Motherhood by Cerine Shalak

  1. Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have. 

Hello, I’m Cerine and mother to a daughter Sienna who is almost 2 years old. I’m the former Headmistress of a top London nursery and very recently founded my new brand, The Baby Scoop. We share the scoop on all things baby and toddlers on our online platform (@thebaby__scoop), giving tips and advice for parents, as well as activity ideas for children 0-5 years old. We also run messy and sensory play classes for babies aged 6 months – 3 years in Chelsea. 

2. How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

It’s not easy juggling both – my daughter doesn’t go to nursery yet so she is home most of the day and this can be quite the challenge getting work done and being with her! I think for me the key is to have a list of things I aim to target for each day (work wise) and get them done over a set number of hours, and then spend the rest of my time with my daughter. Ultimately she is my number one priority. 

3. What top tips would you give to any working mum?

Delegate if possible! If you can have people either help you with your child, or help you with your business, then get that help. You can’t do everything single handed and the sooner you realise it the better. Also, the mum guilt is there whether you work or you’re a stay at home mum. We always feel guilty somehow about everything and I think that’s normal. 

4. What do you love most about London?  Do you have a favourite spot with your children? 

I love that London is so cosmopolitan and I really feel that’s an important environment for young children to be raised in. We actually love going to restaurants as a family over the weekend so we often think of new, child friendly places to take her to. 

The playground at Holland Park is great and she recently adored our trip to the London Aquarium! 

5. How do you define quality ‘me-time’? 

I think quality ‘me-time’ is really important for every mother and really varies from person to person. For me having a hot coffee, uninterrupted, in a quiet café really makes me feel recharged! It’s the little things we once took for granted! 

6. What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood? 

My favourite thing is being Sienna’s mother. I really love it more than anything in the world. Having been a teacher and headmistress for so many years, I am very used to being around all sorts of children. I can honestly say, the novelty of watching them experience things for the first time or learn new things never wears off! 

My least favourite thing is thinking of meals for her and preparing/cooking them. And then she doesn’t eat them! 

7. Tell us something people don’t know about you. 

I spend at least 30 minutes looking at pictures of my daughter before I go to bed each night! 

8. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum? 

You won’t always know what you’re doing but always trust your gut, you’ll surprise yourself how right you are when you do. Also, enjoy every moment because it really does go by in the blink of an eye! 

9. I’m a mum and…… PROUD! 

10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?

I love the positivity and the sense of a tight community that Kensington Mums brings to mothers. That’s a really important thing when you become a mother as it can feel like a very lonely place at times. I also love all the suggestions of places to go and the articles written about various topics. Makes us feel like we’re keeping up to date with what’s going on around.