Jaya reveals challenges of raising kids in the U.S.; retains Pinoy style of parenting

by Nikko Tuazon
Nov 4, 2021
Jaya, Gary Gotidoc, Gavin, Sabriya, Dylan, Jaya life in the U.S.
Jaya on using Filipino style of parenting to raise her children Sabriya, 15, and Dylan, 12: "I'm just trying to make sure that the children are maintaining their Filipino ways."
PHOTO/S: @jaya on Instagram

Although her family now lives in the U.S., Jaya continues to use "Filipino style" parenting in raising her kids.

Jaya and her husband Gary Gotidoc's youngest son Dylan is a young heartthrob at 12 years old, while their only daughter Sabriya is now a young lady at 15.

Gavin, Gary's son from his previous marriage, is now 26 years old.

Jaya, Gary Gotidoc, Gavin, Sabriya, Dylan, Jaya life in the U.S.

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In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last October 15, 2021, the 51-year-old celebrity mom admitted to having a bit of culture shock.

Jaya revealed, "Medyo naloloka ako kasi iba talaga dito. Fortunately, lumaki yung mga bata sa Pilipinas. So merong semblance of respect sa elders, di ba?

"Kasi dito talaga, sinasabi ko lang sa iyo, iba. Ayoko lang magsalita, pero iba talaga.

"Isang example, ako yung nagha-hi sa mga bata. Instead of them saying, 'Hi!'

"'Di ba sa atin, 'Hi, tita! Hi, tito! Good morning po!' Dito, hindi ganun. So I'm just trying to make sure that the children are maintaining their Filipino ways."

Jaya believes that schools play a significant role in developing the core values of kids in the U.S. But she is secure in knowing that her kids can already differentiate right from wrong.

The singer related, "Ang feeling ko lang is iba kasi yung lifestyle dito, and they have been introducing anik-anik, mga kung anik-anik, mga critical race theory na iyan... Mga kung anik-anik, noh!

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"My children are aware kasi napag-usapan na namin iyan dati, e.

"So ang kanila lang is, basta hindi na nila gusto, they will ask us, parents, to go to school and talk to the teachers and the councilors.

"Dito kasi, pag high school, elementary ganyan, middle school, may councilor. Hindi tulad sa atin, teacher lang.

"Dito pipiliin mo yung subjects mo. So may mga subjects na puwede nilang iwasan for whatever reason, yun tanggap yun."

Jaya added, "I trust my children enough to adjust and know what's right and wrong. And of course, we will always guide them.

"Like I said, iba ang Pilipino. Kailangan ko siyang i-maintain. Kailangan ko ituluy-tuloy yung guidance na ganyan sa mga bata.

"And gusto nila yun, mas gusto nila yung Filipino way."

Jaya, Gary Gotidoc, Gavin, Sabriya, Dylan, Jaya life in the U.S.

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Jaya also noted the importance of having a good relationship with your kids as they grow up. According to the singer, one way to do this is to always keep communication lines open.

She explained, "Mapalad kami kasi close kaming lahat. Wala sa amin yung, 'Naku, huwag natin sabihin kay ganun baka magalit.'

"'No, you tell me. Pag hindi ko type, sabihin kong hindi ko type. Pag ginawa mo yun, bahala ka kasi alam mo na ang mangyayari.'

"E, ayun nga, sinasabi ko sa iyo, yung mga anak ko, Pinoy style. Kahit na sabihin pa nila, 'My friends are doing this.' 'Hindi, you know that they are doing it wrong.'

"So hindi sila takot mag-confide sa amin."

Jaya moved to the U.S. with her family in July 2021.

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Jaya on using Filipino style of parenting to raise her children Sabriya, 15, and Dylan, 12: "I'm just trying to make sure that the children are maintaining their Filipino ways."
PHOTO/S: @jaya on Instagram
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