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Singaporean woman becomes grandmother in early 30s : Here's her advice to her teen son who's a father

'Actually, it was 34 when I became ahma (grandma). Good & bad! Depends on how you look at it and how you manage it,' reads her post on Instagram where she also wrote that she is a parent to four children aged 8-17.
Last Updated : 15 May 2024, 09:58 IST
Last Updated : 15 May 2024, 09:58 IST

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How often does it happen that parents accept the blunders committed by children and make them learn from it? Well, mother to four— a Singaporean woman aged 35 became the grandmother of her teen son's child recently inviting mixed reactions from netizens when she shared the news online.

The woman was identified as one Shirli Ling who posted the update of her son becoming a father on Instagram. As she shared the update, Ling recalled her own experience of becoming a parent at the same age, and said that she mentored her son about the responsibility he has now.

“Things that already happen can't turn. Instead of scolding, I would rather advise and give them more support. We cannot choose good or naughty children to have. But we can guide our children to be better each and every day,” said Ling who is runs a chicken hotpot restaurant.

"Actually, it was 34 when I became ahma (grandma). Good & bad! Depends on how you look at it and how you manage it,” reads her post on Instagram where she also wrote that she is a parent to four children aged 8-17.

Reacting to her post, one of the netizens commented: “When the kids are 16 or 17 years old, let them decide if they want to have them? If it's a mistake to get pregnant accidentally, it's even more wrong to keep them deciding how to live their lives! Decisions made without enough knowledge and life accumulation are sad. As a mother, you should act decisively when it comes to dissuasion. Guide your children is your responsibility for life."

Ling who is also a food vlogger further says in a video she posted on social media that when her son approached her with the news, she asked him what he wanted to do instead of reprimanding him. She also shared her experience of being a parent at the age 17, with her son. In the video, while she speaks about being responsible for the actions and decisions one takes, Ling says that she would not encourage her children to indulge in starting a family at such a young age.

Shirli Ling also starred in a Singaporean military comedy film Ah Girls Go Army, released in 2022, after which she rose to fame.

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Published 15 May 2024, 09:58 IST

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