Thursday, June 24, 2021

What it means to be a Mom -- as told by moms

As cliché as it may seem, it’s true that mothers know best—especially for their children. Even though there’s no golden rule or rule book on how to become the best mothers ever, their super power—which is their motherly instinct—is what makes them super moms.

In honor of Mother’s Day, these mothers share how motherhood changed them, how their notions of what it means to be a mother have changed over their lifetime, and what lessons they teach their children that they have learned from their own moms.

ConCon Kintanar,

49, hotel manager, head sales and marketing

“Motherhood made me become more responsible. My personal dreams and goals have changed and are not anymore limited to myself alone but are now extended to my daughter as well.

I became a mother at a young age of 21, right after I graduated from college. At first, I thought, it was enough for a mother to take care of her child physically and provide her with her needs financially. But as time passed by, I came to realize that there’s more to motherhood than just fending for her needs.

I’m happy that my daughter Axlle has learned quite a number of great lessons from my Mom. The most distinct were, never stop dreaming until your dreams come true, be kind to everybody including animals, and be happy and thankful for you are blessed.

Angela Emphasis,

42, director of sales, PR professional

“Motherhood gave me focus. Before my kids, I lived like there was no tomorrow. With my kids, I have goals and the drive to continually better myself. That’s because I want to be more for my kids, and give them more.

Time makes motherhood feel more real, more intense. As your kids grow up, you grow up too. I’ve never felt more grown up than I do now with my kids. And for someone who wants to be 18 forever, that feeling is intense.

I had a great mom, and I try every day to raise my kids the way she raised me. Aside from the usual values that parents teach their kids, Mom taught me to believe in myself and know my worth. She devoted her life to education, charity and the church. She was a great communicator, a great hostess. She was loved by everyone. Mom was perfect in every way, and the mother that she was is the mother I try to be.”

Kirstenyl A. Gottwald,

29, sales account executive

“Your priorities shift once you have children.

When I was a child, I thought that being a mother was very easy. But as you grow older, you will realize how hard it is to become one. And when you become a mother, you will realize that there is no rule book for being a mother. You will meet a lot of challenges along the way. It will test your patience. You will learn to embrace each obstacle that will hit you and will learn to love unconditionally.

My mom always taught me to be kind and respectful to others. These are important values that I want my kids to learn and practice. More importantly, I pray that they will put God at the center of their life always.”

Lowela Maestrecampo,

34, entrepreneur

“It did not really change me a whole lot as a person, but what it did was it made me grow. I am still me. I haven’t changed, but I have grown. It made me more patient, understanding, kinder and gentler than I am able to be on my own.

Being a mother is perhaps the hardest, most rewarding job a woman will ever experience. Your role changes every day to teach your child important rules and roles of life. One minute you are a playmate, the next minute you are a teacher or a disciplinarian.

One lesson I teach my children which I learned from my own Mom: ‘Be contented with what you have and always choose to be happy no matter what the situation is.’”

Mary Stephanie Vega,

30, business developer

“Becoming a mom at a very young age and being in a very abusive relationship in the past has molded me to be the ambitious, dedicated and strong woman that I am today.

For my children, I want them to always see the good in people no matter how they treat them.i

Patricia Tanya Del Rosario,

25, interior designer, entrepreneur

“Being a first-time mom has changed me in terms of putting my child’s needs above all else. Especially in the first few months when he was exclusively breastfeeding and needed to be fed every two to three hours, it didn’t matter how tired I was: He came first.

Moms truly are superheroes. And the saying is true, it takes one to know one. You will never truly understand the depth of a mother’s love until you become one.

I want my children to follow the words of my Mom, Sashi: ‘Love lavishly and live gratefully.’”

Susan Claire D. Gabuya,

35, businesswoman

“Being a mom changed my perspectives in life as far as priorities are concerned. It taught me so much about unconditional love and patience like no other. Being a mother is both a blessing and an opportunity to nurture another soul.

As a mom, I only want what’s best for my children. I want them to grow in faith with the Lord, and develop an inner strength. I want then to learn the essence of forgiveness and love.”

Krizia Allyn Lim Nuñez – Soco,

27, businesswoman, engineer

“Motherhood taught me unconditional love, the most pure and powerful love there is. I fell in love the moment I held Gean, my firstborn in my arms, and the same thing happened when I held Guillan, my second-born. It’s a love without limitations, boundaries or conditions. It’s a love that’s instinctual and eternal.

I thought all the while, you can only choose one, career or motherhood. But that changed, I believe you can be a businesswoman and a hands-on mom at the same time. The key is balance.

For my children, I want them to put God in the center of their lives. Put Him first, and the rest will follow.”


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