Like other celebrity moms, Marian Rivera has learned to limit daughter Zia’s gadget use. The four-year-old used to own an iPad, but Marian says she’s weaned her daughter off excessive screen time.
How did she do it? “Sabi ko sira ‘yung iPad niya,” she tells members of the press during the Smart Parenting Masterclass: Toddler Expert Tips held last September 28, 2019, in partnership with Nido 3+, at Loft Coworking Philippines.
But Marian admits that there are times when gadgets can be useful, especially when traveling with the family. “Minsan, kapag kinakailangan, like mahaba ‘yung travel, ibibigay ko ‘yung phone ko sa kanya and manonood siya. But not most of the time,” she clarifies.
At home, the mom of two is stricter about gadget use. “Maglalaro kaming dalawa, or maglalaro sila ng nanny niya or ng brother niya,” she shares, adding that some of Zia’s favorite activities include drawing and coloring, and playing with dolls and her lutu-lutuan.
“Bilang nanay, may kanya-kanya tayong strategy kung paano natin ihahandle ang mga tantrums ng anak natin,” Marian says. “Kay Zia, nag-wo-work sa kanya na uma-arte ako. Nag-iiyak-iyakan ako para tumigil na siya. Kasi ayaw niyang nasasaktan ako. Ayaw niyang umiiyak ako.”
When it comes to little kids, the mom says patience and understanding is key. “Bata ‘yan e. Kahit anong gawin mo, ang bata ay bata. May mga pagkakataon talaga na mag-ta-tantrums ‘yan, magagalit ‘yan,” she says.
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Once the child has stopped throwing a tantrum, Marian says it’s important to talk to your child and discuss what happened, so you can also understand how your child is feeling. “Kakausapin ko siya, mag-uusap kaming dalawa,” she shares. “Kakausapin mo lang ng maayos.”
If your child is 'pihikan', Marian also has tips for handling a picky eater. Click here to read how she raises Zia to be a magana kid.