Parenting from a Distance: How an OFW Family Keeps Things Together In Spite Being Apart

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Hello Sweeties!

It is no secret that my husband Rory is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). He has been for the for the past 13 years.  He only gets to spend time with my children Raffy who was 4 at the time he left and Jarod 2 years old, 1 month each year since he left.

Parenting is a challenge event when both parents at home; Making our situation more daunting.

My eldest Raffy, was a relatively quiet child, always with her nose in a book, She is shy around people, I was worried because she was not sociable that she would not have any friends once she starts school. Jarod, my youngest was diagnosed with PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorders at the age of 3, a year after my husband left to work abroad.

We didn’t plan on being separated so early in our marriage,  We were both working but when my husband found himself unemployed for an entire year and with no suitable prospects in sight at least here in Manila. In the end, we agreed that this is a temporary and a hurdle we have to get through.

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Dragon Mommy Recommends: MOMMY LOVES YOU JUST THE SAME

 Hello Sweeties!Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

I grew up the middle child, when my Mom was pregnant with my youngest brother, I never actually knew about it until he was saw him for the first time. It was the 70s so Pinoy parents kept their kids in the dark about reproduction. We were never asked if we wanted another addition to the family.

So there I was the baby, the bunso, the bam everything changed. I became a middle child.

I really felt insecure during that time because my Mom was always so tired and never had any time for me. Fast forward to the present, I have a baby girl of my own and expecting another child.  I decided that I would have my daughter Raffy know right off that she was going to be a big sister, I dunno if understood it at the time since she was barely 3 years old at the time.

This is one reason why I am so happy that bestselling Author and Inspirational Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag will launch her first children’s book Mommy Loves You Just the Same on May 19, 2016.

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