So what is Our Mamas Rock all about? It all started with my passion for helping parents teach their babies and toddlers to communicate long before they can speak and hence helping them enjoy all the associated benefits.
I started teaching live baby signing classes in 2009 and have since developed wonderful friendships with many of the mums who followed my courses. It is the heartwarming feedback and the smiles on the mums’ (and of course the babies’) faces that keep fueling my passion. Working with women who have recently become mums (with their first, second or third child) has been incredibly rewarding because I know I’m making a difference in their lives. I started receiving questions which were not necessarily related to signing just as I was looking for answers to baby related questions within the group of ‘my mums’. This made me even more aware of the need for community and mutual support when you are a new mum. We all want to be good mums and all to often we forget ourselves in the process.
This summer I realised that I cannot rock for my children if I don’t take care of myself. In fact I had hit rock bottom with my health. I had no energy and I was in so much pain, that I was not even able to sit on the floor and play with my kids. That was a serious wake-up call for me.
With only a few changes, including my diet, I turned things around: I can sit on the floor to play again, dance with Tristan and Briana at a family disco, roast marshmallows with Tristan, have the energy to go shopping, cook healthy meals and get work done when both kids are in bed.
In addition to helping mums understand what’s going on in their babies’ heads so that they can feel more confident and relaxed in their parenting I want to help with the challenge of self-care. After all, we can only rock for our children when we feel good in our skin. Since changing my diet has had such a major impact on me I will start with simple tips that are related to grocery shopping, cooking and nutrition. Watch out for the Our Mamas Rock newsletter. You can get on my mailing list by ordering my free eBook Precious Gift – 12 Good Reasons to Sign with My Baby, simply fill in your name and mail address in the boxes in the pink bar to the right. If you already have a copy of my book, you can subscribe to my list via my contact form.