Actress Ina Raymundo gave an important piece of advice to fellow parents who wish to engage their children in activities that do not involve a screen.
In an Instagram post titled "Practice Makes Perfect" on Wednesday, September 29, Ina shared a video of her youngest daughter Minka playing "La Vie En Rose" on the piano...
In her caption, the actress admitted that every so often, she still has to remind her daughters to practice and play the piano as all they want to do is be on their gadgets.
Stressing that "practice makes perfect" is her mantra for her kids, Ina said: "I’ve done all sorts of drama (ahh I’ve used my acting chops, trust me) to convince them that for them to be great pianists, they MUST practice every day."
Ina then shared her tip on how parents, especially young ones, can encourage their children to learn a new skill like playing an instrument or painting.
"Please try your best to limit your children’s screen time. It really is a big distraction for your child to learn something else," she said.
Ina said it's important that parents do this while their kids are still young.
"Don’t give them any devices and hold it for as long as you can. They need to learn something first like play an instrument, paint, draw, read or play a sport and wait until they really enjoy it first before they start using an iPad or a mobile phone," she said.
"That way they know that being on social media is just a secondary thing to do otherwise you’re going to have a tough time convincing your child to do something else," she added.
In the comments section of her post, fans and fellow mothers agreed with Ina, saying they're happy to know they aren't the only ones enforcing limits on their children when it comes to using gadgets.
"I can relate to you and I thought I was the only one who kinda 'forced or should I say convince my child to play and practice piano every day," wrote one follower. "My son is also good at playing piano and he learned just by himself but he is also into gadgets! I feel good knowing that a mom like you is also acting this way and making all these dramas and deals just for them to sharpen their skills and talents!"
Another said: "Same here. Thank you for posting this. Feels good that I’m not the only one. My son is 13 yrs. old and wanted to stop his piano lesson but I forced him not to. I told him he will thank me in the future for doing it so."
Minka isn't the only child of Ina who is musically inclined. In fact, her eldest daughter, showbiz newcomer Erika Rae Potunak, was accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States.
Aside from Erika and Minka, Ina has three other children with her Canadian husband Brian Portunak — Jakob, Mikaela, and Anika.