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Families face a different set of pressures today: Chan Chun Sing

Published on Apr 5, 2014 2:05 PM
Second Minister for Defence Mr Chan Chun Sing hosting a discussion with educators, exercise scientists, pre-enlistees and servicemen on how to strengthen fitness for national servicemen and how students can be better physically prepared for NS on April 5, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Parents' aspirations for their children to achieve have become more intense - highlighting how today's families face a different set of challenges, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said on Saturday.

"Competition is more intense than ever, the work stress is more intense than ever, the aspiration for our children to achieve is even more intense than ever," said Mr Chan, who was speaking at at a family empowerment lecture at the Singapore Expo organised by Jamiyah Singapore.

"In the past, it was first have the kid and then figure out how to bring up the kid. Now it's the other way around."

Speaking to 3,000 parents at the event, organised by voluntary welfare organisation Jamiyah Singapore, Mr Chan recounted how an elderly couple had told him how their six children grew up in a one-room flat before going on to become graduates.

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