"Cool mom" is another title that deserves to be in Marian Rivera's long list of real-life roles.
The Prime-Time Queen, entreprenuer, brand ambassador, and wife of Dingdong Dantes allows her kids, Zia and Ziggy, to do whatever they want, and lets them discover their limitations.
She has proven this technique to be effective with her unica hija, especially when preventing her from playing in unsafe areas.
WHY MARIAN'S PARENTING STYLE WORKS
She says, "Ako, ang patakaran ko kay Zia sa pagpapalaki sa kanya, walang bawal sa kanya.
"Tingnan niyo mga mommies, alam niyo iyan.
"The more na, 'Wag ka pumunta diyan, mahuhulog ka,' the more na aakyat pa rin ng hagdanan.
""Kung gusto mo umakyat ng hagdanan, sige akyat ka. Pag ikaw nabukulan, bahala ka, e, di baba.
"The more na hinihigpitan mo sila, the more na sinasakal mo, the more na maku-curious talaga sila.
"So kay Zia, hinahayaan ko siya kung ano gusto niya gawin. Bata pa naman. Ke magkapeklat iyan, madapa iyan, okay lang naman."
Marian has also observed that by allowing her daughter to try many things on her own, she is also helping Zia become strong and self-reliant.
She confirmed this when Zia tripped when they were touring Disneyland.
Marian said she was unnerved, but Zia was just cool about it.
"Noong pumunta kami ng Disneyland, nadapa siya. Kami pa iyong, 'O!'
"'Tapos, siya pa iyong, 'It's okay, I'm brave.'"
Marian reiterated, "Hayaan mo sila maging bata kasi sabi nga, minsan lang sila maging bata. Ba't mo sila pipigilan?"
Marian discussed her parenting techniques to the moms present at the Smart Parenting Masterclass held last September 28, 2019 at the Loft Coworking Space in Mandaluyong City.
HOW MARIAN HANDLES ZIA'S TANTRUMS
Like any three-year-old, Zia also has the tendency to fuss and be upset about certain things.
So PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Marian how she handles these situations.
The 34-year-old mom said that the key is good communication.
She says, "Kakausapin ko siya, mag-uusap kaming dalawa.
"Bata iyan, e. Kahit anong gawin mo, bata ay bata.
"May mga panahon talagang magta-tantrums iyan, pero kakausapin mo lang nang maayos."
Parents have their own discipline methods for their kids.
Luckily, for Zia, something as simple as pretending she's hurt works to her advantage.
She says, "Alam mo iyon, bilang nanay may kanya-kanya tayong strategy kung pano natin iha-handle ang mga tantrums ng anak natin.
"So kay Zia, nag-work sa kanya na umaarte-arte ako, na ayaw niyang nasasaktan ako. Umiiyak ako, nag-iiyak-iyak ako para tumigil na siya. Kasi ayaw niyang nasasaktan ako, e."
While pretending that she's crying, Zia would approach her while saying, "Mama, I'm okay, I'm so sorry."
Marian continues, "Pag nakita niyang nasasaktan at umiiyak, stop na siya. Tapos na."