CO-FOUNDER, THE VILLAGE MARKETS. MUM TO STEVIE (5) AND PEPPER (3). Marissa Bowden admits she has always let her intuition guide her on parenting decisions. It’s a formula that worked for her own mother back in the day, and one that has Marissa thoroughly enjoying the motherhood experience. “I’ve always just kind of gone with my gut and tried not to stick to too much of a routine, or read too many books, or put too much pressure on myself - so it hasn’t been too stressful for me really, to be very honest.” Marissa says motherhood is such a gift but one that travels way too fast. “Sometimes I wish time could just slow down a little!” In three words, how would you describe yourself as a pregnant woman? Healthy, excited, grateful. What parenting tips did your mum give you? Stick together as parents, always have each other’s back. Do you think your mum had it easier as a mother in her generation? No, not at all. I’ve always had so much respect for my mother but since having children this has increased even more so. I think there is probably more pressure on mothers now though, to have that illusive work-life balance. What is the biggest lessons you’ve learned as a mum? Be patient! I’m constantly working on that one. How do you look after yourself while also looking after your kids/family? I take time for myself by practising yoga and mostly clean healthy eating (with coffee, wine and chocolate thrown in, of course!). What kiddie matters are you dealing with in your family currently? My almost 3 year old is a little slow on toilet training. She’s actually a little anxious about the whole thing. We are trying to be patient while also being conscious of her age. I keep telling my husband she could possibly be wearing a nappy to her 18th birthday. Poor bebe. My almost five year old starts school next year, so I am kinda going through that whole phase of deciding where she will go. I’m probably thinking about it way too much. Aside from that, every day brings new funny moments and I just love their ages right now. It’s that nice mix of independence but still beautiful snuggles and plenty of gorgeous quality time together. How would you like your kids to describe you? Caring, kind and full of love.