Motherhood by Bettina Campolucci Bordi

1. Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Hi, I’m Bettina Campolucci Bordi otherwise known as Bettina’s Kitchen, I have 1 child who is 7 years old, going on 17! I’m a chef, recipe developer, two times cookbook author and all-round foodie.

2. How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
It can be difficult sometimes as my job doesn’t have a set 9-5 and I could be away working at retreats or at late evening events. I’m so lucky that I have a very good shared parenting strategy with my husband (he actually takes 50% responsibility in looking after our daughter (we’re still married/together) and that really helps. It allows us both to be there for our daughter and family and also still focus on our work and what we love.

3. What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Planning is key! Co-coordinate, where possible, with your partner and never be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

4. What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
I love Tredwells, we go there as a family for a special treat. Covent Garden is always amazing to wander around together on the weekends too. It’s super accessible; there’s such a variety of different things to do that we all can enjoy.

5. How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
By being on my own, even if it’s just for an hour. I like my own company and this time alone really helps me get in the right headspace for a busy week or day. It’s not selfish to spend time on your own – it allows you to become the best person you can be, and then be that best person for your family.

6. What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
One of my favourite’s thing is being able to see my daughter grow up and become her own person. I don’t actually have a least favourite – if I had to pick, I’d say it’s a shame we don’t (as a Nation) speak more openly about our struggles as parents – it’s always so sugar-coated. I find that people aren’t comfortable speaking about the day to day stresses and the emotional stress being a parent brings. Parenthood is often glamorised and when people do have children, they are shocked in a sense that is not always easy. However, for me, parenthood is something that both me and my husband really thought about and wanted and have found a way to make it work for all of us.

7. Tell us something people don’t know about you.
Most people presume I am from Italy because of my name. However, I am actually Danish by nationality and then grew up in East Africa and Sweden as a child, so I am a bit of a cultural mix. But this just makes me want to embrace all I have seen and learnt throughout my years and share it with others.

8. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Listen to other people’s advice but also trust your instincts. Don’t do what doesn’t feel right to you and don’t read too many books beforehand as well – the amount of information out there can be scary and overwhelming. Trust your gut!

9. I’m a mum and……I love it, it’s part of who I am and what I do.

10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
There is just something so wonderful about the community it brings – showing you that you are never alone; there is always someone a text, a phone-call or just a cup of coffee away that is always willing to help, with zero judgements. Being a parent can be scary, and it can also be isolating – so having a lifeline like the Kensington Mum’s is a life-saver for those down days but also someone to share all the little milestones with. It’s like having a hundred different friends all at once.