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  • Dr. Hayden Kho: 'I Try To Answer All Of Scarlet Snow's Questions. Sineseryoso Ko'

    The dad says answering your child's questions are essential especially if it connects to her identity.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Dr. Hayden Kho: 'I Try To Answer All Of Scarlet Snow's Questions. Sineseryoso Ko'
PHOTO BY @scarletsnowbelo and @dochayden/Instagram
  • Scarlet Snow Belo has grown into a smart, bubbly, and inquisitive little girl over the years, and that’s all thanks to Drs. Vicki Belo and Hayden Khos hands-on parenting approach.

    Now that their four-year-old daughter is learning to be more independent, however, Hayden says it’s even more important that both he and Vicki are there for their daughter every step of the way.

    “I was thinking, when she was young, ‘siguro kapag mas malaki na [siya], I don’t have to be as tutok or as paranoid na kailangan lagi akong andito,” Hayden shares in an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph and other members of the press at the launch of Air Intellipure. “But the difference is that kapag four years old na ‘yung bata, nag-sasalita na at very engaging na, and ang dami ng tanong, parang mas importante na nasa house ako lagi.”

    Hayden adds that their preschooler “talks more now. Mas pilosopo na. But still the same very cheerful, very sweet, and charming little girl.”

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    Those who follow the family on social media will know that Scarlet Snow is like any other child: she is very curious about the world and will often have a variety of questions for her parents. Hayden says that for him, he takes every question seriously, especially the tough ones.

    “Silly questions and goofy questions, pinagtatawanan namin, but kapag mga questions na seryoso, inuupo ko talaga, one-on-one, ina-isolate ko,” he shares.

    Scarlet Snow’s questions range from difficult, spiritual ones like, “Daddy, can God go to hell and save people?” or more scientific ones like, “Where does the water from the sky come from? How does rain form?”

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    Hayden says he tries his best to answer all the questions Scarlet has for them. “Kapag hindi ko alam, gi-noo-Google ko muna,” he shares.

    “There’s nobody in the world who will care about her than Vicki and myself, so gusto namin tama ‘yung makuha niyang sagot, lalo na kapag moral issues, kailangan tama ‘yung ibigay mong sagot,” he adds.

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    Just recently, on their Instagram account, Scarlet Snow asked a burning question: “Daddy, why can grownups eat dessert in nighttime but not the kids?”

    At the other end of the table, you can hear Hayden take a pause as he contemplates the best way to answer the question.

    Finally, he says, “Because you’re small, right? And you don’t need a lot of energy. When you eat sugar, that’s a lot of energy. It’s too much energy for babies so you get hyper. We grownups are very big and we need a lot of energy. So, if you eat ice cream and I eat the same amount of ice cream, for you that’s a lot of energy, that’s too much for your body, but for me, it’s not too much.”

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    It’s a great way to answer the question, not to mention, it will help your child curb her demands for sweets! Best of all, Hayden made sure to use simple words that her little girl can easily understand.

    An inquisitive child is a learning child, and curiosity is essential if you want kids to be engaged in learning. Hayden acknowledges that, and it’s why he thinks it’s important for parents to take their children’s questions seriously. “Especially kapag moral questions and anything that connects to their identity,” he shares.

    An inquisitive child is a learning child. Click here for more expert tips on how to exercise and strengthen your child's curiosity.

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