- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Hello! My name is Carly Moosah and I am the co-founder, along with my husband, of www.keepemquiet.com The one stop shop for all your travelling with kids needs. Our travel packs for kids are award winning and have even been used at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie & Jack, to entertain their young wedding party. We have two children together, Dylan 6 and Sienna 4.
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
Due to a recent breast cancer diagnosis I have had to take a back seat with the running of the business. However, prior to this I had very strict times for work, which meant when I was with the children, I could be totally with them. Working around their schedules as best I could.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Be sure to have something in your week that is not work related and not mum related – just something for you that makes you forget about everything else.
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
I am a London girl through and through. I live a 10 minute drive from where I grew up and my Dad still lives on the same street as my childhood home. I love the seasons, I love the restaurants, I love the parks, I love the museums, I love the history. I love discovering new areas I’ve never been as I don’t tend to venture south of the river all that often. Feels like a totally new city when I do. There is something so special about walking the streets I walked as a child with my children and reliving my childhood through theirs again. Primrose Hill and Regents Park hold so many memories for me and now with my children too. You can never prepare a new parent for how much their weekends will change and how come rain or shine they will find themselves outdoors way more than they ever could imagine.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
For me it is guilt free time spent doing something just for my own benefit. Watching a show I love, having a long leisurely bath, getting my nails done, or a massage, spending child free time with friends. It is being present, not worrying or feeling guilty that I should be doing something else somewhere else. Knowing that I am worthy of time off from every role other than looking after myself.
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
My favourite thing about parenthood is being reminded of just how magical being a child is. Seeing the world through the wonder of your children’s eyes and in turn feeling youthful again. And the hugs.
My least favourite thing is receiving a text from school to say that worms or nits have been found in your child’s class. I am dreading finding my first nit.
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I have been in therapy on and off since I was 14 – and am a huge advocate of us all talking more about our mental health and breaking down the taboos around it.
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
You will survive, you are stronger than you know, you will be so surprised at how little sleep you can function on. Learn to nap, they are crucial. If your baby is suddenly doing something differently just know “it’s a phase!” This still applies to me now with a 6 and 4 year old – starting to realise life is all one big phase.
You are everything that baby needs. You will doubt yourself but you must remind yourself that there is no perfect parent but to your baby you are perfection. It all goes so fast, try not to get stressed out by routines and having everything happen too quickly. The baby years are far too fast so don’t rush any of it. Wish I had done.
- I’m a mum and……
I’m currently fighting breast cancer so I can be a Grandmother one day.
- 10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
The sense of community, the tips, the recommendations for days out. All in an area of London that is my whole life.