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Run for Sofia Ysabel
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Funny how Eliza and I were just talking about mothering over dinner.
Eliza has a baby boy and I have three sons. For the past two days I was sad because the kids aren’t doing very well in Math and have been fighting like cats and dogs—what else is new?
Whenever this happens I tend to blame myself and wonder if I’m a good or bad mommy.
Jeroen always says, good mommy. But I think, if God were giving out report cards, I would fail.

It makes you wonder why that happens, how you love your kids from the day they are born. You strive for equality and fairness, to give them what they need and what they want, in terms of affection, attention, material things—and yet they end up trying to kill each other on a regular basis.
Sometimes you wonder if you’re raising Cain and Abel, when all you really want is for them to get along and have some peace at home.

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So yes it’s true, ang hirap maging mommy.
I’m no tiger mom and I hate tiger mom. I’m not the type to send my kids out to every activity after school/on weekends because I want to see them and spend time with them.
I don’t expect to have kids who get seven or eight medals at graduation. I just want them to be happy, to be good, to work hard and do well in school, to be honest, healthy and to love God.
I always think life is short, you don’t know what’s gonna happen. I have friends who had kids that died at 6 or 8 years old due to illness or accident. So I’m just grateful to have healthy kids. There is no need for perfection.

Just now I got this email from Ginggay, about Sofia Ysabel Rosal, who was born only three months ago with Down’s Syndrome and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a congenital heart disease.
Sofia had undergone dialysis to address kidney failure, apart from other tests and procedures that were regularly administered to keep her condition stable.
Last July 23, 2011, Sofia’s battle finally came to an end. But her short life and her fighting spirit have inspired friends and family to put together a fund-raising activity to support her family as the cost of her treatment has reached alarming heights.

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One Thousand Runners for One Heart: A Run for Sofia Ysabel, is a 3k and 5k fun run happening on August 27, 2011, 6 AM at the Piazza at Venice, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.
Registration for both 3k and 5k is Php 500 (with the fee donated entirely to Sofia’s family) is now open at R.O.X Bonifacio High Street and The Brick at McKinley Hill.
You may also sign up online at http://www.runnersrunner.com/runforsofiaysabel.
Professional runners, leisure runners, and first-time runners are all welcome to run—not to beat previous records, but to be one of a thousand runners running or walking for Sofia, the little girl with a big brave heart.

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Shirleylim26

you are cool mom talaga!

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Ceemee

I love this post! I love when you say you don’t want to send them to classes because you want to spend time with them.

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CVS Reply:

not classes but extra extra activities

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My sister and I always fight when we were teenagers. It was really awful then but we eventually outgrew the phase. And now I’m thinking of what my sister and I used to fight about to prevent it from happening to my two daughters if I can help it.

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browneyedgirl

i wonder why when our kids do something wrong or when something bad happens to them, we’re automatically programmed to think it’s our fault.  like the one time my daughter got bitten by our pet dog when i wasn’t looking.  i couldn’t sleep the whole night thinking how and why i allowed it to happen, that i wasn’t careful enough, that i should have followed her wherever she went.  one of my friends said, “we can give our children life but we cannot live it for them.”  we can try our best to be good moms, raise them well, and… Read more »

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I feel like a bad mommy when one of my sons say to me,  “The tooth fairy didn’t come last night. Did you forget to tell her?” …

I read the blog about Sofia and it really is heartbreaking, especially that this run was organized before she passed away. I hope for its success.

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Awww…it’s not you CVS, kids just can’t stand their siblings sometimes. I have brothers that I love to death but there are days (every so often) when I just can’t stand the sight of them. Can’t explain it. 🙂

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 My sister and I used to fight ALL the time. She’s two years younger than me, and I think it was the worst when I was between 9-11 (she was 7-9).  We outgrew that phase, thank goodness. As far as I know, my cousins who had the same age gaps with their siblings went through the same thing, so did my brothers, who are 2 years apart, too. When they were little, nagsasapakan pa sila. But they outgrew it, too. Now, they just snap and sneer at each other when they fight (same thing with me and my sister. Haha). … Read more »

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I’m so glad you blogged about this, Cecile! And I’m glad Ginggay is doing a lot to help this family (Hi, Ginggs! Thanks for everything!).

Super iyak ako when I read Trish’s blog when Sofia was still alive, kasi despite all the trials, ang happy pa rin ng vibe ng blog nila. Then the baby girl died and still their family is filled with gratitude and grace. I also blogged about the race (http://topazmommy.blogspot.com/2011/08/run-for-sofia-ysabel.html) but I am sure, with your influence and reach, makaka-1,000 runners na sila! =D Thanks, Cecile!

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Explore_with_me

Err, what’s a tiger mom? 🙂

By the way, you might want to enroll your kids in KUMON to help them with their Math. It really does wonders- my niece (who’s been taking the Math lessons for more than 2 years now) is already so good at it. She’s one of 2 students in her class who consistently top the Math exams, the other student being- guess what- a KUMON student as well 🙂

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Who we really are in the inside will definitely reflect on how we parent our kids. We cannot deny that the character of our kids show our own character. Our Pastor once said, “If I change, everything changes.”   God bless you Ms. C.

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ibig sabihin, wrestler ako?

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Mae

My sister and I used to fight all the time when  we were kids. We shared the same bed and our fighting got so bad that I ended up sleeping in my parents’ room because I could not stand her. Eventually, we each got our own rooms and in school, we’d help each other out. I’m 24 now and she’s 26 and our relationship is really good. We hang out a lot now and even share friends. 

Don’t worry. Think about it this way – you’d rather have your kids fighting now than when they’re adults. Chin up!

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We always wonder if it’s our fault when our kids encounter failure in any way and never think that when they succeed, it may be because of us too! bakit ganun ano?  But we all try and do things our way the best we can 🙂 I’m not at Tiger mom too!
The story of Sofia is so heartbreaking! Will share this…
Uy, special mention si Eli :)))

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