September has brought me one blessing after another…and I cannot thank God enough for them.
I am back after about a week of silence. I decided to take a short break from blogging to focus on a few important happenings in my life. Aside from celebrating my birthday and wedding anniversary, I also allotted time to prepare my home for moving out. With me singlehandedly doing all the sorting, packing and dealing with the paperwork of our new home, plus taking care of my toddler’s needs, I barely find time to sit down and update my blog. I’d like to apologize for not being able to provide you with new posts. I promise to make it up to you once we are fully settled.
One of the most amazing gifts I got for my birthday was given by Huffington Post.
Early this month, I got an email from one of the editors of HuffPost. At first, I was a bit skeptical about it since a lot of phishers and scammers are present online these days. In short, it was too good to be true. I did a few research about the person who emailed me and found out that the she is legitimately representing Huffington.
I stared at my laptop’s screen in awe. Me representing the Philippines and appearing in one my favorite parenting digital portals? I’m in seventh heaven!
Since Huffington Post is US-based, the interview was done online. To sum it all up, I was basically asked what was most important to me as I parent my child. Since the article is covering moms from around the globe, Huffington could only cover two sentences from each one of us.
What is Most Important To a Manila Parent?
The answer I gave to Huffington Post for this article is my own parenting principle. On top of the virtues I mentioned in my response is instilling in my daughter’s heart and mind the importance of loving the Lord. I tried not to sound too church-y or Holier-Than-Thou to respect and consider the diverse religious beliefs of families.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. My husband and I strongly believe that God is the perfect example of how it’s like to be a good parent. We are not and will never be perfect parents to our children. Days and circumstances will get the best of us in our parenting journey. But let us rest our hearts to the fact that we have a perfect God to guide and help us to be the kind of parents He wants us to be. As parents, let us always remember that we don’t own our children. Our children is a gift from the Lord and we are only stewards of their precious souls.
I mentioned in my response that independence is important to me as a parent. My premise for this is Valar Morghulis. All men must die. Realistically speaking, we will not live forever. A day will surely come that we need to leave our children behind. As a mother, I want to see my daughter live her own life responsibly. I pray that she makes responsible decisions in life. She is responsible for her own self and the outcome of ALL her decisions.
I don’t know with you but I long to see my daughter become successful. Need I say more why? I’m sure we all want to see our children achieve their dreams and enjoy them in this lifetime. This will give them a sense of fulfillment and personal worth.
The happiness I envision for her is the kind of happiness I witness right now that she’s a child. I would like Noa to be able to find happiness in the simplest things in life.
Love is the greatest virtue this life has ever known! I only want her to understand 3 things: Love God, herself and others. Love will cast away all her fears in life.
Noa and I visited Ilocos Norte, Philippines, Summer 2015.
The parenting principles of a 4-year-old Manila mom explained in two sentences.
Thank you so much to Huffington Post — Parents for including us in this feature! I also want to leave the same question to you: What is the most important thing to you as a parent? Share your thoughts using the comment box below.
Yes, Moomy Musings on Huffington Post is a great way to inspire others! Read from Huffington Post what Mothers From Around The Globe Tell Us What Is Most Important. ♥