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Things I've Learned About Being a Working Mom
April 25, 2012
This morning while I casually glanced at my Mom Agenda (side note: Moms you need one of these. Hurry, add it to your holiday wish list. It's the only way I manage to stay organized!) I noticed the date. April TwentyFifth. It's not a holiday, nor is it a family member's birthday. I don't have any meetings or special appointments today. Yet this day still marks a milestone for me. Two years ago today, I returned to work after having my son. It marked the day I officially became a Working Mom.
Looking back over these past two years, I've learned many things about being a Working Mom that I wish someone had told me, or more specifically, reassured me of. Here’s a quick rundown of what it’s really like to be a Working Mom:
1. It hurts your heart to leave your baby the first time you return to work following maternity leave. There’s no sugarcoating it. YOU WILL CRY. A LOT.
2. You will not get anything of value accomplished during those first days back at the office, so cut yourself some slack. You will be thinking/worrying about your newborn constantly. You may or may not call “just to check on” your precious little one semi-regularly. The surprising thing is that co-workers can be amazingly supportive of you during this transitional time. Take up their offers to talk about how you’re feeling. It helps.
3. You might find yourself second-guessing your decision to return to work. Again, this is totally normal. Give yourself time to adjust to your new routine and title of Working Mom.
4. Chances are good that you will redecorate your desk with as many pictures of your little one as you can possibly make room for. While you are in the organizing stage, do yourself a favor and store an extra clean shirt (and pants too if you want to be on the safe side) at your desk. There is guaranteed to be at least one instance where you will go into work with spit up on yourself and not realize until you step into a meeting and someone kindly points it out to you. Those tide pens are also life–savers, stash one in your desk drawer (and in your purse, in your car…).
5. It gets easier. As clichéd as that sounds, there will come a time when everything snaps into place and you find your own groove as a Working Mom.
Luigi at 5 months
Luigi at 2 years old
What are some Work Mom truths that you’ve come to discover?
I am a parent of a Kinder1 student in University of Perpetual Help Molino Campus. I would like to express my DISGUST when you let him attended school for only eight (8) days. In your observation, he is hyperactive, full of energy, won't sit still, feels agitated, doesn't want to write, doesn't join in the group, doesn't follow commands or instruction, always wanted to go outside, grabs the food of his classmates, difficulty with verbal communication, disruptive behavior. In short, in your eyes, he is a "PROBLEM CHILD".
It appears you had difficulty understanding my son, and being her responsible mother, who may clearly see his flaws and weaknesses, yes, he is hyperactive and has difficulty with verbal communication but he is sweet, affectionate and a capable learner.
Back in summer, when I inquired in your school, you were so accommodating (looks can be deceiving). You told me that you have limited slots for Preschool. Each class will have a maxim…
"My countrymen, as of the twenty-first of this month, I signed Proclamation № 1081 placing the entire Philippines under Martial Law...”
— Ferdinand Marcos, September 21, 1972
How do you tell a story to your children about Martial Law in the Philippines? How do you tell them about what happened in the EDSA People Power Revolution?Ikwento natin sa kanila ang kasaysayan.
Most of us, parents wants to shelter our kids from the harsh realities of life. But a Filipino writer wants to give kids a taste of life's harsh truth through a children's book.
Isang Harding Papel written by Augie Rivera and illustrated by Romel Joson is a story set during the Martial Law through the eyes of Jenny, a young girl's experience of visiting her mother, a political detainee imprisoned for years after joining a protest rally.
Isang Harding Papel book trailer
The story also presents a childhood defined and redefined in difficult times and it also depicts how love and family triumph over darkness.
Children learn through play, most importantly in play children learn how to learn -O. Fred Donaldson
I am a strong supporter that children is learning through play that is why I wanted to share our lovely experience at Kidzooona located at 5th Level, Waltermart Makati.
Kidzooona is operated by Aeon Fantasy Group, a Japan-based company. Kidzoona comes from the Japanese word Kizuna means the "bond" or "connection" between a parent and a child.
The moment Luigi step in Kidzooona, he is very happy and excited! Who wouldn't be excited if you are surrounded with toys? Toys are tools that help children learn about themselves. As they play, they learn to get along with others and develop fine and gross motor skills.
This indoor playground is both educational and entertaining. It is big, neat, safe and fun-filled environment. It is divided into areas: The Toddler Area, Role Play Town, Ball Pool, Cyber Wheel, Toy Corner, Event Corner and the Parent and Guardian Lounge. Kidzooon…