‘Better to be good than right’: Drew Arellano recalls a lesson on kindness with son Primo
Drew Arellano admitted that being a father has become an easier task for him now that he has three kids. He also discussed an important value which he wants to pass on to his children.
The actor-TV host narrated a story where he had to teach his son Primo the importance of being kind, as seen in the Father’s Day special of Bianca Gonzales’ “Paano Ba ‘To?” YouTube vlog on Monday, June 7.
He noted that Primo is given a limited amount of gadget screentime, which usually is not allowed during the mornings. One day, he found Primo playing with one of his younger son Leon’s gadgets outside of their set schedule.
Arellano remembered Primo crying when he took away the gadget, which led to Leon giving the device back to his older brother. He found that the exchange was a good “teachable moment” for Primo, to remind his eldest about the meaning of Leon’s action.
“I said, ‘Most of the time, it’s better to be good than to be right. Look. What your little brother did, hindi naman niya alam na (he doesn’t know that) you can’t have game time. But because he felt that you were crying, and he was such a good brother and he wanted you to stop crying,'” he recounted.
Arellano stressed that he always reminds his children about being a kind person, since he believes that it is more important than the things learned in school.
“You learn academics, mathematics, science, whatever. But for me, the values that you learn in this household [are] far more important than biology and calculus, or whatever,” he stated.
Arellano noted that while there are some stressful moments when he’s with his children, being with them makes him feel “awesome.”
“You have like mga siguro (around maybe) a total of 22 minutes, you want to whack them and for 23 hours and so minutes, you really adore them and love them. When they are together, they are so awesome,” he said. Arellano added that he always finds time to be with his children since he is not as busy as fans expect him to be.
“People think I am busy but I am actually not,” he stated, saying that his work takes up only a few days of his week. “Every morning, I wake up early to exercise, to train and I am done already by 9 a.m. so I’m pretty much like ‘Let’s go kids!’”
Arellano has three children with actress-TV host Iya Villania, namely Primo, Leon and Alana. JB
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