Motherhood by Monique McGoey

  1. Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.

My name is Monique and I founded TheMother-Hood.com – a website connecting Mums to their neighbourhoods. I live in Acton with my 10-year-old daughter, husband and our latest addition to our family Albie the cavapoo puppy.

2. What was your inspiration behind your website: http://themother-hood.com

I moved to London when my daughter was 2 years old. I was looking for things to do that go beyond the park and local play centre. Whether it’s a cool café with a great kids area or a restaurant with amazing children’s menu etc. The site started off as I was documenting what I was coming across that was family friendly. We’ve now grown and have mums across London sharing the best their area offer local families.

3. How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

My daughter is at school so it’s much easier now. It’s basically a 9-3pm role, with a sprinkling of evenings now and then. It’s tough, but the rewards are worth it. I try and stick to a tight routine.

4. What top tips would you give to any mum on starting her own business?

First and foremost, it has to be something your passionate about, because it will take up a lot of time and energy. Secondly, set realistic goals – if your intention is to spend time with your children then realize the business growth will take longer and that’s ok. It’s all about balance.

5. What do you love most about London?

I’ve always lived in cities – I like having everything on my doorstep and London certainly delivers that. We are so fortunate to have great institutions to explore, world-class restaurants and parks to play in.

6. How do you define quality ‘me-time’?

‘Me time’ would most likely involve going to the gym, a walk or hanging out with my girlfriends and having a good chat.

7. I am a Mum and…

A friend.

8. What is your favourite family hang out in London and why?

London has amazing places to choose from, but at this point I would have to say our local park. There are so many memories of my daughter’s milestones—from going across the monkey bars to learning to ride her bike. Now it’s where we take our puppy for walks. It’s also where I’ve met some amazing friends.

9. What would we always find in your handbag?

Lip balm and hair elastics.

10. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?

It’s a cliché, but time does really fly by so make the most of every moment. The first six months are the hardest and it feels like there isn’t any light at the end of the tunnel. The next thing you know, they are 10 and it time to start thinking about secondary school!

I would also say, make sure to take time to recharge your own battery. Your children need you to be strong and healthy for them, so don’t let any guilt enter your mind and make sure to invest in yourself.