There’s no doubt that parenting practices have changed over the years, especially with the rise of the Internet and social media, and a deluge of approaches and advice at our disposal. How are parents doing it now? What has changed compared to when they were kids? In conjunction with Mother’s Day, the Weekly speaks to four modern mums, on their mantras when it comes to raising their kids, how their own childhood has shaped their parenting styles, and their journey and struggles as a working mother.
And to all the mums and those celebrating the occasion, here’s wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.
Toeing the line between setting firm limits and at the same time having mutual respect is what Celeste Phua, 37, believes in. The mother of two, and brand and marketing manager of local furniture brand HomestoLife, adds, “There is always a time to be strong and firm, and another to be the cuddly mama bear.”
She is married to Christopher Lim, 48, and they’re parents to a 10-year-old daughter and eight-year old son. Below, she sheds the light on why she openly reveals her weaknesses to her kids, how she deals with their tantrums, and how she learnt that asking for help is totally okay.