In a new blog post, Sarah Lahbati opens up about raising her sons with Richard Gutierrez, Zion and Kai, while pursuing her showbiz career. “I want to make sure [Zion and Kai] have good values and respect for others. There’s a saying that ‘boys will be boys,’ which I hate. I teach Zion to always be fair with everyone, boy or girl. To treat everyone equally no matter what.”
Sarah and Richard, who are getting married in 2020, make sure to walk the talk. They share responsibilities at home, which their kids see and learn from. “If someone’s tired from work, the other one will do whatever’s needed to be done. Or for example, Chard, Zion, and I recently traveled to El Nido with no help and we turned out fine just like any other family. Chard spends a lot of time mindfully parenting Zion whether it’s giving him a bath, helping him eat, etc., and not just because I’m too busy to do it.”
She continues, “Chard knows my dedicated and steadfast personality, and that I want to do so much more in terms of my career, and he has no problems with that. I love that Richard respects me, loves me fully for who I am, and gives me the freedom to be completely myself and freedom to pursue my passions. He supports and guides me with whatever I decide to do. Find yourself a man who does that! Don’t settle for less.”
The actress describes her parenting style as a mix of modern and traditional. “I want Zion and Kai to be independent, but still know that it’s okay to ask for help in appropriate situations… I make sure to give my kids lots of outdoor time in nature instead of always being at school or at home. Finding the right balance as a working mom is hard, but it’s about enjoying the process.”
Her blog post is the latest in her series about empowered women, where she featured the likes of Julia Barretto, Ruffa Gutierrez, and Bela Padilla. “At the end of the day, being empowered is very subjective to each woman, but that’s what is great about it: we have a choice, and we have people who will support us as we make those choices… My view of an empowered woman is someone who is confident, helpful, strong, and hardworking, no matter what their path is in life."
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