When Bianca Araneta-Elizalde speaks, you have to listen. Whether she’s talking about using Life Factory bottles at home or fighting dengue with Para ‘Kito, you just can’t help but nod your head enthusiastically (after telling yourself to make lifestyle changes of your own, of course). So when FN caught up with the gorgeous mom at JuJu Eats, we took the chance to ask her how she brings her kids up to be well-rounded individuals. Be ready to take down notes.

1. All the right values

“I like to instill values in them at a very young age,” Bianca begins. “Obviously, this has to go age-appropriately, but I talk about honesty, I talk about respect, responsibility—all of these things. I teach them these values because it's not something that will come naturally, so I like to talk about these with my kids.”

2. Nature lover

“I like to expose them to, I guess, different things in life. I like to expose them to a lot of nature stuff, you know, to animals and being outdoors. I'd like them to have that kind of respect, and groundedness, and love for nature because I believe it just makes them grow up to be better individuals, right?”

3. Why school is cool

Unlike some parents who don’t really pay much attention to their kids’ school life, Bianca is very hands on. “I like to stress the importance of learning in school. I try to make it feel fun for them,” she says. “I like to get really involved, and know what my kids are learning and all of that, because I believe the kids spend so much time in school that it affects them. It affects their upbringing, so you've got to be involved in that, because that is kind of like their world, right—their friends there, what they learn there, what they experience there will carry on at home.

4. Good food

“I feed them well, you know that affects their mood, that affects their character as well, you know how they take on their day,” she explains. “If they have too much sugar, obviously they're not really going to process much, so I really think about all of that, just to help me help them grow up to be better kids.”

5. Balancing act

Apart from teaching her kids to appreciate nature, Bianca says that she also wants her kids to understand that they can’t watch TV or play with their iPad for hours on end. “I'm not very strict in the sense—I know there are some parents that are like ‘No, my kids can't play with anything, with digital stuff.’ I'm not like that. I let them do it, but there's a limit, so then they also learn to respect the fact that they've got limitations, it's not just a no, it's there's limitations.”

(Photo courtesy of Life Factory)

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