Diana Ser is indeed a woman of talent, wit, beauty and grace. With two decades of journalism and entertainment experience under her belt, ex-TV presenter, celebrity mum, and overall woman extraordinaire Diana Ser gathered all her skills and launched ‘Crazy About Chinese’, an online edutainment programme. We met with her recently and it is evident that she tackles life’s challenges with a poise built from both experience and the love she has for the roles she plays as entrepreneur, mother and wife. We also find out what ticks her off when it comes to parenting her three children. (Nope, not when they don’t revise their Chinese…)
1. What is the best parenting advice you have ever received?
To invest time in nurturing the children, and not expect any returns. Just plant the seeds. One day, the kids will show that they have, in fact, learnt what we try to teach. We just have to be patient and have faith.
2. What are some of the lowest points in your parenting journey and how did you overcome them?
When they are rude to me! Like most parents, my instinct is to scold them. After that, I will sit them down and explain why their behaviour or speech was not acceptable. As they grow, kids need to understand contexts. My son talks rough to his mates, but the same manner of speech cannot be used with older people, girls, women etc.
3. What keeps you going in your pursuit in promoting bilingualism?
The kids are only young once. If the foundation is not strong, then the journey ahead will be tougher. I am always grateful when friends cheer me on with regard to parenting, because it is one of the toughest things to do! So with the website, I hope to be a cheerleader or a virtual “buddy” to other parents.
4. How has your family supported you in your career?
James is totally supportive because he believes that I need to feel “balanced” in my life. As in, I do not feel like I have given up what I love to do for the family. The kids are great – I know they are proud of what I am doing with promoting bilingualism.
5. What gift do you wish for this Mother’s Day?
Haha! I have not thought of it. But I know James will lead the kids to hand make little things for me.
This article is an extension of an article found in the print edition of Singapore’s Child April Issue 174 with the headline ‘Mummy Extraordinaire’.
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