Marissa Bow­den

Haven Magazine - - Upfront -

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.

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