Patty Laurel-Filart to moms with yaya problems: Treat her as part of your family.

IMAGE Karen Pagsolingan

On motherhood, Patty Laurel-Filart says, "Yes. I would lie if I say, 'Oh, it has been easy.'"


Motherhood for new moms can be so overwhelming.

At the Kiss Aging Goodbye media launch of Watsons, she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "My motherhood journey has been, well, exciting but, at the same time, it also takes a toll on you emotionally, definitely, physically."

Thus, even if some think of Mothers’ Day as a marketing ploy, Patty remarked that moms deserve a Tribute Day of sorts.

"Women always celebrate Mothers’ Day, with a hugot, because it’s not just a day in the calendar.

"It’s because I had to give up a lot of things, not only my time, not only my career, but a big part of myself.”

She is relatively a new mom. Her baby Theo Oliver turned one last July 5.

But Patty already had her doses of uncertainties and insecurities.

The host elaborated, "Yes, it’s natural to feel low self-esteem or a lack of identity at some point.

"But I guess, your children will remind you, ‘Mom, you are amazing!’

"And I think our children are tangible reminders that God is blessing you."

So far, what is the most difficult part of having a newborn aside from going through the “walang tulog” phase?

“I just have a one-year-old so hindi pa ako expert sa motherhood at all.

“Every day is a challenge, but I always feel excited because my son teaches me how to be a mother, instead of me thinking, ‘Oh no, I have to get this right.’

"So I learn through my experiences.

“So every day, there’s a new problem, but every day, there’s a new learning as well.”

Patty considers herself lucky that aside from her husband and their respective families, the person who’s practically with her son most of the time is a person she can trust.

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She doesn’t call her a yaya.

Smiling, Patty said, "When I taught preschool, she was my teaching aide. She's a blessing."

And if you are a mom or knows a mom with "yaya problems," she advised, "Treat her like she’s a part of family.

"She's with your baby. Treat her right."

Is she going to be a strict mom to Baby Theo?

"At the end of the day, just like all mothers, it’s really a heart issue.

"The best prevention for your son or your daughter, I think whether you choose to discipline a certain way, old school or traditional, it doesn’t matter as long as your heart is in the right place, and your children will feel you’re sincere."


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