Being both a celebrity and a hands-on mom is a difficult task as both are full-time jobs that require different levels of commitment and energy. But actress Marian Rivera has proven that any dedicated mom can do both.
Children always grow up way too fast. Especially in the crucial toddlerhood years, parents need to pay extra attention as this time is very important in their future development. That is why Marian Rivera admits to being very hands-on when raising her six-year-old daughter Maria Letizia Dantes, fondly called Zia.
''Mabilis lang talaga ang toddler years, kaya gusto ko maging present sa lahat ng mga moments na kasama ko si Zia lalo na't bumibilis ang kanyang paglaki,'' she said. ''Motherhood is my #1 priority now and I enjoy every minute of it.''
(The toddler years go by really fast, so I want to be present in all those moments with Zia, especially as she grows up fast.)
When asked about her parenting style, she describes it as confident and comfortable as she wants Zia to be well-rounded, capable, and independent. As a natural explorer with a can-do attitude and her parents' support, Zia can grow up well according to her age. She is very receptive to the things they teach her and is able to make her own decisions even as a child. She is also mentally alert, cheerful, and knows how to take care of her younger brother Ziggy.
Marian taught her daughter to know simple household tasks early on. Zia even knows how to make her own milk. And because her parents introduced her to plenty of activities while growing up, she can be strong and active. This greatly helped Zia avoid becoming sickly and be able to show visible signs of good health.
''Nakita ko kung gaano ka-importante na palakihin silang malakas at protektado para tuloy-tuloy lang ang happy memories,'' Marian said.
(I saw how important it was for parents to raise strong and protected kids so that they can continue making happy memories.)
Of course, the road to parenting is never easy and Marian admits that she also encountered plenty of challenges along the way. ''Most parents like me might find it confusing what milk to get, what food to prepare, and gaano karami or kadalas nga ba dapat kumakain at umiinom yung toddlers. First-time moms lalo, pero even 'yung may second, third, or more kids, puwedeng ma-confuse pa rin talaga.''
(Most parents like me might find it confusing what milk to get, what food to prepare, and how much or how often toddlers should eat and drink. First-time moms especially, but even those with second, third, or more kids, can still be confused.)
But one thing is for sure, nothing will stop a dedicated mom from making the best decisions for her growing-up child.
Parenting during a health crisis
As if the job of moms is not hard enough, but with a global health crisis in the picture, they have to work extra hard to make sure that their kids are growing up well during this situation while remaining protected from sickness and disease.
For Marian, parents should teach their kids healthy routines. When sheltering at home, she created a schedule for Zia with a designated time for play, exercise, study, and rest. They have ingrained in her the habit of washing her hands properly after playing and before eating.
Good nutrition is also very important in helping Zia grow up healthy and protected.
'Dapat iba-iba 'yung nata-try nilang food. Kasama rin dun 'yung sabay kaming kakain, para nakikita ni Ate Zia na ine-enjoy din namin 'yung food na nakahain sa table. Pero ang pinaka-nakapagpanatag ng loob ko 'yung meron s'yang growing up milk na iniinom every day,'' she shared. ''Tulad ng NIDO 3+, binuo 'yung formula nito with research and expert science, so alam natin na tama at sapat 'yung vitamins and nutrients na todo packed sa bawat timpla mo.''
(They should be able to try different types of food. This includes eating together so that they can see that we also enjoy the food served on the table. But the most reassuring thing for me is that she is drinking growing-up milk every day. Like NIDO 3+ with a formula developed with research and expert science, so we know that the right vitamins and nutrients are todo packed in every glass.)
Zia started drinking NIDO® 3+ as early as three years old and Marian only trusted that milk for her growth. Over the years, she saw how the milk was able to help her daughter's development in the crucial toddler stage, that is why they stuck with the brand and continued to NIDO® 5+ as Zia got older. It is also a plus that she really liked the taste even without added sucrose in the formula.
Especially during these times when clear signs of health will help parents know they are giving the right protection to their child, Marian trusts NIDO® 3+ and 5+ to give Zia expert protection and age-appropriate nutrition as it has important nutrients such as DHA, B Vitamins, Zinc, Protein, Calcium, and Vitamin D. It is also currently the only milk in the market that has LACTOBACILLUS PROTECTUS with L.Rhamnosus. Study even says that this probiotic helps reduce risk of respiratory infections like coughs and colds by 38%.*
For parents looking for advice in raising toddlers today, Marian has this to say, ''Actually sa bahay, hinahahayaan namin ni Dong 'yung mga anak namin na talagang maglaro—'yung totoong laro, at hindi 'yung puro gadgets—kasi alam ko kung gaano ka-importante 'yun sa development nila. Kasi sa totoo lang, parang masyadong focused na ang mga magulang ngayon sa homeschooling at sa academic learning. Marami sa atin nakakalimot tuloy na, oo nga, kailangan din ng mga batang maglaro, 'di ba? Kasi bata sila. Hindi naman puwedeng puro aral lang.''
(Actually at home, Dong and I let our children play — real, active playing, and not just using gadgets — because I know how important it is to their development. Nowadays, parents seemed to be too focused on homeschooling and academic learning. Many of us forget that, of course, children also need to play, right? Because they are kids. It cannot just be purely studying.)
''Give them enough freedom especially during play. Kasi natutulungan din natin ang mga bata na maging creative at mag-isip, kaysa 'yung kino-control natin ang bawat galaw, 'di ba? Like si Zia, nasa age siya na sobrang curious at gustong mag-explore talaga, so i-encourage natin 'yun,'' she added.
(Give them enough freedom especially during play. Because with this we also help the children be creative and think, rather than us controlling their every move, right? Like Zia, she is at an age where she is very curious and really wants to explore, so let us encourage that.)
With these tips coupled with a partner in expert toddler nutrition, any kid may grow up healthy and protected, no matter what is happening in the world.
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*Children who drink milk with probiotic, L. Rhamnosus, have 30% less risk of respiratory infections. Hojsak I et. Al Clin. Nutr 2010 June 29 (3): 312-6
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