Motherhood by Jo Tutchener-Sharp

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

Jo Tutchener-Sharp I am the founder of fashion brand Scamp & Dude, I live in Berkshire with my husband Rob and 2 kids, Sonny 8 and Jude 5.

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

I am answering this question in the middle of lockdown, trying to juggle home schooling the boys and running the business.  The biggest juggle of my life! I think all of us mums have been pushed to our limit over the past few months.  But I also think we will all appreciate everything a lot more when normality returns.

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

Things got easier for me when I set myself some boundaries.   I get the most stressed when I am trying to answer emails and amuse the kids at the same time, no one gets my full attention and we all end up feeling stressed.  My kids have after school clubs most days which finish at 5pm, so when they get home, my laptop goes away and I give them all of my attention until bedtime.  Then the laptop can come out later once they are asleep and work can have my full attention once more.  I don’t believe it is possible to do both at the same time, no one benefits.

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

We have just moved out of London, my favourite parts to go back and visit are Crouch End, Highgate, Hampstead and Muswell Hill which was our neck of the woods before we moved, they have so many great independent shops (including our Scamp & Dude shop in Highgate!), great restaurants (you have to try Bar Esteban in Crouch End!) and a lovely community feel.  I also love the West End, I spent 20 years working in W1 so have a many great memories in the area, and other favourite restaurants Chisou and Scotts which I still visit when I can.  I love Granary Square in Kings Cross where I used to take the boys to run through the fountains in the summer.  Also walking along the Southbank watching the street artists and a visit to London Zoo are also firm family favourites.

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

A bath with the door locked! Sad but true…I get very little me time, something I need to work on.

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

My least favourite thing about motherhood is the lack of time to myself and the lack of sleep.  My favourite things are getting to spend time with two hilarious little humans, they make me laugh so much coming out with the funniest things, also snuggles in bed together in the mornings (at weekends as mid week we are usually in a rush) and just being a family, our special little unit.

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

I used to play the saxophone in a jazz band, we played in Ronnie Scott’s and the Bimhais Jazz club in Amsterdam,

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

Read as many books as you can before you give birth, especially about sleep and getting into a good routine.  I read nothing and was a rabbit in the headlights when I had Sonny.  He woke every hour for the first 6 months because he had allergies and reflux, then every 2 hours after that.  The lack of sleep broke me, it was awful and although he had issues, I think knowledge and more of a routine would have helped.

  1.  I’m a mum and……a business owner but please don’t call me a mumpreneur! ; )

I can’t stand the term, you don’t hear men being called dadpreneurs.  I’ve never heard anyone call Richard Branson a dadpreneur! It is like a pat on the head for being a mum and a business woman.  If we are business founders, we are entrepreneurs whether we have children or not!

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

    Mum groups are essential, especially groups like Kensington Mums who put on inspiring events to keep your brain alive during maternity leave, and to enable you to meet like minded mums.