Celeb mum Diana Ser: PSLE is a necessary evil!

The TV presenter reveals how she spends time with her kiddos and on gearing up for her son’s PSLE…

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You could say that Talking Point co-host Diana Ser is having an eventful year. Besides a busy work sked that includes event hosting, her oldest child and only son, Jake, 12, just took his Primary School Leaving Examinations this year.

Yet, stressful as it is, the TV presenter, 46, believes that the pressure that goes hand in hand with this national exam is a “necessary evil”. She adds, “I won’t lie — it’s stressful for me. I have friends who migrate because they think this system is crazy.”

Indeed, during this watershed year, many Primary Six pupils attempt endless test papers, gulp chicken essence and cram as much tuition as possible. They do this in their effort to ace their PSLE.

So as not to stress her firstborn out, Diana keeps herself busy with work. She also tries to makes sure Jake gets enough sleep, relaxes or exercises in between studying, so that he has a “balanced existence” in the run-up to the all-important exam.

“I think I am ‘training’ him for the long term, not just PSLE. I hope that, one day, when he is away from us, he will know how to balance work and play

I tell my eldest that wherever he ends up, he will learn something new and make new friends.”

When it comes to homework, Diana, who’s married to Mediacorp actor-turned-bank executive, James Lye, 49, nags and gives all of them constant reminders. However, she notes that her daughters, Jaymee, 7, and Christy, 10, are more “on the ball” than Gor Gor.

“The kids are so different in so many ways, so I find that I can love them in different ways without feeling that I am short-changing any one of them.”

“I was a very studious child, so naturally, I nurture them to be conscientious academically.  I believe that doing regular small revisions every day is a better way to pace themselves. But it takes a lot of discipline ― both on their part and mine!”

As a mother of three, Diana says she used to worry about favouritism and middle child syndrome but finds that she no longer needs to. “The kids are so different in so many ways, so I find that I can love them in different ways without feeling that I am shortchanging any one of them.”

Diana tells SmartParents how she spends time with her brood, her rules on gadget use and how to nurture bilingualism at home…

Hey Diana! What’s a typical day in your life like?

When I’m filming, my days start at 4.30am! I need to get my makeup done before getting the kids ready for school. I do the school runs, then go to work. Fortunately, I am able to work half days with my ongoing TV project — Talking Point — so I get to spend the rest of the day supervising the kids.

What are your childcare arrangements like?

I would not be able to do the work I do without the support of my helper. She is amazingly efficient, kind-hearted and mature. She supports me in childcare and housekeeping. I supervise the kids’ work, indulge in their interests — for instance arts and crafts — and make sure they get as much outdoor time as possible.