#MoreThanAMutha is all about celebrating the things that women are, as well as being amazing mothers. In a world where many women feel like they lose their identity when they become a mum, it is important to celebrate and shout that we might be mums, but we are not only that and we are still a force to be reckoned with.
What makes you more than a mother?
Are people surprised when they realise you are more than a mum? Does that bother you?
What challenges do you face when you’re juggling motherhood and being more than a mum?
How long did it take you to remember you were more than a mother after you had your child(ren)?
I relished being a mum with my first born. He brought me out of my shell and I loved being in our own bubble for the first year. It was when my daughter was born, when he was 15 months old, that I realised I needed more than CBeebies and being at home. I started my business when she was 9 weeks old. And while it was hard, it kept me sane. At naptimes, I had something for me that was challenging and also using my brain.
Who, or what, helps you to make time for yourself? What do you do to escape the stresses of motherhood?
What advice would you offer a mum who might not be feeling like they are more than someones mum right now?
As all things, it will pass. Tomorrow is another day. I always try and start each day with a positive mindset. When my kids were really small and every day was hard, I would wake up and say ‘ today will be a good day’. It really helped. And try and get out of the house if you can and meet other mums. In the early days of being a mum, it is just best to live day by day and don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t get a quarter done of what you wanted to.
Any advice for someone who is going through the same things as you are right now in their quest to be #MoreThanAMutha?
There is always a way to create the life you want. I see mums fed up going back to work and being really upset about it. There is so much help out there to find your passion or change direction. You do change when you become a mum and your life before that may not fit. Set some goals, no matter how big or small and they will really help you feel like you are more than a mum and push yourself out of your comfort zone. As the saying goes ‘ a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there’
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