Quarantine has given Toni Gonzaga the chance to be a full-time mother to son Seve.
In a Facebook Live session with milk brand Lactum 3+ on February 11, 2021, the actress revealed, "The beautiful memories na nagawa namin dito sa loob ng bahay, that will have a lasting impression in my heart because that was the time that I really felt what it's like to be a mom 24/7. Without any distractions… talagang na-shift iyong perspective in life."
Toni saw it as an opportunity to reflect on a new reality for her and her family.
She explained, "We were given a universal timeout to just really reassess everything in life. The decisions we have made in the past and our priorities and the goals that we have for our family and our kid.
"I think that was a good way to just pause and have a good reflection on who we are as a mom, as a wife, as a child."
While the pandemic meant Seve couldn't explore the outdoors, Toni and her husband Paul Soriano decided to make their time indoors more meaningful and special.
The celebrity mom said: "Instead of looking at it as something hard o mahirap o challenging, I looked at it as a blessing. What I truly treasure last year was the memories we built here inside our home, inside our house.
"No matter how chaotic it is outside with everything that has happened, for as long as your kid still feels that everything is normal inside the house.
"He's four years old, so I don't think he will really remember the gravity of the situation. But what he will remember from all of this is that Mommy and Daddy are always present 24/7 in the house and that's what matters to me."
TONI GONZAGA ON Balancing family and career
The quarantine has also made it challenging to balance work and family, even for someone like Toni Gonzaga, who has maintained a successful career while being a hands-on mom.
She admitted right away that "it's never easy naman talaga" to be committed to both work and family at the same time.
The ABS-CBN host-actress pointed out: "Being a mother is always a work in progress every single day. We try to get better at it and we're always hoping that we're doing the best that we can for our child and, of course, for our family as well."
When so many things are happening at the same time, how does Toni make her choice
She continued: "I guess siguro for me, it helped a lot na I was able to set my priorities straight from the start. Kasi kapag alam mo na agad iyong priorities mo, parang medyo somehow merong plan at may direction iyong decisions that you are going to do with your family and, of course, raising your child.
"I think it's just a matter of setting your priorities straight, and I don't think may mommy na na-perfect na iyong balance talaga ng everything because we have so much in our plate."
Toni then underlined that mothers don't have to pressure themselves to be perfect.
"For as long as you are doing the best you can, no need to compare yourself to other moms. For as long as you see your child happy, if you see your child healthy, if you see your child having the best life that you can give him, I think that's more than enough."