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Name & age: Gail, 32
Kids: Cora, 4 and Cassius, 1
How did you end up doing gentle parenting?
I had post-natal depression with my first kid and was struggling with keeping my cool due to being overwhelmed with everything. I had real guilt that I was not being the best mum I could be, and I got help.
My mind was opened and gentle parenting just happened. It was how it was supposed to be for me.
What does being a woke mama mean to you?
It means that I am an awesome mama!
Most awesome moment so far?
The biggest thing for me was the first time my daughter said “I love you”… I was putting her to bed in her cot and as I left the room she said it really quietly. I cried – because she thought I was bloody great.
Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?
When both my children cry at the same time – it hurts my soul! We use music a lot to cope, it can calm situations but it’s also an amazing distraction and mood lifter.
How do you juggle work with gentle parenting?
I am really lucky to be at home during their waking hours. I work late shifts so daddy is there when I’m out.
Any advice you would give to new mums?
Ask the questions – but if it doesn’t fit you, don’t worry. You know your children and what will work, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?
Any tune from ‘the greatest showman’ album! So empowering
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