April 20, 2018

Holi- and Holy Day 2018

One of the most awaited holidays or should I say Holy day is the Lenten week. Some go to their hometown while others travel out of town or country. Some have a staycation at home.

This is a long overdue post but I want to share the highlights of our Holy Week.

We attended the Palm Sunday mass in a nearby church – Sto. Nino Parish Church of Meycauayan, Bulacan.

Since we still have to work until Wednesday, we opted to travel to Nueva Ecija on Thursday early morning. For us to avoid the traffic rush.

We planned to go to the Basilica Minor of Manaoag, Pangasinan. Pero dahil pagod, we canceled at nagpahinga na lang sa bahay.

Friday, we spend the day at home and have lunch at BIL's place.

Saturday, we finally decided to push our plan to Pangasinan and attended the mass in Manaoag. We arrived the place just in time with the first mass of the day at 6 am.
Manaoag, Pangasinan, The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag

There is no homily only readings from the bible. It was very solemn since the passages were put in hymns. 

Sunday, the last day of a long-week vacation and para masulit, we just stayed at home.

Before the day ends, we dropped at one of the most visited areas in our alma mater – the Sunflower plantation.
CLSU, sunflower

It is not where you spent the Holy days but it is how you remember Christ sacrificing himself.

By the way, here are other photos framed during the week-long vacation.

Manaoag, Pangasinan, The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag
The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag

How did you spend your Holydays?
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April 16, 2018

4 Important Parenting Tips to Implement

It is well-known that giving birth to a child is not a tough task. The whole deal turns tough when it comes to bringing up your child. This is because a lot of efforts, commitments and sacrifices will be required to ensure that your children grow in the best way and with outstanding moral values. Needless to say, the behavior and character of a child is a clear reflection of their parents.

To begin with, parenting is something that has to be done using a defined criterion. This means that some parenting skills will be required. If you feel that you lack the skills, it is always a great idea to consult a professional or any other person who is more enlightened on parenting matters.

However, there are some fundamental strategies that any parent must use in raising their children.  Here are tips and strategies to use as your fundamental parenting aid:

Do Not Be a Friend to Your Child
A lot of parents tend to misinterpret this advice. It is important to note that you are not supposed to become your child's enemy simply because 'friendship' in parenting is ruled out. There is a way you can live with your child as a friend and at the same time watch their moves and rebuke every wrong act they do. Friendship with your child should only be within moral values and not beyond.

Drop Gender Biases
The problem with most parents is that they consider themselves the mother or the father to their children. Instead of viewing things from this perspective, you should consider yourself a parent and not a mother or father. Once you consider yourself a parent of a certain gender, it means that you will only focus on certain duties which rhyme with your masculinity or femininity. However, being just a parent will help you handle things in all aspects regardless any gender limitations.

Communication Is Essential
It is so unfortunate that some parents operate under very tight schedule and lack time for their children. Consequently, communication between the parent and the child is broken. It is important to note that communication is of paramount essence especially for parents with growing children.

The importance of communicating with your child is to know exactly what they are going through. You will also be in a position to provide the best parent advice verbally. Not to mention, your children will feel the love that you have for them once you find time to interact and communicate with them. Important to note, communication between parents and children is not meant to be serious always. Cracking jokes and playing around with them is also part of the deal.

Never Feel Guilty
A parent is never guilty in the face of their children especially when everything is done for their benefit. The problem is that some parents feel guilty once they punish their children even when everything is justified. They even offer apologies to their children for punishing them. For your information, it is the child who should apologize to his/her parents and not the other way. You have the full right and reason to correct your child for the best.

About the Author:
Carol James is a writer and senior editor. She has MA degree in social sciences and writes articles, reviews on the different actual subjects. So, if you have any questions regarding the writing, feel free to ask her and visit her company’s page EssayLab.
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