Karla Estrada allows sons Daniel and Carlito to live independently

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Teaching independent living to children are both beneficial to kids and their parents, according to celebrity mom Karla Estrada (center): "Ang advantage naman, of course, exercise na 'yan ng independence nila. At para din sa ating mga ka-Queen Moms, na matanggap natin na hindi natin forever kasama natin ang mga anak natin sa buhay natin." In this photo, Karla is joined by her children (L-R) Daniel, Jose Carlito, Carmella, and Margaret.


Karla Estrada, 43, considers herself fortunate that her four children get along well, and they all enjoy hanging out with her.

They are Daniel Padilla, the eldest, Karla's son with actor Rommel Padilla; Jose Carlito or JC, her son with singer Naldy Padilla; Margaret or Magui, her daughter with former Quezon City Councilor Mike Planas, and the youngest, Carmella, her daughter with a man Karla only identified as Patrick or PJ, a nonshowbiz.

In a vlog she posted on her new YouTube channel last Friday, May 25, Karla talked about the advantage of having kids at a younger age.

“Talagang parang barkada ako dahil ang aga ko hong naging nanay,” Karla replied while cooking Daniel's favorite Pinoy dish, Bistek Tagalog.

“I was turning 20 when I had Daniel. Then, 22 kay Carlito, 26 kay Magui, 32 kay Carmella.

“So nakita niyo naman, nanganak lang ako noong 20s ko. Pero huwag niyo gayahin iyon kung hindi niyo trip.

“Kaya parang barkada kasi generation by generation, buong 20s 'tapos umabot pa dun sa 30s.

"Nakita ko kung ano yung mga uso, nasabayan ko lahat, di ba?

“Kaya parang barkada ko talaga yung mga anak ko.”

Athough her children see her as a close friend, they never lose their respect for her.

She is first and foremost their mom, the one who sets them straight.

“Pagdating naman sa disiplina, meron talagang time na nagiging mother.

“It's not all the time na barkada lang talaga,” ABS-CBN's Queen Mother said.

Having raised four children, Karla said teaching self-discipline to kids is different with teenagers.

“Kung paano dinidisiplina ang mga anak mo before, ang babaguhin mo lang doon...

"As they get older, nagma-mature sila, iba na. Nandun na kayo sa usap.

"Balitaktakan, palitan ng mga opinyon. Rerespetuhin niyo po yun.

"Para yung mga anak niyo, humarap man sila kahit kanino, alam nila.

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"'You know, when I say something, ang nanay ko nirerespeto ako.

"'So hindi puwedeng hindi ako respetuhin ng ibang tao.

“So dapat sa bahay pa lang, ipinapakita mo sa anak mo.

"'Alam mo, anak, tama iyang ginagawa mo. Tama iyang sinasabi mo.'

“Kaya hindi magbabago ang closeness ng relationship kahit tumanda man sila.”

PRACTICING INDEPENDENCE. In her vlog, Karla also talked about Daniel and Carlito living “independently.”

“Ang advantage naman, of course, exercise na 'yan ng independence nila. At para din sa ating mga ka-Queen Moms na matanggap natin na hindi forever kasama ang mga anak natin sa buhay natin.

“At a certain age, mga ganyang 20s, ngayon mas pabata na nga like, 18, medyo pinapakawalan mo na yung anak mo.

“Para ikaw din masanay ka, para hindi mahirap sa iyo kapag nagpamilya na sila.”

But Karla admitted that she's still getting used to the new setup with her two boys.

“Nagbe-benefit naman pareho kapag nahiwalay ka. Pero ako, hindi ko kayang malayo, diyan na muna.

“Si Daniel at si Carlito, nandito na sa kabilang bahay pero mayroon kaming gate lang na pagitan.

“Ang advantage diyan, hindi na magpupunta lahat ng friends nila dito, na akyat-panaog diyan sa taas.

“Paggising mo, bagong gising ka biglang, 'Good morning po, Tita.' 'Ay, nandiyan ka pala.'

"E, ang lalaki na nila, di ba, mga binata na. Yun lang naman.

"Hindi ka napupuyat, naririnig mo yung mga harutan at tawanan...

"Naglalaro ng kung anu-anong Playstation o whatever."

Still, Karla added in jest, “Nila-lock nga nila ang pinto nila dun, nagagalit ako.”

She stressed, “Every day nagkikita kami kahit diyan lang. Every day I call them, very important yun.

“Number one is communication, hindi dapat mawala sa mga anak na buhay ang mga magulang sa buhay nila.

“So whether they like it or not, tawagan niyo, di ba? Minsan, hindi ka nila sasagutin.

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“Kapag naka-limang missed calls na, padalhan mo ng angry na emoji, magre-reply na yun,” Karla joked in the end.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nerisa Almo is a showbiz outsider, who was tagged as #MatabangReporter by PEPsters. Follow her on social media: @nherzjane


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