Things I Wish I Knew in My Twenties: A Letter to My Son in 2031

I was actually thinking about being 50 in the next 10 years.  This made me think about the son who will be doubling his age by then.  So I made a list of what I want to tell him when he has or is around graduating college.  I hope that he (and other people in their twenties) finds, considers, and heeds bits of wisdom I can offer in this 2031 letter I am writing for him today at 2021.

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Learning Life Skills

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What are Life Skills?  Simply put, these are living skills or the skills you need to live your life.  Skillsyouneed.com defines the term better as the skills you need to make the most out of life.  As parents, we certainly have a set of life skills we have been using through the years.  We take care of ourselves, our household, and our loved ones on a day-to-day basis.  All these we can do because we have been equipped with life skills in one way or another.  So, how do we pass these on to our kids?  How do we get them at learning life skills?

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Chores ‘r’ Us: How to Teach Your Children to Do Household Chores

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Let me start by being a Filipino.  It is common practice for Filipino families to hire a helper at home.  The helper cooks, cleans, washes dishes, washes laundry, etc.  The adults (parents and extended family), usually, chip in, here and there, when they feel like it or if they really like doing the chore. 

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4 Parenting Styles: Which Parent Are You?

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Every person in the universe is unique.  No two persons are the same, not even twins.  We have our own set of traits, how we deal with the world and how we go about carrying out our roles.  We are all different as a student, a friend or as an employee.   

One very important role, we take in our lifetime, is parenting.  And it is not just a gene-giving, budget-allotting job.  It is so much more than that.  Being a parent is all about the life of a child, the child you will raise, rear, bring up, look after, nurture, take care, love and call your own.

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What Does New Normal Mean to You?

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It has been more than 2 months since we got stuck in our homes, not because we chose to, but because we had to.  And still, we have to.

This was a golden opportunity for me to try out being a house wife…

I used to tell my friends, especially my mom-friends that I dream of being a house wife:  staying at home, cooking for the husband, caring for my kid and for the house.  So when quarantine was mandated, the therapy clinic where I work closed, I saw the positive side and thought this was a golden opportunity for me to try it out!  But just 8 weeks after, I realized it was unfair.  It was unfair for me to try “house-wifing” when I have no me-time.  I could not even reward myself of taking a trip to the café or the bookstore after cleaning the house up.  Even leisure grocery shopping was impossible! 

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