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What does it mean to be a mum who prioritises her wellbeing, happiness and career above family and kids? To Jasmine, it means to reconnect and have adult conversations every once in awhile
 
Jasmine Gan is the Head of Marketing at Arts House Ltd and a mother of two.

 

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Jasmine Gan is a cheery mother of two who's an expert at balancing time between herself and her family. As a working mum, the Head of  Marketing at Arts House Ltd isn't apologetic for the me-time she indulges in whenever she needs a break. Here's what she thinks of being a #mefirstmum: 

 

Why is being #mefirst important to you?

Women are conditioned to sacrifice, so we tend to put everyone else’s needs before ours. I realised that in order to be a good mother, I would need to prioritise myself as well as reconnect with myself and who I want to be.

 

What do you need to be a #mefirstmum?

I have a very good support system in my husband and family. Whenever I need a couple of hours to run personal errands, I’ll talk to my husband and my parents to ask if they can step in. I also formed a mummy tribe with my girlfriends. When we arrange for play dates, that’s when I reconnect with the mums and engage in adult conversations.

 

How do you feel when you're judged for your actions?

I think success isn’t measured by the number of hours you spend with your children; it’s the quality time spent together, even 30 minutes. And whether you spend enough time with your children varies with different families. I always think that a happy and balanced mum is a good mum, so if you’re happy working, just do it. Or if you’re happy being a stay-at-home mum, do it.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Alicia Chong
STYLING: Bryan Goh 
HAIR & MAKEUP: Rina

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