- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
My name is Berangere. I am a French teacher working in a private bilingual school and a sophrologist practionner working with adults, teenagers and children. I am a mum of 3 girls: one is 6 years old and the twins are nearly 4-year-old.
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
As a mother I like to spend time with my daughters when I come back home. Especially during weekends. We like to play together, read stories, doing some art and craft.
It is not always easy to switch off the phone when I come back home and just be focused with them. So they know that I have some special times where I will be only with them and some times where they can play alone or together but without me.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Tip number one would be: we are not super heroes and it is ok to feel that we won’t be able to do everything that is on our to do list.
Tip number 2 : you have to let it go on some less important things (it is important to priorities what will be very important to do and what we can leave for later…)
Tip number 3: it is also important to realise when we feel it is too much for us and we need help. It can be from our partner, from the kids themselves or from family, friends or neighbours if they are available for one hour of to give us some little help on little things that needs to be done.
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
London is a fantastic city where you can find amazing parcs in the middle of the city as well as theatre, museums, activities for kids. You can find easily anything you like to do and it can be very different activities with really different people.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
From my point of view, quality “me time” would be things I can do that are giving me satisfaction, calm, peace, joy and pleasure such as having a massage, being able to read a book on the sofa, going out with some friends, enjoying a show, a film outside the house…
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
I love having lots of cuddly time with my daughters and times where we take time together doing something they love (reading a book, playing a game, cooking together…)
What I don’t like about parenthood is when the kids are fighting or shouting for any reason, and not listening what you told them.
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
People always think I am a very strong person that can deal with any situation.
It is true, I have a high level of resilience… but like everyone, I have some days where I will cry and feel awful !
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
I will tell her to enjoy any second, and to listen to herself… advises from others are good but most of the time you won’t follow your instinct anymore thinking that the others knows better than you… and that’s wrong.
Just do what you feel is good, you know your child and yourself better than anyone else!
- I’m a mum and……
- 10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
It really gives positive information about mums but also the difficult aspect of it are not hidden. That’s what mum’s need to read and hear in my point of view.