As a parent, nothing could hurt more than to see your child in pain. It does not matter whether the pain is physical or emotional, it's still heart-wrenching to learn that the person you cared for the most is hurting.
This is exactly what Karla Estrada felt when she heard her son Daniel Padilla sobbing during one of the most challenging times of their life as a family.
Speaking on Toni Gonzaga's Youtube show, the celebrity mom opened up about the struggles she and her kids faced in the past. One of them was when they weren't able to pay their electricity bill.
Without a power supply, the mom of four recalled staying up at night and taking turns with Daniel, the eldest in her brood, to make sure that the three others are kept cool sans a working electric fan.
She reminisced, "Siyempre magpapaypay ako pag sa gabi matutulog na kay Carmela 'tsaka kay Magui. Nangawit ako, sabi ko [kay Daniel], 'Anak, ikaw naman.'"
She continued, "Pagkatapos niya magpaypay, tumalikod siya pero narinig ko humikbi...so imagine 'yung pakiramdam ko. Humikbi lang siya ako nagngangawa."
Emotional, Karla said she did not have the urge to ask Daniel what was bothering him back then because "ayoko nang tinatanong 'yung anak ko ng ikakalungkot niya." She added, "Parang gusto ko lagi na matatag siya kasi kuya siya di ba?"
During those times, Karla raised her children as a single mom while continuing career as an actress. This explains why she always had to appear tough and maintain a strong personality. It's no secret to the public that asll four children Daniel, JC, Magui, and Carmela, nicknamed Lelay, are her kids from different relationships.
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Now, Karla considers her past struggles as learning curves in her life saying, "ang pinagdaanan mo sa buhay ang magbibigay sa'yo ng confidence, magbibigay sa 'yo ng tapang, lakas ng loob at pang-unawa at 'yung bait."
Being a mom in her 20s
Getting pregnant at 19 and giving birth at 20, Karla recalled hearing criticisms like "ano ba 'tong batang 'to," "pariwara," and "matigas' ang ulo." She admits she made mistakes back then. But if there's one thing that she never regretted, it's that she never abandoned her children.
She shared, "Sa gitna ng walang kasiguraduhan kung paano ko sila bubuhayin, ay hindi ko sila pina-abort. Because at that time I was very young may naririnig kang gano'n ang sinasabi sa 'yo."
Having her fair share of heartaches in life, when it comes to relationship advice, she always tells her kids to know when it is time to leave. She wants her kids to never stay in a relationship at the expense of their happiness.
CONTINUE READING BELOW
"Sinabi ko lang sa mga anak ko, kung hindi na kayo masaya [sa relasyon], mag-impake na kayo." For Karla, you know it's time to leave "pag hindi ko na kayang gumising nang masaya."
In life, it's impossible to dodge challenges and feel hurt. This is why it's important for parents to teach and give their children the emotional support they need to hurdle the many challenges in life they are bound to face.
Read how to raise an emotionally strong child here.