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  • LOOK: Marian and Dingdong Celebrate Sixto’s Third Birthday With A PJ Masks Theme

    Dad Dingdong greets him with a sweet message on ‘turning dreams into reality’
    by Ronna Capili Bonifacio .
LOOK: Marian and Dingdong Celebrate Sixto’s Third Birthday With A PJ Masks Theme
  • Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes’ unico hijo Sixto just turned three!

    He celebrated his third birthday with a PJ Masks theme complete with mascots, inflatable slides, and food carts that included raclette, crepes, gelato, Filipino streetfood, and tacos.

    Looks like Sixto and Ate Zia had a blast at his birthday party, where Zia presumably performed a song number to while Dad Dingdong played the guitar as accompaniment. 


    Marian thanked a star-studded list of party suppliers including Teena Barretto, Teddy Manuel, and Nice Print Photography.

    Dingdong greeted their son Sixto with a short message on Instagram. He wrote, “Take it all in, my son. These will all help you turn your wonderful dreams into reality—dreams that will be more powerful than challenges that would lie ahead.”

    He shares a photo he likely took of Sixto perhaps during their recent Palawan family vacation.

    ‘May lahing unggoy ka ba?’

    During a video call interview with Summit Media websites on February 2021, Marian shared how  Sixto and Zia differ. She says Zia is a girly-girl while Sixto is a typical active boy.

    “Si Sixto naman napaka-likot. Sabi ko, ‘Ano ka ba anak? May lahing unggoy ka ba?’,” Marian said. “Sampa ng sampa kung saan, lundag ng lundag, tumbling ng tumbling. Kaya puro bukol, puro dugo. Yung hindi mo talaga mapigilan.


    “Pero parehas silang malambing at sumusunod sa amin ni Dong. Yun ang pagkaka-parehas nilang dalawa,” said the GMA-7 actress.

    ‘Ako palagi ang witch, ako ang mangkukulam sa bahay’

    When it comes to disciplining their kids, Marian and Dingdong agreed on a good cop-bad cop sort of approach. But it was Dingdong’s request to let Marian take the lead when correcting their kids.

    “Kasi may usapan kami ni Dong, ikaw nalang ang witch, ikaw nalang ang bad cop, kasi pag ako pa yan, noong dating wala pang pandemya, parati na akong wala sa bahay,” Marian explained.


    “Eh ‘pag nakakagawa sila ng hindi natin gusto, or may nagawang hindi okay, kung ako pa mag sasabi sa kanila, o lalo na kay Zia, baka lumayo ang loob sa akin. Eh ikaw, palagi kang kasama, so kahit talakan mo yang mga yan, okay lang yan, hindi sasama ang loob,” she said, recounting Dingdong’s sentimes.

    No wonder she says, “Ako palagi ang witch, ako ang mangkukulam sa bahay. Si Dong hindi sila takot kay Dong, pero pag ako yung gumaniyan na, ‘Yes?’” then raises her brows to re-enact, “O yun na sila. ‘Okay.’” Marian said.

    Explain the discipline

    “Ang maganda naman kasi, halimbawa may nagawa si Zia na hindi ko gusto, siyempre mapapagalitan mo, pero pagkatapos nun, siyempre i-e-explain mo sa kaniya,” Marian said in the 2021 interview. 

    During this time, Sixto was likely still too young to understand his parents’ explanation which is why Marian’s examples were mostly of disciplining Zia.


    Marian quoted herself whenever she speaks with her daughter, “Alam mo Zia, kaya nagalit si Mama sayo kasi ganito. Kasi love ka ni Mama. Kasi ‘pag hindi ko gagawin yan, lalaki kang ganiyan, ayoko ng ganiyan.” 

    “So ineexplain ko sa kaniya… Happy ako kasi naiintindihan niya ako kahit bata pa siya.” When it came to birthday boy Sixto, she said, “Sana si Sixto, ganiyan din. Kung hindi, nako. Hmp! Bahala siya ng tatay niya mag-tuos.”


    3 Parenting Tips To Support Your Three Year Old's Development 

    Turning three is a fun age for parents too, as the child continues to move away from the “baby stage” and towards independence. Here are some tips to remember for three-year-olds:

    1. Answer (all) their questions. 

    Three years old is when the mind and imagination begin to blossom, says New York-based resource Very Well Family, so a child will begin to learn about the world around them at this age. 

    It is also the age when there is an exponential rise in questions. After long days, it can be easier to shut it down but try to remember that this is the age when they become more aware and interested in the world around them. 

    "You might find there are times when you don’t know how to answer. Try to be patient with your child’s constant questions because it’s their way of learning more about the world," says Very Well Family. 

    READ5 Milestones Your Child Will Make During The Terrible Three Stage

    2. Step back when they are figuring out how to share. 

    This is also the age when kids begin to understand the difference between “mine” and “yours”. If you have been trying to teach your child to share before this age, fret not. This might be the reason why your child does not understand how to share yet. 

    At three years old, kids move away from parallel play and begin to develop their own friendships. You will likely begin to notice instances when your child struggles with sharing things with siblings or friends.

    Very Well Family advises, “Rather than intervene and police who gets to play with what item, it can be helpful to encourage your child to figure it out on their own.” 

    Step in when a child becomes aggressive. Otherwise, you may want to allow your child to learn how to share with others and to take turns.

    3. Be patient with their temper tantrums.

    If you’ve heard of the term “threenager”, then you know what this tip refers to. “Temper tantrums tend to peak around this age as your child learns to deal with stressful situations,” says Very Well Family.

    Three-year-olds will insist on being independent but may become frustrated when they hit their physical limitations. Be patient with three-year-olds who are simply trying to learn.

    Kids this age also begin to understand emotions, theirs and others’. What they say might not be what they mean (for example, “Ayaw na kita”), especially if their vocabulary is limited. 

    Help three-year-olds with their emotional growth by using feeling words, or “language that accurately describes how you are feeling” says Very Well Family, when you talk to them. Some examples are sad, angry, happy, and excited.

    READ: 3 Going on 13! 5 Ways To Deal With A "Threenager" Who Is Giving You Attitude

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