Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?
I was born and raised in Singapore and have lived here all my life. Although I live in the smallest country in Southeast Asia, I take pride at the vast progress that we’ve achieved. At the same time, I’m humbled to live in a city where it’s a melting pot of different cultures, fueling my passion to travel to learn more about different cultures.
What language(s) do you speak?
English is my first language. I also speak Mandarin, and dialects such as Cantonese and Hokkien. Oh and I also speak baby language 🙂
When did you first become a mother?
I became a mom at 29 years old in August 2009 which also happens to be our National Day or Independence Day!
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work outside the home?
I’m a full time working mom and made this choice consciously as I believe that it’s possible to balance family and a career. Though I’ve had my ups and downs especially in the initial years, I don’t regret it and hope to inspire other moms to find work life balance.
Why do you blog/write?
I’ve been blogging for years but after becoming a mom, I wanted my blog to be a platform where I can connect with other moms. Knowing that I’m not alone in my struggles raising my child has definitely made me more confident that I can be a good mom despite my shortcomings.
While my blog has served as a diary to record the milestones of my daughter’s growing years and the fun we have together, I also write about my personal struggles as a working mom, and remembering that I shouldn’t lose my individuality after becoming a mom. My blog also document my interests and hobbies to encourage moms to have a balanced life where we can be healthy, happy and fulfilled moms. That petty much explains why I name my blog, A Juggling Mom 🙂
How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
The desire to give our children the best makes us all the same regardless of where we come from. Perhaps for me, it’s the decision to be a full time working mom even when that means that my child is away from me for most parts of the day. But that doesn’t make me less of a mom. In fact, it makes me feel like a supermom when I have to juggle so many roles and responsibilities.
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
Just like the rest of the world, Singapore is a competitive society. Here we have a term, “kiasu” which means afraid to lose in Hokkien. It’s often used to describe parents who pack their children’s weekend with all sorts of enrichment classes to ensure that their child do well academically. As a mom to a toddler, I’m resisting the herd instinct to do likewise as I want my daughter to enjoy her childhood and play like she should yet worry if I am too laid back.
On the same note, I find that society today views success by our achievements more than our values. As a Christian mom, I hope to bring up my daughter to love God and as an extension to have godly principals and valued instilled in her which are worth more than gold.
How did you find World Moms Blog?
I learned about World Moms blog from my fellow mom bloggers from Singapore. Without saying, they have been a source of inspiration and encouragement in my motherhood and blogging journey and I too hope to share my motherhood journey with other moms around the world. Thanks for having me.
This is an original post to World Moms Blog from our new writer in Singapore, Susan Koh.
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