‘‘ THE KIDS KNOW I NEED TO WORK‘‘

Young Parents (Singapore) - - RECIPES -

Fang­fang Hem­s­ley,

34, mum boss of Lit­tle Nail Shop, a home-based nail sa­lon. She has five kids aged seven, six, four, three years, and eight months old. Stick­ing to a daily rou­tine is mum-of-five Fang­fang Hem­s­ley’s se­cret to jug­gling a home-based nail busi­ness and Mummy du­ties – all on her own.

The work-at-home mother fits in her client ap­point­ments around her kids’ week­day sched­ules, which in­clude school in the morn­ing and an uber-early bed­time at around 7.30pm.

“I usu­ally don’t take ap­point­ments in the af­ter­noons so I can spend time with the kids and prep din­ner,” says Fang­fang, who used to work in cus­tomer ser­vice. She quit her full-time job to care for her sec­ond child, who was suf­fer­ing from bron­chi­tis.

On days she has to take af­ter­noon ap­point­ments, the younger ones take a nap, while the older kids will play qui­etly on their own.

A hands-on hus­band is an­other rea­son why her work-at-home ar­range­ment works. He preps the kids in the morn­ing for school and even takes over all of her Mummy du­ties once a year when she has to travel over­seas to get sup­plies for her nail busi­ness.

For a work-at-home ar­range­ment to suc­ceed, Fang­fang em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of good com­mu­ni­ca­tion – not only with Hubby, but also with the kids.

“For ex­am­ple, I al­ways let the chil­dren know when a cus­tomer is com­ing and they un­der­stand that they have to be co­op­er­a­tive. I feel it’s im­por­tant for WAHMs to let their kids know that although Mum is at home, she still needs to work,” she says.

“At the same time, your pres­ence at home shouldn’t just be phys­i­cal; you need to en­gage the kids suf­fi­ciently, too.”

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