Would you take a job that would require you to work 24/7, without any days off, even on holidays, and without a salary?
Probably not. But believe it or not, such a job exists. It’s called motherhood.
Moms work all the time taking care of their families.
With this in mind, Breeze held the event "1 Laba Day" on August 28 at Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City, where participating moms were treated to a laundry day-off.
The activities were facilitated by celebrity endorsers for the detergent namely, Christine “Tin Tin” Bersola-Babao, Gladys Reyes, and Dimples Romana.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a chat backstage with the three busy career moms who shared their thoughts on parenting.
MAKING TIME FOR FAMILY. How do they do it—juggle work and family?
For Tin Tin, it’s all about time management. “Super dali. Everything is all about scheduling. Tamang pag-schedule. Alam mo kung paano mag-prioritize. Hindi lahat tinatanggap mo, kasi you’ll be spreading yourself too thin.
“You have to know what is your passion, what is more important to you, what is essential to you and what reflects your principles sa buhay.
“Ako, kahit busy ako sa career, I always find time to be with my family. You’ll be amazed, kasi makikita mo naman yun sa mga Instagram posts ko, e."
The TV-radio personality and mom of two explained how she prioritizes the use of her time. “This morning, I was at my child’s parent-teacher meeting and now, here I am doing my work as spokesperson [for a detergent brand], tapos uuwi ako, I have time for my husband. Manonood kami ng sine.”
Gladys, on the other hand, admitted that it's a challenge for her to give equal time to all her priorities.
“Honestly, mahirap talaga, especially ako, I’m a mom of three. Siyempre, may husband rin ako, may obligasyon rin ako with my own family.
“I’m so grateful, I have a loving and faithful husband and trusted people around me. Thankful ako sa mom and dad ko because anytime I need them, nandiyan sila. Nakaguide sila sa mga apo nila. At the same time, [I have] a trusted house staff who loves and has concern for my kids.
"With these people, at peace ako na kahit iwan ko muna ang mga anak ko while I’m at work, alam kong hindi sila mapapabayaan."
For Dimples, it’s making every moment count when she's with family.
“Yung anak ko mayroon na rin siyang sariling schedule. Sakin ang importante lang, hindi man kayo ganun kadalas magkita, pag magkakasama kayo, you [put away] your phones at huwag muna gumawa ng ibang bagay. Just really be there with your kids. Kasi importante talaga sa kanila yun.
“Ang bata naman wala pa masyadong concept of time kung araw-araw kayong magkikita. Ang importante sa kanya tuwing nagkikita kayo, nasa kanya lang yung atensyon mo. Sa akin importante yun.
“Pag feeling ko nasobrahan na ako ng trabaho, ako na rin yung hindi muna tumatanggap ng trabaho.
“Kaya rin naman tayo nagtatrabaho dahil sa pamilya natin, pero kung pati yung oras para sa pamilya mawawala dahil sa trabaho natin, parang mali yun sa akin.
“May conscious effort ako lagi, pag nasosobrahan na ako ng trabaho, the following week na lang ako ulit gagawa ng maraming ng work," she said.
PERSONAL PAMPERING. Yes, moms are superheroes, but they still need pampering.
PEP asked the three moms how they spend their "me" time.
Tin Tin, a self-confessed nailaholic, said she has her nails done. “Ay, every week!" she gushed, showing off her hands.
“I’m a nail person. Obsessed ako sa nails, tinititigan ko nails ko nang mabuti pero kapag labas ko ng parlor—wala na, may chip na. Ganun ako kalikot," she said with a laugh.
“Once a month I have my hair colored, and I get a hot oil [treatment]... yung nails every week talaga, minsan twice a week pa. Up and down, tapos foot spa."
What kind of nail polish does she favor?
“The brighter the better, I love red and purple, bihira ako mag light colors like white nail polish."
When we asked Gladys for fitness tips, she warned against the damaging effects of starving oneself.
“Hindi naman ako ganoon ka-conscious sa katawan ko pero I watch what I eat para hindi sobra.
"I eat meat pero in moderation, tsaka nalampasan ko na yung puro fish and vegetables at konting rice lang, mananawa ka sa ganung habit.
“Wag mo masyado i-limit sarili mo kasi, the more ka mag-crave at baka pagbalik nung cravings mo, mas grabe, so dapat di mo rin i-deprive sarili mo," she stressed.
"Don't be too hard on yourself when dieting. Pagbigyan mo ang sarili, para lang matikman mo, just watch how much you eat."
Dimples, who is three months pregnant with her second child, expressed a different kind of pampering—one that soothes and nourishes her baby.
“Na-miss ko nga magpamasahe kasi 'di ba bawal magpamasahe pag buntis? So ngayon it’s more of, nourishing my mind. I listen to a lot of music and I read a lot. I look at nice pictures kasi maganda rin yung may visuals.
"I also focus on positive things, DIY activities and cooking."
As for staying fit and working out preggy-style, “I walk, I still work. Dati hindi ako mahilig sa gulay pero ngayon parang yun na yung hinahanap ng katawan ko."
PARENTING. What are their thoughts on discipline? Are they strict parents?
Tin Tin said, "Hindi naman, I can be strict but I can also be lenient. Depends kung may kapilyohan na ginawa, hindi pwedeng palampasin natin. Pero ako, gusto ko i-enjoy nila yung pagiging kids nila. I encourage them to draw, paint, explore things.
"How to discipline them? Iba-iba, e. I can just talk to them, napaka-smart naman nila, madali nilang maintindhinan."
For her part, Gladys said she imposes rules. “As a parent, ang rules ko lalo na pag weekdays, no gadgets, no TV.
“A day before school, kailangan mag-behave na, mostly preparation for the next day. Okay pa rin yung may interaction with them. Hindi yung dahil sa social media, nagiging anti-social na tayo in real life," she said.
Dimples shared her thoughts on how to stimulate a child's creativity. “Hayaan ang mga anak na mag-enjoy ng kabataan. Gustuhin ko man isipin na yung bata gusto mag-showbiz, parang hindi talaga e, at nirerepeseto ko yun.
"As a parent, it's my responsibility to respect what she wants to do. Lalo na pag pinabayaan mo sila to really be their own person."