How Doug Kramer became a "best friend" to his three kids

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Doug Kramer with his kids Kendra, Scarlet, and Gavin on the cover of Esquire Philippines' June 2017 issue.


"Put God first above everything."

This is what pro cager Doug Kramer has been teaching his kids Kendra, Scarlett, and Gavin.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had an exclusive interview with the 33-year-old GlobalPort player at a house party hosted by FOX Movies last Friday, June 9, in Forbes Park, Makati City.

When asked how he is as a dad, he said, "I'm very hands on, intimate, affectionate, leader.

"And I'm also be their best friend."

Instead of being the bad cop, the cager's strategy has been to be his kids' best ally.

How does he do that?

The cager explained, "Spend time with your kids. You can't be a disciplinarian, you can't be their best friend if you don't spend time with your kids."

On May 31, Doug posted on Instagram, "Fatherhood has been my greatest role! That's why being a best friend and best example to Kendra, Scarlett and Gavin is my priority!"

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Doug, his wife Cheska, and their kids—collectively known as #TeamKramer—broke the internet back in June 2012 when Kendra's video went viral on Facebook.

It showed the adorable girl begging her parents to bring her to their date night.

Since then, the couple has made a regular habit of posting Team Kramer's kulitan moments on social media.

Doug said, "Every day, there are kulitan moments. They're enjoying their childhood right now."

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To date, they have 8.5 million followers on Facebook and have amassed numerous endorsements as a result.

But Doug and Cheska don't say yes to every opportunity that comes their way. 

There have been offers for Kendra to join showbiz too.

He said, "We just thought it wasn't the right time for her to be in the movies yet.

"We wanted to control the time, control her being on... we wanted her to be a kid pa.

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"We can control it with photos and videos and commercials. But in the movie industry, it's a bit more tiring."

Despite being offered very tempting talent fees for their kids' showbiz forays, Doug and Cheska want to make sure they enjoy their childhood first and lead more normal lives.

He added, "They're living a normal life, and except they're seen a lot on commercials.

"They're honor students at school, they're children enjoying their childhood, enjoying an intact family. That's the most important."

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This June, Doug and his kids were chosen to grace the cover of Esquire Philippines' Father's Day issue, which also featured Dingdong Dantes and Baby Zia, Richard Gutierrez and his son Zion, and Hayden Kho and his daughter Scarlet Snow on the cover.

Doug said it only took them two hours to complete the shoot.

He beamed, "That was really fun! I had to carry all three kids at the same time. It was very fun, very honored to grace the cover of Esquire with the kids.

"They're used to shooting, they're used to doing photo shoots, digital shoots, commercials.

"It was a pretty quick shoot, around two to three hours."


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