ULILANG TAHANAN Reflection
Kelan nagiging ulila ang isang tahanan?
ULILANG TAHANAN is a story about a filipino family with a great parent-children conflict. The play shows how parents’ discipline style and management greatly affect children’s thoughts and behavior. The story focuses on the father with an authoritarian way of disciplining his children. Though the reason behind his actions is for the safety and for the behavior of his children to be good, the rules imposed at home is already too much to bear. That’s how his children feel. The children do not have the freedom to express their selves, to choose their friends, and to decide for whatever they want to be. Though they constantly share their sentiments to their loving mother (who is also very submissive to the decisions of her husband) and concerned uncle, they are just being ignored by their father every time.
On the father’s side, he thinks that giving his children the material things they want is already enough and is making his children happy. He thinks that how he was brought up by his authoritarian parents would also apply to his own children. But on the children’s part, those material things are not enough. What they really want is the understanding, love, and care from their father. His very strict discipline never works for them.
++We can really learn a lot about family from ULILANG TAHANAN.
- The great role of making the family happy and healthy lies greatly on the parents.
- Parenting style is important. It affects children.
- Children need to understand the context of their parents before disobeying them. There might be negative experiences happened to their parents in the past.
- Both parents and children should have an open mind and heart to accept suggestions and ideas from each of the members of the family. It is best to have a family time. Quality family time.
- Children should never leave their parents with a heavy heart. There is no PEACE in that.
- Learn to forgive and forget.
- Children should remember to acknowledge their parents how bad they may be. After all, they are called PARENTS for a reason.
- Lastly, a home is not a home if the members are in conflict. Huwag gawing ulila ang tahanan. Mahalin ito at mahalin ang lahat ng nasa loob nito.
FYI: It was my first time to cry watching a filipino play. The play’s really good. And a second-degree cousin of mine is one of the cast. I’m proud of him.🙂