In Davao del Norte, a Home Store that Teaches Kids Responsibility!
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | March 26, 2020
Photos by Hyacinth Clor de Arta
As schools close, parents are suddenly faced with the challenge of keeping their children occupied at home. Parents can do a number of activities alongside their kids that facilitate active, engaged learning. For instance, in Davao del Norte, a mother opened a ‘Home Quarantine Store’ to bond with her three kids which has the added bonus of teaching them to be more responsible.
Mommy Hyacinth de Arata opened a cute sari-sari store inside their house to lessen the number of hours spent by her kids watching TV and browsing the internet. The store started its operation on Monday, 23 March 2020. The store has rules and kids have different ways to earn money. Mommy Hyacinth emphasizes that she only uses play money.
For every chore rendered at home, the kids will receive a "salary" that can be used to buy different kinds of food from the store like biscuits, candy, drinks, and fruits with their corresponding prices.
Proper hygiene and social distancing are also taught to the kids. Before they can buy from the store, they must first spray alcohol to disinfect their hands. They should be at least one-meter apart while queuing. Consequences are also reinforced! If the siblings fight, they will be banned from entering the store and they cannot borrow money from the store. Instead, they need to work hard to earn it.
“It is totally fulfilling as a mother. Now, we are not just giving them things or food items whenever they want it. They learn the hard work needed for them to earn it. I am happy na proactive na sila na mag-participate sa mga household chores (of course, doable by kids) para maka-earn of ‘play’ money pang buy og foods. I also noticed na they are keen to budget their money and not spend it impulsively," says Mommy Hyacinth about how fulfilling it is to see her kids participating and learning from the activity.
Together with Daddy Jess, they encourage their fellow parents to be creative in instilling discipline in their kids. “I am sure they know all the challenges of their kids. Educate them about how they earn to get those things/foods so they will work for it. As a parent, all you have to do is motivate them and guide them on how to get things done. Lastly, have your husband participate and just enjoy the bond,” she adds.
The road ahead will be tough, but by strictly sticking to virus prevention guidelines in a creative way, the rewards mean a higher survival rate and a quicker return to normalcy. In the meantime, make the most of your time with your family!