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  • 'Sabi Ng Bunso Ko, Superpower Ko Daw 'Yung Madaling Magalit'

    "It’s never selfish to love yourself because you are important, too."
    by Grace Bautista .
'Sabi Ng Bunso Ko, Superpower Ko Daw 'Yung Madaling Magalit'
  • Last March 2021, we asked our readers to submit their answers to this question: “How did Smart Parenting help you on your parenting journey?”

    We’ve chosen the 10 finalists from all over the country. But YOU get to decide who goes home with P100,000 by voting for the story that touched you the most (scroll below to vote!).

     One of the #MySmartParentingStory finalists is Karen Mei Caro, a mom of two from Isabela. When asked what she wished someone told her about motherhood, she answered, “You don’t have to be perfect. Walang perpektong nanay pero lagi mong piliin ang maging mabuting nanay.”

    She added, “Hindi mali na mahalin din natin ang ating sarili. Kasi deserve din natin ‘yon. Pagkatapos nating maglinis ng bahay, magligpit ng kalat at ma-stress sa makukulit na mga anak, kailangan din nating magpaganda at mag-relaks, para kahit araw-araw tayong pagod at ngarag, mukha pa rin tayong tourist spot.”

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    Karen’s Smart Parenting story is about how she calmed down and loved herself.

    Noon, isa akong nanay na laging stressed. Sabi nga ng bunso ko, superpower ko daw 'yung madaling magalit. Naiinis kasi ako kapag magulo, makalat at maingay sa bahay.

    Naaburido ako kapag may sumisigaw ng “Mama!” lalo na kapag paulit-ulit. Iihi lang naman ako pero kung makasigaw para naman na akong pumunta ng Hongkong.

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    Inaamin ko, nagagalit ako sa mga anak ko sa mga ganoong pagkakataon. Nasisigawan ko sila. Pero hanggang dun lang. Nagso-sorry din ako agad sa kanila kasi nagi-guilty ako.

    Feeling ko, napakasama kong nanay. Minsan, iiyak na lang ako. Minsan, sasabihin ko sa kanila na pagod na pagod na ako. Kasi may mga araw na parang gusto ko nang sumuko at hindi ko na kaya. May mga araw na parang ayoko nang bumangon at hayaan na lang sila. At nang nag-umpisa ang pandemya, napuno ako ng takot at pag-aalala.

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    Ngunit mula noong naging member ako ng Smart Parenting at Smart Parenting Village, maraming nabago sa mga pananaw ko bilang isang ina.

    Hindi lang pala ako ang nakakaramdam ng pagod, lungkot, takot at pag-iisa. At naunawaan ko na walang perpektong nanay. Bawat isa sa atin ay mayroong mga kahinaan at pinagdadaanan.

    Sa pamamagitan ng mga kwento at payo na nababasa ko sa Village, natutunan ko kung paano maging mas mabuting nanay sa aking mga anak. Natutunan ko kung paano maging mas kalmado, mas mapagpasensya at mas positibo sa buhay.

    "Motherhood means being selfless. Kung dati, laging sarili mo ang inuuna, ngayon hindi na."
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Karen Mei Caro
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    Higit sa lahat, natutunan ko kung paano mahalin ang aking sarili. Sabi nga nila, it's never selfish to love yourself because you are important, too.

    Dalawang beses na ring na-feature ang mga pinadala kong kwento sa Smart Parenting. Naging daan ito upang mai-share ko naman sa iba ang experiences ko.

    Mas maganda daw ako kung hindi ako masungit, sabi ng mga anak ko. Tama nga naman. Minsan naiinis pa rin ako at napapagod pero hindi na gaya ng dati. Mas relaks na ako ngayon, hindi na ako toxic na nanay.

    At ang bawat yakap at halik sa akin ng mga anak ko ay naghahatid ng saya na walang katumbas.

    Love Karen’s story? Click her name below to vote, so she brings home P100,000!

    Want to read the other finalists' stories before voting? You can find all 10 entries here! Voting is until May 15.

    While you can vote multiple times using this poll, the results you see do not reflect the actual validated numbers. Did you vote 10 times for one candidate? That will only be considered as 1 vote. So we highly encourage you to vote once and ask your friends to cast their votes as well.

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    Click your pick among the finalists to vote!

    Judy of Quezon City

    The Mom Who Is Overcoming Postpartum Struggles

    Jashmine of Laguna

    The Mom Who Fought APAS

    Julius of Mandaluyong City

    The Hands-On Working Dad

    Karen of Isabela

    The Mom-Care Advocate

    Ena of Davao

    The Mental Wellness Advocate

    Genina of Marikina City

    Single Mom By Choice

    JC of Cagayan Valley

    The Student Dad

    Maryjade of Quezon Province

    The Mom Who Worked 8 Jobs

    Melody of North Cotabato

    The Mom Of A Child With Special Needs 

    Alfie of Pangasinan

    The Stay-At-Home Dad

    The final winner will be based on the number of unique votes at the end of the voting period. Here's where the voting is so far according to unique votes.

    As one of our 10 finalists, Karen will receive:

    • An ible Airvida Wearable Air Purifier worth P8,795
    • P2,000 worth of gift certificates
    • A chance to win P100,000, tax-free, of course!

    Submitted entries are edited only for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and formatting.

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