1. Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Maria Monteiro, AKA Brook Green Mums
Head Of Communications/PR & Family Blogger
two Gorgeous Girls (Aged 5 & 10)
2. How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
It’s not at all easy, but the best is just to go with the flow and enjoy every single moment…… 🙂
3. What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Don’t try to be super mum! Pace yourself and do your utmost, If you can’t be perfect at all things, just try your best.. Remember no one is perfect and you are doing fine!
4. What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
The fact that it’s such a melting pot, with so many different cultures & backgrounds. We have made amazing friends from all over the world. I am so grateful to have found Brook Green – A true paradise in central London. It has great parks around, fantastic restaurants and a wonderful community vibe.
5. How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
Being able to take a bubble bath and read a book. This normally only lasts about 5 min though.
6.What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
Watching them grow & seeing, the amazing girls they are becoming…. makes me feel like a better person and it’s so rewarding.
The little time I get to myself, the constant juggle is real… we just need to make the best of it.
7.Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I am a citizen of the world; I was born in Rome, I am Portuguese but have French blood as well, I spent my childhood in New York & have been living in London since 2006.
8.Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
You need to get a broader picture of what motherhood really is,
especially in those early days. No one prepared me for a terrible and traumatic birth experience with my first daughter, nor for what it was to bring a new-born home. Everyone kept talking the positives of motherhood and how wonderful it was to have a baby.
It’s not all roses and it’s ok for us to talk about this. It shouldn’t be a taboo. Women need to also be prepared for the worse things that come with it. I wish I had been told back in 2010 about these…and felt I was much more prepared when it came to my second daughter in 2014.
9. I’m a mum and I feel blessed & loved!
10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
It was so nice to meet other mums around the neighbourhood. I was going through a rough patch and it was really uplifting to meet such a nice group and make new friends.
You can read more inspiring stories part of our motherhood interview here.