I’ve always had a strong opinion about a child’s attachment to their yayas. It goes without saying that I made sure that my kids develop a certain closeness to their caregivers but still go to us as their main source of care. It really wasn’t that hard. The hubby and I are really hands-on parents who look to our yayas as support players in taking care of the kids.
So in the years that we have had our yayas, the relationship between them and the kids have developed from mere ward-guardian to family. Our yayas are members of the family…that’s that. We don’t see them as outsiders. To us they are more than employees who work for pay and social security benefits.
And the kids know this in their hearts as well.
In fact, we scared Adi out of her wits the other night when we told her that we were leaving her beloved Yaya Minda when we would transfer to the new house next year. We said that our neighbor, who plans to buy this house we are occupying, insisted that Yaya Minda goes with the house.
This didn’t sit well with Adi. She started bawling like mad. Before we knew it, Gaby announces to all that Yaya Arlyn wasn’t going to be left either.
Such is the love for our yayas…our family.