Four years ago, I wasn’t sure if I could survive being a mom, much less a SAHM handling my son one on one. Truth is, I struggled. I found it extremely difficult to accept the facts: I have to give up a career that I was thriving in, I am out of control when it comes to raising my child, I will not have any monthly credits into my bank account, I haven’t been in touch with many friends… In the first two years, I doubted myself and was constantly questioning my decision to stay at home.
Even though my husband has been very supportive, I wasn’t sure if he knew exactly what I was going through. Then, one day, I read this online article while scrolling on Facebook and it changed my perspective entirely (read the article here) In short, the story was about an old couple who witnessed the author struggling to manage her two children at the beach, and the old man said to his wife “Those were the days, weren’t they?”
The author next words changed my entire perspective: “THESE ARE THE DAYS. WE’RE IN THEM, LIVING THEM. RIGHT. NOW.”
And I went YES! I don’t want to live with regrets. I want to fully enjoy my time with my children. I want to focus and be thankful for what I have. I want to be a responsible mother and have trusting, loving relationships with my children, even when they have grown up. I want to be a supportive wife and take up this parenthood challenge together with my husband. I know we can do this together. I then began to embrace my new role.
“YOU CAN TAKE THE TEACHER OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE CLASSROOM OUT OF THE TEACHER.”
It’s true, my passion for educating children lives on even though I’m now left with two students. I began sharing my knowledge with other parents on Instagram and Facebook about how they can: learn brain science behind your children’s development and parent with confidence, engage and play purposefully with their children, inculcate a love for learning in their children, and guide their children to be inquisitive, emotionally intelligent, confident and resilient.
I teach through my online course From Yelling To Connecting, and conduct workshops, all targeting parents because I firmly believe that parents play a critical role in developing their children. I could have conducted classes for the children – but I don’t see these kids every day, their parents do. So my mission is to arm parents with a bag full of proven techniques so that they can enjoy parenthood and cherish every moment spent with their children.
At the same time, I am also sharing my Math teaching knowledge over at Our Little Play Academy. There, I equip parents with research-backed teaching strategies and fun games to cultivate their children’s interest in Math. I run a membership for parents Connect The Dots to provide instructional knowledge, fun games and hands-on activities so they can engage in daily conversations with their children to make learning Math authentic and meaningful for their children!
I want to teach and inspire parents so they can be their children’s best teachers. Our interview at the Singapore’s daily newspaper The Straits Times have motivated me to help more parents who are clueless about guiding their children to reach their maximum potential.
Right now, I’m just so heartened to know that I have impacted more than my two children! I do hope you find something useful from this site. If you need any resources or tips, feel free to connect with me here. Or you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook for frequent updates. Talk soon!
Our Little Playnest 2021. All rights reserved