Parents worry about their children all the time, even when they've grown into adults. At the same time, they want to see them able to stand on their own and fend for themselves.
Training their children to be independent is especially challenging for most doting parents, but for the actress LJ Reyes, the task proves to be easier than she had thought.
Only because her seven-year-old son, Aki, is an autodidact or self-taught.
The single mom described Aki to be “kinesthetic,” which means he likes moving around and exploring the world on his feet.
LJ said she is taking took full advantage of it in training her son to be independent at an early age.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke with LJ, together with her fellow Kapuso moms Chynna Ortaleza and Yasmien Kurdi, last September 20 at the PEP Headquarters.
“He has so much energy! He has so much energy talaga, especially on weekends,” LJ told PEP.ph.
“He likes moving around, he learns by exploring talaga, so what I did before… he was not yet at an age na puwede siya mag-sports, basketball, ganyan, pinapapag-mop ko siya ng kwarto niya.”
To her surprise, she related with amusement, Aki would voluntarily clean his room and pack up his toys.
As the kid was very young then, she found Aki's enthusiasm to do the chores worrisome.
LJ explained, “Kasi, kaya siya tawag na chore because sometimes you don’t enjoy it naman talaga, but you just really have to do it?
“He enjoys it! He sweeps the floor, mops the floors, packs away his toys.”
According to LJ, when he sees a mess on the floor, he just grabs a mop and cleans it up himself.
Now that Aki is in elementary school, LJ said most of his energy is focused on his schoolwork.
“He’s really busy with school, so sometimes, I let him rest in the morning 'tapos meron siya mga basketball na program in the afternoon.
“And then Sunday is family time.
“But, siyempre, you teach the kids these kinds of chores para somehow meron [siyang sense of obligation.]”