How Judy Ann Santos teaches her kids the "don't quit" mindset

Judy Ann Santos instills the virtues of patience and determination in her kids, particularly with their chosen fields of interest: "Basta sabi ko lang, ang rule of thumb lang namin especially with Yohan, basta pinasok mo, kailangan mong tapusin. Hindi siya puwedeng mag-quit."


Judy Ann Santos is one proud mommy about Yohann's recent achievement.

Last May, her daughter won six gold medals and three bronze medals in the swimming competition hosted by Bert Lozada Swim School .

So proud of you ate! Sabi ko na nga ba may anak akong sirena e! #4golds3bronze #swimliketheresnotomorrow

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Juday beamed, “Twenty meters yun, kumbaga pam-beginners lahat, lahat sila beginners.

“We know that she’s good, but we didn’t know that she’s that good."

Go ate!! #warmup #swimmeet

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Yohann began learning how to swim three years ago.

“Kasi nakikita ko siyang nagsu-swimming, sinasamahan ko siyang mag-swimming.

“Swimming kami sa Batangas, nagpapraktis siya.

“Maganda talaga yung form niya, pero hindi namin naisip na she’s gonna be that fast.

“Nakaka-proud, kasi kita mo rin sa mukha niya na proud siya dahil she almost backed out of that competition.

"Natatakot talaga siya. Kasi first competition niya yun, e. Takot siya.

"So sinabi lang namin sa kanya na it’s really nice na ma-experience niya yung competition.

"Sabi ko, friendly competition lang naman 'yan, lahat sila pare-pareho na... kumbaga, isasali siya sa same age category niya.

"So lahat sila na beginners, nag-compete against each other."

DO NOT QUIT. Aside from swimming, Yohann is also into performing arts.

But if Juday will have her way, she hopes Yohann would prefer sports over showbiz.

"Alam mo, yung pagpasok niya sa showbiz, kung sakali man e hindi talaga namin mapipigilan 'yan, e.

“Kung gusto niya, gusto niya. Basta ang sa amin lang, tapusin niya ang studies niya, and she needs to excel in something physical.

"Kasi importanteng malakas ka, e. Importante na hindi ka lalampa-lampa sa mga ginagawa mo at saka iba yung training mo bilang tao pagka you’re physically fit.

“Yung mindset mo iba, disiplina mo iba.

“At saka you’re more at peace, kasi marunong kang mag-set-aside ng emosyon mo, ng goals.

“So yun lang.

“But you know, we arm her with talent and skills na eventually, siya rin naman ang magbe-benefit.

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“Pero ngayon naman lahat ng ginagawa niya, choice niya lahat 'yan.

“Basta sabi ko lang, ang rule of thumb lang namin especially with Yohan, basta pinasok mo, kailangan mong tapusin.

“Hindi siya puwedeng mag-quit.”


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