Number 1: Try not to bring home your emotions from work
I think one biggest challenge of all time is how to handle the emotions and tantrums of my children, and more importantly, my own emotions. To help your children with their problems, you really have to spend a lot of time with them and be patient. I think that when children are young, you can still control them by authority. But as they grow up, you really have to change your way of communicating with them. One of my biggest shortcomings is bringing home my emotions from work. I still have a lot to learn on how to control my emotions so that I won’t let my emotions affect my children.
Number 2: Do not spoil your kids with luxurious lifestyles
As a parent, I understand we always want to give the best to our children, but we have to bear in mind that more does not necessarily mean better. I always remind my children about two things. First, I would provide them with a good living environment, but never a luxurious one. I want them to be responsible for their own future. I always tell them if they want to reach high, earn a good degree and get a good job, they will have to strive for themselves by aiming high and working hard. Second, I don’t want them to become materialistic. Thus, although I would spend money in providing them with the best education, I would not encourage materialism by getting my children luxurious goods or prestigious club memberships.
Number 3: Learn to prioritize
I think it is important that you know you have to make choices and sacrifices. You have to prioritize. If taking care of your children is your first priority, I think that working part-time will be much better so that you have more time for your children. I really love taking care of my children. In particular, I support breast-feeding–giving the best to your baby and nothing can replace that kind of bonding, really.