The Junior Saints Mums met as a group for the first time on Thursday, 25 January at the SASS’s Centre of Excellence classroom.
The JS Mums were clearly excited to meet and even before the session began, the mothers were engaged in trading stories of their sons’ first weeks of adventures in school.
The meeting began with an introduction by Mrs Deborah Wang, who explained that the group was set up to provide Junior Saints Mums a space to support each other on their mothering journey. The facilitator, Mrs Brenda Tan, then got the 22 mothers to share a little more about themselves, their children, and what they felt the motherhood journey meant to them.
It surprised some mothers in the group that there were mothers who have more than 3 children, some mothers with boys in both the primary and secondary schools, and even mothers in the junior school with children in their early 20s! Indeed, it was assuring to know that there was a good diversity in the motherhood experience in the room – full-time-working mothers, part-time-working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, and work-from-home mothers. What they all had in common were the love they have for their children and one of their kids being in the junior school.
The main topic of discussion was sharing personal strategies for helping our children to complete their homework and revision at home in a timely manner. There were stories of frustration in getting the children to learn Chinese or complete their work on time, and laughter at some of the creative strategies shared by other mothers. When the four small groups were done in consolidating their strategies, they met as a large group to further refine the strategies into practical steps.
The strategies would be put into a document and shared via SAPTA’s website soon.
The session ended with a breakfast, where the mothers were able to socialise and discover more about each other and make new friends.
Thus fulfilling the aim of the Junior Saints Mums meetings: that Motherhood is a journey of friends.