I’m going to start by stating the obvious: Parenting is hard, it's not as easy as you might think it is.
As much as we don’t want to admit it or talk about it, the simple truth is that parenting is not easy. Of course, it is amazing and wonderful and meaningful, but it also ins't a walk in the park. For one, parenting doesn't come with a manual. You have to learn through experience.
When one becomes a parent, you give a huge part of yourself to your kid. And you work as a mom 24/7, without any leave of absence. The reason why parenting can be hard is because you also need to have your "me-time," You need to take a break, once in a while to take good care of yourself. For how in the world can you afford to take care of others if you don't take good care enough for yourself? Having a "me-time" is equally important as having quality time with your kids.
These realities, though they may seem like inconsistencies, are not surprising to me or all that difficult for me to reconcile. I’m pretty comfortable with the conflicting emotions I sometimes feel about motherhood and my nephew (whom I consider my son since I've had him since he was 8 months old. Well, guess what, he's now turning 15 by September!). And I’m OK with parenting being hard sometimes, but at the same time it is fulfilling and meaningful and wonderful.
I will say it again: Parenting is hard, alright. I know this and you know this, but when we see that our kid is growing to be a good citizen of this country, we feel that we may have done a good job raising them. And so we sit over in our respective corners of the parenting world knowing that although parenting can be hard and confusing and heartbreaking sometimes, believing that you've done your part to have a better future can be treated like a prize on its own.
Sun Life's second digital shorts entitled "She Said, She Said" is something that I'm sure all mommies can easily relate to. Not just moms, but all parents for that matter. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with everything that's going on in our lives that we tend to forget that our kids grow up so fast. And that they too had their own stories to tell. We as parents, just had to learn how to listen to them. We must also learn to convey in their own love language so that we'd be able to understand them better.
Here is "She Said, She Said," one of the films featured in Sun Life Shorts:
And when the time comes, we will know that we had done a good job when we see them become successful in their chosen fields. Catch the Sun Life Digital Shorts, it's going to be a heart-warming story filled with life lessons to learn from!
Sun Life once again educates Filipino audience (in an innovative & creative way) about financial preparedness by creating these relatable short films. In keeping with their vision and advocacy, Sun Life has two other films set to be released a week apart each. You may catch these episodes atwww.sunshorts2.com