Hanis Hussey International Expat Affairs Mum
to Lisa (13), Nicole (17) & Chris (21)
Tips Childhoodis the only time you can help mould your children. So if your financial situation allows, make your family your priority. If you work full-time, consider if you can work from home or run your own business. If you've got little ones, think parttime rather than full-time work – or taketime off, if possible.
Challenges Raising my son has been a breeze, but my eldest daughter Nicole is a handful! In a child's adolescence, I've realised it's got to be all about them. Listening to all my daughter's problems and needs has helped. And we bond over shopping and lunch. I also ask for Nicole's opinion when picking out clothes for myself, it's a small way of letting her know I consider her views important. I try not to tell my teens what to do, but give them advice with a dose of love, so they make the right choices.
Blessings Kids are what you make them to be and it all begins at home. I've been blessed with healthy and good-natured children and am just so thankful all the hard work my husband and I have put in has paid off.
Joanna Tan Heel & Toe Shoe Boutiques Mum to Aidan (7), Nadia (5) & Cameron (2) Tips No matter how busy I am, time with my children takes top priority. They're only going to be young for a short time. So I multi-task, multi-task, multi-task!
Challenges My three boutiques opened in the same year each of my children arrived. So in managing work and kids, the past seven years have been one highlight and challenge after another!
Without undermining the stress, it's been a completely fulfilling journey. But there's never enough time in the day. So the journey is only achievable with my passion for my business, devotion to my kids, a loving husband, supportive family and a "can do" attitude.
Blessings The huge unconditional love. I delight in my kids' laughter, the new and fresh perspectives I gain each day, experiencing their pure innocence and the joy of hearing them say "I love you". Motherhood opened my world and changed my views and priorities in ways I'd never imagined.
Marie Genn Go-Go Bambini Mum to Natalia (8) pictured & Isabella (11) photographer
Tips Do as much as you can on the Internet, or with your in your phone and sync it with your computer daily. Challenges When my husband started working in Singapore I lived by myself in New Zealand for 18 months with our threeyear old and newborn – who had colic and reflux. He visited us whenever he could, but eventually the girls and I joined him here and life became a whole lot easier! Blessings To be honest, I don't think I was quite prepared for motherhood and I've definitely had my moments. It can be really hard sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. My girls and I are very close, I truly couldn't imagine life without them.
Nicky Stone Originals Mum to Tristan (5), Heather (3)& Ethan (7)
Tips To keep track of my kids' school and social activities, I use my phone calendar the moment I receive an email or note from school. It centralises everything and saves time tracking emails and pieces of paper. I'm also very fortunate to have a helper who I could not do without. She makes it easier for me to be a mum and have a career. I've been lucky to find a parttime position, which allows some flexibility. Challenges I was completely unprepared for how life-changing motherhood would be. Everything, from breastfeeding to discipline, has been an exercise in patience. Having three children close in age, they often compete for my attention. And it's tricky trying to manage three different opinions, desires and expectations. I try to be fair in planning activities to suit all, but it's not always easy – so our schedule is usually quite hectic. Blessings The constant love and affection. Children can lift your spirits in an instant, just by looking at you or make you giggle at something they've said.
Arlene Rivas J H Kim Mum to Isabel (6), Alejandro (4) & Sofia (3)
Tips My schedule is planned to minimise the amount of time I spend travelling between my businesses, schools and home. That way I'm more productive at work and always focused when I'm with my children. I also lug around my "mobile office" – uniform, laptop and hard drives – in a large canvas bag. I can literally set up my office anywhere. Work is never-ending, so it makes more sense to be there for my kids when they need me. I always finish my tasks by 6:30pm so I can go home, have dinner with the children and put them to bed. Never be shy in asking for help. I often need help from my mother, helper and assistants – sometimes even all three at the same time!
Challenges My son can do the most frustrating things and my daughters drive me to exasperation. But if they learn from their mistakes, I move on and forgive them. This quote by Honoré de Balzac is a favourite, "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." It's helped me become a more forgiving person in general. My eldest daughter Isabel recently earned her black belt in Taekwondo. It was a long three and-a-half year journey – half her life! At first she'd spend most of her time crying outside classes, but I'm glad we both persisted. It's her greatest achievement thus far and she's learned hard work and perseverance bring great rewards.
Blessings My kids infuse my life with boundless energy, unconditional love and enthusiasm. I'm trying to "grow" them into kind-hearted, considerate and loving people. The cycle of goodness makes me feel good, it reassures me I'm doing something worthwhile.
Dr Kelly Loi Health & Fertility Centre Mum to Tiana (8), Alysa (6) & Dylan (1)
Tips To organise your time, develop a support network you can depend on. "It takes a village to raise a child" is certainly true in my case. My working hours are unpredictable, so I'm very fortunate to have a supportive extended family to rely on. I also try to complete workrelated tasks at work, so I'm free for my kids in the evenings.
Challenges I was unprepared for the exhaustion of looking after a little baby. With my second and third children I was more prepared, but it didn't become any less tiring! Teaching my children about discipline is a continual learning process – each child is different and what works for one doesn't always work for another. Blessings Being welcomed with big smiles, hugs and handmade cards after a long day at work. Watching each child mature and become independent, developing their thoughts, views and personality, is also hugely gratifying. F