Review of Women's Issues in Singapore: Call for Mindset Change to Pave Way for Flexi-work
The Straits Times
Republished with Permission
4 October 2020
Ms Adelene Chan, 33, a communications manager with two children aged five and two, decided to be a stay-at-home mum for two years after her first child was born.
When she thought about returning to work, she was hesitant because she did not know if she could balance a job and motherhood.
With her husband's encouragement, she applied for a full-time job at charity Focus on the Family Singapore.
At the interview, she met her prospective boss, who had taken her baby to work in a carrier.
"I was very encouraged to see that the organisation walked the talk and didn't discriminate against having children in the workplace," said Ms Chan.
When she became pregnant a second time, she considered quitting but the charity offered her a flexible work arrangement of 2½ days a week, which she took up.
Ms Chan said mothers need to let fathers take a crack at handling the parenting chores, such as changing diapers, even if their husbands are not very adept at these tasks.
"If women keep saying, 'Oh, you're not so good at it, let me do it', then mums will only get better and fathers will get worse.
"Acknowledge that it is okay to try and fail, then try again, so that both parents can work together," she said.