Friday, May 28, 2010
Local Mom: Andrea
Occupation: Physiotherapist:Yoga Instructor
Your Age: As the French say, I have 39 years.
Number of children and ages: Gerry (3 years); Helena (4 Years)
What is the hardest thing about being a mom? Being a mom
What is the best thing about being a mom? Being a mom
When you think about your parenting style, what words would you use to describe it?
A team approach. I realized quickly into this parenting endeavor that I couldn’t do it alone. I have a great partner and community. Here is the shout out to Sean Panting and to all our peeps! Thank you. I love you and man do I ever appreciate you!
All new mothers get lots of parenting advice, sometimes more than they want! What was some advice that you appreciated and would pass on to others, or alternatively, what was the worst piece of advice you ever got ?
Appreciated: I worked with children and their families for 12 years. And I met many exceptional parents. I ran into one of these parents just after my first child was born ( Hi Tina!!). I was worried about everything. If I was breastfeeding right, using the right bum cream, stimuating her with the right toys. In my moment of peek panic, Tina turn to me and said, “all you have to do is love them.” She was right. Thanks Tina.
Caution: A new mother doesn’t need to hear about every detail of your baby’s 6-12 month experience with colic. I am just saying.
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you before you became a mother?
Holy mother of God, how much laundry does one baby produce!Let alone two!?
What kind of grown-ups do you hope your children will become?
That they have a solid sense of self, a sense of place and a sense of the world and their place in it.
How do you keep a sense of balance in your life between being a mother and a person in your own right, or between your career and family (if you work outside the home)?
Wine and chocolate.
What do you do to ‘get away from it all’?
Wine and chocolate.
What I have learnt the most thus far being a parent?
For me, having children has been a dynamic relationship. Hopefully I have taught them a few good things and in return, they have taught me about the wonderment of life and learning; they have allowed me to face fear and conquer it; they have shown me what is truly important in this life.
Ps…It has also taught me how luxurious is it to get a shower all by myself….with the door closed.