One of the challenges that Generation X parents (or those who were born from 1960 to 1980) are facing today is understanding the behavior of their millennial kids.
Thus, Ruffa Gutierrez spends as much time with her daughters, Lorin, 13, and Venice, 12, because she thinks that doing so helps can bridge the generation gap.
In an exclusive interview, Ruffa tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the Tresemme Runway Ready 2017 event on May 3, "I actually learn a lot from the younger ones, because the younger ones are the ones telling that, 'Mom, we're the next [gen],' you know."
She also credits her parents, Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez, because they have been an big part of her life since she became a mother.
The 42-year-old actress adds, "Of course, I always learn new things from my parents because they're the ones who always keep me in check when naliligaw ako ng landas."
When asked how she and her daughters will be celebrating Mother's Day on May 14, she replies, "We're gonna be in Davao shooting season five of It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.
"So we're gonna be shooting in a vanishing island called Samal Island."
STUDIES FIRST. Are Lorin and Venice going to follow in their mom's footsteps? Some of her Instagram followers have been suggesting that they join beauty pageants, too.
Ruffa remarks, "Yung mga anak ko, parang ako din lang iyan e kasi even up to the last day na sumali ako ng Binibining Pilipinas, I was like, 'No, no!'
"Pero once nandun na ako, fight! So I think, ganun din sila."
But Ruffa prefers that they finish their studies first before joining a pageant or entering showbiz.
"Ayoko lang sila mag-showbiz agad. Kinukuha na sila ng mga producers. As early as now ay may nagsasabing mag-beauty queen na sila.
"So Lorin is only thirteen and Venice is only twelve, so they have a very long way to go.
"Although, I started my career when I was thirteen, but I don't want them to follow in my footsteps.
"Because alam mo naman ang showbiz, di ba? Minsan na-i-in love ka rin sa mga ka-partner mo.
"Ayoko naman na lahat ng pinaghirapan ko at pagsa-suffer ko sa pagpapaaral ko sa kanila e mapunta lang sila sa love team na ganyan, imbes na mag-focus sila sa pag-aaral nila."
She also hopes that her daughters will grow up to be like KC Concepcion.
"Ang dream ko talaga sa kanila is for them to go to an Ivy League university and after that maybe, they can do showbiz na.
"Pero they can still do endorsements, brands, cover shoots, mga ganun.
"Gusto ko mala-KC Concepcion ang peg, di ba!"
The daughter of Sharon Cuneta finished International Corporate Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from the American University of Paris in 2007, before she entered the business in 2009.
THE COOL MOM. Asked about her parenting style, Ruffa says she's not as strict as her mom.
She elaborates, "You know, I can't be as strict as my mom because I don't want them to rebel.
"I want them to know that I'm a cool mom and, at the same time, I want them to know that, 'Listen, you know I'm a single working mom, I've worked so hard just to put you in the best schools.'
"So I want them to appreciate that.
"I want them to grow up with values, and I want them to be unique."
Ruffa says that one way of knowing whether she's doing a good job as a mom or not is when her kids know how to resist peer pressure.
"Nowadays kasi, there's gonna so many people that's gonna force them or pressure them into doing things that they shouldn't do.
"So I want them to be children and women of substance."