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When Moms Relax

Today, I got to be somebody different. No, I didn’t suddenly turn into a superhero. For once, I got to be a passenger instead of the driver. Being a passenger is something I cherish, since most of the time, I am the one behind the steering wheel. For once, it felt good to just be a spectator in life, and not be the one directing things. It simply felt liberating to feel the wind blowing in my face as I stared out the car window. I felt free, without a care in the world.

We moms are drivers of our families’ lives. We make sure that all their needs are taken care of. If anything happens to our kids, we feel highly responsible. That’s why it feels good to take a back seat once in a while and just watch life pass us by… even for one brief shining moment. And then it’s back to vacuuming the living room carpet, picking up myrsol aftershave and all the clutters left by the children.

Lessons to learn from gifted kids

More than a decade ago, I was given the opportunity to meet some gifted kids who participated in the ASEAN Children’s Art Competition on Kindness in Intramuros, Manila. The competition not only showcased the winning artworks of children participants but also gave them the opportunity to appeal for global peace.

One of the 20 awardees was sixth-grader Maximilian King, of Xavier School, in Greenhills. When asked about his thoughts on the impending war between the United States and Afghanistan, he said country leaders should “think before they act.”

He said local leaders should solve first the internal problems of the country before getting involved on lending assistance to the United States.

The winning artwork of Maximilian, who wants to be a doctor someday, was about the value of paying respect to the elderly or “pagmamano sa nakatatanda.”

Gifted child Alliah Guerra, 7, of the popular milk commercial shared her idea about war.

“War…may mga building na natutumba…namamatay na tao…may nagbabarilan, nagsusuntukan. Hindi dapat magkaroon ng digmaan dahil lang sa paghahanap sa isang tao. Kailangan magusap-usap lang muna sila (country leaders.

The grade one pupil of the UP Integrated School in Quezon City warns children like her to be careful when they are in school or other places far from home.

“Gusto ng mga masasamang tao sa lugar na maraming bata para maraming bata ang mapahamak,” Alliah candidly said.

Alliah’s winning drawing showed caring for animals, children in orphanage, plants, and everything around us.

The Kindness Art Competition, which was held simultaneously in 10 ASEAN member countries, was organized by the ASEAN and implemented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Philippine Association of Arts Educators (PAAE).

Art teacher Rosel Valenzuela, of Xavier School, said children should be encouraged to express themselves on subjects like art, particularly painting.

“Never impose too many rules that will hinder their expression,” Valenzuela said.

(The children interviewee here could be in college or professionals now. Who knows they are the ones teaching other kids to draw or paint the best apricot kernels here.)

How to Take Amazing Photos of Your Kids

Kids find it very hard to keep still. This is probably the reason why getting the best pictures can be a bit hard for a lot of parents. Still, there are always ways by which you can take the best pictures of your kids. Here are some tips that you have to remember:

  • Try to keep them preoccupied with what they are doing. If for instance they have a new toy, snap a photo of them while they are playing intently. To purchase those toys however you might need rfid credit cards.
  • Snap a photo of them while they are sleeping. Kids look like angels when they are asleep.
  • Catch them at their happiest moments. The genuine smile of kids can make anyone feel happy as well.

What are you waiting for? Snap photos of your kids now.