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Stay-at-home Mom vs. Working Mom

My Mom always tells me that being a stay-at-home Mom is very rewarding. I didn’t understand what she meant until someone calls me  MOMMY and decided to stay with this little someone. It was very hard to decide whether  I would join the work force again or be a full-time-mom and I am grateful that I chose the latter. It may be the hardest job but very rewarding indeed. I have witnessed RJ’s firsts, from steps, to first smiles, to tantrums and doodles. Watching her development from the helplessness of babyhood to a blooming tween is just priceless! But this doesn’t mean that being a stay-at-home Mom is better than being a working Mom. I’m sure nobody wants to work for long hours while missing their child’s milestones.

I have high regards for working Moms as I have high regards for SAHMs. I salute working Moms for being able to raise their kids and still work. I look up to them for being able to manage their time and balance everything and sometimes I envy them for being financially independent and having the freedom of financial choices with their own money. They can buy the shoes  they want without looking at the price tag. They can treat out a friend without worrying about the week’s budget. They can even change their cellphones, acer batteries or almost anything anytime they want (I’m exaggerating again). Well, you know what I mean…they have these privileges that sometimes we, stay-at-home Moms, doesn’t have.

To conclude, both stay-at-home Mom and working Mom has their advantages and disadvantages. Both are not easy jobs yet the most rewarding.

Picky Eater

“We’re not rich.” I heard this from hubby when RJ refused to finish her food.  Yes, we are not rich but we are lucky enough to eat more than three times a day plus we can eat what we want and sometimes we eat out. But it doesn’t mean because we can eat anytime, RJ can squander food.

We have this “no left over policy” in the house because hubby and I believe that throwing away food is hardhearted. While the prices of food continue to rise, the number of Filipinos without enough to eat continue to increase as well. Just imagine how hard it is to sleep with an empty stomach. This is what I always tell RJ. But still, all she wants to eat are fish (selected) and cold cuts. Sigh.

I did tricks like this…decorating her food but it just worked for a while.

picky eater food

Now, it’s about time to try different new tricks like slipping veggies in her omelet or letting her eat lettuce, carrots and cucumber with chips and dip. Or may be I could have her involved in preparing and cooking our meals. Perhaps the more involved she’ll be, the more likely she’ll eat them.

My Little Secret

What is it like to have twins in the house? Well, I’m just curious. My husband showed me the picture of his boss’ twins, a boy and a girl. They are so adorable. I am sure they look cute in their bumbleride indie twin stroller.

When I was still single, I wanted to have twins. But now, I’m thankful that God gave me only one child. RJ and her mess seem to go together…papers everywhere, her dirty clothes in the corner, books on the floor…geez! Oh yeah, I can’t expect her to tidy the room heself. It’s either I do it for her or help her. I can’t imagine if I have twins. Two kids of the same age in the house, that would mean a lot of work for me everyday.

You wouldn’t believe it but since yesterday RJ does not only cleans her room but also helps me with other household chores. She waters my plants, sweeps the ground and sets the table. So, what did I do to make her help me? I’ll share with you my little secret.

RJ saves for the things she wants. Now that it’s summer vacation, she doesn’t have any allowance to save. I told her that I’ll give her allowance or rather incentive this summer if she’ll help me do the chores. I’ll give her 5PHP ($0.12) for every chore and I’m going to pay her at the end of the day. Now, after each task, she asks me what else she can do. Result? A tidy room and a clean house. 🙂

She’s Bored!

It’s only been a week but RJ, our unica hija, is super bored. Blame it on her body clock because she’s used to waking up at 5:00AM so her body still observes the early morning rituals. She wakes up at 6:00AM and takes her breakfast while watching her favorite  morning television show and by 8:00AM, she can do anything what she wants. Problem is, she’s running out of things to do. She’s tired of playing with her toys, she’s tired of playing tetris in the computer and she’s tired of playing with her dance pad. Fortunately, we have enrolled her to a guitar lessons class, and she wanted this since last year. Problem is, it will start on mid-April so she still has approximately 3weeks to go to fight boredom. Luckily, she enjoy arts and crafts as well as watering my plants (actually, what she really wants is to play with water) so for the meantime, I’ll look for other art materials so she can hone her artistic skills and at the same time fight boredom.