When it comes to parenting practices, there’s no doubt that it has 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.
“When kids are below 10, you are a teacher. When they are between 10-20, you are a coach. When they are above 20, you are a mentor,” Amanda Koo, 44, says, when quizzed about her parenting style. She also believes in treating her kids as adults when they’ve reached a certain age, including financial responsibility.
The single mother with three sons aged 12, 15, and 17 is the founder of local jewellery brand eClarity and its sub-brands, BA.sg and The Sample Line. She’s also a certified gemologist who graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and has an NUS degree in Computer Science as well as a Master’s degree in Counselling from Monash University.
Below, she shares more about having consistency in their schedules, encouraging her children to find their own voice and way in life, and prioritising family time amidst a busy work schedule.