Spending quality time with her 12-year-old stepson Joshua has always been a priority to Miriam Quiambao.
Those one-on-one bonding moments with the boy became even more intense after Miriam gave birth to her son Elijah in February 2019.
Elijah is her son with husband Ardy Roberto, a widower and father of Joshua.
Miriam recalled those first few months after Elijah was born when Joshua was showing signs of jealousy toward his younger brother.
She recounted during her guest appearance on the TV5 show Chika Besh last September 25, "Just like any normal older brother or sister experiences, kapag dumating iyong mas batang kapatid, di ba parang meron ding sense of jealousy?
"Kasi for a long time, solong-solo niya kami, di ba? 'Tapos biglang nagkaanak ng isa. Nahati ngayon iyong attention.
"So, iyong una, napapansin mo meron siya mga jealous bouts. 'Tapos inaaway niya ako kasi nga mas marami akong time doon sa baby na kailangan din naman talaga.
"Siyempre, may nursing pa, 'tapos hindi naman kaya alagaan ng baby iyong sarili niya kaya kailangan ng nanay."
The 1999 Miss Universe first runner-up didn't have a nanny yet for Eljiah, but she got plenty of help from her mother-in-law.
With the family's attention, including Ardy's, now centered on the baby, Joshua began to pick fights with Miriam.
According to Miriam, that was when she realized the boy was feeling left out.
She said, "You know, when I realized iyon pala iyong dahilan kung bakit niya ako inaaway, I enlisted help from my husband and my mother-in-law.
"'It looks like Joshua needs more time with mommy. Puwede ba alagaan mo muna, ide-date ko si Joshua.'"
Miriam and Joshua do a lot of indoor activities together, but before quarantine, she would often take him to the malls.
"Making magical moments"
In one of Miriam's Instagram posts, the celebrity mom underlined why it's important for parents to forge a strong bond with their children.
Drawing from the Biblical passage Psalms 127:3, Miriam captioned: "Children are a heritage from the Lord and it's important that we maintain a good relationship between parent and child so that we can be the most influential people for them rather than the rest of the world.
"In Casa Roberto, we do that by dedicating special time, a 'date', with each child, one-on-one, doing the activity of their choice.
"It makes for making magical moments and teaching opportunities, especially in sharing God's Word and building character."
Miriam stepped into the role of Joshua's mother when the boy was six.