The joys & sorrows of motherhood Pablo A. Tariman (The Philippine Star) - September 4, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — On this rainy evening in this high-end shopping mall, Sylvia Sanchez talks with a couple of media friends on a subject close to her heart: Motherhood. For the record, she is a mother of four, two of them following in her showbiz footsteps with good results. But in this coming teleserye called Pamilya Ko, she is the mother of eight (!) coping with the joys and sorrows of ordinary couples. “In a way, I am fully rehearsed for the part as a mother in real life,” she said. “Having lived this long, I know what it takes to survive motherhood and to enjoy its blessings. I like being connected with my children although two of them are grown-up adults. When tapings find them unable to communicate with me, I’d text and remind them I am still around and waiting for a … [Read more...] about The joys & sorrows of motherhood
I didn’t plan my pregnancy to be like this. I was supposed to be this amazing Wonder Woman that slayed during the day, wearing amazing silk jumpsuits that danced around the belly. I did it all: power breakfasts, power lunches, power meetings, power coffee breaks, power workouts and power walks. I envisioned a modern and glossy mom-to-be drowning in superfoods and belly oil. Not. This. The past four months I’ve woken up to my truer self. I’m a lazy and exhausted mother-to-be who drools in her sleep while garbed in cotton pajamas. I’d wake up at 1pm already hating myself for missing half the day. It’s an absolute miracle if I could even run a brush through my hair without losing my breath. My skin is vampire pale. The only thing energetic about me is my appetite for carbs. You may also like: 28 years after Life, Love, Lust—Dr. Margie Holmes on sex, modern love and husband Number 4 What I’m gonna tell you about love, I learned from selling … [Read more...] about Motherhood by Myself: Dispatches from a pregnancy gone rogue
MANILA – Back then, all she had to worry about is her next destination. But Divine Lee said her priorities have changed drastically since she became a mother. The socialite and lifestyle blogger has a son – nicknamed Baz – with her husband, businessman Blake Go. Soon, they will welcome a baby girl. On Instagram Stories, Lee recalled her plan to go on a vacation before she gives birth for the second time, only to scrap it so she can save up for the future of her children. “Was really planning on taking a vacay (vacation) with everyone before my due date. Then naisip ko – should save money for Baz and his sister,” she said. “Baz won’t even remember if I bring him anywhere now. Parang mas important ‘yung college fund niya and saving for his future. If we plan a trip now, it’s really for Blake and me.” “Grabe makaiba ng priorities ang anak,” Lee noted. “Dati plano ko lang if Coachella or Glastonbury (music … [Read more...] about Divine Lee on motherhood: ‘Grabe makaiba ng priorities’
Motherhood is a puzzlement When did I learn about motherhood? Of course, when I had my first baby. She was the prettiest, cuddliest little thing, in my eyes. I breastfed her, changed her diapers, took care of her myself for a long time. I absolutely adored her, spent all night awake watching her when she got her first fever. I thought I would die if anything untoward happened to her. Now, whenever I think about motherhood, I have one conclusion. It is best when your children are small adorable babies who cannot talk, who can only laugh when you nuzzle their little tummies or when you sing them your silliest songs. When the children turn five, motherhood begins to change. It’s still wonderful at times but now you probably have more than one child and they often fight about the smallest things. This forced me to make a rule: “If you fight, fix it yourselves. If you come telling on each other, I will spank all of you.” I did that once. After … [Read more...] about Motherhood is a puzzlement
By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist Thu., May 9, 2019 In the small — but fun! — subset of mothers who like to toss around socio-economic data, there’s a graph that has been making the rounds over the past few months that sends panic through the crowd every time it pops up. It shows mothers’ earnings dropping off a cliff when they have children, and never fully recovering. And it’s in Denmark of all places, where policy makers are supposed to know how to fix all socio-economic problems. In Canada, there’s a shortage of conclusive analysis, but all the signs point in the same direction: the cost to mothers of having those little bundles of joy is significant, and it compounds over time. Obviously, when a mother gives birth, her wages sink like a stone because she usually takes maternity leave. By definition, wages are much lower. More importantly, what happens when she goes back to work? Initial research in Canada suggests … [Read more...] about How can we fix the motherhood-penalty problem?