Tjin Lee waited until she was almost 40 to have her first child – five years after she and her husband John Lim got married in 2008 – but she has no regrets.
The founder and managing director of Mercury Marketing and Communications thinks she would not have enjoyed motherhood as much if she had been a younger mum trying to carve out a career.
“Even before I had kids, I always knew that I would not want to be a full-time working mum. I want to be there to catch my child’s every milestone – his first word, first step, first smile,” she says.
“That decision was partly influenced by seeing how my older sister would try to disentangle herself from her crying kid whenever she went to work. I was 26 at the time, and I remember thinking that’s not the motherhood I want.”
Now a seasoned businesswoman, Tjin has the privilege of working around her kids’ schedules. Her insta-famous kids, Tyler and Jake, are aged three and one, respectively.
While motherhood has transformed her life, it certainly has not dampened her business acumen.
In fact, being a mum has inspired her to start several family-oriented enterprises, such as Crib Society and Trehaus, both which empower women to juggle family and a fulfilling career. The former is a social enterprise that connects women entrepreneurs looking for co-founders to launch a business, while Trehaus is a co-working space with childcare facilities.
Tjin urges women not to be afraid of starting a family at a later age.
“As an older mum, you’re probably able to give a lot more, in terms of your time and experience. To be honest, I’m a much more confident person now at 42 than I was at 28, and that has positively influenced my parenting style,” she says.
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