My wife Judy and I are the proud parents of two beautiful kids, Mikail (4) and Melody (1.5).
Parenthood is undoubtedly a full-time job, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing further studies. After working for eight years, I decided to take a four-year break to go back to school.
While school afforded me relatively more free time to spend with my kids (as compared to work), it wasn’t always easy juggling both studies and fatherhood.
I had to make a conscientious effort to prepare for lessons, while not compromising on family time.
Occasionally, I would even bring my kids to school to attend classes with me! Many people voiced their concern that the kids would cry or misbehave, but Judy and I felt that it’s crucial to normalise childcare.
I thought that it would be a good idea to show my younger peers that while career is important, family is equally significant.
Ever since I went back to work, the time that I get to spend with my kids has dwindled.
However, Judy and I really hope to have one more child in future. Parenthood is a sacrifice, but being able to witness the milestones of my little ones gives me a sense of indescribable fulfilment.
It’s a journey that I’d love to experience again many times over.
All in all, I would say that I’m pretty much a hands-on daddy. I love children and I strive to get involved as much as I can.
Whatever my wife does, I can do, too – save for breastfeeding, as that’s a bodily limitation!
I think that society is slowly but surely moving towards gender equality, so fathers should play a more active role when it comes to parenting.