- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
My name is Jenny. I am the founder of Mamazou – a global community dedicated to supporting #perfectlyimperfectparenting. The site also offers access to blog posts, forum discussions, discount codes, giveaways and much more. Whilst running Mamazou, I also work in the accounting team for a small family-run business in the City. I have one incredible, almost 4 year old, daughter.
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
It’s tough. I think balance is key to juggling anything. I try to plan and organise my time accordingly. I’m a little bit of a control freak so as long as I’m on top of things I tend not to lose direction… and if i do, then I get totally overwhelmed and need to reset.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Write a to do list and make sure you have time out. It’s so important to give yourself the time you need to switch off. As mother’s we often forget it and sometimes we need a reminder to try not to burn the candles at both ends. I make sure I do a form of exercise every day (even if it’s just a short walk) and give myself some screen free time. Additionally, I make sure my husband and I have occasional date nights. As we both work two jobs, our time is limited and sacred.
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your daughter?
It has a little bit of everything to offer. You can’t get bored in London. There are endless things to do and we always love to discover new places. H and I don’t have a favourite spot, but you can find us mainly outdoors in any park, in the playground or devouring sushi.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
Doing something for myself that makes me feel good.
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
Everything. It may sound cheesy, but I don’t think I could ever pin point it down to one thing. It’s the best job in the world and I’m so lucky that I am one. As for my least favourite thing – seeing H suffer if she’s not well or if someone has hurt her feelings. I’d do anything to take her pain away.
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I always wanted to move abroad.
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Listen to your instincts. Don’t doubt yourself. You may be a first time mum and very new to the job but you’re intuition is normally best. When H was born I was given so much different advice from people, telling me what to do/not do and how to raise her. They meant well but I was often confused on what to do. I became very neurotic (I still am sometimes) but one day, someone turned around and told me “Listen to your instinct. A mother knows best.” and since then I’ve been practicing it since.
- I’m a mum and…… I wouldn’t change it for the world!!
- Finally, what do you love most about Kensington Mums?
I love the ethos, the support the offer, the content they provide as well as the events that they often host. It’s a great community for any mother based in Kensington!