We were delighted to interview Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan, a mother of two and founder of Momaboard.
How do you manage to juggle work and life balance?
The nice thing about running your own business is that you set your own hours. The downside, of course, is that you never really switch off. I work like a crazy person from the minute my kids leave the house to when they come back. Then I make sure I am 100% available for homework, classes, cuddles, and dinnertime.
While I work many nights, I am aware that my company is one of my many passions. I make sure to find the time to fuel the others: dancing, seeing friends, reading a good book.
I also make sure I have a solid support system. I have an excellent nanny who also cooks for our family so we get to enjoy home-cooked meals together, even though I can’t cook to save my life!
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
I think having 2 kids, moving 3 countries, writing a book, being a dance teacher and launching a startup that offers a valuable solution to traveling parents ALL within the span of 7 years, are probably my biggest achievements. My life feels really packed and exciting at the moment and I know there is more to come!
What do you love most about being a Mum?
I love how kids have the capacity to see right through the center of things.
They don’t have the blinders that adults do and often see the bigger picture when we’re enmeshed in the details. I also love watching the wonder in their eyes when I show them new things. I hope they never lose it.
What is your top family recipe that everyone loves to eat?
I am not a great cook (by daughter said our nanny should teach me how to boil an egg properly). But I do make a killer guacamole!
I think London is one of the most kid-friendly cities in the world. We love the Princess Diana playground in Kensington Gardens, the treasure trails at the V&A and summer afternoon music performances in Covent Garden (touristy I know but you can’t deny the charm!).
How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
My “me” time has to revolve around music. I am either going to a show or taking a vocal/dance lesson.
What does motherhood represent to you?
It’s essential to me that we let our children figure out who they are and what they want from life, rather than projecting an image of what they think we want as parents. Motherhood to me then means giving my children the tools to understand themselves and unconditional love and courage to express it.
What do you love most about London?
Ah London! I love that it’s regal and historic, but sexy and cutting edge, all at the same time. You hear multiple languages on the streets and can be in a another country within 2 hours by train. It is literally, the center of the world.
Where is your ideal family holiday and why?
My kids are 7 and 4. Our family holidays need to have just the right balance of adult and kid-friendly activities so everyone is engaged. Ideal vacations include a mix of culture as well as fun and relaxation options, with great food! Sicily was one of our best trips from that standpoint – we saw Greek ruins, went to the base of a volcano, swam in turquoise waters and went island hopping, but always had a pool or a beach to end the days in.
For a super lux and relaxed family break, we also love the Maldives. The water is mild and the sea life is rich enough that even my four year old could snorkel and see little fish without having to go too far offshore!
Given we are all about embracing our Motherhood journey what advice would you give a first time Mum?
To first time mums, shut out the noise and enjoy the first few months with your baby. When I say “noise” I mean: peer and societal pressure on how things “should” be done, unrealistic expectations on yourself around weight loss and “getting back to life”, rigidity and stress around the baby’s sleep routines, crawling, walking, talking. Nothing matters except you spending precious hours that will never come back enjoying the little miracle that you’ve created.