January 30, 2018
My son NIO is turning 8 tomorrow, January 31, 2018. It’s hard to believe and it feels only like yesterday when I gave birth to my only son on a Saturday morning, 1/31/2010 via Caesarian Operation.
Come February, my only daughter ANYA is turning 13 . What? 13 already? Officially a teenager!
I feel old. I really do. As my kids grow older, entering puberty and all, parents like me who are in their late 40’s are also going through this often dreaded & difficult phase- the midlife.
At this age where I have proven myself in terms of my place in the media industry, what is there to do ? The answer is : a lot.
In my personal life, there are quite a number of challenges- some have existed for years already, and then some new sprouts.
The greatest challenge in the parenting arena is raising a tweener, the age when emotions & reasons are put to a test. Ive been there. Raging hormones. I went through it. Insecurities, uncertainty, finding my purpose and place in this world.
And so I always remind my daughter to pursue her passions – music & writing.
We motivate her all the time so she would be more driven.
But she still has to come out of her shell and overcome her shyness and insecurities.
As for Nio, he acts like any boy his age: playful, always a ball of energy, likes to tumble & fall. He loves to talk, talk, talk & tell stories- and never runs out of gazillion questions.
He loves to analyze and reason out. Oftentimes i run out of answers to his questions.
I stop in my tracks & tell him :
“ Hmm… that’s a tough question Nio. Let’s Google..” when push comes to shove, Google saves the day!
Of course, discernment comes side by side with “ googling” . Wikipedia is not 100% reliable or believable since it can be edited by anybody.
Anyhow, being a Mom isn’t a walk in the park. But i love it! It’s a wonderful feeling. It makes me feel whole. It makes me happy. It gives me purpose and meaning.