Friday, April 25, 2014

What Makes a Mom? (Guest Post by Don't Forget The Soap author Marie Claire Lim Moore)

What Makes a Mom?

When I first heard this question I immediately thought about a poem my mother regularly references:

Love will die if held too tightly.
Love will fly if held too lightly.
Lightly, tightly, how do I know
Whether I’m holding, or letting love go?

She's quoted it to me when describing how she and my father approached parenting. They were always ones to err on the side of "strict" but they were conscious about not being too controlling. At times it could be like walking a tightrope, she would say.  

Being a mother now I must agree. What makes a Mom is a delicate balance of so many roles. Teacher, nurturer, friend, disciplinarian, advocate. She creates an environment that is positive, motivational and communicative. From her, you learn confidence, balance and gratitude. 

Thank you!

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Don’t Forget the Soap is a collection of anecdotes: stories from the tight-knit Filipino community in Vancouver mix with memories of her move to New York, experiences at Yale and travels as a young executive. Underlying this narrative is the story of a global citizen who does not want to forget the fundamental values that come along with the “immigrant experience” as she and her husband raise their children in the increasingly glitzy expat bubble of Singapore. Her parents continue to remain a big influence in her life and her mother’s reminders a grounding force. 

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Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don't Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos and Isabel, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia. She enjoys juggling career and family and likes to throw in community and politics for fun by campaigning for US political candidates, fundraising for organizations that advance the role of women in business and promoting foreign direct investment in the Philippines. She is also a guest contributor at Sassy Mama Singapore. 

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