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♥ What I Learned from my Children ♥

They say that in life, experience is the best teacher. And, I agree. So far, my experience being a mother is the richest source of my knowledge, skills, and wisdom. Now, let me introduce to you the cutest and most fantastic learning instruments I could ever hope for.
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This is Jonath, my first born and only son. In my blog, I fondly call him Kulisap. He is the most energetic kid I have. Among my children, I noticed that he is the most conscious when it comes to my approval and permission. I hope it stays that way until he falls in love with another woman. Jonath has taught me:
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That children’s ability to love, care and understand should never be underestimated. When I got pregnant with my second child, Jonath was only a year old. I was so worried he would not easily accept his new sibling. I was wrong. He warmly welcomed Clareth into our family.
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That despite being a mom, I can still make mistakes, be sorry, correct them and try to be better every day. Among my kids, Jonath is the one who easily forgives and forgets my snaps.
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That everything will be okay. He often tells me, “Okay lang, mom.”. He tells me that when I say we cannot buy new toys. He tells me that when I say I look ugly. He tells me that when he does not get a perfect score in school. He tells me that when I spill something. He tells me that when I feel bad. Indeed, soon enough, things would be much okay.
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Jonath, my son, I love you.
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This is Clareth, my second born. In my blog, I fondly call her Tutubi. As early as now I can already say that she will be my most independent child. She is my pocket of sunshine too. At one week old she already smiles at me constantly. She is the go-getter type of girl. When she grows up and can be as enthusiastic as she is now for chocolates and candies, there is no doubt she’ll achieve her dreams with much success. Clareth has taught me:
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That pain can lead to a beautiful blessing. I went into hard labor before she came out! And, I delivered her without any medical intervention. It was an all-natural experience. I felt every inch of the pain. All the pain is worth it though especially when I saw her safe and healthy.
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That I can live with much fewer clothes. Haha. Clareth likes to wear her clothes repeatedly, to the point that she no longer wears her other clothes. She’s already contented wearing the same set of clothes every day. When we were shopping, I allowed her to choose two to three pieces. After all, I promised her we would go on a shopping spree. I was surprised when she took her time as she carefully picked the dress she wants and just handed me one. When I told her she can still buy one more, she held the dress she picked and told me it was already enough for her. Talk about maturity.
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That children don’t stay little forever. They grow up (and fast!) and develop their own minds. One day, they would want to live their own lives. And until that day, we must enjoy every moment when we are still their most favorite person in the world. Because when that fateful day comes, it will hurt for sure. Clareth, being the independent one can sleep without us. She can eat on her own and likes to do tasks by herself. Sometimes I feel sad about her independence but I think that is selfish of me. How can I feel bad about such an empowering behavior? Isn’t it that every parent’s duty is to prepare their kids to live in the real world? I guess I have a daughter who emotionally matures faster than the others.
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Clareth, my dear daughter, know that I love you.
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This is baby V. My youngest child. In my bog, I fondly call her Alitaptap. Baby V has not yet turned one as of this writing so I really cannot tell yet much of her character. Well, maybe a few. Among my children, she’s the one who is not attentive to my stern voice and its serious tone. She is also the one who cannot stay in place for a long period of time. I think it is her who got my restless feet genes! Haha. Baby V, like mama, does not like to smile that much too. Baby V has taught me:
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That faith and love conquer all worries, uncertainties, and fears. I admit that baby V’s arrival was unplanned. It was nonetheless a pleasant and a very much welcomed surprise. But, as a parent, I began worrying about a hundred and one issues including our finances. Again, God has proven to me, in more liberating ways this time, that He will never forsake us. And, He is a generous provider to those who believe and love Him.
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That I don’t own my children and that I can’t treat them as my possessions nor can I hold them forever. My role as a mother took a new depth and breadth when I had a third baby. I realized they were not given to me to possess. They were entrusted to me so I can nourish, guide, love and raise them in a way that is pleasing to God. Soon, they will find their own path and live their own purposes. I realized all these the moments I could no longer carry three children in my two arms.
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That a mother’s love can multiply infinitely. My only worry about having two or more kids is that I might love one more than the other or I might not have enough love for them both/all. Well, after three kids, even if I cannot fully explain it, I love them all so much equally.
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Baby V, know that mama loves you.
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I never thought that three young children would turn my life around. They are my richest source of everything in this life. Thank You, Lord, for blessing me with children!
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