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Meet The Kid: How Did Paulo Avelino Introduce Janine Gutierrez To Son Aki?
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  • Did Paulo Avelino introduce his co-star Janine Gutierrez to his tween son Aki when they all found themselves in New York?

    He reveals at a recent press conference held in Cubao on June 1 that he did. 

    “Nilabas ko yung anak ko… pero hi-hello,” he said at the Ngayon Kaya mediacon.

    Ngayon Kaya is a movie Janine and Paulo shot back in 2019 but is only going to be released on June 22 in local cinemas. It is directed by Prime Cruz and the two are joined by Rio Locsin, John James Uy, Donna Carriaga, and Alwin Uytingco in the cast.

    Aki, Paulo’s son with LJ Reyes, met Janine Gutierrez as, well, Janine Gutierrez. “As Janine! As Janine, anak ni Lotlot… charot!” Janine says at the same media conference.

    To be clear, Janine and Paulo have not said anything definitive about their relationship. At the most, Paulo has playfully answered media about their status saying, “Ayos naman kami, ayos naman kami.”

    5 rules when introducing a new partner to your kids

    While Paulo and Janine are only rumored to be something more than co-workers, DivorceMag.com says there are five rules parents must remember when introducing a new partner to your kids.

    1. Timing is essential.

    The online magazine comes from the viewpoint of divorced parents but whether or not parents were married to each other before breaking up, this point applies.

    Consider the closeness of your family before the new chapter. Kids with parents who were married will understandably require more time to adjust to a parent’s new partner than kids whose parents were not married or together.

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    2. Keep in mind that your kids may view your new love as a rival.

    This reality is discussed in this story a bit more, but it’s safe to say that movie scenes which include kids plotting against a parent’s new partner might not be as unrealistic as we think. 

    “Just because you are smitten with your partner does not mean your child will share positive feelings,” says DivorceMag.com.

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    3. Consider your child’s needs for security and reassurance.

    Always put your child’s emotional well-being and health before your preference. A new partner might make it difficult for your child to process their grief over a broken family.

    4. Ask yourself: Is my love interest a good fit for my family?

    “You might have great chemistry with someone, but they might not be best suited to become part of your family,” writes Terry Gaspard for DivorceMag.com.

    A family expert from this story says waiting before the relationship is nine to twelve months old before considering to introduce a new partner to your child is a good time frame.

    5. Invite your child’s feedback about ideas on how they can meet your new partner for the first time.

    If your child is old enough to think up of ideas, their input might help you prepare for this moment. Your children may be able to define their comfort level. 

    Gaspard writes a few practical tips for meeting a new partner:Keep the initial meeting low key and short. Pick a neutral spot like a restaurant.Ask your kids where they’d like to go next.If your partner has kids, do not include them in the first meet.

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    Remember that talking to your kids and prepping them is very important prior to meeting a new partner. “Let your children know that you have an abundance of love to go around,” says DivorceMag.com.

    “It’s crucial that you assure your kids that your partner will not replace their other parent or change your relationship with them.”

    The comfort level and readiness of the child must always come first in these opportunities.

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