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  • How Andi Eigenmann Shows Daughter Ellie to Be Her Own Person

    These photos show how Andi's confidence as a parent has grown.
    by Rachel Perez .
How Andi Eigenmann Shows Daughter Ellie to Be Her Own Person
PHOTO BY @andieigengirl/Instagram
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  • Andi Eigenmann's introduction to motherhood seven years ago was beset by public spats and custody battles, but whether you like it or not, her fierceness had always been motivated by her love for Ellie, her daughter with ex-boyfriend Jake Ejercito.

    Based on what she has shared on social media, the 28-year-old mom, who announced last February 1, 2019, that she is expecting her second child in July, knows how she wants to raise her daughter and tries her best to instill the values she aspires to live by. She wants her daughter to value her own identity and learn to respect others. She also teaches Ellie to be mindful and always focus on the positive.

    These days, Andi hopes her desire for the simple life (she divides her time between Metro Manila and Siargao) will rub off on Ellie. She is making it happen with a lot of mother-and-daughter bonding where she encourages her little girl to find her own person.

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    Here are some of the things Andi and Ellie have bonding over.

    Swimming

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    Ever since Ellie was a baby, swimming has been one of their constant bonding moments. No wonder the mom and daughter duo are splitting their time between Manila, where Ellie goes to school, and the beach (or the pool!).  

    Gymnastics

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    Ellie is passionate about gymnastics so much it was her chosen party theme for her 7th birthday. She has joined competitions and has won three silver medals and one gold!

    Surfing

    Andi fell in love with surfing way before she met her boyfriend, professional surfer Philmar Alipayo, who's the father of her unborn child. It's not the easiest sport, so she was glad when Ellie wanted to try surfing lessons and was so proud when she was able to do it at such as young age. 

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    Yoga

    Andi has done yoga not just for fitness but also as a way to mindfulness. "Finding the beauty in each moment, whether good or bad, gets easier because I have Ellie by my side to do this with," Andi wrote. It's not clear which came first, Ellie's love for yoga or gymnastics, but they certainly complement each other. 

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    Skateboarding

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    At 7 years old, it looks like Ellie's skateboarding skills can lead her to go pro if she keeps at it in the future. Ellie's love for the sport is because of Andi who introduced Ellie to it first.  

    Playing traditional street games

    "Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world but themselves," Andi wrote as a caption for one of her Instagram posts. Andi is pretty clear that she hopes to raise Ellie to love the simple joys of life. 

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    Scooter rides

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    "Safety first" is, of course, a constant in Andi's parenting, and not to a point where she's saying no to activities that may seem risky or even boyish. Andi has always strived to empower her daughter that she can be whoever she wants to be.

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    Keeping a diary

    Ellie has adopted her mom's habit of keeping a notebook to write her goals and to also serve as a diary. "I think keeping a journal is not only very helpful in terms of an organized life, but could serve as a therapeutic hobby as well," Andi shared.

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    Wall climbing

    Outdoor sports, even those that could be considered risky, is excellent for kids' brains. Surfing, skateboarding, and wall climbing teach kids life skills that overparenting does not allow. It doesn't matter if it's just a one-time thing. What counts is that Andi lets Ellie try many things and meet new people.

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    Thanks to Andi's "cool" parenting, Ellie is growing up to be an independent, friendly, and fun- and nature-loving person. We bet the soon-to-be big sister can't wait to share these activities with her sibling in the future!

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