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Name & age: Lizzie, 31
Baby: Elsie, born August 2016
What does being a woke mama mean to you?
Letting her be free to find out who she is and who she can be, relishing in her happiness and most importantly, enjoying her.
Being her guardian, not her owner, here to show the wonderful parts of this world and set an example based on love.
What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?
After the beginning worry and stress, I resolved myself to getting to know her, understanding her ways and how I can help her. I also wanted to be as loving a mum as my mum was (is) to me – totally forgiving – and as a result I’ve felt unconditionally supported.
Socializing is also a big thing for me and it seems to be at the forefront of her character too. I love the way she studies people’s faces and other kids’ actions and then tries to get them to notice her with her smiles.
Most awesome moment so far?
Rolling around on the floor! She’s a climber, so she loves climbing all over me. I love it because it’s like cuddling, increases our physical bond and we’re both laughing. A con is that she tries to roll/sit on other kids…
Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?
My go to is to get out of the house, but eating solids has been a struggle. I’ve coped by reminding myself to chill out. Keep trying, distracting, role playing, act as if you’re not looking… it’s all about the stamina.
How do you juggle work with gentle parenting?
It’s difficult because I work from home freelancing, without regular childcare. I try to work during her naps. She follows me around whilst I do house bits, so that when she’s napping I have most of the time to work. When I have a lot of work I use a sitter we know just for the odd afternoon, or I travel to my parents for a few days.
Any advice you would give to new mums?
Show them how to treat this world. Having a child cemented my determination not to conform, but to improve the future of our home, this planet and lead by example.
The way we live shouldn’t cause human or environmental suffering. Saying this, remember no one is perfect, it’s about being interested, doing what you can but looking after yourself too.
They can smell your fear and feel your stress, so deep breaths and happy thoughts when you pick them up and put them down (to sleep) is my secret.
What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?
Kid’s Reggae playlist on Spotify – for getting our dance on.
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