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We spoke to Racheal Kwacz about moth­er­ing and liv­ing with her ‘lit­tle big girl’ Ella

a par­ent­ing coach and mama tribe writer spoke to Dou­glas El­liot about be­ing a mum to two-year-old Ella. Find out more about her pop­u­lar work­shops at fb.com/rachealkwacz­work­shops.

Hi Racheal, can you in­tro­duce us to your fam­ily?

Hello, nice to meet you. There’s me, Racheal; my hus­band, Joseph; and our lit­tle big girl, Ella Grace who is two-years- old (but thinks she’s eight!)

Tell us a lit­tle about Ella.

She’s a goof­ball! She’s just re­ally started talk­ing and it’s hi­lar­i­ous lis­ten­ing to what might come out of her mouth. She’s 99 per­cent joy and gig­gles all the time, in­quis­i­tive, in­de­pen­dent, ob­ser­vant and loves fire trucks, air­planes, tu­tus, and ac­ces­sories like fancy Bow­er­haus jew­ellery!

Is it true that one of her first few words were ‘Star­bucks’?

Yes! Her spe­cial treat is get­ting to or­der her own baby­cino and pay­ing with her own ‘card’!

Do you think your world view has changed af­ter hav­ing Ella?

I think the big­gest change for me was as a woman and the way I looked at the world and my­self. I knew that as a mama to a lit­tle girl, her un­der­stand­ing and val­ues of her­self would come from me and I wanted to teach her to know her worth, be­lieve in her­self, love her jig­gles, be un­afraid to make mis­takes, stand up and show up, but to also be kind to her­self.

Where were you be­fore com­ing to Malaysia? What made you choose to raise a fam­ily here?

We moved from Spring­field, Mis­souri to Malaysia to have ba­bies! I wanted our chil­dren to have a sense of com­mu­nity the way I grew up, to have cousins and aun­ties ran­domly drop­ping by and lov­ing them the only way fam­ily and best friends can. I wanted her to know what it’s like to go for an il­le­gal ice cream with grandpa way past your bed­time, the kam­pung-tribe type of love that teaches val­ues, cul­ture, fes­ti­vals and fun!

You or­gan­ise work­shops and classes fre­quently. Does Ella help in them?

She helps me by be­ing my guinea pig. A lot of what I teach in my par­ent­ing work­shops truly comes from be­ing a par­ent. I re­ally be­lieve in what I teach and only en­dorse prod­ucts I would give her; be­cause with all the degrees and ‘work’ ex­pe­ri­ence that I have, there’s noth­ing like real prac­ti­cal solutions that come from a place of be­ing a mama first, a par­ent coach sec­ond.

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