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Most mums have certain expectations for themselves. Some strive to perfectly balance work and motherhood while others try not to lose their temper with their kids. Whatever it is, many have their own idea of what makes a “perfect” mum.
But do mums need to be “perfect”?
Parenting coach Ava Gao says no. The mum behind The Curious Mama, a parenting platform where she offers workshops and runs a parenting podcast, has worked with many mums going through mum guilt. In fact, she has experienced it herself. She felt like she wasn’t meeting the expectations of an ideal mum; such as enjoying motherhood, parenting the way she felt she should be, and juggling work and her little ones.
However, the mum of two boys, who are four and one this year, has learnt to let go of the need for perfection, and embrace her own parenting philosophy.
Read on for her #MumStory.