The Wonders of Parenting! Some people have described it like being on a long-lasting roller-coaster – along with the beautiful moments can come those moments where you wish you didn’t have any kids at all! Ever wondered how some families have figured it out?
In this interview, Anne Seow shares her philosophy on parenting, gives us an insight on some of her memorable family experiences and shares her secret on where she goes to find fun-filled learning experiences for her child.
Tell me more about you and your family
We are a family of 3 with a wonderful 8-year-old daughter. My husband and I are hands-on parents and believe in joint-parenting.
As a stay-at-home mum, I get to spend a lot of time with my daughter and guide her in her school work. At least once a week after school, I make it a point to bring her out to do something fun like visiting museums, different places of interest or simply going to an arcade to play games.
Weekends are important family days and we plan to do fun things together as a family
What are some of the fun things you have done together with your child recently?
As a family we like to coordinate our dressing. Sometimes we get “awarded” for our efforts. For example, we submitted a photo of us dressed in DIY family costumes for the recent photo competition organised by KiasuParents. We came in 2nd! Such activities make our parenting journey extra fun because we have photos and memories of us engaging in activities together.
Recently, we also participated in a young entrepreneur event through Flying Cape. Our daughter had a great time learning marketing strategies and good service standards and came in first place by generating the greatest revenue in this entrepreneur event. Such activities are invaluable learning experiences that cannot simply be learnt by reading or in a classroom.
What is your philosophy of parenting? Major challenges? Major achievements?
As husband and wife, we have many shared values and parenting style. We believe that the values and character of a child are largely developed during their formative years and as parents we not only have the responsibility but are also the best people to lay a strong foundation.
Doing things together is a huge part of our parenting style and we do our best to engage in fun and meaningful activities together. For example, my daughter and I do rock climbing together and this motivates and encourages her because I don’t just say but do. I also believe in teaching her by example. For example, I took up a gemmology certification when she was 6 years old and I’d tell her what I had learnt after every class. I hope this shows her that I enjoy learning and inculcates in her the importance of life-long learning.
What do you do to help your child develop skills?
My daughter doesn’t attend tuition classes and we hope she will learn the skill of being independent and being intrinsically motivated.
As her parent and mentor, I am always on the lookout for interesting activities and workshops that can more efficiently equip her with the skills she will need in this challenging 21st century. In this regard, Flying Cape has been a great service provider as they have a wide range of enrichment and educational courses on their portal and my daughter can attend trial classes for a nominal fee under their All You Can Learn Package. This is important because not every course is suitable for every child.
So far, my daughter has attended multiple trial classes and I think she is enjoying that because each class is different and the learning is not mundane. After each class, I’d find out whether she liked the teacher and whether she learnt anything useful. This way, I can make a more informed choice before signing up for a longer period.
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