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This column features unedited advice from experts and professionals, or first-hand accounts and experiences shared from people who have lived the life and walked the talk.

Unedited Experiences & Accounts

Unedited - Sharon Wong celebrate a quarter century of Motherswork

Sharon Wong

As Motherswork celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, founder and chief executive officer of Motherswork Sharon Wong opens up about what it’s been like and what it has taken for her to head the well-known brand for a quarter of a century.

 

Speaking about the anniversary, the mother-of-three says, “This year, my fourth baby turns 25! Motherswork celebrates 25 years of supporting mothers in Singapore and 10 years in China.

 

In this Unedited column, Sharon talks about what she has put into the brand, her journey as an entrepreneur and mother, and the successes and challenges she faced along the way.

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Unedited: Life as a parent of a child with Down syndrome

Aaron Lee

As we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, Motherswork speaks to home baker and founder of Upcakes Aaron Lee, whose seven-year-old son Andrew has Down syndrome.

 

Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21.

 

Inspired by his son’s love of food, Andrew and his wife Elaine, started home-bakery Upcakes in 2020 (www.up cakes.sg). He wanted to start a business that not only allowed him to spend more time with his son (as kids with Down syndrome can become more dependent as they get older) but would also be something sustainable that could be passed on to him in the future.While his wife focuses on her full-time dentistry job, Aaron, a former chemical engineer, bakes the cakes and handles Upcakes’ day-to-day operations.

 

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Unedited: Parenting a child with autism

Ivan Lim

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, Motherswork speaks to editorial director Ivan Lim, who’s 17-year-old son Alex is autistic.

 

Though Alex finds it difficult to speak to people he is unfamiliar with, the talented teen uses canvas and paint to communicate.

 

His mother Cara, who is an artist, coaches Alex in his art. He has also learnt various classical techniques from art teachers in Singapore and Germany. The visual arts student has already had several exhibitions and his art can also be viewed online at www.unskilledboy.com. His newest paintings will be exhibited in the Shaping Hearts Arts Festival from November.

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Unedited Advice from Experts

Tips on How Not to Kill your Spouse After Kids

Dr. Annabelle Chow, Clinical Psychologist

With all the stresses life throws at you, the last thing you want is to be at your partner’s throat. It seems almost impossible to balance your household, job, and family. Then there are the biological changes; hormonal changes, physical and emotional recovery after childbirth, and along with that the changes to your sleep patterns having children causes. Not forgetting the emotionally draining, time-consuming, job of raising your children! All of this influences your thinking patterns and contributes to the way you interact in your relationships.


Establishing realistic boundaries and expectations with your partner can help carve a map in the journey that is your relationship.


Here are some tips to keep you from tearing your spouse’s head off!

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Getting your sexy back after kids

Dr. Martha Tara Lee, Clinical Sexologis

At the end of the day, once you’ve fed, washed, played with, and put your children to bed, it’s likely that you and your spouse are ready for some rest yourselves. And after a long evening of cleaning up dirty fingers, settling tantrums, and wrestling little bodies to get them to brush their teeth, chances are you just want to sleep rather than do anything else in bed.

 

A marriage changes dramatically when kids are introduced and it usually takes more effort to keep romance in the picture. It can be tough to make time for your spouse when most of your energy goes towards keeping your children alive.

 

Yet romance, intimacy, and sexual wellness shouldn’t be neglected in a healthy marriage.

 

Dr. Martha Tara Lee, relationship counselor and clinical sexologist, says sexual wellness is an important part of our overall health and wellbeing.

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