Read Tiger Mum Amy Chua's interview on the "Tiger Parenting' philosophy ...
Do I agree with her? Well Its a yes and no.
My essentials to parenting principles:
1. Setting Boundaries
I have always maintain an openess in sharing my thoughts with the boys of what is and not acceptable, be it household rules, table manners, etc
To many, people knew me by the name "Xiao Mei", the name for my character in my first show, Singapore's first sitcom "Don't Worry, Be Happy".
Come motherhood, I think this is God's answer to all my insecurities. The direct response to every action, displeasure or happinessness is clearly evident in the cries and restfulness of the child. There are no time for doubts, cries and needs that needed to be attended to and solutions to counter previous solutions that failed. I learnt to handle defeat and move on.