Pia Magalona shares tips on successful parenting

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Maxene Magalona (left) considers mom Pia Magalona (right) a role model. "A lot of people see her as a pillar of strength, role model as a mother, ganyan, all around," says Maxene.


Most people, especially the PEPsters, would agree if we say that the late King of Pinoy Rap and his wife did a good job in raising their eight children.

The couple's children—Frank, Maxene, Saab, Elmo, Arkin, and Clara—put studies in their priority list, and have a mindset that anything showbiz-related is just a way to earn extra money. Yes, they argue from time to time, but the love for their parents would usually pave the way for reconciliation.

Even Pia's first two children, Unna and Nicolo, were glad to be part of the Magalona family. They openly thanked Francis for treating them like his own children.

Pia told PEP (Philippine Entertainment) that she and Francis have almost the same views about parenting.

"The best is you lead by example," Pia said during the taping of her newest TV commercial with her daughter, young actress Maxene.

She also noted the importance of learning from mistakes. As a mom, she's aware that some decisions and choices would not always be right. But whatever lesson she learns from rearing her older children, she applies when dealing with her younger kids.

"Siyempre, dumadaan ako sa pagkakamali, lalo na yung nangyari sa eldest, siya yung parang kunwari experiment. Pero kunwari mayroon akong pagkakamali, talagang hindi ko na inuulit 'yon, so I learned from that. Instead of blaming myself or say na, 'Why am I not perfect? Bakit ako ano...?' Tinatanaw ko 'yon na lesson. It's the best way talaga when you experience it," Pia explained.

When it comes to disciplining their children, Francis's widow said that she and her husband always tried to be strict, but not to the extent that the kids would not have the freedom to do what they want and enjoy.

She related, "We are strict in the sense na gusto naming mahusay silang citizens, pero hindi namin sila pinagbabawalan gumawa ng kung saan sila interested. Pero we like them to develop nga, parang at least they enjoy what they're doing.

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"When you do enjoy what you're doing, the more you are connected to that and the more you're able to do it well. So, the dedication to your work, it happens when you enjoy what you're doing and when you're interested in it talaga and wala kang tinatago."

Pia stressed that parents should always ensure that "communication is also open."

She added, "You always encourage them talaga to ask, but we don't pry, hindi sa amin nanggagaling na ganyan. So, they know na, by the vibe pa lang, they know na puwede silang lumapit and hindi kami nagdya-judge sa kanila. Pero alam nila na kapag hindi tama, alam nila kung saan kami nanggagaling. Kasi, yun na nga, we taught them na mas mayroon kaming experience because we are older."

Television viewers will be able catch a glimpse of Pia's closeness to her children via this infommercial she did with her and Francis M's second daughter, Maxene. The project is an awareness campaign on cervical cancer, which will be launched on Mother's Day, May 10.


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