I am a little lazy searching for books to read about parenting, While some has multiple books, I simple rely on the experience of my mother and “What to expect the Toddler Years”. Here are some of her possible aha moments with me.

Hmn… what will happen if I throw my toys after I finish playing with them?

“Please pick up your toys”
“Sino nagtapon? — Iya
“Sino pupulot?” — Iya (and she will)
“Julia if you throw that one more time, I’m not going to give it to you anymore”

Hmn… what will happen if I pat Nanay a little too hard on her face?

“No spanking, if you do that one more time I’m not going to hold you anymore”

Hmn… what will happen if I kick Nanay on the bed?

“No kicking please. If you do that again, you’re going to sleep in the crib” — Ayaw, bed lang


So far things are not as difficult as one would imagine. And we, including her lola and yaya, make sure she grows up unspoiled given her only child status so far. She understands my instructions and she knows that I will follow through whatever I say. So far, my goal is to make her understand that actions have consequences, good or bad. I’m sort of hoping that words may be enough to make her follow despite our corporal punishment society.


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