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More than 20 years ago, women who got married and had children only had two options. They can become career women or housewives. When PLDT Home was introduced, a whole new gateway was opened for moms to become WAHMs. And the possibilities are now endless.
Without PLDT Home
I am part of the Gen X, the group of people who have lived unplugged for the first 20 years of their lives–give or take. Suddenly, we were thrust into the digital age and found ourselves figuring out gadgets, the internet, and how to behave on social media.
Growing up, I keenly observed grownups, especially the women in our neighborhood, my aunts, and my parents’ friends. I noticed that moms either worked in the office or stayed at home. The second group were called “housewives”.
Those who wanted to extend the family budget would put up sari-sari stores or went into direct selling. Their sidelines became the petty cash for the family’s daily expenses.
The last group are those who relied solely on their husbands’ income and spent their afternoons “sharing stories” in front of sari-sari stores because phone lines were scarce and Messenger was not even an idea yet. Usually, there was only one phone line in a community and you get party lines so talking about private affairs is like broadcasting a story to the whole neighborhood.
The Best of Both Worlds
After college, I pursued jobs related to writing and designing. During this time, internet was introduced to the Filipino consciousness and we became entangled in the world wide web (www).
Six years of working hard in the corporate world and I felt a burn out. I left my job and worked as a freelance writer and designer. My jobs were coordinated through email. Research became easier, too, as I had access to so much more data that have been published online.
Eventually, I became a mom and the desire to continue working and take care of my growing child became stronger. While my husband provided for our needs, I didn’t want my skills to dull just because I have nested. However, I am not much into direct selling and a sari-sari store is just too tedious for me.
The internet has solved that predicament for me and has given me a world of options. Having PLDT Home internet connection and Smart Mobile has connected me to yottabytes of information and countless opportunities online.
These developments gave moms like me the opportunity to pursue their careers while staying at home to take care of the family. That’s having the best of both worlds!
Work at Home Moms (WAHMS)
In recent years, society has coined the term work at home moms, or WAHMS for short. This loosely categorizes the moms who have chosen to stay at home to oversee their household while earning salaries to help in the upkeep of the home. They can have paychecks that rival or even exceed those who work in offices.
Furthermore, those who have entrepreneurial mindsets have also set up their own businesses online to further augment the family budget. Life has been so much easier for so many Filipino families with several income streams.
Online Jobs for WAHMs
The internet has a wealth of opportunities for everyone, not just for moms. It’s just that mommies are often at the bottom of the hiring list in physical companies because, let’s face it, mothers instinctively prioritize their children. That maternal instinct just kicks in from the time women reach puberty. It’s nature and we can’t do anything about that.
So the internet became the go-to place for moms to find online jobs.
Many companies opt to hire online workers because they also save on operational costs, such as physical set up, infrastructure, as well as employee benefits.
But the pay is usually higher, so WAHMs like that. After all, most families are already covered by the husband’s health and retirement benefits. So a bigger salary for present needs is usually preferred.
Connectivity Improved Our Lives and Home
The connectivity that PLDT Home provides has definitely improved Filipino households. Moms have the opportunity to earn from home and still oversee their households. They can personally take care of the kids plus they also have the flexibility to work anywhere.
There is such freedom in online work that jobs can be done even while you are lounging beside the pool watching the kids swim, as long as there is connectivity.
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These lifestyle practices enable parents to mold children in good values while growing up. This is necessary as we raise up a next generation with the right attitude. Moreover, this is an ideal set up to nation-building, as we are raising not just children but the next leaders of our country.
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