Woke Mama: Aisha

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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.

Name & age: Aisha, 28

Kids: Ava, 10 years, Cassius, 5 years and Israel, 5 months

What does being a woke mama mean to you?

Being a woke mama means raising my children in a way that feels natural to me and listening to my babies’ needs.

Co-sleeping and breastfeeding without pressure or judgement, but also not judging those who choose their own ways of parenting.

Being a woke mama means raising children to question society and what is right or wrong. Raising them without prejudice and discrimination of any kind, teaching them knowledge is power and to be equal in all manners.

But most of all, if you can be one thing — be kind!

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

I had never heard of it until I saw my cousin had started following Woke Mamas. It was a light bulb moment — so that’s what I am/need to be.

I always knew I followed attachment parenting to some degree as I love following my babies’ needs. Leaving a baby to cry couldn’t feel more unnatural to me.

However I can always do with being a little more gentle; my edges can be rough at times!

Most awesome moment so far?

Most awesome moment so far is raising 3 babies and still managing to finish my degree and start a Masters — that I can still do me and be mummy too.

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

Going through my third pregnancy alone. Being a single mum is not what I ever wanted for me and my babies and having the stigma that comes along with it is so so hard.

This past year has shown me how resilient women can be. We carry on for our babies and always come out stronger for it.

How do you juggle work with gentle parenting?

I went back to uni to do a Masters with Israel when he was 6 weeks old and he still attends every lecture with me — luckily my uni embraced him and I attending together.

I have just gone back to work 5 days a week. Being organised is key and telling myself every single second I’m away from my children that they are why I do this, gets me through the day.

I wish I could spend every second of the day with them but I can’t and I count my blessings I have my children to go home to rather then let the bitterness of leaving them eat me up.

Any advice you would give to new mums?

Soak up those first few months with your baby — spend as much time in your little cave skin-on-skin while you can — it is crucial bonding time.

And don’t be afraid to say NO to visitors in the beginning.

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

Wretch 32 – 6 Words. I always sing it to and with my tribe.

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