Name & age: Kashia, 26
Kids: Eliana, 2 and Leo, 11 months
What does being a woke mama mean to you?
Being a woke mum means to me that I am going to do the best for my child.
I see the mistakes of others who have gone before me and will make sure that with the knowledge I have and access to information I have, I will parent in the best way possible.
What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?
I chose gentle parenting as that is what I saw from my mother, it’s the only way I know to parent.
My favourite aspect has to be that I am attentive to my children and whenever they need me for extra support I am there. Also bed sharing! I love those cuddles in the night with my babies.
Most awesome moment so far?
Most awesome moment so far has been seeing my two children snuggle and fall asleep together! The love they have for each other is so heartwarming and I am so glad they have this relationship together, as I didn’t have siblings close in age.
Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?
My biggest struggle so far has to be balancing having two children close in age. I cope with stressful moments by making YouTube videos to inspire others; helping them realise that they are not alone. Or I read the bible and pray for strength and guidance.
Any advice you would give to new mums?
The best bit of advice I would give to new mums is to be patient with yourself and realise that you will not feel like an expert at being a mum straight away. Give yourself time to adjust and learn what works best for you and your wonderful baby.
Don’t compare yourself to others as everyone’s reality is different, so just because one baby sleeps through the night at 4 months doesn’t mean yours has to.
And don’t always take others’ advice — do what works best for you and baby.
What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?
Aaliyah – Try Again, as I struggled to breastfeed a tongue tied baby and wanted to give up after two weeks, but I continued and ended up breastfeeding her for 12 months and am breastfeeding my second too. If I didn’t try and try again I would not have succeeded.
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