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  • This Generation Is Forgetting About Respect, Mikee Cojuangco Laments

    She thinks the young ones sometimes take this value for granted.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
This Generation Is Forgetting About Respect, Mikee Cojuangco Laments
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  • Equestrienne / model Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski realizes that parenting is never a one-size-fits-all journey. The mother of three boys (Robbie, 19, Raf, 17, and Renzo, 10), she revealed to Pep.ph that she has found herself adjusting her parenting style for each of her sons, in order to accommodate how times have changed. 

    One particular example she cited was her kids' use of electronic gadgets. 

    "May rule kami na no electronics on weekdays, pero dun nila ginagawa lahat — pati research, pati homework."

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    This subject poses a dilemma for many moms like Mikee because while they would want to limit their kids' gadget usage, they also understand that the younger generation is largely dependent on technology, even when it comes to fulfilling school requirements.

    "So hindi na masyado pinipigilan kasi sasabihin nila, 'Hindi kami makapag homework dahil ayaw niyo,' Mikee added.

    "We pick our battles because there [are] some rules that we had na mas applicable to younger people." 

    "We have to be a little more patient," she added.

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    Kids are growing up

    Mikee also notes the difference between parenting young kids and kids who are in their teenage years. She says that usually, it's the parents and not the kids who have to adjust.   

    "Marami talagang changes sa tao na yung parents yata ang pinaka-nag-a-adjust.

    "Kasi sila [kids] nagbabago, para sa kanila normal lang yan, natural lang, di ba?

    "Pero yung parents, you see them yung maliit pa sila, very dependent sila sa iyo. Masunurin sila, 'tapos mamaya medyo pasaway na.

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    "Dini-discover nila sarili niya, so it's also a learning process for the parents."

    She concludes, "There's never an end to learning, there's no formula.

    This is why she and husband Dodot Jaworski never forget to teach their children good values, foremost of which is respect.

    "Minsan nate-take for granted o nakakalimutan. 

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    "Even in the way we communicate with each other, just because you have the platform to speak doesn't give you the license to speak in any way you wish.

    "You still have to be respectful, and in doing so, I believe the more people will listen to you." 

    "Respecting your elders, respecting your peers, or respecting each other, and being more deliberate in going out of your way to do something for other people," she told Pep.ph. "[These are] some of the things that are getting forgotten by this generation," she adds.

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    "It just really boils down to faith and trying to make sure we have taught them the values to be good people.

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