Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
I am Florence, I am from South of France, I have a little boy who is 6 years old and I am running my own business which is focused on healthy cooking classes for children.
How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
When I built my company, my little one was only 3 years old. I spent a lot of nights and nap time, working on the concept of Kids en cuisine, the website, the recipes and the way to reach customers. Then, my boy went to school and I started having more time to manage my business. Even if now, I work 7 days a week, I am happy to have a job which allows me to drop him off at school every single morning. During the weekend, I try to do only half days on Saturdays and Sundays to spend time with my family and create memories with them.
What top tips would you give to any working mum?
I think the most important is: believe in yourself even when people tell you that your idea is crazy or will not succeed. You have to be determinate and convinced that your idea/product/concept is a good one and you could create a real business from it.
Working hard at any time is another key of success, having new ideas to stay at the top level and be aware of your competitors and accept that you will spend less time with your children but they won’t be unhappy. They will be happy to see you active and full of new ideas.
What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
The great thing about London is that you can find new spots all the time. There are so many good restaurants with high quality of food or places to go. When I was a full time mum, I liked going to cafes with children areas designed for my little one and my friends’ ones. In the past couple of years, I noticed that a lot of cafes offer this and even workshops for children. But when, it is a sunny and hot day in London, I love spending a full day at the Lido in Hyde Park with the paddling pool and the massive playground.
I’m a mum and…… a runner
My new challenge is to take part of the marathon in April. I planned a few races before it as half marathons and shorter runs.
How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
To get time for me, I woke up 4 times a week at 5.30AM for running and then having a cup of tea before the morning routine starts with my little one. I try as well, to save time for reading during the evening.
What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
I think the hardest part when you become parents is to realize that, suddenly, you have less time for you and your couple. Your children take a massive place in your daily routine and change your life. But the best thing about parenthood is all the little things which make your day happy: a smile from your children, playing legos, car toys, dolls with them, all the cuddles and kisses that you receive at any time… It is priceless.
Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I am writing my first cookbook with all the recipes that I made and cooked with the little Chefs for the past 3 years. The idea will be that the parents could do them at home with their children and as always is focused on healthy food, fruits, vegetables, aromatic herbs and spices.
Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
My first advice will be to admit that sometimes we need help and sleep. It is a hard job to be a mum especially in a big city. We have quite a lot of pressure on our shoulders and for a lot of us, we do not have relatives in this city. Having a nanny in full time or just for a few hours per week, doesn’t mean that you are a bad mum. I thought that for many years until I realized that I was exhausted and I couldn’t enjoy time with my son.