Motherhood by Kripa Dewani

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

My name is Kripa, also known as 15min Mom on social media where I blog about healthy eating and develop quick & easy 15min recipes for food brands & food companies. I have 3 children aged 9,7 & 3 that are my motivation for cooking from scratch & cooking fast!

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

Planning & Scheduling really helps, even if i fail to follow through most of the times because children take priority, it gives me a guideline and listing tasks helps me remember what needs completing. I do have to work outside parenting times but because i’m not an early bird, I end up working late into the night.

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

I definitely recommend producing daily task lists and weekly task lists that are realistic to follow leaving gaps for unexpected & unforeseen events, especially with children. I also believe in single tasking as opposed to multitasking. It has been proved that completing 1 task at a time with maximum input is far more productive than half-completing various tasks and probably leaving them unfinished for long periods of time.

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

I love the cultural & cosmopolitan flavours of London. The diversity, the international habitants and the hustle bustle of the city. Theatres, museums, art galleries, exhibitions, shows, concerts.. there is always so much happening. I love all those cultural opportunities both for adults & children.

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

Quality me-time is time to reflect, to have mindspace, to be able to organise ideas without noisy children or distractions. Me-time is doing anything that makes ME selfishly feel good, whether that’s a massage, a training session, a coffee with a friend or just window shopping without an agenda.

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

I’ve always been passionate about children, I used to teach for over 10years during University times. Parenting is in my DNA so there’s very little I dislike about it. If i were to choose my favourite thing, it would have to be the cuddles & kisses i get from my brood & my least favourite is yet to come, when they’ll grow up faster than i can count and will effectively stop giving me those cuddles & kisses.

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

I’m a perfectionist and over critical about myself. I’m OCD and tidy up to combat boredom. I find organising things either in the household or events with family & friends, quite therapeutic and satisfying. I’m an organiser.

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

Don’t be hard on yourself. Motherhood doesn’t come with a manual but it absolutely should because it’s not easy. If there were to be a manual, it would probably not be suited to you because we are all different, children are different & our ways & reactions are all different. You will always do the best you can for your children so don’t doubt yourself & stick to your gut instincts.

9. I’m a mum and……
I couldn’t feel more blessed.

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

I love how Kensington Mums brings a whole community of people together, whether they are professionals in fields that benefit parents or they are simply parents. The events are great and the information sharing platforms are always up to date. The passion transpires through all the work put in by the Kensington Mums Team.