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That was what I realized two years ago when I started to have problems with my Second son. I would want to blame the peer he got at his new school as the bad influence. Or perhaps those acolytes he spent time with every meeting and church service.
Do not get me wrong. My Second son is kindhearted. He puts great efforts in his studies. He is courteous. It is just that he can be more susceptible to peer pressure. Among my boys, he can be the most aggressive to try new things. He is also the most independent to the point that he is more likely to experiment. Sometimes, his acts would make my heart beat harder and faster.
I must admit. There was a time I would want to give up. Or I already gave up. But then, I’ve realized that I am a parent and I have the power to bring my kids’ future forward. The same way that I can reshape my Second son’s future.
Very timely that last Saturday, I attended the launch of Parentology+. This is an advocacy of Nestle NANKID to help parents take charge of their kids’ future through simple steps that can be taken right at home. During its launch, Parentology+ recreates a typical home and its rooms. There are three stations touching on important topics: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Socialization.
To better explain each topic, there are featured parents who are influencers in their own fields, too, stationed in each room. Blogger Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi and Nestle Nutritionist Aleli Magtibay gave insights on diet and nutrition. Football player Anton del Rosario shared how he got his son loves sports and embraces an active lifestyle. Lastly, on the socialization station, entrepreneur and stylist Cat Arambulo-Antonio shared how she helped her kids learn to socialize and boost their confidence.
I appreciate this kind of event. Not because I am a parent. But because of the messages it would like to impart. That despite all the challenges, parents still possess the power to reshape the future of their youngsters. I also salute the celebrity parents present – who are also NANKID brand ambassadors – because, despite their high-profile status, they remain to be parents to their children. I learned from them and from the event that:
- The parent’s influence greatly affects a youngster’s decision for his future. This especially holds true when Stephanie and Ms. Aleli showed how they were able to include vegetables in the everyday meal of the kids, thus reassuring them their children will eat veggies even if they are not around.
- The youth’s resilience to upcoming challenges depends on the level of support their parents give especially during their childhood years. I specifically realized this when Anton showed how he was able to make excitement as leverage for his son to love sports and friendly competition.
- For the children to reach their full potential, they need their parents as informed advocates. I realized this when NAN stressed that parents can do much about their children’s future. With commitment, knowledge, and support, they can build a better future for their kids.
I went home that day fully equipped with new knowledge about reshaping my kids’ future. I am confident that with the added knowledge, I am in a better position to talk to my Second son and together resolve some pressing issues.
If you missed the Trinoma event, the NANKID OPTIPRO team will be touring the country to reach more parents about their advocacy. Catch them on the following dates:
- February 10 – 11 at SM City Clark
- March 3-4 at Abreeza Davao
- March 17-18 at SM City Cebu
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Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.