How This Mum Juggles Three Kids, Two Businesses And Still Has Time To Publish A Book

Between raising three young children, growing her businesses and writing a book, mumpreneur Michelle Hon certainly seems to live up to her moniker "The Chill Mom". Find out what drives the 39-year-old and how she manages to balance it all

 

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“Oh my god, I’m her whole world.”

Those were Michelle Hon’s first thoughts when she first set eyes on tiny Lauren, her firstborn. Fear, apprehension, joy all combined into one giant groundswell of emotion.

When Michelle gave birth to her first daughter six years ago, motherhood simply overwhelmed her. She underestimated how hard the adjustment would be and desperately wished for a role model or anyone to turn to for advice. This, after she lost her own mother to asthma when she was only 13.

“I wanted to document my motherhood journey for my daughters when their time came.”

“I heard the symptoms you go through are similar to what your own mother would have been through. I wanted to document my motherhood journey for my daughters when their time came,” says the Malaysia-born former model.

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How It All Started

Not wanting her daughters to struggle the same way she had without help or advice, Michelle started her own parenting blog, “The Chill Mom” in 2013, as a kind of maternal heirloom for her daughters.

The blog, which contains practical advice for first-time mums as well as covers a range of post-partum related concerns, quickly gained traction.

“More people started coming to me for advice on preparing for pregnancy,” says Michelle who, true to her blog and Instagram handle “The Chill Mom”, had a relaxed vibe throughout this hour-long interview at her spacious apartment near Haji Lane.

“It was a place for me to document my journey of motherhood, but it caught the attention of brands who started reaching out to me to collaborate,” she shares, even as she ruled the roost over her three kids – Lauren, 6, Georgia, 4, and Will, 2.

 

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At the time, motherhood and parenting blogs were still generally niche and the information was useful to her audience of first-time mothers like herself.

Soon, Michelle’s friends and readers started reaching out to ask post-partum related questions or how to prepare for an upcoming pregnancy. “The Chill Mom”, as she is known to her 76,000 Instagram followers, gradually began eating up more of her time. That’s when she launched her maternity concierge business, which aims to understand a couple’s parental aspirations, before helping them prepare for this major lifestyle change.

Shortly after, she also decided to write a book named after her site “The Chill Mom”, published last year, to appeal to a wider audience.

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