#NIESuperDad - Muhammad Irwan
Friday, 16 June 2017
Getting to know the Irwans
The Irwans consists of me (Irwan – the Dad), Norazian (the wife and supermom), Ian Hasif (the first born who is turning 5 on September the 12th) and Emma Falisha (the darling daughter who’ll be 3 on August the 14th).
I am a teaching fellow at NIE from the Asian Languages and Cultures AG, Malay Language and Culture department. My wife teaches Malay Language at CHIJ Katong Convent Secondary.
I normally spend time with my children...
reading, role-playing (as a footballer with Ian and as a customer patronizing a dessert stall with Emma) and relishing in some good ice cream.
My greatest challenge / struggle when I first became a dad was...
to accept that my paternity leave was not forever.
My happiest memory / moment as a dad was...
to welcome my children into this world with the adhan.
If I could share a piece of advice to a first time father / fathers out there, it would be...
to love the mother of your children even more, to enjoy the journey of fatherhood and to ask for directions if you ever feel like you’re lost in the journey.
What is the best thing about being a dad?
The feeling of being depended on, looked upon and unconditionally loved by your wife and kids.
Does being a teacher change your perspective and way of bringing up your children?
It does, as I strongly believe that the love for learning needs to be cultivated in children at a very young age.
If there is one piece of advice that you want your children to always hold dear to their hearts, what would it be?
Regardless of who they will grow up to be, I would want them to stay humble, to always do the right thing and to do things right.