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More three-generation households in Singapore

Published on Mar 2, 2014 8:10 AM
Mr Royce Lee (second from right) with his wife Sarah May (right), at home in their four-bedroom Bukit Timah condo unit with his parents (from left) Henry Lee and Jessie Lim, and children Annabeth, two, Christabelle, eight, and Oliver, three. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

When their first child was born three weeks premature, financial services director Royce Lee and his wife, Sarah May, felt ill-prepared to care for the infant.

So his parents moved in to help. That was eight years ago. The senior couple stayed on as Mr Lee and his wife had two more children.

There are now eight people living under one roof in the family's four-bedroom condominium apartment in Bukit Timah: the couple, both 41, Christabelle, eight, Oliver, three, and Annabeth, two, as well as Mr Lee's father Henry Lee, 73, a retired human resource officer, and mother Jessie Lim, 66, a housewife, and a maid.

Mr Lee said: "Nothing beats having your mother to care for your children, as children are so precious."

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Background story

Good for grandparents

"My parents enjoy living with the children. They make them laugh and keep them occupied."

MR ROYCE LEE, a financial services director, on the benefits for his parents

Good for parents

"We can go for date nights once a week and go for holidays without the children as we know there are two trusted people at home."

MRS SARAH MAY LEE, on the benefits for her and her husband