho ako, at mahigit 14 hours na nasa labas ako ng bahay, sa video chat na lang kami nag-ba-bonding ng anak ko. Ang asawa ko, Sabado at Linggo ko lang nakikita dahil night shift naman sya. Nasa parehong kumpanya at bahay kami pero lingguhan lang kami kung magkita. 

Sa loob ng 5 buwan, kinaya ko namang itawid ang araw araw. Hanggang sa nagpaalam ang taga-alaga ng anak ko na uuwi na sya ng probinsya. Tumira kami sa magulang ko sa loob ng 1 buwan dahil walang makuhang taga alaga. Sa panahong ito, napag isip isip ko na baka oportunidad ito para alagaan at tutukan ko ang anak ko. 

Mahirap ang naging desisyon kong ito. Isa akong out-going person, ambisyosa, career- driven, at hindi talaga napipirmi sa bahay. Ilang gabi akong di makatulog ng maayos kakaisip kung ano mangyayari sa career at personal growth ko kapag pinili ko ang manatili na lang sa bahay at mamuhay bilang isang tradisyonal na nanay. Nang bigla kong naisip na meron nga pa lang oportunidad sa freelancing. Aaminin ko, kung hindi siguro ako binigyan ng katiyakan ng kaibigan ko na tutulungan nya ako sa simula, ay baka hindi ako tumigil sa pagtatrabaho sa corporate. 

Ngayong araw na ito, ang pagka-isang taon ko nang iniwan ko ang corporate. Akala ko madali. Akala ko kaya ko. Akala ko di ako mahihirapan. Pero sa loob ng isang taon, puyat, pawis, luha, pagod ang pinuhunan ko. 

It was a 360 degrees turn of events para sa akin. Sabay sabay nangyari ang lahat- umalis ako sa poder ng magulang ko at nakisama sa pamilya ng asawa ko; ikinasal kami; nawalan ako ng office job; at naging full time work-at-home mom ako. Di ko mailalarawan ang naging karanasan ko sa isang salita. Sa mga panahong iyon, punong puno ako ng pag-aalala sa kinabukasan ko at ng pamilya ko, pressured ako na mapanindigan ang desisyon ko, pagod ang aking isip sa pagsubok kong sumabay sa bilis ng mga nangyayari, halos malunod na ako sa pagdududa sa aking sarili – sa pisikal at sa kaisipan, at puno ako ng mga tanong na puro “bakit”. Maraming beses akong umiyak at ginusto kong sumuko, at ang tanging paghinga ko lang sa lahat ng isipin kong ito ay ang pag uwi sa mga magulang ko minsan sa isang buwan, pagtawag sa mga kaibigan ko, kumpletong movie night kasama ang asawa ko, at ang pakikipaglaro sa anak ko. 

Hindi sapat ang salitang “mahirap” para sukatin ang tindi ng epekto ng aking mga naging desisyon sa kalusugang emosyonal, pangkaisipan, at pisikal ko.

“Ang dedikasyon ang pundasyon ng bawat desisyon.”

Ngunit kung babalik ako sa nakaraang taon at hindi ko ito ginawa, kung hindi ako nagtiwala sa kakayahan ko, at kung nagpadala ako sa mga sabi sabi, hindi ko masusubaybayan ang bawat unang natututunan ng anak ko, hindi ko makakasama ang asawa ko, hindi ako matututong magluto, hindi ko malalaman kung gaano kasarap at kahirap manatili sa bahay, hindi ko matutuklasan na maraming pwede matutunan sa freelancing industry, di ko makikita ang oportunidad na mas kuminta ng mas malaki, at hindi ko madidiskubre ang mga bago kong talento at ang aking sarili sa mas malalim na pananaw. 

Mommy Ely bonding with the boys

Ang bilis ng panahon. Hindi madali at hindi biro ang pagdadaanan. Kailangan mong ihanda ang buong pagkatao mo sa mga pagbabago. Ngunit masasabi kong sulit ang lahat at wala akong pinagsisisihan.

Wala kang sinasayang sa pagiging work-at-home mom, sa katotohanan – binibigyan mo ng mas maraming oportunidad ang sarili mo at ang pamilya mo.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng tumulong sa akin. Sa mga naging inspirasyon ko at sa mga naniwala na kakayanin ko.

Sabi nga nila, ang trabaho nandiyan lang yan, pero ang mga anak natin ay minsan lang bata. Ngayon nila tayo mas kailangan. Kaya sa mga may ganitong pinagdadaanan, malalampasan nyo iyan at magiging panibagong tao ka pagkatapos ng mga pagsubok. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mommy Ely started as a Facebook Marketing/ Lead Generation Assistant. She worked for HR as a specialist for 5 years. Now she is working for FHMoms as part of the admin team.

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Having a hard time looking for a drink healthy and good for your kids?

Parenting

Nowadays, kids are prone to malnutrition due to a series of factors. We have the family lifestyle, accessibility of nutritious food, kid’s food preferences, and so much more

In our beloved country, the Philippines, the malnutrition rate is relatively high according to recent studies. While reports indicate that there is enough food to feed the country, many Filipinos continue to go hungry and become malnourished due to inadequate intake of food and nutrients.

A kid that is malnourished can greatly affect its body development. Some of the most needed nutrients are protein and calcium that play a vital role in being healthy.

Let’s find out facts about nutrition:

Health effects of Protein and Calcium Deficiency (children aged below 7-10 years old)

Reference: Rolfes, S.R., Pinna, K. & Whitney, E. (2012). Understading Normal and Clinical Nutrition (9th Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

  • Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) – This is the deficiency of protein, energy or both, including kwashiorkor, marasmus and instances in which they overlap. It also known as Protein-Calorie Malnutrition (PCM) Protein Wasting
  • Stunting – It is a PEM caused by recent severe food restriction (Acute), it causes underweight for height
  • Wasting – It is a PEM caused by long-term food deprivation (chronic) which results to short height for age

Good effects/benefits of Protein and Calcium (Especially among children aged below 10 years old)

Reference: Rolfes, S.R., Pinna, K. & Whitney, E. (2012). Understading Normal and Clinical Nutrition (9th Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

PROTEIN

  • Growth and maintenance (skin, tendons, membranes, muscles, organs, bones, repair of body tissues)
  • Immunity (antibodies are proteins)
  • Participates in blood clotting and wound healing

CALCIUM

  • Rigid bone structure that holds the body upright and serves as  attachment points for muscles, making motion possible
  • Participates in blood clotting
  • Regulation of muscle contraction
  • Protects against bone loss in the later years of life
  • Prevent fractures from easily happening
  • Participates in nerve impulse transmission (nerve signals)

How to determine if your kid is Protein or Calcium Deficient?

Reference: Rolfes, S.R., Pinna, K. & Whitney, E. (2012). Understading Normal and Clinical Nutrition (9th Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

PROTEIN DEFICIENT

  • Underweight for height (wasting)
  • Short height for age (stunting)
  • Hair is sparse, thin, dry, brittle, easily pulled out, changes color
  • Skin is dry, thin, easily wrinkles and develops lesions
  • Enlarged fatty liver
  • Edema (water retention in tissues, “manas” in Filipino

CALCIUM DEFICIENT

  • Weak and brittle nails
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet and face
  • Easy fracturing of bones
  • Bone deformities

Discover Prottie®, the newest soymilk drink that is rich in protein and calcium! It has two flavors for your kids to enjoy – chocolate and caramel. We can now help beat malnutrition in a tasty way!

Best news is yet to be told, it is powdered! This is the first ever powdered chocolate and caramel soymilk in the Philippines. It gives you the benefit of storing as many as you want and not be afraid of the quick expiration. It is also rich in protein and calcium that will support your kid’s body and bone development.

Here are some fun facts about Prottie®:

The required amount of protein required for children aged 7-9 years old based on the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) is 43g, while calcium requirement is 700mg. With Prottie®, your children will surely get the required intake of both protein and calcium for the day.

Good to know facts about soy-protein:

Prottie® contains soy which come from soybeans.

  • Soybeans contain all essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition.
  • It is a high quality protein (due to its complete essential amino acid content)
  • It has high protein digestibility (more than 90%) comparable to meats (at 90-99%)}

Now, we found an affordable tasty way to keep our kids healthy. Try it to believe it!

Prottie®

Beat childhood protein and calcium malnutrition the tasty way! Siguraduhing tama ang pagpapalaki at pagpapalakas sa iyong chikiting with balanced diet and the NEW Prottie® Soymilk Drink Mix. It’s made of tasty and healthy soy, made even more delicious with caramel and chocolate flavor. Now that’s #LAKASARAP!

Posted by Prottie PH on Monday, 3 February 2020

Prottie® is exclusively available on Lazmart. Click this link to be redirected.

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ENDING THE YEAR WITH A BLAST!

Event , Freelancing , Parenting , Uncategorized

2019 is a buzzing year for the FHMOMS community especially to the team behind each mileage.

FHMOMS was blessed with the unwavering support from the growing number of its members; the Facebook Page Group has over 165,000 members across the globe while the Facebook Community Page has more than 75,000 followers. With the tireless effort of its Founder, MK Bertulfo, FHMOMS achieved remarkable advancement in the following:

  • Media Mileage – recently, FHMOMS is being featured in various radio shows, podcasts, blogs and magazines, and TV shows. 
  • Networks and Collaborations – 2019 has brought the community opportunities to widen connections. Invites from different events and collaborations out-poured.
  • Engagement Activities – it was also observed that FHMOMS went an extra mile on engaging its community members to various nationwide events and activities. This includes but not limited to online training, face-to-face training, expos, conferences, talks, exhibits, charity works, meet-ups, online raffles, online polls, and many more. 
  • Technology – this year, FHMOMS also explored the possibility of developing apps and using tools to make our programs easier and better. This still on the process, it is good that we already have begun.
  • Funding and Business Partnerships – with the effort of our Founder, MK Bertulfo, FHMOMS participated in renowned competitions that support startup businesses. All these competitions, FHMOMS was a finalist.
  • Endorsements – with various products reaching out for endorsements, FHMOMS learned to screen the products that would reflect the community’s culture and perspective.

Having said all these achievements, Founder MK Bertulfo planned to culminate FHMOMS’ prosperous year with a productive yet fun event. With the help of volunteer mombers, FHMOMS’ core team, and the sponsors the party was a success!

FHMOMS Trainers with Founder and CEO, MK Bertulfo
Minor and Major Sponsors and event exhibitors

The celebration was held in Max’s Restaurant in Sucat, Parañaque City. It was attended by an overwhelming more than 700 people, which almost doubled the expected number of guests.

“No event is perfect.”

While the program included panel discussions, talks, games, raffles, exhibits, and activities for kids, FHMOMS encountered major mishaps. It seems impossible to accommodate all the attendees who conquered the terrible traffic that day just to share the celebration with the community. There were issues with registration, loot bags, seats, food, venue space, parking, etc. Despite all these, the organizing team carried on with the event and made everything even more fun with the appearance of Elsa and Anna, numerous raffle prizes, crazy games, informative talks, and inspiring panel discussions. 

Activities in FHMOMS’ Coachella Year End Party 2019.
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Activities in FHMOMS’ Coachella Year End Party 2019.
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One of the highlights of that day is when the CEO of MFT Group, Mica Tan, came and gave the community a tremendous gift of Php500,000 [read article here].

FHMOMS Received P500,000 Grant from MFT CEO Mica Tan.
Read article here.

It was such an exhausting day, yet it did not change the happiness and fun experience everyone has shared on that event. It is a celebration of effort, determination, love, and support, everyone has invested throughout the year. Sure it was not perfect, we learn from this event, and we promise to have a much bigger and better celebration next year!

FHMOMS is sending virtual hugs to the organizing team, to the sponsors, to the guests, to the attendees, and of course to our community Founder, MK Bertulfo. Let us wrap-up this year with a happy smile and a hopeful heart. 

Click for more photos here.
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Happy holidays everyone!

ABOUT FHMOMS

https://fhmoms.com/
connect@fhmoms.com

Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMoms) is the first and the biggest parenting and freelancing group for Pinay moms in the Philippines. It is created by a Filipina mother with the mission to help fellow parents, mothers especially, to find jobs suitable to their lifestyle through freelancing.

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Management Tips for Work at Home Mom

Freelancing , Parenting , Uncategorized

Working at home offers many benefits over working outside the home, but it doesn’t eliminate the need to use time efficiently.

In fact, because working at home has more distractions, time management strategies are essential to success.

Here are a few tips that help me manage my time while working from home with little ones.

Know Your Family’s Rhythms

When designing your day, consider both your peak work hours and your children’s needs to find a focused work time. My peak work hours are before lunch. Once I eat lunch, I’m ready for a nap. So, I schedule the work that requires the most mental energy before lunch and saves the work that doesn’t require too much focus for the afternoon. Fortunately, when my kids were little, they were in sync with me because they could entertain themselves well in the mornings, but by afternoon, they needed more attention.

Schedule time to work, and then really work.

While one of the benefits of working at home is flexibility, the reality is that routine is crucial to working effectively and efficiently. 

Yes, you can take time away from work to care for a sick child when needed, but you can’t expect to earn a full-time home-based income during nap time.

Schedules give you and your children structure and routine. Everyone knows what’s going on and what will happen next. 

Unlike traditional jobs, working at home situations allow you to design a schedule around the family, so you can work an hour or two before the kids are up, an hour at nap time and two hours after bedtime if that works best for your family. In my case, I worked until 1 p.m. and then I spent the afternoon with the kids, returning to work in the evening by 9 pm while the kids are asleep.

Identify daily time wasters; try to eliminate. Shut off social media, emails, and texts. We all have them. Maybe it’s the TV, the cell phone, or email. What do you get distracted by? Identify these items and make sure to eliminate them as best as you can.

I have learned that if I want to get anything done, I need to turn my phone into silent mode or turn off the television and just play music on my Spotify account. 

Use Systems and Tools

Streamline your work by finding ways to limit the time they take. For example, schedule social media posts, so you can set it and forget it.

Web-based tools such as Dropbox make information, idea, and document storage fast, easy and accessible from several digital devices.

Voice recognition software (standard with Windows) can allow you to give voice commands such as “Open Word” and dictate documents, email, and even online search. You may use Lastpass for Passwords

Google Calendar for the schedule of appointments, reminders, meetings or events of kid’s school activities

Create a designated area for work and play. 

This is so important. I used to work from the dining room table but found I was disorganized and would get more distracted.

Find a place in your home where you can create a workplace. It could be as simple as a small corner tucked away in your bedroom {like I have} or maybe one room dedicated to your work.

Make time for the kids. 

It’s so easy when you work from home to always be thinking about deadlines, emails you need to respond to, posts that need to be written and calls that need to be made.

Trying to work with little kids around is not easy, especially if they feel they are being ignored. I always try to set aside time in my day {morning, mid-day and after dinner} to turn everything off and just be with the kids.

We play, color, read books, and even dance around the kitchen. Then when it’s time to work, they’ve usually had their “mom” fill and are happy to play by themselves.

Set up a time to review their lessons or homework or review them before the examination. 

Most importantly spend time with kids outside the home like buying groceries and spend little time to eat together or go to church on Sundays.

Get Help

No rule says children, spouses or hired hands can’t help a mom out. Hire a student or older woman to watch your kids a few hours a day to get focused uninterrupted work time. 

Ask the kids and your spouse to help with housework or hire someone to come in a clean.  Schedule your laundry and have them done in laundry shops. 

If you don’t have time to cook, you can call and have your favorite foods delivered at your doorstep.  Or you can get a virtual assistant to take care of busy work like social media, email, and PR. 

Reward yourself! 

Mothers have a hard job, no matter if you work out of the house, in the home or do a little of both. We need to stop every once in a while, step back and realize all that we accomplish in a day. It’s pretty incredible if you think about it.

We deserve a nice reward every once in a while to help relax and rejuvenate ourselves. It can be simply picking up a book we’ve been meaning to read, getting a nice pedicure, taking a long hot bath or maybe buying ourselves a new outfit. 

Whatever it is, don’t forget to pamper yourself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan Layson is a Virtual Assistant and a mom from Iloilo. She’s been helping clients from Australia and UK with Bookkeeping and other admin task.

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Babywearing Philippines honors ancient Filipino babywearing practices in International Babywearing Week 2019 celeb

Event , Parenting

Manila, Philippines – On October 13, Babywearing Philippines will lead at least 200 Filipino babywearing families nationwide to honor and celebrate the ancient practice of babywearing in the Philippines.

Babywearing Philippines is the 60,000-strong not-for-profit online support community on Facebook that advocates safe and proper babywearing among Filipino families all over the world.

Following the global theme, “Continuing the Tradition”, Babywearing Philippines is joining theworldwide babywearing community in celebrating International Babywearing Week in a one-day event at the Atrium of Eastwood Mall in Quezon City.

Babywearing is essentially carrying babies and small children in slings or carriers. Wearing a baby is actually a centuries-old practice in various cultures worldwide. Historical accounts and artifacts show that families of yore naturally incorporated babywearing in their daily lives as they kept their children literally close to them even as they searched for food, moved their shelter or worked in the fields.

In the Philippines, different indigenous groups still practice babywearing as it allows them to tend to household chores and in their livelihood activities while still being able to care for their children.

The Indigenous Peoples of the Cordillera refer to using a cloth, usually a blanket, tied to make a baby sling as “ubba” while the T’bolis in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato call it “s’libay.”

One of the highlights of the day-long event organized by Babywearing Philippines is a visual presentation of babywearing as it was practiced by Filipino ancestors featuring the different types of baby carriers used in the olden days.

At the event, modern-day babywearing Filipino families will be guided on how to properly wear babies in various carriers and will be taught techniques for special cases like newborns, preemies and multiple babies. 

There will be talks and discussions on making DIY carriers, natural parenting, effects of babywearing on mental health and physiological benefits of babywearing to health and fitness.

Attendees can also purchase limited edition IBW 2019 merchandise as well as imported and locally-produced baby carriers at discounted costs from participating retailers at the event. A lot of fun activities and raffle prizes are in store for both parents and children. Registration fee is at P350 per family via www.facebook.com/BabywearingPhilippines.

Among the sponsors and exhibitors are:
 Allineth Tattoos
 Aruga Handwovens
 Bum Nature
 Belo Baby/Yogi
 CEO Emporium
 Cleeneco
 Comedy Manila
 Didymo
 Nanay at Ako
 Shadrach
 Skintec
 Sunlife
 Tots of Love
 Oscha Slings
 Young Living
 Zima.ph
 Zima Projekt
 7th Trumpets

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How a Nannyless WAHM Survives Freelancing

Freelancing , Parenting

As a nanny-less mom, there has always been a lingering feeling to redeem myself. A myriad of questions pop in my mind: “Can I still do what I want to do? Am I still good enough? Is reaching for my dreams considered out of my bounds? When will I progress? Will I ever progress? But how?”

We have three kids and we are juggling the activities in our humble household. I thought my dreams will never come true, but not until I landed a home-based job here in the Philippines.

Here is what I am doing to survive freelancing without any household help:

I got a non-voice home-based job with a flexible schedule. This is the easiest way to pull through in my real estate work. Having 3 boys, a 5-year-old preschooler, and 2-year-old twins, you can imagine the nerve-whacking noise and merriment that they bring. So, I cannot afford to get a voice job, to say the least.

I enlist the help of my husband. I never believed that husbands who work should not help in the household because they are too tired or because they bring money on the table. Husbands should also do their fair share of household work. Why? Because it will teach them empathy. It will make them feel how we feel– the exhaustion, frustration, and fulfillment. They will also set a good example to your kids. Remember, kids, learn by what you show them, not by what you tell them.

I do not put too much pressure on myself (and my husband) doing the household tasks alone. I invest in automatic appliances and outsource the chores when needed. I am telling you, this is life-changing. I do not oblige myself to accomplish all these tasks because I also need to take care of my health. I see to it that when I am tired, I let someone else wash the clothes or iron them. When I am too exhausted to cook, I opt for food delivery. 

I set a routine. However, I also remind myself not to get upset and be flexible whenever it is not followed. At 7:30 pm, we turn our lights out so by 8 pm, the kids should be all asleep. I start my work at 8:45 pm and finish it at 6:00 am, if there is an unfinished task, I do it on weekends. My twins wake up during my working hours which is, I must admit quite stressful because my work gets interrupted. But what do I do? I just embrace it, breathe, let it go and start again. Then, I cook our food and we eat at 7:00 am. From 8:00 am until 10:30 am is the kids’ playtime and I bathe them afterward. I cook food for lunch, eat at noon and we all take a nap until 3:00 pm. At 6:00 pm, my husband readies for work. My husband and I sleep around 4 to 6 hours a day but we see to it that we get full sleep on weekends.

If there is a will, there is a way. Overused line, but true. If I can do it, you can also do it. There are lots of online jobs hiring that you can find nowadays. I believe that the number of opportunities online equates the number of ways that you can manage to work at home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janica Anne Montaos is a mother of wonderful kids. She is a Real Estate Virtual Assitant who is currently assigned as the Director of Client Services in one of the top brokerage firms in Texas.

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The WAH-life of a PWD Parent

Freelancing , Parenting

Alexandre, good morning my little man, Did you sleep well? Do you want your milk now? Then he runs back to his bed. He buries himself under all his pillows. This is our typical morning routine. 

Opting to have a home-based job in the Philippines is, if not the best, a great decision that I made. The career change was not that easy and it was life-changing. This is an extra challenge to a PWD parent like me.

It’s been 1 year and 7 months. I think I was already aware of what’s going on, but I had to make it official from a Developmental Pediatrician. When we were called back to the doctor’s office and she delivered the news, I went numb. The feeling when you get dumped with ice-cold water, that’s what I felt. Learning that you have a Special child is scary and humbling.

There was no time to think what went wrong, whose genes it came from, our goal at that moment was to start intervention ASAP. Other than the financial matter, my husband and I got worried about our time management. I was still working a night shift Team Lead in my previous company. I realized the more I talk about my special child, the easier the load it is for me.

I started tinkering with the idea to search for a home-based job in the Philippines. Resigning from the corporate world was a breeze for me. I felt a gush of fear because I was entering a world of the unknown to me. Shuffling between job-hunting on-line, and therapy sessions I was overwhelmed. Not knowing where to start and consider the fact that the interventions we have are uninterrupted.

After a month of applying and interviews, I was hired. Fist-bump! I am now a Virtual Assistant for a US company. Luckily, my client himself had personal challenges. He has ADD. He understands what I am going through as a PWD parent. There were a few instances when my son would suddenly burst into the room with non-stop babbling. His meltdowns have trimmed down to at least twice a month, and it rarely clashes with work.

I know what some of you might be thinking, it’s just the same as your little one. I wish it were that simple. My child has no social skills. Even his siblings had difficulty interacting with him because he did not respond to his name. To avoid emotional disconnect, there is a constant reminder to my 2 girls that their brother is a special child. Happy that they do not see him as a competition.

All the adjustments that we made are paying off. We celebrate every milestone that he meets. When I say, “Mommy has to work, you be a good boy”, he stares and I don’t know if he understood all. He will get a toy he fancies that day, and jump non-stop on the bed. I guess that what he thinks being a good boy is.

PWD parents like me are lucky that there are home-based jobs in the Philippines that can work with our daily routine. I know that it will not be a breeze in the park. I know that we still have a long way to make him “normal”. Never lose hope. The roller coaster ride that is worth every minute. I’ve learned to sit back and enjoy the ride.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Venus Sambajon is a Pharmacist by Profession and was an entrepreneur at a young age. She left her 11-year career in the BPO industry when her son was diagnosed with Autism, it was not a hard decision to make. She joined Filipina Homebased Moms in mid-2018 and is now the Encourager for Makati City-Taguig-Pateros. She is laser-focused on what she wants to achieve as a freelancer and Autism-awareness advocate. As the Genuine Domestic Goddess, she wants to pay it forward to other moms and show them that work-life balance is achievable.

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Why a WAHM should get a life and health insurance?

Freelancing , Parenting

Nowadays a lot of people are into online jobs and home-based jobs. I, for one, worked in a corporate world for almost 2 years but decided to work at home as suggested by my sister-in-law. As a working full-time mother of two, I need to get a higher salary. We needed to make ends meet. With bills to pay and debts to settle every payday is a struggle for us. But it hit me hard when my husband got sick and had to resign from work for almost a year which brought us to more bills and debts to pay. It was tiresome and I always tell myself I must not get sick and I don’t have a right to get sick.

My first experience with life insurance is when my co-parent invited me to buy a policy and to be an agent as well since she knows me so well that I am into all kinds of business.

Why WAHM should get a life and health insurance?

When I was young, I was always impulsive when it comes to money so I had to depend on my brother to keep my money and help me save. Now that we both have our families I realized how important it is to save money. My husband lives by the principle YOLO which is not practical when you have mouths to feed. We juggle with our jobs just to make ends meet and surprisingly we spend much more than we did 2 years ago. Now we realized that we need a direction and a plan to save not only for ourselves but for our kids’ future.

REASONS TO BUY A POLICY NOW!

We need this to prepare for what is uncertain–DEATH

As home-based moms, we are prone to silent diseases that can lead to sudden death. I have heard hundreds of stories who suddenly lost their loved ones while staying at home. Such events are very alarming as the age group is going down each year. The cost of a funeral and burial cost a lot, and I don’t want my children to suffer financially at my death.

  • For our kids’ education

I am not from a well-off family but my father was very hardworking, Unfortunately, after his retirement, I lost my dad to cancer, and it brought our family to famine and my brothers and aunts were the ones who provided for our education. Being a home-based mother of two, It became my motivation to buy an educational plan for our kids.

  • To replace my husband’s income

As a partner, we housewives should manage the house and even our finances. I have to admit women are more patient than men. And If ever my husband would pass away I would have to replace his income.

  • To pay other expenses and debts

Variable insurance allows us to borrow the money we invested without canceling the policy.

Also, there is a term life insurance policy that will fit virtually every budget. It’s worth cutting an expense or two to make room for this all-important financial service.

  • Not enough money

If your budget is tightly stretched, it can be legitimately difficult to find money to pay for a life insurance premium. However, that should make you realize even more that if your household finances are tight while everyone is alive and well, it will be infinitely worse if one of you dies.

About the Author

Mariea Zel is a mother of two beautiful kids from Baguio City. She is a stay-at-home mom, a nurse, a teacher, a singer, a financial adviser and more..

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“IWAS-KULOB” TIPS for WAHM

Freelancing , Parenting

Being a WAHM gives you a long list of works within the day. House chores, watching your kids, and working online can consume your time the whole day. At this rainy season, waiting for the sun to come out might slip your mind and just waste a burst of good sunshine for your clothes. We, Pinay moms value the smell of our laundry as much as its cleanliness. It is important that our family’s clothes do not have a “kulob” smell.

GOOD NEWS, you do not have to wait for the sun to peek and pile up your dirty clothes! #DownyKontraKulob is now here to save us. Just follow these easy tips:

CLEAN YOUR WASHING MACHINE
A dirty washing machine can contribute to the smell of your laundry. Make sure to clean your machine after every use and leave is open for some time to let it dry.

WASH CLOTHES PROPERLY
Tediously remove the stains of your clothes. Dirty clothes can spread bacteria to your other garments if not washed properly.

RINSE WELL
Do this as many as possible until you wring out all the soap from your clothes.

OPEN THE WINDOWS
During rainy season, we have no choice but to dry our clothes indoors. If there are windows, leave it open to let some air circulate and give your clothes at least a good ventilation.

USE THE RIGHT FABRIC CONDITIONER
Of all fabcons available, Downy proved its quality over the years. Use DOWNY EXPERT KONTRA KULOB to prevent your clothes from smelling terrible.

DOWNY EXPERT KONTRA KULOB is our miracle all year long. Our garment will be fresher than ever even without the sun. With this solution, #KabogAngKulob!

There you go lovely WAHMs. No more waiting, no more “kulob”!

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FHMom’s Guide to Being Gentle on FHKids

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You've got a deadline to hit, piles of laundry are waiting, the entire house is a mess, you're left at home with the kids and to make things work, HE'S THROWING A TANTRUM! How on earth would you gently deal with such a scene?

Before you lose your sanity, here's a list of simple FHMom's tips on being gentle with our FHKiddos.

Stay calm

Easier said than done but we all know the importance of staying calm when our kids are making a scene. Pause. Breath. Drink water. Go to the restroom to compose yourself if you have to. Additionally, try turning your back at your kid and count to ten if you can’t leave for a little while. That can help you cool down a little bit.

As grown-ups, we already know how dangerous it is to confront a situation when angry, especially when it comes to our kids. Yelling at them might not be the best route to take as it can traumatize our youngsters.

Never give in to the demands

Public tantrums often cause the parents to give in to minimize embarrassment. However, it's not the best route to take. When we give in to what the child wants they will continue to use that behavior as their means of controlling us. When outside, forget about what others say. Stay firm and tell him, "you are not going to get what you want by doing that."

When the tantrum is done at home, lucky you! You can ignore him until he is no longer acting like a mad cartoon character. 😀 And then when he is calmer, you can talk about the cause of the uproar.

Gently discuss the cause of the outburst

Do not underestimate a child's capability to understand an adult talk. Sit with him and let him explain the reason for the tantrum. Look at him in the eye as he talks, hear him out and explain your side later on. Then assure him with your love by giving him warm hugs and kisses.

Being gentle on our kids is our job. Being gentle on their hair and skin, on the other hand, isn't. When it comes to the gentle cleansing, we can trust Johnson's and Johnson's products to do the work. We may have used Johnson’s products as babies and toddlers which is why it's not surprising why most moms choose Johnson's and Johnson's. Be it lotion, shampoo, soap & bath soap, and oil, we trust that Johnson's products are gentle for our little ones.

Learn more about all the Johnson’s Baby Care Products by visiting www.johnsonsbaby.com.ph.

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