If I had to sum up what I have learnt about being a parent, I would tell you this: No PhD and no amount of research or studying could have ever prepared me for parenting.
Now, as stay-at-home mum to my feisty preschooler, I have garnered so many lessons that I am certain I will one day graduate with a PhD in the following disciplines:
The Law of Imagination
Caleb is a backseat driver. On top of pretending to drive in his car seat, my 4-year old spews endless instructions like a drunken driving instructor.
“Mum, don’t stop,” he tells me when I brake at the red light.
One day, after explaining for the umpteenth time why I had to slow down in heavy traffic, I exclaimed, “Caleb, there are many cars in front. I can’t fly over. This is not an aeroplane.”
“Um,” he said and fell silent. Then a moment later, he quipped, “Must ask uncle to fix the wings first.”
In moments like these, I am tickled by what it’s like to see things through childlike eyes. I also remind myself to never stifle Caleb’s creativity and imagination.
And the other disciplines that I am currently being schooled in for my PhD include:
– The Art of Patience
– The Business of Negotiations
– The Language of Repetition
– Physical Education 101
– Preschooler Philosophy
– The Science of Discipline
– The Mathematics of Love
My full story along with that of 20 other mums are now hot off the press in Keep Calm & Mother On!
Collectively, we share our parenting stories from universal topics of coping with work and parenting to topical Singaporean issues of tuition, primary one registration, PSLE, homeschooling as well as parents who have to cope with kids with medical issues.
I’m excited to be among contributors who include Straits Times Deputy Editor Clarissa Oon, Armour Publishing Managing Editor Ruth Wan, Homeschool Singapore Founder Dawn Fung, former CNA producer Hwee Goh, Danger Dan Author Monica Lim, Pat’s Schoolhouse Founder Patrica Koh, amongst other mums, all with our unique stories to share of our kids from aged 1 to 21. Curated by award-winning author and former journalist Pauline Loh.
Hop over to Armour Publishing’s here to check out this lovely book!
Keep Calm, Let Go, Stay Sane & Mother On