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  • 7 Life Lessons From Celebrity Moms Who Made Headlines In 2021

    We're bringing these lessons with us next year and the years to come.
    by Angela Baylon .
7 Life Lessons From Celebrity Moms Who Made Headlines In 2021
PHOTO BY (from left) instagram/ly_reyes, genevacruzofficial, planetumeboshi
  • Phew, what a year it has been!

    This 2021, Smart Parenting has featured stories of parents from various walks of life, including celebrities. Though they may have fame and what looks like photo-ready lives, celebrity moms are just like any other mothers faced with a slew of physical, emotional, and even financial challenges.

    You, our readers, specifically appreciated stories about celebrity moms who aren't afraid to keep it real and those who openly talked about relationship woes, body image struggles, and all the other realities of parenthood in between.

    As a toast to all the parenting lessons we learned this year, we are surfacing the most shared and read celebrity stories published on SmartParenting.com.ph over the past 12 months.

    Top 7 celebrity mom stories of 2021

    Here's a look back at our biggest celeb stories and the life lessons we picked up from them. From LJ Reyes' break-up news to Aubrey Miles' business venture, these stories got our online parenting community talking and reflecting about motherhood.

    1. Know your worth - LJ Reyes

    "Making new memories with you both," LJ wrote in her caption.
    PHOTO BY instagram/lj_reyes

    In September, actress LJ Reyes confirmed her split with co-celebrity Paolo Contis. She laid the details of their break-up in a tell-all interview with talk show host, Boy Abunda.

    Recalling her rocky relationship with Paolo, LJ told Tito Boy: "Nagbaba po ako ng pride kahit alam kong ako po ‘yung nasasaktan. Titiisin ko po ‘yun para sa mga bata kasi iniisip ko, baka kailangan nila ng complete family," which is a sentiment many single parent on our parenting community could relate to.

    One mom said in her confession, "Five years ago, I was in the same boat. Gusto ko yakapin si LJ at sabihing, "Been there done that, Sis. You and your children will be okay." (Read the full piece here)

    Since the breakup, LJ and her kids, Aki and Summer, have been spending quality time in the U.S. where her family is currently based. In a previous SmartParenting.com.ph article, family psychologist Michele Alignay, Ph.D, RPsy, RGC, said the actress handled the situation the best she could, especially when she chose to tell her kids the truth about their situation.

    Alignay tells other moms who see themselves in LJ, "alam mo dapat kung kailan ka lalabas [sa isang unhealthy relationship]. You should know how to save and nurture yourself so that if a crisis situation comes, you will also know how to take care of your kids."

    2. Every mom’s body is beautiful and strong - Geneva Cruz

    "Double YES to celebrating different types of “imperfect beauty” because no human is perfect," Geneva said.
    PHOTO BY instagram/genevacruzofficial
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    Shutting down her body-shamers, Geneva Cruz has become the epitome of body positivity. The mom of two isn’t one to shy away from showing off her body and how she responded to certain haters was admirable. 

    When a netizen left a nasty comment on her bikini photo, saying "ang itim ng singit," the singer-actress had the classiest response:

    "I’m just a single mother of two, and the groin that you are making fun of is connected to the organ where my two children came out, and although that had happened twice to this body, it is stronger and more beautiful than ever," the 45-year-old mom said.

    Geneva wants every mom who went through body changes because of pregnancy to remember that those changes are not flaws but warrior marks— proofs of strength and courage.

    3. Be smart with money, know your priority - Judy Ann Santos

    If she will choose between a luxury bag worth hundreds of thousands of pesos and a bayong, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo said she would stick to the trusty shoulder bag moms would bring for pamamalengke.

    When it comes to money, the mom of three says she always follows the rule of priority. "Mas dun ako sa daily essentials,” she says. This is a lesson every parent should bring come 2022!

    4. Don't give up on your goals - Aiko Melendez

    Friends in the show business and many netizens took notice of Aiko's "bagets" look.
    PHOTO BY instagram/aikomelendez

    The 45-year-old actress surprised many with her slimmer and younger look this year. Aiko Melendez shared her weight loss journey in hopes to inspire others to keep persevering until they achieve their goals.

    Aiko tells her followers, "I'm happy to inspire a lot of people who almost gave up on their weight loss journey. It is never too late."

    5. Acceptance strengthens a relationship - Meryll Soriano

    Meryll and Joem's first baby together turned 1 in December 2021.
    PHOTO BY instagram/planetumeboshi

    Meryll Soriano, welcomed her first child with partner Joem Bascon in 2020. Her pregnancy was kept private but this year, Smart Parenting got to chat with her for Dibdibang Usapan, where she got candid about how Joem stepped up for their growing family.

    Meryll recalled, "Alagang-alaga ako ni Joem. Alam na alam niya kung paano ako titimplahin, alam niya na kailangan niya akong patulugin — ‘Medyo nag-me-mania ka na,’ — so patutulugin niya ako."


    Every person has their own ups and downs and being there for your partner in their most challenging days is important to strengthen your relationship.

    6. Staying calm is key in conflict management - Danica Sotto

    Danica Sotto revealed how she and her husband, Marc Pingris, effectively resolve arguments in their 14 years of marriage — through a calm conversation.

    Though the actress says they seldom have misunderstandings now, when they do, she knows exactly how Marc would react. "Pero memorize ko na ang line mo talaga, ‘Ano, tapos ka na? Puwede na akong magsalita?’," Danica shared, noting her husband gently says this.

    So, next time you have a lovers' quarrel with your partner remember, stay calm and be ready to listen.

    7. Start small, think big - Aubrey Miles

    When we talked to Aubrey Miles for Dibdibang Usapan, the mompreneur shared why she chose to run a pawnshop business. For her, it's the kind of business with "small area lang, pero big [earnings]."

    In the same interview, Aubrey said she once earned Php850,000 selling plants. (Read here)

    Keep these insights in mind if you're planning of opening up your business in the coming new year!

    To more parenting lessons and inspiring moments next year, moms and dads. Cheers!

    Click here for top real parenting stories of 2021.

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