ALISON LEE Mama wants this.

At-home. Happy.

AGE   35

HOMETOWN   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

@TWITTER   @MamaWantsThis

ON THE WEB   MamaWantsThis.com

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   One, with another on the way!

FAVORITE CHILD   Child One

DAY JOB   Stay-at-home mother

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

I’m a stay-at-home mom so I don’t have to worry about juggling working with everything else. My husband runs his own company and works from home half the week, so we’re very lucky that both of us get to spend time with our son.

HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

This is probably a cliched answer, but it’s true in my case. My needs and wants as an individual has changed. Everything I do or don’t do, I have my son in mind. Things that seemed important then, just don’t even appear in my radar now.

WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

My in-laws are amazing. They live just round the corner from us and from day one, they’ve been pillars of support for us.

My son goes to his grandparents place every afternoon for a couple of hours, and Mama gets some time to run errands, do chores, blog and on the rare occasion, get a quick nap. My son gets to grow up with his grandparents around – I know how special that relationship can be.

My best childhood memories came from spending time with my grandmother. I know I’m incredibly lucky and for that I am grateful.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?

I like to think that I haven’t committed any grievous parenting mistakes so far – unless you count the couple of times I had to let my poor child sit in a poopy diaper and clothes because I forgot the diaper bag.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?

Parenting is made up of many, many small moments, not just the milestones that are tangible such as when your child graduates from high school, or learns to drive, or scores straight A’s, or wins the Nobel Prize.

All the times when my son has reached any small milestone in his development, I’m a proud Mama. I know that in those small moments, I’m contributing to his development as a mother can and should.

Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan is the Founder and CEO of The Modern Village, and publisher of TheParentduJour.com and TheMotherHoodBlog.com.

27 thoughts on “ALISON LEE Mama wants this.

  • February 29, 2012 at 10:08 am
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    So, great to learn more about you. I’m so jealous that your son gets to spend so much time with his grandparents. My in-laws live about 30 minutes away, my husband is an only child, hence my kids are the only grand kids… unfortunately, they don’t seem to care and don’t spent much time with them at all. Pretty sad. That’s just life.

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    • February 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm
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      Thank you Susi, for hopping on over here to read. Yes, we are extremely lucky and blessed that our son gets to grow up with his grandparents. So sorry that your experience is different.

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  • February 29, 2012 at 11:47 am
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    I really wish my kids would spent more time with their grandparents too. You and your son are very lucky!

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  • February 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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    You are so lucky to have such amazing in laws willing to help that often. Your kids will grow up with that strong relationship, plus it gives you some time to yourself.

    You’re so right about the best parenting moment. It’s made up of many many small moments.

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  • February 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm
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    I love that you and your husband have the ability to spend lots of time with your children! And I love that you have family so close by! That’s so awesome! Before kids, I wanted to move far from my family. I wanted to establish myself in a new city and raise my family there. But, now with kids, I’m so thankful that we stayed near to my mom. She works, but she helps on the weekends. And since she’s off in the summer as a teacher, she helps even more then. It’s great to have help and it makes you appreciate your family even more.

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    • February 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm
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      When we decided to start a family, we established that we wanted to be hands on and spend a lot of time with our kids. We live in a culture of hired help with children handed off to nannies as soon as they’re born – I just didn’t want to go there. So glad your mom is so involved with your girls!

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  • February 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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    That is so awesome that your in-laws help out. My MIL watches my son once a week, and it’s a great help!

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  • February 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm
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    I agree with you, it is very important for kids to have great relationships with their grandparents. My parents are always there for us.
    Happy to know more about you!
    Your Friend, m.

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    • February 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm
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      Your parents are awesome (loved that post about your mom recently, Mark!). Thank you for coming over here to read.

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  • February 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm
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    “Favorite child: child one.”

    That just made me giggle. Poor little Scrumpet.

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  • February 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm
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    I’m surprised that they ask which child is the favorite. Or am I missing something?

    It was fun learning extra tidbits, like your husband running his own business or your in-laws living so close. It adds another dimension to you Alison!

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    • February 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm
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      Heh. I filled out this questionnaire way before I found out I was pregnant again 🙂

      And thank you for reading here Jennie!

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  • February 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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    I love the focus on the small moments, Alison! They are, indeed, what it’s all about!

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  • February 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm
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    So nice that you have two generations with lovely grandparent memories!

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  • March 1, 2012 at 3:03 am
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    I have followed your blog for almost a year now Alison and you have become such a confident parent. I think that is what I love about you the most. Confidence without the cockiness. I am so excited to ‘ meet’ the new member of your family.

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  • March 1, 2012 at 3:17 am
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    It is truly a blessing to grow up with grandparents around and living nearby. I had that too. I only wish Isabelle had the same.

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  • March 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm
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    OMG…I remember this one time on my way to work and dropping off the Chunk Monkey that he barfed. I had to pull over and scoop the puke out with my hands because I did not have any napkins in the car…AND I did not have any extra clothes. Fail.
    I love you Alison.
    xoxo

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  • March 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm
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    It is so incredibly special that your son gets to spend all that time with his grandparents. What a gift you’ve given him!

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  • March 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm
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    Ah yes, the poopy diaper/no diaper bag scenario. Been there, smelled that! 🙂

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  • March 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm
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    Love how you have grown! And number 2 will be here in no time at all, so looking forward to sharing this new road with you xxx

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