New parents who have been warned of the “terrible twos” will may feel a sense of dread once their baby reaches their toddler years. After all, it’s the stage where your cute baby suddenly transforms into a talking, tantrum-making little monster who only seems to know the word ‘no.’ (Experts say that saying no is your child’s way of testing out his independence and as a parent, your job is to take control of the situation in a calm manner. Ha!)
But toddler stage is not horrible all the time. In fact, it’s a time when you can turn those tantrums around into valuable bonding — and kulitan — moments!
1. Fatherhood reminds you that life short.
Celebrities are notorious for their hectic schedules, but dad Dingdong Dantes makes sure that he never misses out on daughter Zia’s milestones. Earlier this month, he posted a photo of his 2-year-old daughter attending her first ballet class.
“Totoo ‘yung sinasabi nila na mabilis talaga ang panahon, na lumalaki sila nang sobrang bilis, na kinakailangan i-cherish mo ang bawat moment na kasama sila,” he says in an interview with pep.ph. “Kailangan nandoon ka sa bawat milestone nila. Kumbaga, pagbibigyan mo talaga ng oras.”
2. Being a father means finding the balance that works for your family.
Another man who understands that precious moments with family is most important is John Prats. Speaking with SmartParenting.com.ph a few months after his daughter, Life (Lily Feather) was born in 2016, John mentioned that he made it a point to go straight home after work because Life didn't have a yaya.
Fast forward two years later and he’s still seizing every precious moment with his daughter. “It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and family,” he says in an Instagram post.
3. A good dad knows child care is a team effort.
Before his wife Jolina Magdangal gave birth to their second baby in May, Mark had already promised to take care of their new bundle of joy and their firstborn, Pele. And judging from his social media posts, it looks like the rock star dad is already experienced when it comes to raising kids! It seems whenever “momshie” Jolina is at work hosting the talk show Magandang Buhay, Pele is left in the care of his dad.
Of course, Mark also has his drummer duties with band Rivermaya, but he makes sure to never miss out on Pele’s important milestones — even if it means going straight from the airport just to see his son attend his first Kindermusik class. Now that’s dedication!
4. Daddies understand that quality time means undivided attention.
Another rock star who’s a softie when it comes to his son is Chito Miranda. Parokya ni Edgar’s frontman always gushes about his family in his social media posts, that whenever he needs to be away from them because of his gigs, it almost breaks his heart.
But when they do get to spend time together, Chito makes sure to nurture his 19-month-old son’s talents. “We expose him to everything na pwede niya pagtripan kasi we believe that it is never too early to nurture, encourage, and enhance his skills,” he says in his Instagram post.
5. Daddies are not called directors of fun for nothing.
The dad-to-be has admitted in a former interview that his firstborn, Primo, used to not recognize him because he was always away for days due to work.
But this doesn’t mean that he’s neglecting his parental duties — wife Iya Villania says that Drew is Primo’s constant playmate (while she’s the disciplinarian!), and she can always rely on him to take care of their son when needed.
Becoming a father has changed Hayden Kho in so many ways, and there’s no doubt that he is a hands-on dad to Scarlet Snow. We were a witness to it at the recent Smart Parenting x Belo Baby Playdate where the first-time dad let his daughter freely play and enjoy with the other kids, but he always kept a watchful eye on her. "I have an objective for myself. I really wanna be the best father that I could be... not for my sake but for the sake of my child," he tells Smart Parenting.