Valerie Concepcion admits parenting teenagers is quite a challenge.
The GMA-7 actress, however, is able to maintain a close relationship with her 13-year-old daughter Heather Fiona through having constant communication.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Valerie opened up about one of the major topics she recently discussed with her unica hija: boys and crushes.
The Kapuso actress narrated, "Now, she's a teenager na, e. She's turning 14 on October. Medyo may nagsasabi na parang, 'Crush kita...' ganyan-ganyan.
"The good thing lang about us is that we're like friends, so nagkukuwento siya sa akin."
Valerie is grateful that her daughter isn't shy talking to her about boys and crushes, and even seeks her advice on how to deal with them.
She related, "At least nakakapag-advise ako sa kanya na pagka... kunyare sinabi niya sa akin, 'Ma, sinabi ni ganito crush ako...'
"Sasabihin ko, 'It feels good na ina-admire ka, na meron may crush sa 'yo, but don't take it seriously.'
"So at least nakakapag-advise ako ng ganyan 'cause we're like friends lang."
PEP.ph caught up with Valerie at Pacsafe's 20th anniversary event last Thursday, September 6, in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
The Ika-5 Utos star revealed she's not really strict when it comes to this kind of topic, but she gives Fiona constant reminders so that her daughter will keep herself on the right track.
"My generation, my parents would tell me, 'No boyfriend hanggang di ka nakakatapos ng college or until you're 18...'
"So ngayon, with me naman, I don't tell her, 'Don't do this, don't do that.'
"But more of reminders like, you know, 'It's a blessing that I have you, but I wouldn't want you to go through [what I did] when I was a teenage single mom.'
"It was really hard for me nung time na yun so I don't want her to go through that.
"So lagi ko lang nire-remind na don't make the same mistake."
Valerie was 16 years old when she got pregnant with her former non-showbiz boyfriend Jeremy Carag.
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The 30-year-old celebrity mom is taking the "barkada" approach when it comes to parenting her daughter.
She explained, "It's really important because iba yung generation before sa generation ngayon.
"Kung dati, pagka pinapagalitan ka ng parents, effective.
"Ngayon, pag pinapagalitan yung bata—feeling ko, in my own opinion—na parang magrerebelde sila or lalong titigas yung ulo.
"So more on dapat usap lang, yung mas magandang approach."
The actress added, "I have nothing against dun sa iba naman kung paano nila dinidisiplina yung kids nila.
"But with me, it works na ganun, na important yung rapport naming dalawa ng anak ko."
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Although lenient, Valerie constantly reminds daughter of the responsibilities that come with her actions.
"I'm a lot more na parang, 'Okay, do what you want but make sure to know your responsibility.'
"Yung kumbaga parang, I make her feel na I trust her and wag niyang sisirain yung trust na yun or else, di ba?
"Ano ako sa kanya, pag magpapaalam siya sa akin na magmu-movie sila ng friends niya or like, magi-sleep over yung friends niya sa bahay namin, hindi ko siya hinihindian kasi nga, iba na rin yung generation ngayon."