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Saab Magalona-Bacarro and chef Rose Benitez-Velasco on balancing work and family time

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By Kristelle Bechayda

Probably one of the most challenging roles of being a parent is learning how to strike a balance between your career and being with your kids. While it is feasible to most, there are some who are still struggling on how to juggle both without compromising anything.

At the launch of Tang’s #RealMomsGetItDone campaign last March 27, Moms and Babies was able to ask tips from actress Saab Magalona-Bacarro and chef Rosebud Benitez-Velasco on how they find time to bond with their kids despite their busy work schedules.

Learn how to prioritize

For Saab Magalona-Bacarro who is still going through the motions of being a first-time mom to her one-year-old son Pancho, it took some adjusting to find that balance between taking care of him and doing gigs with Cheats, the band she and her husband Jim are a part of.

Saab Magalona-Bacarro shares that balancing one's time is all about making priorities.

Saab Magalona-Bacarro shares that balancing one’s time is all about making priorities.

Before motherhood, Saab had a free schedule where she could go anywhere, anytime. “I still enjoy it but then how can you leave your baby kahit natutulog siya? Parang ‘I know, dito na lang ako.’” she explained.

With that, the actress had to cut back on her gigs and would only join her band if it’s anything important. “Now my whole band understands yung sinasabi ko na kailangan worth it yung gig, yung work. It has to be worth it. If not, I’d rather be with my baby,” Saab shared.

She added that it is all about setting one’s priorities and said, “I think the mom will just know what will it be, if what’s more important.”

Get the kids involved

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you don’t get to bond with your kids. For chef Rose, she makes time to prepare meals for her family with the assistance of her children. “I’d really love to cook for my family and yes, it does take time away but it doesn’t have to. What we do, I just don’t cook for them. I involve them in the cooking,” she shared.

Chef Rosebud Benitez-Velasco gets her children involved in preparing their meals.

Chef Rosebud Benitez-Velasco gets her children involved in preparing their meals.

“Actually, [it’s] not just in the cooking. Like with my daughter, she doesn’t really like cooking. What I make her do is buy the groceries. So siya yung bibili ng ingredients and then my two sons would join me in the kitchen,” chef Rose added.

While in the kitchen, the mom-offour would work on preparing their meals and would let her sons assist her in whatever way then can. “‘Yun ang ginagawa namin. Actually, cooking doesn’t really take time away from my family. It has become a bonding time, not just the eating part but also the cooking,” she ended.

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