Joanne is no softie, and isn’t afraid to discipline her daughter.
For instance, Baby Qi, who can feed herself, isn’t allowed to leave the table until she finishes her food.
And she doesn’t have access to electronic devices because Joanne believes that kids need human interaction to develop proper social skills.
“My baby has never seen an iPad or watched television,” she says.
When the time for an introduction to the digital world comes, Joanne wants to ensure her child benefits intellectually from it, and is already researching coding classes that can help develop perseverance, imagination and problem-solving skills.
While filming Unique Towns, Joanne and Baby Qi spent as many as 10 days apart at a go.
It was hard for both mother and child, who was looked after by a nanny when she was away, but Joanne says: “It helps her to learn that Mummy is not always going to be around.”
If that’s not enough, the young parents are already thinking about playschool.
Joanne feels it would be a good opportunity for Baby Qi to interact with her peers and develop social skills, but she isn’t ready for others to set the rules for her daughter just yet.
Needless to say, she’s still thinking about it, especially since she’s back at work for the Channel 8 drama, Dream Coder, which explores the fast-paced lives of people working in a tech start-up.
“It’s been two years since I’ve done something like this, so I honestly don’t know what to expect. I will just take things as they come. We try not to plan too much because things change.”
This story first appeared in Simply Her.
(Photos: Simply Her, Instagram/Joanne Peh)