Life on the island is simple but not dull, and city life can be too much. Andi Eigenmann suspects that daughter Lilo might be overstimulated by toys she's not used to playing with.
The mom of two recently traveled to Manila to celebrate her birthday with her two daughters. It was the first time she saw Ellie, 9, who stayed with her dad Jake Ejercito since the quarantine was imposed last March. Andi noticed, however, that Lilo refuses to take naps.
“Back on the island, it was so much easier to get Lilo to chill out. Now, this girl just won’t take naps anymore!” the mom of two shared on Instagram.
Andi brought out Ate Ellie’s old wooden toys for Lilo to play with while in the city. But it may be all new to her On the island, Lilo plays with “whatever nature supplies us,” Andi shared. It could be an old coconut or a bunch of twigs, or even sand at the beach.
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“Being on quarantine and unable to go out shopping, it made it clearer how even less our children really need to be happy,” the mom of two said.
“I don’t believe in showering my kids with so many toys (especially at this age),” Andi added. She admitted she didn’t always think that way.
Since they moved to Siargao and opted to live a much simpler life, Andi noticed how it shaped Ellie’s values, too. Though the 9-year-old stays in Manila for school, she had decided to donate her toys to those in need.
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“It teaches them to value the things that they own, and take good care of it,” Andi stressed. Plus, it lessens the family's carbon footprint, which helps preserve and save the environment.