Archives for July 2016

Talking about Feelings

I was watching this really awesome show on Netflix, Drop Dead Diva. It’s the story of a model who died and whose soul went back to earth and is now using a body of a kick-ass lawyer. Anyway, there are a couple of episodes when clients would go to psychotherapists. Then I wondered why in the Philippines, there are not a lot of people who go to psychotherapists and even wondered more why I haven’t met any psychotherapists at all. It seems like a lucrative specialization really, and no one seems to be talking about going to one. This for me is odd since psychotherapy deals with emotions and mental conditions.

By definition:
Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with your wife, husband or partner.
*http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Psychotherapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx

The reason that I got from friends when I asked them what they thought about this is that it’s a bit taboo to admit that you have mental issues. Yes, I get that, but then again, we are not talking about just mental problems. We are also talking about emotional concerns. We are talking about feelings, and I really think people need to speak up about how they feel, just to get it off their chest.

Feelings
If a loved one died or if you have been a victim of an abusive partner or rape, or if you, as menial as it may seem, have given everything to someone you love and they just leave you and drop you like you didn’t matter at all, where do you go? If you have issues with your family or with your best friend or issues like fears that you want to overcome, who do you go to? If you just want someone to talk to without judgement, who do you talk to?

I think our society needs to understand that we all need to talk about our feelings, and we shouldn’t judge people who talk to experts to seek for help and advice. I think a lot of the suicide incidents happen because these people found their problems to heavy to handle. I think if they had someone to talk to, this would have been avoided.

Emotions are important. It’s what makes us human. And sharing your story and talking about feelings when you need to share the emotional load is fine.

Just saying.

First Time Expectant Parents vs Second Time Expectant Parents vs Third Time…

We’re thinking of having another baby next year and I think it will be as challenging as how it was with our first child. I’m sure a lot of second time expectant parents know what I’m talking about. Based on talks with friends, not a single one of them said that it gets easier the second time around. Sure, you would already know the basics, like how to change a diaper, how and when to give them solid food, or that breastmilk is still the best for any baby, but it will still be challenging. Why? It will be challenging because each child is different.

You’re not just buying the same doll off from a store’s shelf! Haha! The challenge is really adjusting once again to that particular child. Little Ginger

I do love having someone to look after (aside from looking after my husband). I love being a mom, even if it may seem to many that I highlight my businesses more over my family in conversations. Even if I don’t talk about my family as much as I babble about business and my new ventures, I love the spontaneous, silly conversations that I have with my 3 year old daughter at times when I’m home. I love wandering through the streets in our community when we both need breaks from working (for me) and from eating and playing (for her). I love the hugs and the kisses and the surprise “i love you, mama!” that she gives all throughout the day.

If you are expecting a child, there is nothing more challenging (even more challenging than running a business!), fulfilling, precious, exciting, etc. (there are tons of adjectives really) as raising your own child.

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To make that journey more enjoyable, Manila Workshops, together with The Parenting Emporium, invite you to attend First Time Parents workshop series this July 23 and 30, 2016. First Time Parents workshop series is one of the most successful workshop series of Manila Workshops. We have been offering this workshops since 2013. This series is designed to help expectant parents to prepare for the coming of the baby. However, we also do invite singles, relatives and caregivers to attend, too!

To sign up for this workshop, please visit this link: FIRST TIME PARENTS JULY 23 and 30, 2016

This event is supported by StemCord Philippines, Cetaphil Philippines, Mamachows, Beginnings Baby, Pampers, VPharma, Mega Malunggay, Cradle and Cycles.

Turn this into a wonderful and stress free journey by embracing new knowledge and love learning! As expectant parents, we need not only know how to teach, but we need to learn, too! Let’s learn together on July 23 and 30! See you!