Toni Gonzaga On Being A Working Mom: 'If my work will get five yeses, my family should get equal yeses'

She talks about work-family balance and mom guilt with Bianca Gonzalez.
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Bianca Gonzalez’s new vlog features Toni Gonzaga talking about work-family balance and dealing with mom guilt. Toni admits that it’s difficult to find balance, but she always tells herself, “If my work will get five yeses, my family should get equal yeses.” Even better if she can give “six yeses for the family.” That includes spending time with husband Paul Soriano and son Seve, seeing a movie with Paul, and going out with her family.

The actress and host makes it a point to ask Paul for a reality check—if she’s becoming too busy, “babawi ako.” What about her me time? Toni says she gets some alone time when she has her hair roots retouched. She also avoids social media and spends most of her free time reading one book per week. 

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Toni advises fellow moms to avoid comparison with other moms. “You just do your best and look at your own journey.” She adds, “Akala mo noong single ka, ang achievements mo in life, ‘yon na ang pinnacle. Pero hindi pala ‘pag nagkaron ka ng family. Achievement is magbilang si Seve from 1 to 10, healthy siya, kumakain siya ng tama.”  

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