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Mom’s most important years, the first three

TRAINING my daughters to eat and sleep by themselves was very important.” said Zhong Lijia, or Daisy Zhong. “When I saw my elder daughter getting better every day I got the confidence to welcome a second baby. ”

When Daisy found she was pregnant again, her first child Qianqian was 11 months old. Qianqian had been sleeping alone in her room since she was 6 months old.

“I’ve read many books. I think we need to give kids certain boundaries and limits.” said Daisy, “It’s not for the family to meet the kids’ needs, but for the kids to fit in with the family.”

Good kids mean good habits

Three years ago, Daisy was a designer in an architect’s office. After having Qianqian, she went part-time, working only three days a week.

“Before becoming parents, my husband and I agreed that we would try our best to take care of our kids ourselves.”

They prepared financially to ensuring one salary would be enough for the whole family and took out a low mortgage to ease the pressure.

Daisy, now 37 years old, became a stay-at-home mother after her second daughter was born in 2017.

Usually on weekdays, Daisy spends all her time with her daughter at home. They have a timetable for eating, playing and sleeping. Daisy expects her daughters to form good habits.

When it’s time to eat, Daisy just helps her daughters to put on their bibs and puts their food in front of them. They concentrated in eating silently themselves. Daisy can enjoy her own food. When it’s time to sleep, the two girls go to bed and stay in their room themselves, giving Daisy time to do some housework.

Daisy might seem to be a very chilled mother, with two angelic children, but she also has her troubles.

“Sometimes I worry about my career,” she said, “but the first three years of a child’s life are much more important than anything I could do in the same three years of my thirty-more-year career. It deserves. ”

As a full-time mom, Daisy takes care of two daughters all day during the week. Her husband helps after work. An ayi comes to clean for two hours a day. Her mother and mother-in-law each help out two days a week.

Daisy knows that it is important for a stay-at-home mother to moderate any of her bad moods into good ones. She knows how to relax, dining out with colleagues or meeting friends on weekends to get a break from the family atmosphere. She has also made friends with mothers living nearby who face the same issues.

The husband’s attitude toward family is important for a stay-at-home mom. Daisy and her husband Yu Bing came to an agreement that he would try his best to stay at home and be with the kids after work.

Bing works nine to five as a network engineer, and sometimes he works overtime or goes on business trips. He plays with the kids, helps them to have their bath and tells them stories after dinner every evening.

“I see my husband’s progress. Previously, he just could bathe one kid at a time, and now he can shower both at same time.”

Like any other couple, Daisy and Bing quarrel sometimes. Daisy’s way is not to express her needs to him in a critical way. She waits till the coming weekend when they can spend some time alone together and share their expectations.

“Dating with your husband is also a good way to relax,” said Daisy.

Preparation before second child

Before Hanhan was born, Daisy showed Qianqian many picture books on second children and families. She also brought a small bed and told Qianqian “This is for the new baby,” hoping her elder daughter could welcome the little one.

“Actually my heart was with Qianqian after I delivered,” said Daisy. “I was looking forward to her reaction when she met her little sister. ”

Daisy said that on their first meeting at home, Qianqian asked her to show her younger sister the small bed and made her comfortable there.

“I was so happy to see this.” Daisy smiles at the happy memory, “I think it is a beautiful picture.”

Being a full-time mom for more than two years, Daisy confesses that she sometimes doubts herself, but everything can be conquered when she sees her two daughters growing up happily.


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