31 episodes

Family life can be unpredictable and chaotic. Amidst work pressures, day-to-day stresses and digital distractions, how can we nurture greater intimacy with our spouse and deepen our parent-child connections?

Join us in our honest conversations about marriage, parenting and work life as we chat with everyday people and experts about the struggles, joys and small victories that we share.

There is no perfect family. As we share stories, offer practical insights and answer your questions, we hope that these episodes will provide hope and encouragement in your journey of becoming a better spouse and a more intentional parent.

ParentE‪d‬ Focus on the Family Singapore

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Family life can be unpredictable and chaotic. Amidst work pressures, day-to-day stresses and digital distractions, how can we nurture greater intimacy with our spouse and deepen our parent-child connections?

Join us in our honest conversations about marriage, parenting and work life as we chat with everyday people and experts about the struggles, joys and small victories that we share.

There is no perfect family. As we share stories, offer practical insights and answer your questions, we hope that these episodes will provide hope and encouragement in your journey of becoming a better spouse and a more intentional parent.

    The Pain and the Pleasure of Parenting

    The Pain and the Pleasure of Parenting

    Ask any parent and they very likely will say that parenting is the most rewarding thing they have done and yet also the hardest. As we highlight the difficult topic of experiencing pain in the family this month, we'll be looking at the pain spots we experience in parenting.
    From adjusting to handle the night feeds when children are young to managing angsty teenagers, parents will face varying degrees of pain in their parenting journey. Can you find the pleasure of parenting in the midst of trying moments?
    In this episode, our host, Aaron Ng, will be speaking with Daryl Koh, a father of 2 and an educator in a local school. Daryl is married for 17 years and his children are aged 14 and 12 years old. He is passionate about engaging young people and he has been teaching for more than 20 years.
    Focus on the Family Singapore has an ongoing series of ParentEd Dialogues where we have conversations to coach parents on how to adapt as your kids grow up, starting with understanding his or her personality, how to discipline well and how to create a loving and fun culture at home. Our next ParentEd Dialogues are coming up in May and you can sign up for it on our website https://www.family.org.sg/PDialogues (here).
    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1498022898 (Apple Podcast) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/parented-1010477 (Podchaser). It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link https://www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast (www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast) to share with your friends.
    You can also support us by https://www.family.org.sg/givenow (giving monthly). We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.

    • 23 min
    How to Raise a Strong Woman

    How to Raise a Strong Woman

    "As an iron hand in a velvet glove, so her inner strength is clothed by her dignity and grace."
    This month, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, we are turning the spotlight on women and womanhood.
    In this episode, https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannakoh-hoe/ (Joanna Koh-Hoe), CEO of Focus on the Family Singapore, catches up with https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheryl-ng-796ab923/ (Cheryl Ng) and her daughter, https://www.linkedin.com/in/darienne-sim-bba042132/ (Darienne Sim) about what it means to be a strong woman.
    Believing that children are the future and family the nurturing ground, Cheryl dedicated the early part of her career to pursuing her childhood dream of teaching in junior colleges, before switching her attention to bringing up her own children.
    Cheryl was appointed by the Minister as a steering committee member of the Parents Advisory Group for the Internet (PAGI) from 2000 to 2004, and thereafter served on the Publications Consultative Panel, followed by the https://www.betterinternet.sg/ (Media Literacy Council). She continues to volunteer with the Films Consultative Panel of the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).
    To uphold the interests of children and families, Cheryl has discussed her work on internet safety in public seminars, radio talk shows and on TV. In fact, she was featured with her family in a television educational docu-drama.
    Having been a full-time career woman, a full-time stay-home mum, and also a full-time working mum, Cheryl is determined that what the future holds is founded on what we now build. She is romantically married to Andy with four daughters, and she is also an involved grandparent. She brings to every speaking engagement deep insights mixed with strong passion.
    Darienne currently studies English Literature at Nanyang Technological University and enjoys writing poetry. Her mum describes her as fun-loving and creative.
    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1498022898 (Apple Podcast) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/parented-1010477 (Podchaser). It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link https://www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast (www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast) to share with your friends.
    You can also support us by https://www.family.org.sg/givenow (giving monthly). We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.

    • 27 min
    I Don't Have to Be Wonder Woman

    I Don't Have to Be Wonder Woman

    This month, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, we are turning the spotlight on women and womanhood.
    In our modern society, a lot have been said about the role of women in society, in family, and with that, the perceived idea of “having it all”.
    On social media, we may often see stylish moms with great careers and beautiful families, and feel a sense of “Insta-envy” at how wonderful their lives are and there can be a very real sense of expectation and comparison.
    In this episode, our host, Aaron Ng, chats with Jennifer Heng (Director, https://safeplace.org.sg/ (Safe Place) and Author, https://www.armourpublishing.com/product/walking-out-of-secret-shame-by-jennifer-heng-2/ (Walking Out of Secret Shame)) and her husband, John Heng, on the multiple roles of a woman. What are some expectations women have on themselves? Is it realistic for women to be "wonderful" in all that they do? What are some practical things husbands can do to support their wives?
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hengjennifer/ (Jennifer) was a recipient of The Great Women of our Time Awards, and she advocates for women and families with unsupported pregnancies to make life-giving choices. You can partner and support her team at Safe Place https://safeplace.org.sg/partner-us/ (here).
    Jennifer and John have been married for 19 years, and are parents of a 10 year old daughter, Alexis.
    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1498022898 (Apple Podcast) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/parented-1010477 (Podchaser). It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link https://www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast (www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast) to share with your friends.
    You can also support us by https://www.family.org.sg/givenow (giving monthly). We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.

    • 26 min
    This Is How I Prepare My Child for Successful Relationships

    This Is How I Prepare My Child for Successful Relationships

    For every parent, as our kids grow up, we watch on with a mixture of anticipation, awe and sometimes, fear. What if they make the wrong choices? Are they making friends in school? Or more importantly, who on earth is he or she dating?
    Since who your child dates and ends up marrying will directly affect their lives, how do you help set them up to be able to have healthy and successful relationships?
    Tune in to the conversation between ParentEd podcast host, https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-ng-shenchiang/ (Aaron Ng), and our guest, https://www.linkedin.com/in/percylow/ (Percy Low), Partnership Manager with https://www.facebook.com/famchamps (FamChamps), on how she prepares her children for successful friendships and future relationships.
    Percy has more than 20 years of experience working and mentoring youths, as well as helping parents develop strong parenting skills. With the belief that Family is the bedrock of society and everyone has a role to build strong families, she hopes to inspire the next generation to believe, live out and champion family. Percy has been happily married to Luke Loh for 25 years and they have 3 beautiful daughters.
    * https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/sungei-buloh-wetland-reserve (Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve) is a nature reserve in Singapore.
    https://campaigns.family.org.sg/celebrate-marriage/ (Celebrate Marriage) is an annual campaign by Focus on the Family Singapore to uplift and inspire marriages. If you are married, take this https://campaigns.family.org.sg/celebrate-marriage-quiz/ (quiz) to gain an honest understanding of the current weather conditions of your marriage and identify key growth areas for a healthy and connected relationship with your spouse.
    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1498022898 (Apple Podcast) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/parented-1010477 (Podchaser). It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link https://www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast (www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast) to share with your friends.
    You can also support us by https://www.family.org.sg/givenow (giving monthly). We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.

    • 21 min
    How To Weather the Seasons Together

    How To Weather the Seasons Together

    We had a wet and rainy start to 2021 here in Singapore. Some of us had plans to go outdoors, keep up with our fitness routines, or spend more time going out as a family, now that we can actually go out. As with the wet weather, sometimes things take an unexpected turn and we have to adjust. The same goes for our marriages which goes through different weathers and seasons.
    In this episode, https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannakoh-hoe/ (Joanna Koh-Hoe), CEO of Focus on the Family Singapore chats with husband-and-wife, Amos and Karen Ang about how we can face the different weathers of marriage together.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/amos-ang-27043b13/ (Amos) and Karen Ang work with an international nonprofit organization and have been teaching and facilitating Marriage Preparation Courses since 2000. One of their passions is to inspire hope and passion in marriages and they particularly enjoy mentoring engaged and newly married couples as well as young parents. Amos and Karen speak regularly on the need to invest time, energy and resource to nurture the marriage relationship for the long haul. Amos is also a professional trainer and coach.
    They are married for 24 years and have 2 beloved sons. They love exploring new places and playing games together as a family.
    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1498022898 (Apple Podcast) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/parented-1010477 (Podchaser). It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link https://www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast (www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast) to share with your friends.
    You can also support us by https://www.family.org.sg/givenow (giving monthly). We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.
    Disclaimer: This episode was recorded remotely as we play our part to keep Singapore safe during this season of COVID-19. The audio quality may be slightly affected during the online recording.

    • 27 min
    How to Improve Your Marriage in 2021

    How to Improve Your Marriage in 2021

    Many marriages have weathered the unexpected in 2020. In the midst of the busyness of work and parenting, how can we make our marriage better, and not worse? How can we aim for a stronger and healthier marriage in 2021?
    The best gift we can give our children, is to love our spouse. Join https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannakoh-hoe/ (Joanna Koh-Hoe), CEO of Focus on the Family Singapore, as she chats with husband-and-wife pair, Tony and Ting Ai Soh, in this inspiring and candid conversation on loving our spouse.
    Tony and Ting Ai have been married for almost 27 years and have 3 adult children. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-soh-393344a/ (Tony) currently works in the non-profit sector and also serves as the Vice-Chairman of Focus on the Family Singapore. Ting Ai is a communications professional and a full-time working mum.
    Besides having exclusive dates with each other, Tony and Ting Ai are intentional to spend one-on-one time with each of their 3 adult children. Read Tony's interview with https://biblical-parenting.org/interviews/being-a-successful-father-isnt-just-about-being-successful-at-work-tony-soh/ (Our Daily Bread) on what made and helped him change his priorities towards his family.
    If you have enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and review on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1498022898 (Apple Podcast) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/parented-1010477 (Podchaser). It'll be very helpful for others to find our podcast. You can also help us by copying this link https://www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast (www.family.org.sg/parentedpodcast) to share with your friends.
    You can also support us by https://www.family.org.sg/givenow (giving monthly). We appreciate your generous giving as every dollar helps to sustain our efforts in strengthening families. Do note that if you are based in Singapore, one-time gifts above SGD$50 or monthly donations above SGD$10 are eligible for 250% tax-deductible benefits.
    Disclaimer: This episode was recorded remotely as we play our part to keep Singapore safe during this season of COVID-19. The audio quality may be slightly affected during the online recording.

    • 28 min

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