The Philippines may have inefficient systems, an extremely hot summer weather, daunting rainy seasons and floods, and the world’s worst traffic jams, but it still remains to be the first choice for many moms - including this author - to raise their children.
Friends have asked me why I choose to raise my kids in the Philippines when I had opportunities to work overseas. Working in multi-national companies has opened opportunities for me to relocate but unlike my colleagues, after years of working abroad, I chose to return to the Philippines to raise a family and openly declared at work my desire to remain here.
The mindset that life is better outside our country makes a lot of parents strive to find ways to migrate their families to pursue that better life. Some parents have actually found more lucrative jobs overseas and the need to earn more to ease their financial burdens has prompted them to relocate, but most often, when asked if they would still choose to migrate if they had enough resources to provide a comfortable life for their families in the Philippines, they would say no and admit their desire to remain in our country.
1. Being close to family The most common reason why moms choose to raise their kids here is that they can be close to family members. “Having a strong family bond is important to me,” shares mom Ruby Evangelista. She says that Filipinos always make time to nurture family relations despite being busy at work. “We love to get together and we make sure we celebrate important milestones and events with our loved ones.” Ruby also believes that family will be there for you no matter what happens and this gives her great comfort.
Mom Peya Cid agrees wholeheartedly. “I believe that raising kids is a family obligation and want my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents to help mold my children as they grow up.” Peya gave birth to her oldest son in the U.S.A. She and her husband lived there for a few years but eventually decided to return to the Philippines to raise a family here. “It’s easy when your family is nearby,” she says. “I love it when I see my children playing with their cousins and interacting with other relatives. This wouldn’t be possible if we were still living abroad. I may have been able to buy my kids more expensive toys if we were still in the U.S.A., but it is still much better to have my kids play with their cousins than play with toys.”
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Mom Justine Tanglao shares the same sentiment. “There’s a saying that it takes a village to raise a child,” she says. Extended families play an important part in a child’s rearing.