• Parenting,  Relationship

    Mommy Nazi

    By Loraine Balita-Centeno You’ve probably met one, struck up a conversation with one, or walked away from one (while she was still talking). While we’d like to believe that all moms are nice, loving, and understanding, reality check—some moms take the mommy business a tad bit overboard. When they start believing that their child rearing is the best and only acceptable way to raise a human being and that their child is the center of the universe they could become overbearing, especially toward other moms. And motherhood is hard enough, what with all the expectations and responsibilities, more so when you have a mommy dragon breathing down your neck, waiting…

  • Column,  Parenting

    The tie that binds

    By Paulyne Fermin In a blink of an eye, my little boy is now a teenager. He towers over me,  has earplugs perennially stuck to his ears (and yet, I can hear the blaring music from halfway across the room). And he has opinions that almost always differ from mine.  Welcome to my world. My firstborn M was an only child for eight years. He enjoyed my undivided attention and endured my tiger mom ways.  He was a willing student, but a very independent thinker. I nurtured his interest for reading and writing. But when he was younger, he resented my editing of his work and thought me cruel for…

  • Column,  Parenting

    A rant: We should stop judging parents on how they raise their kids

    By Jayvee Fernandez Weary nights and exhaustion for first time parents are nothing compared to the judgmental eyes of strangers. Especially if they’re also parents. I’ve been alive long enough to see a demographic exodus on Facebook—from posts on libations to the YOLO gods to the “eat, pray, love” wanderlust sort. After finding oneself through a tumultuous but enlightening journey of self discovery and experimentation, many end up choosing to love someone. Then marriage. Shortly after for some, a family. I’ve also noticed that the demographics of the online jury has shifted as well. The social justice warriors, armchair activists, the “woke”—these archetypes have migrated into the nesting grounds of…