Co-written by Jenny Mendoza
What do you do when you’re a mom and you have a job that requires you to be in a place far away from your kids? Many parents who work abroad or who only get to see their kids every once in a while because of their job may feel very lonely, discouraged or even guilty for being away from their families. Today’s featured mom is Leila Vicente-Albani and she will tell us what it’s like to have a long-distance relationship with her children.
Leila is a News Assignment Editor in ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. She says that in her chosen field, she is “the voice of the voiceless”. As a journalist, she can help people know their rights as well as the truth. She has earned many awards such as the 3rd 20/20 Award (2017). It is an award given to people who not only excel in their craft but also work beyond the call of duty. For her, the best award in her life is her children, Hans and Angel.
Her job requires her to be away from her children. It is her biggest sacrifice as a mother. She said that she has missed many special occasions and moments with her kids. She said that it is very difficult and that there are times when she just wanted to give up. There are times when she thinks that she is not a good mother. Her children understand the situation and would always tell her that they are okay. She feels blessed knowing that her kids understand that she is working hard to give them a good future. Hans and Angel are her sources of joy and inspiration. If asked to choose between her family and her career, she will definitely choose them without a shadow of a doubt.
To Mothers Who Work Away From Home:
She wants to inspire working mothers with these encouraging words:
Never forget to tell your children that you love them but you have to work for their future.
Always praise your kids if they do good in their school/studies.
Be a good model to your children, they will always emulate what they see in you.
Make your children proud of you.
Always pray to God and be grateful for everything.
Now, read about what it’s like to be a military spouse.
Mommy Leila is indeed a loving mother and a dedicated worker in her chosen career. I am inspired by her love for her family and her dedication to her work. I admire her powerful attitude and her unwavering faith in God.
Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day To You, Ma’am Leila Vicente-Albani!