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This is How You Update Your Strict Parents When You Have to Study Overnight at a Classmate's House

Determination is key.
IMAGE Renz Joseph Valdez

Anyone who has strict parents know how hard it is to ask permission to study or work on a project overnight at a classmate's house. To earn his mom's trust and prove to her that he was going to work on a legit group assignment, Renz Joseph Valdez made sure to document everything (and by everything, we mean EVERYTHING) on Snapchat and posted them on his Facebook account. Below are some tips we gathered from him. 

You have to update your parents about everything you do literally the minute you get out of the gate.

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Remind them of the little things to keep them at ease.

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Inform them of your whereabouts.

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Be as specific as you can.

Don't make them feel they need to worry about you.

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Assure them they made the right decision.

Let them know you're capable even by yourself.

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Update them where you'll be staying while waiting for your friend.

Take a picture of your friend once he arrives for proof.

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Convince them you're less likely to get into trouble since you're with your friend.

Message them once you reach your meeting place.

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If it's a bit of a walk, don't forget to update them in between.

Once you get to your destination, let them know.

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Prove to them they made the right decision in allowing you to go by sending them a pic.

Send them proof that you're legit in your classmate's house and not in some computer shop.

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Even if it's cause for worry, be honest.

But promise them you're not on to something that will ruin your future.

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Update them whenever someone new arrives, so they know the people you're with.

Show them you're having fun...

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...and that you're going to buy some food.

Prove to them that you really did buy fries.

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Update them when you finally get to have dinner.

Send them evidence that you're working hard...

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...and that you're a responsible human being even without them around.

Update them that you were successful in feeding your friends. #soresponsible

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Guarantee them that you can take care of yourself...

...and know when to take a break.

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Update her when you're finally going to sleep...

...and when you just woke up.

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Tell her about your friends.

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Finally, update her on your way home.

Until you finally reach home.

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At the end of his post, Renz said, "ma-swerte pa rin tayo dahil may mga magulang tayo na nag-ba-bawal at dumi-disiplina sa atin, dahil kung wala na sila, sino pa ang gagawa nun para sayo?"

Our parents have their own reasons why they're strict with us, and while we couldn't do anything about it, we can always help lessen their burden by updating them about our whereabouts, whether it's the way Renz does it or not. 

Are you this detailed when sending updates to your parents?

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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