Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings

It may have been in the small print. If it was, I missed it. When I signed on to be a parent no one told me how hard it would be to let your children go when they grow up. So it was really hard to say goodbye to Stephen two years ago when he left for Melbourne to...
A Family Tradition

A Family Tradition

I first got the idea from Grace Goh. She encouraged us to take our children out for a good celebratory meal just before they sit for a major exam. She said that when we do this, we send a very clear signal to them that they are loved for who they are and not for how...
Fatherless Children

Fatherless Children

We live in a time of fatherless children. More and more, children grow up in fatherless families. Some lose their fathers through tragedies like fatal accidents or killer diseases. A growing number are victims of parents who divorce, usually ending up with their...
The Value of Children

The Value of Children

Singapore is facing a crisis. Her citizens are not reproducing enough. Hence the Singapore government is stepping in with “a bonanza of tax benefits, generous leave and other child linked perks” (Lee Siew Hua, “Big Perks for Big Families,” The...
Saved by Dad

Saved by Dad

I almost drowned when I was a child. I can’t remember how old I was. Preschool I think. I was at the beach with my dad and some of his friends. I was only allowed to play in the shallows. Standing up, I was safely above the surface of the water. And I had on a...