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Why Toni and Paul Decided to Enroll Baby Seve in a Class at One Year Old
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  • These days, the concept of school is being introduced to kids as young as one year old.

    It's not unusual for grandparents to object because they think it's too early for babies to attend classes.

    Toni Gonzaga went through the same scenario with her mommy Pinty and mother-in-law Marissa Soriano.

    "In this day and age kasi, I know, and mommy at daddy ko and the mom of Paul can attest to that.

    "Nung panahon nila, wala naman daw ganun.

    "They grew up na wala namang tutor, wala namang class pero naging director naman si Paul, nakapag-host ako.

    "So sabi nila, ‘Bakit wala naman kayong mga ganyan pero you grew up okay naman.’"

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    All the same, she and husband Paul Soriano decided to give Seve, who's turning one year and seven months this April, a tutor, and let him attend classes on weekends. 

    "Just fun games," the Kapamilya mom said at her family's launch as endorsers of Red Ribbon.

    The classes, according to the first-time mom, will help improve Seve's motor skills—which are "motions carried out when the brain, nervous system, and muscles work together."


    The idea appeals to parents who are both working.

    Toni remarked, "You don’t really have that much time anymore to focus and sit down, so there’s someone [who does the job]."

    In jest, Paul threw in, "Yeah, we’re hoping to retire early...Preparation niya when he goes to school."

    They got the idea of hiring a tutor from Drs. Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho Jr., whose daughter Scarlet is "very good friends" with Seve.

    Paul continued, "She comes twice a week, and helps him out with color, shapes, numbers..."

    Look, four months before turning two on September 30, the adorable tot can already count from one to ten.

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    When asked to describe the daily routine of Seve, the Pilipinas Got Talent host replied, "He’s not the usual kid na maagang natutulog.

    "He sleeps at 11 p.m. We tried our best to make him sleep at 8 p.m., it didn’t work.

    "He wakes up at around 10 [a.m.], and then, he takes his brunch. Hindi ba, parang adult, sosyal...

    "Tutor, Tuesdays, Wednesdays. On weekends, class niya."

    The "disruptor" of the baby's schedule is Paul.

    He said, "...The times I get home early, I take him out, we go for a walk around the village, we go swimming."

    Toni interjected, "Yun ang delikado. Pag nasa work ako, may mga picture akong nakikita, bakit nagswi-swimming sa clubhouse? Nasaan ang tutor?"

    Everyone in the room laughed.

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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