With parents and families trying to adjust to a today’s way of life with remote job tasks, online learning for kids, social distancing and home isolation, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, shares how she keeps her family in tune with the new normal and discusses the importance of preparing ahead.
“We have learned a lot from the past years of having a pandemic. When the pandemic started, everybody thought that it will just pass quickly. Pero tumagal nang husto and now everyone is concerned about loved ones, especially kids,” Judy Ann said. “To help your kids feel better, importante talaga to keep an open line of communication with them and reassure them whenever they are feeling worried. Let them know that you will get through this challenge together as a family. At the same time, as parents, we need to be a role model to our children by building empathy and helping other people.”
Mindful of protecting children’s health in a pandemic, Judy Ann also shares how she takes care of her family. “I always make sure that my kids are always eating healthy and proper food. Gusto ko din na active sila even if they are confined to the home space, so I regularly engage them in physical activities. Because I’m working from home, it’s easier for me to encourage my kids.” she said. “Importante yung may routine that includes taking care of yourself, malaking bagay na yun sa ating mga mommies,” she added.
Judy Ann goes on to cite the great opportunities in the changing environments around home and work, saying that this is the best time to build a bond with loved ones and we must make the most of it. “I’m just happy that I’m able to observe and see my kids mature because they grow up so fast and I wouldn’t want to miss any part of it.”
To add, Judy Ann also shares how many people around her have learned during the pandemic the importance of planning ahead for uncertainties. “We can never really predict what the future holds for us, what’s important is everybody is safe and healthy, especially now. To do that, magplano tayo ahead,” Judy Ann said.
“Now that we know better, put together ways to keep everyone in your circle safe and healthy. Have a plan that ensures your loved ones follow preventive measures such as taking vitamins, home isolation, and health testing. Maganda din that we have a financial protection plan for ourselves and our loved ones in case of emergencies. When you have these in place, panatag ka.”
The actress also gives advice to all moms who are navigating the balance between motherhood and work. “To all the working moms out there, make sure you learn something from this pandemic as we move forward. At the same time, if you want to try something new, go for it because life’s too short to think twice. Believe in yourself and this is the perfect time to grow, grow with your loved ones as their lifetime partner.”
Judy Ann headlines Sun Life Grepa Financial Inc.’s (Sun Life Grepa) Your Partner Beyond a Lifetime campaign. For inquiries, visit Sun Life Grepa’s Facebook page (@sunlifegrepa) or log on to www.sunlifegrepa.com.