Intensive parenting: Is being a mother harder work than before? Three mothers share their views

Suhaila Subtu with her four children (from top) Umar Abdul Aziz, 13, Sara Syaakirah, 15, Huda Nusaybah, 10, and Ayla Zulaykha, five.
Suhaila Subtu with her four children (from top) Umar Abdul Aziz, 13, Sara Syaakirah, 15, Huda Nusaybah, 10, and Ayla Zulaykha, five.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Elizabeth Li, 39, and her three children, Chelsea, 13, Christian, 11, and Chasten, five. She practised breastfeeding on demand and making purees from scratch for them when they were younger and does not regret the labour-intensive practices.
Elizabeth Li, 39, and her three children, Chelsea, 13, Christian, 11, and Chasten, five. She practised breastfeeding on demand and making purees from scratch for them when they were younger and does not regret the labour-intensive practices. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - In previous generations, children typically scoot away to play when mum gets the dinner done.

But even if she is busy cooking, stay-at-home mother Suhaila Subtu will at times try to be involved when her youngest child, Ayla Zulaykha, four, is drawing or playing.

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