- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Anna Ceesay, Founding Editor, Motherdom magazine. Two kids – my daughter is 7 and my son is 3.
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
My work is pretty full on, so I do sometimes worry that I haven’t got the balance right. As a journalist and someone in the “public eye” sometimes it’s difficult to switch off from work. But I try to mark out dedicated time with each of my kids every week – my daughter and I go on “dates” (before it would have been to a café, now of course it’s the garden!!) on the same day each week, and I try to make time to play on my own with my son, and be led by him – we might build a tower or play with bubbles, or his remote controlled car (a fave present from Christmas!).
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
All mums are doing an amazing job – try and remember that. Just think of how much labour you do every day, from the moment you wake up to going to bed. If you are a working mum then you’re also juggling paid work with non-paid work, and that’s another layer to contend with sometimes.
My tips for working mums:
- Try and carve out some weekly time for just you and your kids when you’re not working, maybe with each one separately if you have more than one child.
- I work from home so I’ve found it useful to have a different space that is definitely my “work space”. You might not have room for a home office but even if you clear an area on your dressing table in your bedroom to work, that’s great too.
- This is for any mum: if you’re feeling low, anxious or you feel that your mental health is suffering in any way – know that you’re not alone. Motherdom magazine is the UK’s first mainstream media platform dedicated to maternal mental health and wellbeing. I set it up after going through low mood and anxiety in my second pregnancy, as I was shocked that it didn’t already exist. Each edition is packed with real life stories from mums (and dads) on their own mental health journeys, as well as expert pieces from maternal wellbeing practitioners, yummy recipes and something to giggle at too. If you want to find out more about the mag, I’m on Instagram @motherdom_mag
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
I love the parks – it’s amazing how much green space there is in London. I’m a South East girl myself so have a soft spot for places like Ladywell Fields, Mountsfield Park and Beckenham Place Park.
Kensington is actually where my husband used to live when we started dating, so I spent many happy days in the borough (pre-kids!)
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
Quality “me-time” is reading a novel, which I try to do ten minutes of every day. I do also love my monthly trip to the salon for some pampering while the kids are at preschool/ school. On the very odd occasion I get to take myself shopping, that’s like PLATINUM “me-time”!
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
Favourite thing – how much my kids make me laugh
Least favourite thing – the sleepless nights!
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
Oooh. This is a good one. I’m an Aquarius and have always loved water. I was born close to the sea, and now live five minutes away from the beach. Every time I go there I feel so spiritually nourished.
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Follow your instincts – there’s so much advice out there but always remember that you know what’s best for your baby. If you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to an amazing charity like PANDAS (they have a helpline).
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- Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
I love the community you’ve created with Kensington Mums – a sense of togetherness is so important for our mental health. Bravo!
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