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  • Baron Geisler Puts Troubled Past Behind Him, Now A Happy Husband And Dad In Cebu

    The actor is now a parent to a baby daughter and two stepsons.
    by Jocelyn Valle .
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    After having a “solemn and happy” holiday celebration, Baron Geisler and his wife Jamie Evangelista are now preparing for another merry occasion: their daughter Talitha Cumi’s first birthday on January 20, 2021.

    Baron says they’re planning on giving the birthday girl, whom whose nickname is Tali, a cake smash. Then they will have a “small event” with several guests in their home in Cebu City, Jamie's hometown.

    Parenting style

    The 38-year-old actor, who recently joined Viva Artists Agency, Inc., has passed on his mestizo good looks to his daughter, and it seems her father's propensity to smile a lot and say hi to people he meets. But, he cautions, it’s still too early to say if the little girl will likewise follow in his footsteps in showbiz.

    What Baron would like to focus on is raising Baby Tali to be a “bright and compassionate, God-fearing child.” He also just wants her “to be happy.”

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    As for his parenting style, the first-time dad tells SmartParenting.com.ph in a phone interview that his idea and practice of childrearing has greatly evolved from how he grew up. 

    “I was raised by a military father, and my mom was very strict,” he explains. “Siguro, nagrebelde ako. No questions, you just have to follow. Sa amin ni Jamie ngayon, we ask them why.

    “Psychologist si Jamie, so ginagamit niya sa mga anak namin. She asks them, ‘Why did you do that?’ As much as possible, we avoid spanking our children. But if needed, we do. Pag sobra-sobra na talaga.”

    Doing discipline as a stepdad

    Jaime, who has two sons Joaquin, 15, and Javi, 7, from a previous relationship, met Baron when he went to Cebu City in 2018 to check himself into rehab for his drinking problem. Jamie was working as a clinical psychologist at the facility. They fell in love and eventually tied the knot in September 2019.

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    Baron says he has never had an issue with Jamie as a single mom. When asked about few insights for dating single moms, he replied: “First, ask yourself your intention. Why are you getting into a relationship? Kasi it’s already a complicated thing. 

    “Be mature to accept her past. No judgment. You have to be very open-minded. And you just have to love her. If there’s no love, it won’t work.” 

    Baron happily reports that they didn’t have a problem explaining to Jaime's boys about their relationship, getting married, and having their own child.

    “Alam mo, sobrang bilis mag-adapt ng mga bata ngayon,” he points out. “Kids nowadays are very open-minded. Alam nila na hindi mo alam. Just treat them like adults. Luckily enough naipasok din sila sa good schools.”

    He admits, though, that the boys somehow felt “nagselos” when the little girl arrived. So he and his wife became “careful lang kami,” while letting “harmony and respect” take over in their household.

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    Baron says that he’s called either Tito or Uncle by the two boys. But when the younger one, Javi, is in a teasing mood, he refers to his stepdad as Daddy B or calls out, “Hey, Babe!” Because “Babe” is Jamie’s term of endearment for Baron.

    “They love me, and I love them back,” he proudly says of his relationship with his stepkids. “They respect me. We’re like friends. But first, being a stepdad, you have to be their friend first before being a father to them. Hindi ’yong friend na, ‘Pare, pare!’ You have to get to know them. You have to ask about their day.

    “I play it smart. They play it smart naman. We’re so blessed that our 15-year-old is a very, very bright boy. Mature siya, both ’yong IQ n’ya and ’yong EQ n’ya.

    "Minsan nga nai-insecure ako sa kanya dahil mas mature pa siya sa akin. Siya ang nagbibigay ng consequence do’n sa 7-year-old namin. So mas napapadali because there are times when I have a hard time scolding our 7-year-old. 

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    “Nagkaroon kami ng issue n’yan na parang, ‘How can I scold them?’ I don’t want them to get mad at me or have resentment. But I’m their father no matter what. I have to do my job and responsibility. They love me in a very compassionate and loving manner.”

    Forget the best actor awards in the world. What matters now to Baron is “to be a good father and husband more than anything.”

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