You propbably remember her well as as Maya of the popular hit teleserye Be Careful With My Heart. Award-winning actress Jodi Sta. Maria currently plays Amor Powers in ABS-CBN's remake of Pangako Sa 'Yo. She's also gracing the big screen in the new movie, All You Need is Pag-ibig, opposite actor and dapper dad Ian Veneracion.
Away from the spotlight, Jodi had has her share of personal struggles, and she has handled them with grace. The single mom has always said that whatever she does, she does for her 10-year-old son Thirdy--and she's definitely doing a good job of raising him to be a loving, respectful, and down-to-earth young boy. Even with the many luxuries their family of two can afford, it's always the little things that count.
Check out what we've discovered--the things that prove she's simply a mom just like us:
1. Jodi loves to cook!
"Cooking is [love]," she captioned this Instagram post. She loves cooking for her family and friends. Most moms share this love for whipping up something delish for their loved ones.
2. Health is wealth!
Fact: We all try to eat healthy and be a role model of healthy eating to our kids. "I want to be healthy... to be able to keep up with the demands of my growing boy," Jodi says in this post.
3. Jodi makes time for "me-time"
Every mom needs her me-time and Jodi makes sure she gets to squeeze it in her busy schedule. (We all try to do that, right moms?)
4. Comfy shoes? Check!
Like most women, she loves shopping--and she's come prepared with comfy shoes. Yes, Jodi can ditch her high heels and glam style in the name of comfort!
5. Jodi constantly tries to improve herself as a mom
Jodi knows that parenting involves lifelong learning. "What I love about it is that it focuses on the child's heart. A heart that follows Jesus and a life that honors God. What a great reminder and guide for us parents," she wrote.
6. Drop-off duties is her thing, too!
This single mom also makes time for her some, dropping him off to school whenever her schedule permits.
7. Special occasions are non-negotiables.
She is present in school family days and every other activity or milestone for Thirdy. These just show how she's such a supportive mom (like you to your kids!).
8. Jodi makes sure Thirdy does chores
All moms would love for their kids to be independent and learn how to do their chores properly. Maybe Jodi is a bit luckier than most moms, because Thirdy loves helping out at home.
9. Sweet gestures from Thirdy already makes her day!
We all melt at even the littlest things our kids do for us. Like this breakfast in bed that Thirdy made or a Valentine's Day letter Jodi got from him. All together now, "Awww!"
10. Jodi is thankful for her mom, too!
In a throwback post, Jodi shared a photo of her with her mom and Thirdy. It's no secret that she has always valued her mom, especially when things got rocky. (Moms turn to their moms for help, too!)
The single mom also makes sure she appreciates and gives thanks to the people who help her be an awesome parent, like her assistants and household help.
11. Proud momma, she definitely is.
If your child gets awards or does something remarkable, you wouldn’t think twice sharing and flaunting them to the whole world, right? (Good job, Thirdy!)
12. She is definitely happiest spending quality time with her son!
"Everyday shared with the ones we love is a gift for which we are very thankful," Jodi captioned the photo above. You can clearly that this mom is happiest whenever she's spending quality time with Thirdy, whether just staying home and doing activities with him, out and about around town, or traveling the world. Sounds just like you, agree?