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Camille Prats Buckles Down To Promote Her Latest Advocacy


Camille Prats-Yambao

 


 January 26th, 2018  |  09:57 AM  |   697 views

MANILA

 

'Panic is not really my thing.'

 

“I think it is the most important thing for moms to always want the kids to be safe lalo na when travelling kasi it is the time when we are not in control of so many things.”

 

This is what Camille Prats-Yambao said about her advocacy of disseminating awareness on children’s safety whenever they are inside a vehicle.

 

“You can be driving as safely as you can but the cars around you, we don’t know that,” she pointed out.

 

Camille thinks that while safety seats may be the best option for the young ones, she suggests they face the back, not the front for extra precaution. This way, the body is securely cocooned and it won’t propel forward to crash the dashboard upon impact.

 

The actress cited that we actually have a bill about this called Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act of 2017. It was approved by the House of Representatives last year, and it is now for deliberation in the Senate.

 

She was recently tapped to endorse Joie, a well-known global quality manufacturer of baby car seats, strollers, high chairs, and baby carriers.

 

“I know that here in the Philippines, a lot of parents are not used to putting their babies and toddlers in car seats. But in other countries, it has been required for a long time already because of the safety factor. So, it’s about time that we focus on keeping our children safe when (they are) travelling,” she said.

 

Steady mom

 

Asked if she is the kind of mom who gets paranoid whenever her newborn daughter Nala Camilla cries, Camille shrugged.

 

“I don’t think I’m a paranoid mom. ’Wag lang iyak na akala mo may nangyayari na sa kanyang kakaiba,” she explained. “I worry, of course, if something is wrong and not usual. Pero panic is not really my thing.”

 

On her parenting style, Camille is a combination of disciplinarian and cool mom especially to Nathan, her son with late husband Anthony Linsangan.

 

She advises parents to discipline their kids with love, not fear.

 

“Parang mas gusto ko ’yung kaya sumusunod ’yung anak mo sayo kasi mahal ka niya and he doesn’t want to disappoint you, he doesn’t want you to feel heartbroken or parang ayaw ka niyang masaktan kaya hindi siya gagawa ng mga bagay na hindi na dapat gawin,” the actress said.

 

On having Nala, Camille admitted she had little time adjusting to the schedule required of her.

 

“’Yung one month na nanganak ako parang maloloka ako kasi walang labasan ng bahay, walang labasan ng kwarto parang alaga all day. It’s not that I didn’t want it pero nabigla ka din somehow,” she shared. “Parang feeling ko lahat tayo wala tayong preparation du’n sa pagpanganak mo tapos ayu’n ito na lahat ’yun – hindi ka na matutulog, wala ka ng oras magsuklay.”

 

It was September last year when she gave birth. Nala is her first child with second husband John Yambao.

 

Hands-on mama

 

Camille is keen on preparing everything for her baby, including washing her clothes even when she can get someone else to do it.

 

“I wash Nala’s clothes kasi iba pa rin ’yung alam mo na ikaw ’yung naglilinis lalo na ’yung mga bote niya and other things,” she said.

 

“Siyempre, ikaw ’yung nanay so alam mo ’yung linis na gusto mo for them.”

 

She credits her mom for teaching her about motherhood.

 

Camille plans to have another baby but maybe a year and half from now.

 

“Baka mga mid-year of next year. I’m turning 33 so this year if ever man susundan, gusto ko hanggang 35 na lang. Kasi after 35, ayoko na mag-baby so hopefully one more happy na ako du’n – or maybe not.”

 

Let’s see. 

 


 

Source:
courtesy of MANILA BULLETIN

by Stephanie Marie Bernardino

 

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