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  • Dawn Zulueta“I love what I do. I stopped [working] for a while, but now that I have kids, I know that my work is a part of me that I can share with them later on. Through my work, I could show my kids that if there’s something they want to do, they could pursue it. It allows me to teach them that all good things come with hard work.”
    - Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo, actress; mom to Jacobo, 7, and Ayisha, 4

    “My work makes me a better mother in terms of managing my time well and setting my dreams and goals for my daughter. Furthermore, I am able to exchange ideas and experiences with my colleagues and apply them. Being a career mom, I can say I am lucky to have two of the best jobs in the world!”
    - Nikki Valdez, actress; mom to Olivia, 5

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    "Now that I am a mom, my work has made me value my time more. Being at work means being away from my daughter, which means I could miss her first word, her first step, and the like. So I make sure that anything I get into must be worth leaving my daughter at home for. And when I’m at work, I make sure I stay focused, give my all, and be professional because the earlier I finish, the sooner I get to be with my child, and the more time I get to spend with her.”
    - Bettina Carlos, actress; mom to Gummy, 2


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    “My career allows me to be an example to my children and teach them the value of hard work, passion, and determination. It allows me to invest in myself in order to have more to share with my children.”
    - Amina Aranaz-Alunan, bag designer and entrepreneur; mom to Lucas, 6, Helena, 4, and Diego, 3


    “Work and career add another dimension to my being a mother. As an individual, my work provides me with a never-ending opportunity to grow as a person and push my chosen advocacies in life. With work, I earn income that is shared with others, especially my scholars. My work is a vessel wherein the blessings pass through.”
    - Christine Bersola-Babao, host of Good Morning Club, founder and creative director of parenTIN.tv, and children’s book author; mom to Antonia, 8, and Nio, 3

    “Motherhood is constant. Even when you’re away from your child physically, a part of you is still with your child. Having work gives me breathing room to step out of my world of mothering. Then I come back to being a mom recharged and more appreciative of my role.”
    - Delamar, radio disc jockey; mom to Cooper, 1, and 6 months pregnant with her second child

    Amanda Griffin-Jacob“I feel that work makes me a better mom because my creative and passionate outlets are being fulfilled which, in turn, makes me more content as a person. Thus, I’m a better version of myself, especially as a mother. While motherhood completes me, I have always felt that a woman needs to maintain her sense of self and identity by continuing to do things that she loves outside of her role as a mother. A happier and fulfilled person will always make for a more patient and loving mother.”
    - Amanda Griffin-Jacob, model and host of Amanda Loving Life on The Lifestyle Network, mom to Kieran, 3, and Kalon


    “Work is a responsibility, something you work hard to be good at. It’s the same with motherhood, only better, because having kids is a responsibility and also a privilege. You have to work hard in molding your kids."
    - Lyn Ching-Pascual, TV host; mom to Gabriella Alyssa, 8, and Jaime Matteo, 5


    “Having two energetic boys requires a lot of time and patience. When I have work, I sometimes finish very late, so before leaving, I make sure everything my kids need is taken care of. My work as an actress helps me master time management and gain the most valuable virtue: patience. Knowing what to prioritize and how to balance everything are key to making it work!”
    - Carlene Aguilar-Ocampo, actress;  mom to Calix Andreas, and Marcus Iñigo

    “Work makes me a better person and a better mom in many ways. Physically, I had to motivate myself to get back into shape. (Breastfeeding was the best solution!) I also had to get organized: find time for my hubby, time for baby, time for work, and time for me. If you’re a career mom, you tend to feel guilty about not spending enough time with your child. I double the effort in making sure my daughter has all the hugs and affection, and confidence and independence she needs. Financially, it’s easier to enroll Armelle in various activities. I get to stay connected to the world as well. I feel I am a better person, being a career mom.”
    Valerie Bariou-Bondoc, model; mom to Armelle, 5, and Antoine, 3 months old


    How about you, mom? How does your job make you a better mother? Post a comment below!

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