- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
I’m Kay, from Yorkshire living in Wimbledon with husband to be and our 3 kids (2 girls and a boy) who are 7, 5 and 2. I’m a stay at home / work from home mum – currently working as a social media manager for a virtual PA company.
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
I am lucky that I have found part time work that I can do from home and that fits around my kids. I am the main carer for all 3 of them, although my eldest 2 are both at school now which takes some of the pressure off! I fit my work in when my littlest is napping and apart from that, I work in the evenings or at weekends which is full on but saves money on childcare and allows me to be there for the kids before/after school etc.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Don’t be too hard on yourself! You can’t do everything, so try and outsource the things that can easily be outsourced and prioritise the things that matter. Above all, try not to let guilt get the better of you (easier said than done!) – you’re doing your best!
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
I love that it is such a diverse and dynamic place to bring up kids- I feel that growing up in London will set them up to be confident and savvy, yet tolerant and respectful adults who can deal with whatever life throws at them! A couple of our favourite spots include The Horniman museum and the Wetlands centre in Barnes. And local to us, Wimbledon common and the Polka Theatre.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
Any time I manage to get to myself where I can do something other than be a mum! I feel like I am constantly thinking about kids mealtimes, nap times, bath times, bed times etc and always doing something for someone else! Getting a proper break from this is a real luxury whatever I’m doing! I love going out with my friends or my partner and just being a grown up!
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
Favourite thing is the laughs and good times we share as a family which bind you together, give you such precious memories and help you through the tough times. Least favourite is the constant feeling I get of not being a good enough mum. Do we all feel like this?! I try to fight the mum guilt but there is somehow always something to feel guilty about…!
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I speak French and met my husband while living in Paris! (Although he’s Welsh not French!) Actually many people probably do know that. I don’t have a lot of secrets but the ones I do aren’t for sharing! 😉😂
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Trust yourself. Do it your way. Trust your instincts. Shut out the noise and find your own mum style. You’ll know when it feels right.
- I’m a mum and……
- Finally, what do you love most about Kensington Mums?
Kensington mums brings mums together, highlights what we all have in common and provides something we can all nod along and smile about.