Mommy Jeneth: Building a Peaceful Home
Before I became a Parent Ambassador last 2016 I already knew TPBPM because my eldest daughter is actively engaged with the organization’s programs but when I was selected to be part of the Parent’s Formation Session and SCPHFP as a whole, all I thought was for it to be a simple parenting seminar. When I first attended, I just told myself that it is for compliance; but never expected that it will have a significant impact in my life – personally and in keeping my family’s good relationship.
The way I discipline my children and to be a good parent are some of the things that I learned in my SCPHFP Journey. In our house, especially my husband, he practices ‘face the wall’ but during my sessions in SCPHFP, I learned that it is much better to apply the ‘face-to-face’. As a parent and as a human being per se, I am not perfect, and sometimes I can’t avoid giving punishments towards my kids; but I also learned that as much as possible, we need to discipline our child most peacefully and positively.
Based on this context, I learned how to value communication and having a dialogue with my kids. More than giving and sharing about peace to us parents and to our children, you also give happiness. Whenever we talk in our house about TPBPM, all we can remember are good memories, which creates pure and genuine smiles that fill our place. With all the good and happy memories that we have, TPBPM is there. Whenever we have school activities, the organization is always mentioned if you are going to be with us and/or join us. Both Maharlika and TPBPM developed a sense of belongingness, that we are all part of one big family; that no matter who you are – rich or poor, Christian or Muslim, black or white, TPBPM will welcome, embrace and accept you. For my kids, whenever you are here, conducting an activity, my children always go home with a big smile. They share with us what they have learned and what your activity was all about.
“As a parent, I am happy because there is a support system, which helps build my child’s inner peace that I never thought of before. I remember Dr. Usman’s words, that when a child has inner peace which they gained at home, no matter where that child is, s/he will bring it anywhere and will reflect in the way they behave and act.”
For me, while they are young, we need to invest and create that ‘inner peace’ within them. I realized that more than just attending the said sessions and workshops, I came into building better relationships. We in the family are now closer, and my kids are far more open to us. I also always share with other parents that I am a member of TPBPM, and that I am proud to be a Peace Hero and Parent Ambassador.
TPBPM Communications is the communication arm of the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement that is in charge of communicating the message, mission and vision of the organization. It is composed of a group of volunteers from various fields.