Independent Homeschooling

Last year, since my husband works in UAE,  the whole family decided to be with him for good. It meant giving up my lucrative job and embracing change once again. Last 2012, our whole family already stayed in UAE but with my pregnancy for our 3rd child, we came back to the Philippines. Before I pulled out my kids from school, they were enrolled in a Montessori school. I am a great believer in the Montessori methods and I am quite satisfied with how they matured and discovered their independence during those 3 years they spent in the school.

But since I will be a full-time mom, I thought that I could homeschool my kids since I have been meaning to educate them my own way. I am a Psychology graduate and have invested a decade of my profession in the corporate world. I have always loved child psychology during my undergrad days. I even thought of becoming a guidance counselor after graduation. But life took a different turn after I graduated because there were more offers in the HR world. I was also kinda overwhelmed with the bureaucracy in becoming a guidance counselor.

So, I took a leap of faith – of following what I should have been meaning to do. When I told my friends and even some of my family members of what I intended to roll-out – I  received very different feedbacks. Most of which are not supportive of the idea of giving up my career and homeschooling my kids. But I am equally crazy and stubborn as hell – I react differently when people discouraged me from doing something.

I prepared for months in homeschooling my kids. I e-mailed homeschool providers for queries and quotations, I  read books about education, researched, studied and burned my midnight oils.  When I say I took a leap of faith, it meant that I was courageous enough to adapt independent homeschooling. By that, it meant, I did not enroll my kids to a homeschool provider. Of course, by now you have lots of questions. I was just like you, full of questions. Should I or should I not homeschool? Don’t you worry, I will take you for a ride towards what have been the most satisfying decision that I have made in my life.

See you in my next post.

Homeschooling in the Philippines

Last year, since my husband works in UAE,  the whole family decided to be with him for good. It meant giving up my lucrative job and embracing change once again. Last 2012, our whole family already stayed in UAE but with my pregnancy for our 3rd child, we came back to the Philippines. Before I pulled out my kids from school, they were enrolled in a Montessori school. I am a great believer in the Montessori methods and I am quite satisfied with how they matured and discovered their independence during those 3 years they spent in the school.

But since I will be a full-time mom, I thought that I could homeschool my kids since I have been meaning to educate them my own way. I am a Psychology graduate and have invested a decade of my profession in the corporate world. I have always loved child psychology during my undergrad days. I even thought of becoming a guidance counselor after graduation. But life took a different turn after I graduated because there were more offers in the HR world. I was also kinda overwhelmed with the bureaucracy in becoming a guidance counselor.

So, I took a leap of faith – of following what I should have been meaning to do. When I told my friends and even some of my family members of what I intended to roll-out – I  received very different feedbacks. Most of which are not supportive of the idea of giving up my career and homeschooling my kids. But I am equally crazy and stubborn as hell – I react differently when people discouraged me from doing something.

I prepared for months in homeschooling my kids. I e-mailed homeschool providers for queries and quotations, I  read books about education, researched, studied and burned my midnight oils.  When I say I took a leap of faith, it meant that I was courageous enough to adapt independent homeschooling. By that, it meant, I did not enroll my kids to a homeschool provider. Of course, by now you have lots of questions. I was just like you, full of questions. Should I or should I not homeschool? Don’t you worry, I will take you for a ride towards what have been the most satisfying decision that I have made in my life.

See you in my next post.

What my Kids think of Me?

I saw a post on social media about “What your child thinks about you?”. So, I got my 2 boys to answer the questions about me. I didn’t realize that I have been such an amazing Mom to them. Here are their replies:

*What is something I say a lot?
Tristan:Tan, are you finish with your work?

Aki: Aki, eat! Aki, eat!

*What makes me happy?
Tristan: When I finish my work.

Aki: hugs and kisses

*What makes me sad?
Tristan: When I’m naughty

Aki: not listening to mom

*How tall am I?
Tristan: I don’t know

Aki: 7

*What’s my favorite thing to do?
Tristan: Write in OneNote

Aki: clean

*What is my favorite food?
Tristan: Tempura

Aki: mushrooms

*What is my favorite drink?
Tristan: Coke

Aki: Starbucks Coffee

*If I could go anywhere, where would I go?
Tristan: Paris

Aki: USA

*Do you think you could live without me?
Tristan: NO!

Aki: NOOO!

*How do I annoy you?
Tristan: I don’t know

Aki: The silent treatment

*What is my favorite TV show?
Tristan: News

Aki: MTV

*What is my favorite music to listen to?
Tristan: River Flows In You – Yiruma

Aki: Canon D

*What is my job?
Tristan: work, work, work, work

Aki: You don’t have a job anymore

*How old am I?
Tristan: 32

Aki: 32

*What’s my favorite color?
Tristan: Pink

Aki: Blue

*How much do you love me?
Tristan: 700 %

Aki: Infinity percent

You can try this out with your kids to know how much they know you. It will be such an eye-opener.

Wake me up when September ends.

Finally got the chance to write to share you my predicament on what to cook for tonight. I failed to do the groceries last weekend so I am running out of options on what to prepare for dinner. Funny how I am here, talking about what to cook when looking back I had a pretty interesting life with the corporate  world but I didn’t feel the need to write about them. But yeah, truly the overthinking is driving me insane.

My day started quite ‘funny’, I had in mind to cook for my special sisig but when I was about to get the onions, I haven’t realized that they all left the fridge already. You see, in the morning, I wake up as early as 4:30 AM to cook two sets of the meal; breakfast and lunch for my husband- I have very little time in my hands.  So, I  quickly browsed the internet for a recipe for an 800 grams pork belly without the need to use onions. Without any complaints, my husband went to work with his lunch ‘Adobong Puti’ not failing to mention that he had yesterday ‘Adobo’ also. This is truly embarrassing.

I didn’t feel quite good about my day so far. I checked the kitchen sink and  have tons dishes to wash. I looked at the laundry basket and I can sense they desperately need to go inside the washing machine. I looked everywhere and everything needs my dire attention. I am already overwhelmed, I only was able to get a 3-hour sleep, so I headed back to the bed instead. Just decided to sleep this guilt away.

I woke up 3 hours after but I didn’t feel any better. My kiddos were already up, thank God I have already prepared the meal for them. I decided that we skip Science today because I just don’t feel like being educational today. 🙂

I am halfway done with my chores and I am starting to feel satisfied with my day.

So, what’s for dinner? Ugggh…. Better work my magic then. Laters…