ofw_parent_inside2.jpg3. CREATE BONDS.

OFW parents must make it a point to build memories with their children whenever they come home. While it’s tempting to just rest and lie around all day, having your husband invest in quality time with you and your children is far more important. Engage in a green project by planting your own backyard garden, teach them how to cook, or play a sport together. While there’s nothing wrong with showering them with expensive toys and gear, it’s not good that an absent parent is remembered only because of the pasalubong he brings home.


Ask about your kids' progress and problems in school by calling up their teachers. In fact, Baguio City councilor Lulu Tabanda recommends that schools in the city give OFW parents updates about the situation of their kids in school. Knowing firsthand that your child is having bullying issues or needs an academic boost through tutorial classes can help you act on it faster. We bet that your child will appreciate your efforts to get involved when you mention how happy you are that she finally made up with her best friend, or that he can breathe easily now that the final exams are over. Also ask relatives who are taking care of your child to keep tabs on how he or she is doing.


Today’s technology offers you a variety of options to communicate with your child better, even if you’re a thousand miles away. Try and make sure the whole family shares birthday celebrations through pictures posted on Facebook, blogs, tweets, or even online games.

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