40 shades of grey

Hello. I’ve just turned 40 and thought it would be appropriate to write about grey hair. Here’s something I wrote for SBS. *** I was round Mother’s for a family dinner with various aunts, cousins and nephews. Ah, home sweet home, the one place you can be yourself and let your hair –  “Oh!” Mother […]

The pathetic mewl of the tiger cub

Hello! Here’s something I wrote for SBS  on being a failed tiger cub. 🐅 I’m a failed tiger cub.  I was the kind of child that would have given infamous Tiger Mom, Amy Chua, heart palpitations. Most of us are familiar with the Tiger Mother’s rigorous parenting style, where academic and musical achievement is forced on […]

Homework

Hello, many of you are now working from home.  Here’s something I wrote for SBS on the matter. Stay safe people! * How to work from home, by a WFH veteran As the dreaded coronavirus closes workplaces across the globe, many of us find ourselves working from the ‘home office’. Piece of cake, I hear […]

Family in the time of Covid-19

Hello there. Goodness, aren’t these strange times. Here’s something I wrote for SBS on managing Covid-19 and families.  * Can Dad come to visit us? Suddenly, with coronavirus swirling about, this is a question that we need to ask. He wants to drop off a food package and some much-needed baby wipes that he managed […]

3G mothering

Here’s something I wrote for SBS about the experience of being a mother. Special thanks to Mother and Grandmother for agreeing to chat about their experiences and for providing photographs. * Sleepless nights and food fights… From Malaysia to Melbourne, Kelly Eng looks at the stories and experiences of motherhood from three generations of her […]

Negligent mothers

Here’s an opinion piece I wrote for The Age addressing Leunig’s recent mothers-neglecting-children cartoon. I thought it was an interesting cartoon that, for me, brought up many issues around how we parent, flexible work, the internet (!) and being judged. Anyway, I had a strict word count so I couldn’t touch on much, but here […]

When sh*t hit the fan

Who doesn’t love a good constipation story? This is a labour story (kind of) that I wrote for Kidspot * My partner and I hadn’t gone out for a meal together since our 2-year-old was born. And with another child arriving soon, we decided to have one last supper (a very early supper due to […]

On breastfeeding

Wrote something for Kidspot on the horrors of breastfeeding. * I am not a natural-born breast feeder – not one of those women you see with a scarf artfully draped over her upper body while a compliant baby suckles at her bosom. No, I’m more the Quasimodo of breast feeders, hidden high up in an […]