Top 10 Kensington Mums New Year’s Resolutions

Hello lovely KM readers,

It is nearly the end of another year, 2013 is just ahead. I love the clean slate of a brand-new year. Take this moment to reflect on your parenting skills and wonder what you might do better or change in 2013.
We asked Kensington Mums for their resolutions and here is what they had to say.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Tatiana is a mother to a four year old boy and the co-founder of a lifestyle blog Curious Mum.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
I don’t like the loss of freedom that comes with motherhood but what I do like is the realisation of how unfulfilling this freedom would be now.

I love London because…

I moved to London when I was a young girl and I haven’t aged since. London wouldn’t let me.

What do you consider as your true family values?

Kindness, understanding, patience and sense of humour.

Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
I am a mum and an explorer, theatre addict and art lover, a writer and creator, a demanding wife and a loving daughter.

New Year resolution?
I am constantly making resolutions because life’s always changing, new experiences and encounters change us and our way of thinking.

Magali is a teacher and Mum to five year old Meryn and two year old Stanley.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
I like when my children come to me for cuddles and when they say their mum is the best. I don’t like changing explosive nappies and waking up at night when my sleep is the deepest.
I love London because…
It’s very child friendly, the museums are free, there are parks everywhere

What do you consider as your true family values?
Respect, unity, honesty, solidarity.
Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and….
a mum

New Year resolution? 
Getting healthier!

Zainab was formerly a lawyer but now works part time in property and is a mummy to Saleh, Alia 18 months and Taleen 5 months old.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
I love getting to the know the world again through their first discoveries, the hugs and kisses and having my satisfied baby fall asleep in my arms are the loveliest things on earth.I struggle as a mum sometimes because of the sleep deprivation and lack of time to do basic things for yourself.
I love London because…
Because it is home to me. It is also the cultural heart of the world! We are spoiled by history, by the parks, by theatres and galleries and the shops!
What do you consider as your true family values?
Loyalty, love, patience, support, teamwork and making sure to make time as a family even when you are having a crazy week.

Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
And a rulemaker, a rule breaker and a mender of boo boos

New Year resolution?
To handle my time better and let some things slide.

Monica Costa is Mum to Diego 6 and is the founder of London Mums.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
I love the fact that when you become a mother your brain becomes bigger. This is far from being a vox pops as it is now scientifically proven that pregnancy and child rearing enhance mental capabilities. A well-known Scientific American article shows that pregnancy boosts brainpower. Californian scientists say that during pregnancy, learning and memory skills improve dramatically, reversing the popular myth that it is a time of forgetfulness. As it seems key brain areas also alter in size, and the good news is that these changes are permanent. Although sometimes especially with a newborn, it feels that the sleep deprivation and the constant tiredness makes you unable to carry out even the simplest task. The fact is that having children makes women cleverer.
If you want to start a business, there is no better time than after having a child. Being a mumpreneur has lots of benefits including more flexibility, more time for your family, no office politics and not time wasting. But best of all you get to meet and network with amazingly creative and efficient mums and mumpreneurs like you that no office job could offer you. Just get our there and make the most of networking opportunities offered by groups such as London Mums. With this new website with lots of interactive functions that will allow you to connect even better with your peers both to share business ideas and mums’ tips.
And this is what I have done as well. It might be tough at times but the flexibility and the constant proximity to your household and family is very rewarding. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea but it is mine and I would not go back to full time employment!!!

I love London because…
London is so unique and so amazing and despite being Italian and loving my country, I cannot stay away from London for too long. I am addicted to the London hectic lifestyle. I love the parks and the melting pot we live in. All our friends come from so many different countries and speak so many languages.
What do you consider as your true family values?
Well, being Italian makes me love my family over anything else. I am and will always be a family orientated person. I spend most of my holidays visiting my family in Italy and my extended family too. Sometimes I would love to escape from it and have a holiday far away, but then I know that If I did that I would regret it as I would miss my family. Family means being close to your roots, education and religion as well.
The more mature I get the more I appreciate what my parents did for me and I want to follow their steps in providing the same security and education to my own family.
Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
Fencer! I love sword fighting so much that sometime I think I am a bit mad! It’s the best sport in the world and my son Diego is following my steps. Guess where his name came from? Do you remember Don Diego De Vega aka Zorro? Ah ah! Giggles….
New Year resolution?
Fencing a lot more than in 2012 and winning more competitions…. It’s somehow related to being fitter and healthier. Give me that!!

Tima is Mum to Daria 16months and is the director of CocoNail Bar, the only nail spa of its kind to hit London with a cocktail bar while you get pampered & much more!

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
like – Supporting her as she grows and develops, teaching her new words and skills and watching her perfect them.
dislike – It’s hard work.

I love London because…
It’s multi-cultural, a real melting pot

What do you consider as your true family values?
Respect, Responsibility and Honesty.

Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
I am a Mum and a Company Director.

New Year resolution?
Be more efficient.

Amanda is mother to Bibi 8, and it the energetic lady behind Amanda Action Club.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
I LOVE being a mum! I have one child aged 7. There is not one thing I dislike about being a mum!
I love London because…
London rocks, as there is always something to see and do. It’s exciting, fast paced and buzzy! We have great communities.

What do you consider as your true family values?
True family values mean taking time out for quality family time. Holidays play a very big part in our lives. We also go out as a family every Sunday.

Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
I am a mum and a business woman.

New Year resolution?

My new year resolution is to stop wasting money on things I don’t need!

Monique McGoey-Rabone is the publisher of WestLondonMum.co.uk. She lives in west London with her husband and daughter Tula, 6.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
Rediscovering the world through the eyes of my daughter…everything is so new to her, it’s lovely to recapture those memories and share them with her.

I love London because…
The diversity and that everything is on my doorstep.

What do you consider as your true family values?
Honesty, trust and unconditional love.

Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
Friend, entrepreneur and yoga lover.

New Year resolution?
To find calm in the chaos…

Ania is the founder of Photography for Parents, Mum to three year old Holly, wife to Colin (30 something) and servant to 1 cat (we think he’s 8), living a messy life in a leafy London suburb.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
What other job pays in sticky jammy kisses and unconditional love and the job progression means you see a whole new person develop? I love it for all those silly moments of fun and abandon that we, adults are so quick to forget. I love it for the thousand tender memories we’re making and all the things we learn about ourselves as parents. What I dislike? How I can never switch off the worry for my child and other people’s children. Oh and how I never get to wear any dry-clean only clothes anymore as the laws of motherhood state any such items must be covered in little messy handprints within 30 sec from being put on….
I love London because…
You can actually be whoever you want to be and raise your family however you want to do that. As a parent, there are lots of mummy, and not-so-mummy things to do and passions to explore. For a child, there’s a glorious smorgasboard of activities to suit their every interest. And it’s so beautiful too! As a non-native Londoner I still think nothing beats the view over the Thames at sunset…
What do you consider as your true family values?
Empathy, integrity and generosity of spirit. I am trying to teach my child to be compassionate and understanding towards others, be unafraid to voice what she believes in and give more than take. Admitedly, the giving part can be a tricky concept to introduce to a 3 year old in a play group where someone just took a toy away from her…
Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
aaalways thinking 2 steps ahead, but feeling like I’m 3 steps behind. Shoot, I just remembered about something I will probably forget to do tomorrow.
New Year resolution?
What’s the word count on this? …. But seriously, do more things that truly matter. Get better at sifting through distractions and just do things that are actually important to me and my family.

Pooja is the founder of Mums and me and Mum to Veer age 2 and a half.

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum?
How does one explain the most beautiful experience ever, being a mum can only be felt! You have to go through it know what an incredible journey it is, from the first moment that you hold your new born the bond starts and with every growing moment, with every little tooth and cheeky smile, with the first step and the first hug – it just keeps getting stronger and more precious than any treasure. I never thought I could become so selfless and it is that unconditional, eternal love that I think is the most special part of being a Mum. Of course we all have our moments of agony and sheer frustration but then one smile and ‘I love you, mum’ makes it all better.

I love London because...
I can never get tired of London, guess other than the weather I love everything about London – the energy, the excitement, the options for both kids and adults, the fact that it’s a melting point of so many cultures.

What do you consider as your true family values?
Humility, sense of giving, respect for elders, sharing, loving

Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a….
Try to be a good one at that!
New Year resolution?
Like every year, weight-loss 🙂 – learn diving, mountain climbing (quite ambitious considering I am due with my second one in first week March)

Itsuki is a student in Environmental Studies at UCL and mum to Akari 21 months

What do you like/unlike about your role as a Mum? I became a mum at 6th year of our marriage. I never wanted kids or to be a mum. But things easily change! After I had a miscarriage, I longed for a baby. Finally got one and now I actually love everything!

I love London because…
It’s so multi-cultural! The amount of greenery also amaze me everyday.

What do you consider as your true family values?
A mental/physical support system

Complete the sentence, I am a Mum and a…
Baby who needs a cuddle!

New Year resolution?
Minus 3kg, complete my MSc, joining stained glass course