Today we bring an interview with a former HR personnel from Chennai, Mrs Nivedha M. A proud mother of 1.7-year-old baby girl named Nethanya, she is a conscious parenting enthusiast, believer of respectful parenting & Early Education Researcher. Her blog, momforaprincess, talks on any aspects of parenting from breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, early learning, parenting, self-feeding etc. Currently, Nivedha is on a journey to share and spread knowledge about raising independent and self-reliant kids!!
Excerpts from an email interview with Nivedha
Question 1: Describe your motherhood experience
Motherhood doesn’t come with a guide right, it’s different, unique and special for every mother. My experience was gratifying as I have enjoyed every bit of my Pregnancy and Parenting now. I consider my daughter as my teacher, she is giving me new aspects to think upon every single day. Being her mother is the one role that I am currently enjoying to it’s bits.
Question 2: What changes did you feel in yourself after becoming a mother?
I think am a version 1.0 of my pre-baby days because I never thought I would be able to survive with such minimal sleep. Jokes apart, I have never respected myself before as I do now after becoming a mother. The way she looks at me makes me more responsible and grateful for everything in life. I have obviously become more patient, empathetic, learnt to say No, (sometimes we need to prioritize and put our foot down) And last but not least the level of multi-tasking I do now, I don’t think I could have done before.
Question 3: Your Instagram feed is full of children’s activities. How do you manage to teach your child?
I am a conscious parenting enthusiast and a researcher about Early education. I believe in child-led learning. We have been practising early education from when she was 3+ months, you can see related posts and videos on my Instagram handle. Reading books, flashcard Learning and structured activities through Montessori type are our way of engaging and learning.
Question 4: Your feed also talks about sleep regressions in babies. Tell me more about it.
Sleep regression is a phase in babies, a properly sleeping or napping baby suddenly starts waking up often at night and also refuses to settle down for naps. This happens as they are undergoing huge growth spurts and it hinders their regular sleep patterns. This phase may stay until 3-4 weeks and differs with every baby. Do check my posts on elaborate details on sleep regression phases according to the age groups.
Question 5: Do you want to give any message to new mommies?
As I said first, motherhood doesn’t come with a guide. But no one said that we can’t write our own guide. Motherhood is the most beautiful journey, every mother and child is different, social media is filled with so many information on parenting and motherhood at first it may be overwhelming to get hold of things, Take up the right information but make sure you follow Only what works for you and your child. You know your child best, and they trust and love you for what you are.