National Family Council announces new survey of 3G families

The National Family Council kicked off its annual one-month celebration of families in Singapore on Wednesday at youth community space *Scape.

At the event, NFC chairman Lim Soon Hock said that the council has commissioned the Institute of Policy Studies and the National University of Singapore to conduct a new research study on three-generational families here. The study, which will be conducted through surveys and focus groups, will explore issues these families face and identify key concerns and challenges they face.

The findings of the study, which is expected to be ready by the end of this year, will go towards developing strategies to build more resilient families.

Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, guest of honour at the event, said: "The family is constantly evolving, it used to have many generations of people living under one roof. It will continue to evolve. But the family will continue to be a central institution in our society."

Mr Chan, whose children are aged 12, four and one, said: "On a Saturday morning, it typically goes like this - I wake up...send my older one for some of her activities, run to the grassroots and try to time the grassroot activities such that it finishes and allows the time to go back and fetch her.

"My work is important and meaningful...but at the same time, I will not be able to do all these if my family is not settled."