- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Hi – my name is Claire Goldsmith. I’m the current CEO of Oliver Goldsmith, which is an eyewear company. We design sunglasses and spectacles for the discerning glasses wearer. It’s also a British heritage brand, started by my great grandfather 95 years ago. I am also a wife and mother to two kids aged 11 and 9.
2. How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
To be honest work life and life, for me it’s all just one life. The different threads make up the fabric. They are all really important to me. I’ve never been great at compartmentalising them. Each day I get presented with a different mix of them all. I like it. It keep things interesting.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
I think people fret about a lot of the little stuff and fretting is a pointless task. There are a few really important things I think I need to give my kids: love, security, information and understanding. Outside of that I don’t worry. Maybe I could spend more time with them if I didn’t work, but would it change anything for them really if I did? I don’t think so. I think they are growing up just fine without me around during the hours of 9am and 5pm!
4. What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
Anyone who knows me know that I am a proud and patriotic Londoner. There is no-where in the world I would rather live. Don’t get me wrong. I have visited man other cities and really enjoyed them, but always get home and think “my’ London is a little bit better. Favorited places? I love the South Bank with the kids. So much to do and see and walk through. I love the Royal Parks. Love boats down the Thames and London days out. And without the kids…..where to start? The array of incredible restaurants and venues in London is endless. So many hidden gems too if you know about them. Small bars, quaint little eateries.
5. How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
Going for a 2 hour massage.
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
Favourite: as they get older, enjoying their company because I like the people they are becoming. It’s exciting to see them become independent, capable “people”.
Least Favourite: holidays became so much more expensive. Kids are expensive!
7. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
No one said it would be easy. But it will be worth it.
8. I’m a mum and……still I’m me.
9. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
I think its really important to have communities like this for a group of people who are really juggling a lot. There is strength in numbers and in knowing you are not alone.