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Regine Velasquez Is Proud Of Son Nate, 'Hindi Namimili Ng Kakausapin Niya'
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  • In the TV show ‘Magandang Buhay’, Regine Velasquez took the time to gush about her son Nate on his 11th birthday.

    The proud mom said, “Ako siguro more of parang I feel grateful kay Lord for giving me such a wonderful son. He’s such a good boy, he’s very smart and he loves everyone.”

    Nathaniel James Alcasid, or Nate, just turned 11 yrs old on November 8.

    She added, “Hindi siya namimili ng taong kakausapin niya kahit anong age, kahit anong estado ng buhay mo, basta makikipag-usap siya. At siyempre mahal na mahal niya ang aming dalawang lola. So I’m very proud of you sweetheart.”

    Nate Alcasid has ‘royalty’ in his name, being the son of Regine Velasquez, Asia’s Song Bird and Ogie Alcasid, the Ultimate Singer-Songwriter. Despite the his family background, Regine said that his son is comfortable in talking to other people, regardless of age and job. 

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    Ogie Alcasid also expressed his birthday greeting to son Nate, “You have become really, really strong in mind and in heart and we are very proud of you. Your mom and I are very proud of you.

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    Hea adds, "You know, before you were born, mom and I prayed, ‘God give us a son.’ He gave us you. That’s why we called you Nathaniel–a special gift from God. And you are a gift, Nate.

    "I hope you continue to be the good person that you are, the humble person that you are, the loving person that you are. I know that you will go places.

    Ogie ends his birthday message, "I know that you will do everything so that you will please God and for that I’m very proud of you. I love you very much and I take pride in saying that you are my son.”

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    3 tips to raise confident and respectful children

    Raising kids is hard enough, raising them to be good people is even harder. Regine and Ogie did a good job inraising a child who is comfortable to talk to anyone, regardless of age and background.

    Here’s a few tips on how to raise confident and respectful kids:

    1. Model the expected behavior.

    Modeling the right behavior to kids is effective rather than just telling them what to do. At toddlerhood, if we continuously say “No, don’t do that”, it’s like a green light to them which makes them do it more.

    But the more parents show and model the expected behavior, the more kids adapt easily. If parents want their kids to show confidence and respect when talking to others, parents should do the same. Talk to others with respect regardless of age, job, and background.

    Treat everyone fairly, too, from restaurant servers, to doctors, to bosses and such. What our kids see in us form their perception about the world, and it is our responsibility to show them the right and wrong perception.

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    2. Don’t use policemen, security guards and others to scare kids

    Some Filipinos grew up scared of policemen, security guards, soldiers and such, because we were told that if we misbehave, they will come and get us. "Sige, huhulihin ka nung pulis!" we would hear.

    This practice unconsciously brands authorities in uniform as ‘scary’, which can make us uncomfortable to talk them. Parents need to break this pattern and refrain from using authorities in uniform to scare children in order to behave.

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    What we may consider to be small and irrelevant things like these may actually create a bigger impact with our children. Without the unnecessary scaring tactics, children can learn how to talk confidently and respectfully to policemen, security guards, soldiers and authority figures who are supposed to be looking out for citizens. 

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    3. Use stories from books to parallel reality

    Kids have a wild imagination, and using stories from books can help them understand better. Tell stories where kids talk confidently with other kids, other adults, in different social settings. Stories about other kids who show respect in talking to others will encourage kids to do the same. 

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