I don’t know how I did it but like a dutiful student in class, I have not been marked as “absent” on “Sun.Star Davao’s Chill-Out” section since I started in November 4, 2006.
Would you believe this is my 153rd article and “Mom-About-Town’s” third year anniversary issue?
Aside from homeschooling her children, she works as a human resources consultant, gives workshops and seminar for adults and kids and does volunteer work in the Catholic Homeschool Association of the Philippines as its president and founding member.
Applying corporate principles to her home, Frannie created her own household how-to book, which eventually became “Keep It Together: A Home Management Manual”. “Keep It Together” is envisioned to empower women who multitask as a way of life.
Before meeting Frannie, I thought I was organized because I made schedules as a guide for the household help and had lists for various tasks and supplies. But, all this changed when I met Frannie and read her book. Frannie has taken motherhood to a whole new level. She has stirred in me the desire to aim for more as a wife and mother.
“Organic beauty for less” (3.14.09)
Her strong conviction to save the environment did not stop at home. Together with her younger sister, Camille, they founded Gandang Kalikasan Inc., the creator of Human Heart Nature--an exciting new range of 100% organic, 100% Philippine-grown and 100% chemical-free personal care products for the whole family at a very affordable cost.
“Pinky’s purpose driven life” (5.05.09)
Baby says that grandparents should be in the loop and learn to relate with the language of the new generation. She even has a U.S.-based aunt, Lita Maceda, who at 89 years old is still exploring cyberspace. Lita is on Facebook and even uploads her own photos. “I am so proud of her. She truly defies age!”, Baby shares.
"The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step", advises Letty. She continues, “Learn step by step and sooner the steps will add up! Let's erase the word phobia (fear) from our vocabulary. We have to remember that we are braver than we believe; stronger than we seem and smarter than we think!”
I personally learned a lot of new insights from the talk, “Parenting our Children Today” by Dr. Regina De Jesus. Like most parents, I am sometimes guilty of being a ‘good’ parent. This kind of parent believes they must do everything for their children to the point of assuming responsibilities for them. Dr. De Jesus warns that with the ‘good’ parent, kids have a tendency to become dependent on parents, which could lead to poor self-esteem and self-confidence.
And, of course, I also applied Dr. De Jesus’ advice of hugging our children regularly because she explains that “human touch like kissing and hugging activates dopamine, the ‘happy hormone’ which makes us feel happy and good”. Every morning and night and whenever there is a chance, I hug my two daughters to activate their ‘happy hormone’. And, it does wonders for me, too.
Thrilled to be three
Writing my articles has become a hard habit to break because I also personally learn and grow from the people, places and events I feature. My children and I likewise enjoyed attending all the wonderful celebrations so creatively hosted by doting parents. In fact, a lot of readers write to tell me that they are surprised that Davao City has these world-class theme parties already.
To all the loyal readers, thanks so much for continuing to make “Mom-About-Town” part of your Saturday habit/routine. To this day, I still get excited every time I receive your e-mails containing valuable feedbacks and suggestions.