Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Hi, I’m Amalie Hughes and I’m Co-Founder of Toddler Fun Learning which I started with my husband Christian in 2013 alongside my husband, Christian. We started making content for our own children when we realised that there was very little content out there on YouTube that we would be happy for our children to watch. We have three children, Josh (6), Poppy (5) and Molly (1).
How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
I left my part time job as a Marketing Manager in December 2014 to focus on Toddler Fun Learning and work from home so that I could do the school drop off and pick-ups. Since Molly has come along its obviously been trickier to focus on work, and I have had to fit work in around her sleeps. It was really important for my husband and I that we had presence at the school gates and that we could enable the kids to have playdates after school. The kids, housework and work is a constant juggle but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to spend the important times with the kids whilst they are young at the same time as co-running and developing Toddler Fun Learning.
What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Don’t let the guilt in. Whether you are a stay at home mum or a mum that works there is always guilt. When I was employed I felt guilty about the length of the days that Josh and Poppy were in childcare but on the days when I wasn’t working and was with them I felt guilty towards my husband that was at work. Since becoming self-employed for Toddler Fun Learning and working from home, I’ve found something that really doesn’t feel like a job! We genuinely feel we’re making a difference around the world with Toddler Fun Learning, and it’s something Christian and I are really passionate about as well as engaging the kids in the business. It really is a family business!
What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
My favourite thing about London is all the amazing places to eat, the choice is just mind boggling. We also love all the different modes of transport you can go on and the Natural History Museum has to be a fave.
How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
For me there is are two types of ‘me-time’, one I get through exercise (could be running, swimming, walking gym, pilates etc) and clearing my head and this needs to be a regular (4 times a week) if not a daily thing (easier said than done I know.) Secondly having a night away from the children is a real treat, something that doesn’t happen very often but I absolutely appreciate it so much when I do, either with the hubby or with friends.
What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
My favourite thing about parenthood is knowing we have brought 3 amazing people into the world and watching them grow into their own people, but most of all, I love it when they need mummy cuddles.
My least favourite part of parenthood is not dealing well with my children when they are having a tricky day. I would love to say that I am always calm and I keep my cool but there have been times when I’ve lost my temper and feel terrible for the rest of the day.
I’m a mum and…… it’s all I‘ve ever wanted.
Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I’m quite heavily dyslexic and really struggled with reading out loud at school. Now I’m the voice for a global kid’s channel viewed by over 150 million people!
Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Don’t compare yourselves to others, be the mum that you want to be and be confident that you are a good mum. It’s not easy but it is amazing. I wish I could take some of this advice on board myself!!!
Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
Looking back to 2010 when I had my first baby I wish I had access to something like Kensington mums. I was lucky as I had my sister and friends that had babies at the same time however none were very local. No one ever tells you before having a baby that it can be quite lonely and just having the network of Kensington mums would have been a game changer, it’s such a massive support for both new mums but also mums with a range of children.