Category: Parenting

Censorship

Should we censor what our children watch and read? Achi began reading book one of a 13-book series last year. She stopped at book three and moved on to other books. She recently picked...

Making a decision

The years have fled. Achi has graduated from elementary school. It seems only yesterday that I began writing this parenting column filled with baby articles and our family’s struggles with a toddler. I now...

Little entrepreneurs

You know you’re Tsinoy when you have to work at your family’s tiamkhaw (store) on weekends and in the summer… for free! These days, not all Tsinoy kids work 100 percent at the tiamkhaw....

Kids: too young to be criminals

I join child advocates in the outcry against a proposal to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 9 years old. That it is raised to age 12 years old on the bill’s...

When love smothers

Oil on NFA Rice sacks by Archie Oclos. We started at the left most panel and Achi immediately asked me why their heads were tilted. I told her, “you’ll see.” Towards the end, right...

All I want for Christmas

I saw this photo on a friend’s timeline and it reminded me of all the gifts I asked for when I got married. We purposely did not have a gift registry because we were...

If my family was a list

Rules for life: There are no secrets, only surprises. I read an article online about how this line ensures the safety of children – physical, emotional, social, psychological. Sometimes, they are unaware that they are...

Children and chores

On a recent family trip to Hong Kong, we saw a woman asking her granddaughter to pose for a photo. The girl, probably 7 or 8 years old, was obviously not happy about it...

Food rules

A t the parent’s orientation of our school in early June, one of the new things we covered was Quezon City’s new ordinance on canteen food. The Anti-Junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance of...

Trust our children

At the start of the year, I wrote about how Shobe tries to skirt the limits of her physical prowess and climbs up everything. In that article (Tulay, Jan. 16-Feb. 5, 2018 issue), I...