Marian Rivera admitted to being overprotective when it comes to taking care of Maria Letizia, aka Baby Zia.
She said, “Siyempre bilang mom, for sure marami nakaka-relate sa akin na minsan OA ang mga mommy.
“Konting kislot ng anak nila, 'Oops! Sandali, yung anak ko. O, Dad, sandali.' O, di ba may ganun?”
But with the help of her husband Dingdong Dantes, Baby Zia gets to enjoy a healthy dose of rough and tumble play.
He said, “May oras kami ni Zia na playtime. Medyo gusto na niya nang medyo rough kasi gusto na niya mag-explore kung saan saan.
“Nandito siya sa stage na gusto na niya hanapin yung puwede niyang gawin as a toddler.
“So prone talaga to accidents, and gusto niya maging active all the time.”
Hence, Marian can’t help but feel anxious.
The Kapuso actress explained, “Minsan hindi maiwasang mag-aalala lalo na kapag naglalaro sila ni Dong.
“Kasi minsan may mga pagkakataon na si Dong, sobrang nilalaro niya si Zia, nilalagay sa balikat niya.
“E, siyempre minsan nag-aalala ako, sabi ko, ‘Dad baka maano si Zia.’”
But she noted that Dingdong ensures their daughter’s safety all the time.
“Nakikita ko naman kung gaano niya inaalagaan si Zia at kung gaano niya kamahal ang anak namin.
“So medyo hindi na nagiging OA na nanay, so nababalanse talaga.”
Dingdong and Marian faced the entertainment press together with Baby Zia in their first endorsement as a complete family for Johnson’s #Dadventures camp.
The event was held at Dusit Thani Manila hotel on April 3.
Seeing how Baby Zia breezed through horse play, blowing bubbles, and wacky photo-op moments proved that Marian and Dingdong have exposed her to similar activities at home.
According to #Dadventures “Camp Counselor” Perlita De Leon, an expert in Developmental Pyschology from University of the Philippines Diliman, many local and international studies highly encourage rough play because it plays a vital role in a child’s physical, social, and cognitive development.
She elaborated, "Other than the fact that it’s fun-filled, children get to learn a lot from their experiences. They get to learn about themselves, their capacities, their skills.
"Marami silang natututunan sa mga kalaro nila, especially if it’s their parents and siblings.
"At marami rin silang natutunan from the environment which they explore and actively manipulate.”
Professor De Leon also cited research studies saying that rough and tumble play have a lot of benefits and long-lasting influence on a child’s brain development especially during the first “1,000 days” or until a child turns approximately three years old.
The #Dadventures camp counselor added, “And at any other given time of their life, hindi na siya magde-develop nang ganun kabilis.”
For Marian and Dingdong, it pays that they are really hands-on with Baby Zia who’s turning two years old on November 23.
Dingdong said, “Since first-time parents kami, very challenging para sa amin.
“There’s a process para malaman namin kung ano yung proper things to do.
“At siyempre, kahit mahirap, masarap pa rin talaga. Pinipili talaga naming maging hands-on sa pag-alaga sa kanya.”
Despite the demands of their work as celebrities, the couple make it a point that one of them can stay at home while the other gets busy taping a full-length teleserye.
Marian added, “Oo, kasi importante sa amin yung kaming dalawa ang tumitingin at nag-aalaga kay Zia.
“Iba pa rin siyempre kapag pinalaki mo yung anak mo na nandun together yung parents niya.”