Lessons I Learned About Parenting from Ma

They say that children are always watching and learning from their parents.

One memory I have of Ma that has made a lasting impression is from when I was a teenager and Ma came home and told us she was unemployed.

For context, my parents lived in the Philippines where I was born and spent the first eight years of my life at.

We were a working class family. My parents had school administration jobs they loved and were respected in their circles.

Although Ma was the principal of the school that I attended, she made sure her kids worked hard and were not given special treatment by her staff.

In hindsight, I now realize how stressful and difficult that following year must’ve been for Ma when she didn’t have her job. My family scraped by with Ma’s tutoring job – she tutored the children of her grown up students from the Philippines. Pa was already retired.

My parents sacrificed a good life to come to Canada in their middle age, so their kids could have a better life here.

Then a year later, Ma got a job as a bank teller. It was not a glamorous job, but she got up every day and went to work to support her family.

It was the job that allowed her to accumulate savings to buy a house. It was the job she worked until her retirement and I am thankful she can now enjoy the fruits of her hard work.

I am blessed to have a comfortable life, thanks to the foundation my parents built for their kids.

As a parent, I am facing a different set of challenges that my parents did not have: raising a wonderful boy with great potential but who has challenging special needs.

When I think of my Ma, I think about what I learned from her growing up, the three key lessons I take forward as T’s Papa are:

  • Be resilient
  • Be tenacious
  • Have a work ethic

These are the life lessons I also hope to instill into T, through leading by example, as he grows up to be the wonderful young man that I know he will become one day.

To all the moms, moms to be and caregivers near and far, wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day!

6 thoughts on “Lessons I Learned About Parenting from Ma

    1. Thank you Diane. Agreed! Having a positive and loving environment helps go a long way. 🙂 It doesn’t solve all challenges but makes them feel less overwhelming!

  1. This post and your post yesterday are both very sweet. I didn’t know what to say yesterday, but the post was very touching as is this one. T is such a blessing and has such wonderful parents!

    1. Thanks Robyn. Life is certainly full of surprises but I also like to believe they’re not coincidences. 😊 Enjoy your Mother’s Day. I’m gonna keep that card idea that D made for you for Father’s Day in a few weeks. 👍

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