“Home is where the heart is,” diba? ‘Yun ang sabi-sabi! Parents and children are each other's home or in Filipino, their tahanan. Both exist to love and support each other. Sila ang rason para tumawa, mabuhay, o tumahan.

That’s why we have Tahan(an), a place where relationships can be salvaged or improved. Tahan(an) wants to help you improve your relationship with your parents or children, and be the tahanan they need in their lives.

Tahan(an) aims to show and tell how it’s like to have an open communication between parents and their children, which helps develop a healthier parent-child relationship and mental health, eliminating issues along the way.

This website is a thesis project developed by Multimedia Arts students from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. From parents to children, everyone is welcome to explore the site, regardless of your gender, status, or social class! Go on and rebuild your tahanan!



Alex scored 90 on a test! Well done! Though, not according to his parents. Alex has been struggling to cope with his authoritarian parents’ demandingness and expectations who want him to be the very best in everything. What will Alex do? How will he cope with such pressure of high demandingness yet low responsiveness of his parents?


Demi’s parents are using a democratic parenting style to raise her. They attend to Demi’s needs like making her breakfast, driving her to school, and taking good care of her. Their responsiveness is equal to their demandingness, which can sometimes cause issues. Will this be an issue to Demi? Will the democratic way result in too much parental control?


Penelope’s mom is scared to set rules since she thinks this is beneficial for Penelope. Instead, she tends to Penelope’s needs rather than having strict rules and boundaries. Her mom’s permissive parenting style caused Penelope to be dependent due to its low demandingness and high responsiveness system. Can this cause more harm to their relationship?


Nixon lives with his caring grandparents. He would often sit quietly and enjoy their company. However, deep inside, he wishes his parents would also acknowledge him rather than neglecting him completely. He feels jealous of other children who have attentive parents. Is he right to feel this way?


Li, P. (2022, Jun 1). 4 Types of Parenting Styles and Their Effects on the Child. Parenting for Brain. https://www.parentingforbrain.com/4-baumrind-parenting-styles/


An expert has recommended that communication should be practiced to strengthen a parent-child relationship. It is a huge factor of making a relationship improve and positively develop. Thoughts and feelings should not be bottled! Having a conversation can also be intimidating, we understand! So, be sure to relax and communicate well and clearly. Here’s a conversation you should avoid:


Mom, can I talk to you about school muna? Medjo nahihirapan po kasi ako rito.


Mag-aaral ka na nga lang, nahirapan ka pa? You barely do household chores, you have no work, and you just need to study. How can you be so lazy?


Hoy, academics isn't that easy, ah! How would you know? All you do is work and work in that low-paying job of yours. Kala mo kung sino, hmp! ‘Edi ‘wag!