In a viral video posted on YouTube, moms were described as having the world’s toughest job.
Moms require knowledge in medicine (who stays up all night when you're sick?), finance (who does the year-round budget?) and culinary arts (who're you gonna call when you have a craving lutong-bahay?).
Mothers are superheroes.
We asked supermoms Carmina Villarroel-Legaspi, Chef Rosebud Benitez and Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo to reveal how they can have successful careers and still fulfill their duties as mothers.
Importance of bonding. Whatever the activity, it's important to actually be with the kids.
“Since I am in the kitchen most of the time, we bond in the kitchen," says Chef Rosebud.
"One of the things we really enjoy is baking. The kids help me mix all the ingredients. Even if hindi sila ganun kahilig, I try to encourage them. They help me in the kitchen, so nagiging bonding time na.
“We also enjoy eating out, trying new restaurants and watching movies together,” she adds.
“I really want to travel with the kids. Once a year lang naman kami mag-out of the country. That’s why we work hard—for the vacation. Para iba yung memories,” Carmina shares.
Janice notes the difference between bonding with her older kids and the younger ones.
“Kasi teenagers na, they have their own world. So I really make time for one-on-one dates.
“But with my younger daughter, it’s easy. We do arts and crafts, we write stories, it's just really playing.
"But as a family, we really like going out.
"It’s really about making time, so Sundays talaga is for the family.” Janice says.
Household Tips. Since moms often juggle work and family, time spent with family is gold.
Even simple chores like cleaning dishes eat up precious time with the kids.
Chef Rosebud shares an easy way to clean blenders after making healthy fruit juices for the family.
“Here's one way to clean blenders fast. While the pitcher is still on the base, put soap, water, and then i-whirl mo na siya. Rinse and then malinis na siya.”
Meanwhile, Janice lets us in on how she keeps her bathroom clean.
“I keep a spray bottle of organic cleanser beside the toilet. So when so the kids use the toilet, I have it there lang, so it’s always clean.”
Janice uses an organic toilet spray. You can make your own by mixing 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup borax, and 1 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle.
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“Try to enjoy every moment you have with your children,” Chef Rosebud says. The mother of three recently gave birth to baby Kaeden.
“Now that I have a new-born, I try to cherish every moment with my children. They grow up so fast. May mga milestones na, breakthroughs everyday."
Janice, who keeps herself busy empowering mothers through her website Mommy Mundo, says it’s all about “trusting yourself.”
“Kasi sometimes, we doubt ourselves. New moms are given too much information. But in the end, we rely on our intuition, a mother's intuition. You have to trust that you’re the only one who really knows your child.”
Carmina suggests sitting down and talking to the older children.
"Ask them where they want to travel or what sport or hobby interests them. There should be no secrets between parents and their kids.
“Ini-encourage namin na sabihin nila lahat sa amin, kasi wala ring ibang tutulong sa kanila kung hindi kami rin. Kaya makikita mo na they are very open, walang tinatago.
"Alam nila na willing kaming makinig sa dreams, fears and frustrations nila,” Carmina says about her relationship with twins Mavy and Cassy.
Even supermoms deserve a rest day. Supermoms share what their kids are up to on Mother’s Day.
“My kids would surprise me with cards and letters. We make sure that we spend Mother’s Day together. They try to make me feel extra special naman, like they write letters, buy roses for me, and stuff like that," says Chef Rosebud.
Janice’s children, on the other hand, cook for her.
“I think they got it from the traditional breakfast in bed. When I wake up, there’s bacon and eggs. There are more surprises, but nothing really extravagant.”
For her part, Carmina shares: “Just being together, doing something together, nagbo-bond na kayo, e.”