Month: July 2011

An OFW Family Drama

After ten long months, my husband finally came home again from abroad. Although he stayed for only three days and four nights, it felt like he had always been with us. Or at least, that’s what I had hoped for everyone in my family to feel, including myself. I thought it would be good for my husband to witness and experience our daily activities. That way, it would be easier for both him and the girls to talk about things and make the transition less painful as well when the time comes for him to leave again. Hence, my husband and I agreed that there would be no fancy place for us to visit or expensive toys to buy for the girls just because he’s home, and we didn’t have the girls excused from their classes either. While our daughters were both in school, my husband and I spent time together doing the things we would normally do as a couple… talk endlessly, share jokes, watch TV together, buy groceries, cook together, and so on. It was …

Slowing down

Lately, I’ve been very preoccupied with my roles as a mother and though I am guilty of not being able to submit new articles both for my blog and part-time job, I have become less severe with myself, thinking that I could only do so much. No, not a good excuse for not working hard, but I guess I’ve come to a point where I no longer want to do so many things at a time. I’ve come to realize that there’s no need for me to prove anything to anyone. I just have to embrace my duties now as a mother, wife–even if my husband is abroad–and full-time homemaker, and until I do so, I don’t think I’ll be able to perform other roles effectively. Moreover, if I manage our finances well, there’s really no need for me to work at all, or at least for financial reasons. At first, I thought that I would experience boredom if I focus on my children and other household concerns alone. On the contrary, I still always …

Dealing with my child’s bully

I just realized that it’s been nearly two weeks since I have last written anything–a blog, a work assignment article, etc. I did write a long letter to my daughter’s School Directress earlier, however, since she had encountered another bullying incident with her long-time perpetrator. Last year, the same kid bullied my daughter by pushing her off her chair and punching her on the arm. This time, the boy has been playing with her school stuffs, taking her money, and even put hand sanitizer on her drinking water. I just couldn’t take it anymore! So much that I have already brought my daughter to a martial arts school for trial lessons. Tomorrow would be her second day to try Wing Tsun and if things go well, I shall finally enroll her next weekend. I have the school to blame since they apparently did not take seriously the case I presented to them last year–my daughter’s first bullying experience with that child. I strongly believed that if they had taken all the necessary actions to educate …