One thing that Aga Muhlach does not want his kids Andres and Atasha to have is the sense of entitlement.
The actor and his wife Charlene Gonzalez have been teaching their 16-year-old twins that their parents' celebrity status doesn’t automatically make life easier for them.
While promoting the film Seven Sundays on the ABS-CBN morning show Magandang Buhay, Aga elaborated, “Now, at the age of 15—they’re turning 16—ang sa akin lang is, at an early age, if you guys wanna leave, if you wanna leave the house, I will let you.
“If you wanna explore life, you wanna experience it, you wanna learn it the hard way, the easy way—it’s your choice.
“Basta kami, nandito kami.”
As parents, Aga and Charlene are not the “hovering” type.
“In our own little way, parang we made sure that we were there, but hindi kami yung mga hovering parents na would be in control of our children.”
Andres and Atasha are usually left on their own to navigate through life.
“They know na hindi sila nag-iisip ng materyal, ng mana, ng ganyan because naturuan namin kung ano'ng amin ay amin.
“Kayo kung may gusto kayo, wala kayong makukuha from us.
“You will have to experience life and work for it.”
What is he like as a parent?
In a separate interview with Smartparenting.com.ph, Aga said, “I was a strict dad sa kanila growing up.
“Pero para sa akin ang mali, mali. Hindi puwedeng maging tama.”
What does he like for his kids?
Aga said the twins can pursue whatever they want.
Back to his interview with Magandang Buhay, the former matinee idol underlined, “Kung hindi kayo maging artista, kung hindi ka maging presidente ng isang kompanya, kung ikaw ay magiging isang regular na tao na emplayado, tahakin mo 'yan kasi masaya pa rin 'yan.
“Hindi porke't ang magulang ay kami ay ganito at ganyan, kailangan din kayo.
“Mabuhay kayo sa totoo lang, kung ano kayo.”