Woke Mamas: Erica and Sandy

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Want to know WTF a Woke Mama is? Each week, we’re introducing awesome women who are making the world a kinder place, one happy baby at a time.

Names & ages: Erica and Sandy, 37 & 34

Babies: Olive and Elliott, 16 months

What does being a woke mama mean to you?

Doing what’s right for you and your family. Not listening to the mumbo jumbo.

Being compassionate and patient with your kids.

Giving them freedom to be themselves and explore their world in their own way.

What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?

Being a child should be hard. They deserve to feel comforted and heard at all times.

I want to give my kids the respect I want them to give to me. I believe gentle parenting builds a stronger, more trustworthy relationship with your kids.

Most awesome moment so far?

Just watching them learn something new, especially learning new words.

Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?

Lack of sleep. We cope by leaning on each other and supporting each other — or try to.

There is still no sleep after 16 months. I breathe and remind myself that it’s all temporary.

Any advice you would give to new mums?

Enjoy the coalescing and nursing while you can be use one day sooner than you think they will want to barrow the car.

Have zero expectations. Every moment is unpredictable.

What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?

Laughter, the coffee pot beep & the wine bottle pop.

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