MUM SAYS Tin Pei Ling on motherhood

Like any working mum, MP Tin Pei Ling struggles to strike a balance between work and family life.

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At the first SmartParents Jamboree (May 2016), MP Tin Pei Ling fielded questions on weaning, motherhood and bringing baby — Kee Hau, born on August 5, 2015 — along on “walkabouts”. 

What important lessons did you learn from being a mother?

One thing that I realised is that we’re very capable of BIG love. I mean it’s not just me, I’m quite sure it’s the same for all mothers out there. ’Cause it’s so life-changing. I love my family. But somehow this child is just so different… The strength and the love to care for him is almost like a bottomless reserve within myself. And I hadn’t though I was that patient but I realised that I have brought it to another level!

Did you get advice on childrearing from parents, friends or the Internet?

Actually it’s a mix of people…but I look to my mum — I think I turned out okay, so of course, I listen to her! But it’s a mishmash of tips and advice from friends and people and colleagues and people around us.

Is he more like you or more like dad?

Actually he is more like me. For some time he has been very…like, friendly! We call him wai jiao bu zhang [foreign affairs minister in Mandarin]. I make sure to try to find opportunities to spend a bit more time with Kee Hau, bring him to the hawker centre for a walk, sometimes. He makes friends with all the aunties who wanted to “pao pao” (hug) him! He will smile and reach out to people he’s just met. He is not fearful of strangers and he quite likes elderly people, he likes people, lah. When he sees other babies, he will reach out and touch them. I think he is relatively more like me.

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