If you're a Lea Salonga whose one-year calendar is usually booked with singing engagements here and abroad, how will you manage your time for family?
Just like every working parent, she also worries about not being the kind of mom who's usually beside her daughter Nicole.
During an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s first French Chef’s Table special last July 17, Lea admitted, "Sometimes, I think—because of me traveling so much for work—there are things that I sometimes feel like I’m going to miss."
But when asked, what is she like as a mom, the Kapamilya star answered, “Given how close she also is to me and joined to the hip a lot of the time, I think that my husband and I are doing okay.”
RAISING A PRETEEN. With her daughter now 11 years old, Lea would get more interesting observations and stories from Nicole.
The 46-year-old celebrity mom related, “She’s always fun. There are times when she expresses that she doesn’t want to grow up yet.
“And then she tells me that she has crushes, and there are guys who crushes on her.”
Lea tries her best not to overreact when her daughter shares these details with her.
“I try to stay calm when I listen to these things, but I also know that crushes are fickle.
“One minute, she’ll love somebody and then the next minute, she’ll find them annoying. It is what it is.”
But one thing she's grateful about: Nicole knows how to “self-police” when it comes to dealing with adult matters.
Lea continued, “She’s also very sensitive. Like, if there’s a bad word, ‘Okay, I won’t listen to that anymore.’
“She self-polices herself, which is pretty good.”
Does she have access to social media?
“She’s not allowed. She’s not allowed to be on social media. So, no Twitter, no Facebook…
“But I mean, she’ll be able to see YouTube videos, but we still have to keep an ear out and supervise and keep an eye on things.”
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ON THE RIGHT TRACK. Watching Nicole grow up, Lea hopes that she and her husband Robert Chien are raising a kind-hearted and strong-willed child.
The Voice Teens coach mused, “[I hope] that [Robert and I are] raising a human being that will defend her friends if they are being picked on, that will stand up for what she believes in, and who will ask questions and just be her own self…”
Glancing at her daughter across the room, she gave a glimpse into her parenting style:
“So, yeah, just keep doing what you’re doing, and all I do is just listen.
"And as far as you’re not committing murder, I think you’re good!”