Fighting to keep up.
All these presidentiables are drained and exhausted from the endless campaign trail, and it takes superhuman strength to debate on national TV, with the whole nation scrutinizing them. Seeing them do this, doesn’t it take you back to those sleepless days of you trying to run after your energizer bunny of a toddler, with zero sleep, food, and stamina?
Trying to relate.
Every vote counts, and all the presidentiables try to find a way to connect themselves with the voting populace, from the multimillionaire to the street vendor. Stories of being “one with the people” come up and street slang is thrown around to make them sound cool. Parents with tweens and teens, doesn’t this seem a lot like you trying to relate to your kids nowadays, with texting emojis to match? LOL #same
Interrogating the truth out.
Asking your teenage son “Girlfriend mo ba yung nasa FB mo?” will most likely not get you anywhere, so will airing out the presidentiables’ dirty laundry, even with evidence and documents. Politicians are pros at skirting the issue, answering without actually giving an answer, or distracting you from what’s really going on. If you can weasel out the truth out of a teen, it seems like you’ve got the skills to disarm the most guarded, wily pulitko!
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Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to tell your toddler that a monster took the ice cream that’s why she can’t have a fourth scoop, or ate vegetables and said “yummy!” with each bite, so that your weaning baby would love it? There are some things that the presidentiables say during their debates that you have to take with a grain of salt, especially the desperate ones who would promise heaven and earth for your vote.
Getting into intense shouting matches.
Who hasn’t lashed out at least once out of frustration, or just because you were plain tired? Even the slightest defiance could have you screaming your head off. All the presidentiables are on the defensive during debates, and since no one will definitely back down in a fight, it sometimes boils down to getting heard by being the loudest voice.
Staying on good terms, in the end. (Or on civil terms, at least.)
By the end of the debate, most of the presidentiables shake hands, smile and laugh off what happened between them, knowing that at the end of the day, it was all strictly politics—walang personalan. As parents, all shouting matches and reprimands always come from a place of love, and things between you and your children will always turn out okay.
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