How "pagluhod sa monggo" worked for Sylvia Sanchez and kids

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As a disciplinarian mom, Sylvia Sanchez used to make kids Ria and Arjo Atayde kneel on monggo seeds as their punishment whenever they would fight.


During Sylvia Sanchez's guesting on Rated K, her kids Ria and Arjo Atayde revealed that their mom used to make them kneel on monggo seeds.

According to Sylvia, when she talked to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), this was really how she used to discipline her kids.

The reason: Ria and Arjo would fight each other like cats and dogs!

The veteran actress said, "Kinuha ko sila sa magandang usapan, masinsinang usapan e di pa rin sumusunod kaya napaluhod ko na ng asin at monggo!

"Titigas ng ulo, e. Away nang away, walang tigil. Pinag-face the wall ko, walang nangyari."

Apparently, she got this parenting style from her mother, who used to do the same to her as a child.

Making kids kneel on monggo seeds for an indefinite period has been a common Pinoy tradition among old-school parents as an alternative form of punishment, similar to butt-whipping them with a belt or walis tambo.

She continued, "E, alam ko, doon sila titino kasi doon ako napatino ng mama ko.

"Nag-work naman. Tumino sila," she said with a smile.

According to Sylvia, she did that to Arjo and Ria for less than ten times.

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But later on, after many years, she discovered that every time she leaves the room, Arjo and Ria would relax.

They would just return kneeling on the monggo seeds once they hear Sylvia's footsteps.

At present, Sylvia no longer does it to her younger children Gela and Xavi.

"Hindi, kasi di kasing kulit nilang dalawa ni Arjo noon. Kasi sila ni Ria, one year lang pagitan kaya away nang away.

"Si Gela and Xavi, seven years pagitan. Kaya baby nila si Gela at ngayon, baby si Xavi ng lahat."

She further explained that now, Arjo and Ria are both helping her when it comes to their younger siblings's discipline.

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Sylvia related, "Katulong ko na silang magkapatid sa pagdidisiplina kay Gela and Xavi.

"Sila na mismo nagsasabi o nagdidisiplina sa mga kapatid nila.

"Pag di na nila kaya, susumbong na kay mommy yan! Hahaha!"

But sometimes, Ria would actually come to her younger siblings' rescue. 

The lead actress of The Greatest Love related, "Si Xavi, five years old, di nakikinig, lumalaban.

"Ginawa ko, papaluin ko na siya sa puwet niya. Bago mapalo, niyakap na ni Ria.

"Hinarang katawan, siya napalo ko."

When Sylvia asked Ria why she did that, she only answered, "Kawawa naman, e."

DISCIPLINE AND RESPECT. With her parenting style, Sylvia considers herself as the bad cop, while her husband Art is the good cop.

However, does she think that this type of discipline would work with other parents?

Frankly, she answered, "Oo, basta bata pa sila, hindi yong matatanda na. May mga nawi-witness kasi ako.

"Ako, ganyan magdisiplina sa mga anak ko, so tinatanong nila ako, bakit gano'n ako magdisiplina.

"E, sila, kinakausap lang nila, pinagsasabihan.

"Ang resulta? Ayun, binabastos sila ng mga anak nila kasi di nila pinakita na dapat irespeto ka at ikaw ang magulang.

"Kasi noong bata sila, lagi nasusunod.

"Dapat sila pa rin ang susunod sa 'yo pero puwede sila mag-reason out in a nice way, hindi yong babastusin ka."

But Sylvia clarified that it's different strokes for different folks.

"Opinion ko iyon, ha. To each his own tayo, bahala ka paano mo disiplinahin anak mo.

"Kung sa palagay mo, saan mag-work para sa mga anak mong pagdidisplina mo e di iyon ang gawin mo.

"Importante, ipakita mo sa kanila na ikaw pa din ang magulang.

"At importante lagi kayo meet halfway ng anak mo sa lahat ng bagay.

"Dapat may respeto anak mo sa 'yo, hindi takot."


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