If you want your message to get through your children, Katrina Halili says don’t overdo it.
During her PEPtalk shoot, she advised fellow moms, “Kunwari, sinabihan mo siya ng, 'Don’t do it,' huwag daw paulit-ulit… dedmahan mo na lang 'tapos titigil din siya. Saka i-explain sa kanya.”
The star also reveals she sees a lot of her childhood antics in her daugter Katie and most often, it’s aimed at keeping her mother’s attention glued on her.
“Marunong mag-arte, e. Makikita mo, drama talaga! Ang galing niya umarte kasi talagang nag-emote siya nang todo-todo. May pahiga-higa sa sahig pa. Mapapaniwala ka niya kasi talagang akala ko mahihimatay na siya. Noong una, nakakatakot kahit alam ko na, 'Ay, alam ko arte lang ito kasi dati ganyan ako,” she shares.
PEP asked does she say “no” each time Katie asks her to buy a toy? She shares that her Sa Piling ni Nanay co-star, Yasmien Kurdi, has found a tactic: designate a toy box. “Kung anong magkakasya do'n, iyon na iyon.” Read about it here.
For Katrina, she had to adjust over time. “Dati, bihira lang naman. Nagkaroon siya ng gusto sa Peppa Pig. Binili ko sa kanya kasi iyon lang naman ang gusto niya. Aba, maya-maya, gusto ng Pororo, gusto na ng ganito.
To be specific, Katie wanted the Pororo School Bus toy, which was expensive even by celebrity standards. Pororo is the lead character of the equally-popular Korean computer-animated children show, Pororo The Little Penguin.
In the end, she and her daughter arrived at a compromise.
“Sabi ko, 'Mama, doesn’t have money, I have to work for it. You wait on your birthday.
Sabi niya, 'Okay, Mama work first? Mama work first then buy Pororo Bus?
Sabi ko, 'Yes, Katie. You wait for your birthday.'
Alam na niya na gano’n. Nag-aantay naman din siya.”