MOMI SMILES/ Firstborn learns to humble himself

Jul 29, 2016 | Life, Love, Only Berlin

Firstborn has earned my respect last night.

His little brother teased him with great zest.  His kid brother sang Gloc 9’s “Magda” and changed some of its lyrics.

“ito’y kwento ng isang lalaki

natutulog sa umaga, nagwawalis sa gabi

natutulog sa umaga, magma-mop sa gabi…”

Though not familiar with the song,  I knew my eight-year old’s intention — to tease his kuya.   Why?  Because after dinner, I always asked Firstborn to sweep the floor.  Floor cleaning has always been firstborn’s house chore.

Startled by the unexpected “provocation” of Bunso toward his kuya, I felt a sudden shortness of breath.   I was afraid to what Firstborn would say or do to his younger brother.

My eldest son’s unusual gracious reply was, ” It should have been ‘nagwawalis sa umaga, nagwawalis sa gabi...’ ”  then released that quaint, coy smile.

He finally learned how to extend patience to his younger brother and not be affected by the little boy’s naughty remarks.

Very good, kuya!

* This was two years ago.  Firstborn still sweeps and mops the floor.  He got used to it and every morning on weekends, he would clean the house even without me reminding him.  


  1. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    Good job to kuya, I guess mahilig talaga mang-inis ang bunso just like me when I was young, I always tease my older brother and sister. 🙂 Sweeping floor is one chore that my son cannot master, naiiwan ang mga kalat kaya ako na lang. hehehe!

    • momi berlin

      Hahaha. Ganyan pala kayong mga bunso. Hahaha. So cute to have kids at home. Sarap panoorin silang nag aasaran pero mamaya bati na. Hahaha. Your son will learn to master it din.

  2. Patty | MrsC

    Kudos to you for being able to teach your son to do chores. It’s a challenge for me to get my kid to help out, but slowly, he is learning.

    • momi berlin

      That’s the nice part, though slowly , he is learning naman.

    • momi berlin

      Thanks. Hope he will continue to offer help. Ihihi.

  3. Geri

    this reminded me of that Charlie viral video on youtube! Nakakatuwa naman.. Congrats on having a patient son, I can imagine them as adults… sana maging ganian din ang mga boys ko! <3

    • momi berlin

      Wull check that Charlie viral video. Hahaha. No idea really. And I hope they really grow up magkakasundo 🙂

      • Geri

        You should! Mga binatilyo na sila today. 😀

  4. Ma. Yvette Heart (@mayvetteheart)

    In our home, yung daughter ko ang nagawa niyan, (she’s the middle child) si Kuya I always tell him why he needs to learn how to do some tasks and he answered, okay mommy will help you do it. Kids these days understands why I guess 🙂 Good job kuya for being patient and I know with your loving arms sis Berlin, he will keep it that way 🙂

    • momi berlin

      Thank you and i hope he remains humble, helpful and respectful. I pray for your kids that they also remain helpful and understanding. .


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