Each month, In The Know by Yahoo gives everyday parents their time to shine in our exclusive Parenting Spotlight.
What’s the parenting tip that everyone loves but you think is overrated?
“You should definitely breastfeed.” I think that is so personal, and it puts so much pressure on a new mom. I did it for eight months and was able to store for six months (I was the literal definition of a cow), but it was by far the hardest thing about being a new mom. So my advice to new moms is to do as you feel and don’t fall into the pressure.
What’s your best parenting advice?
Be present. Life can get pretty crazy when kids come into the picture. We all get busy, but something that has helped me be a better parent is to be completely present when I am with the girls. To give them my complete attention for as long as I am able to, even if some days that might only be 15 minutes — but at least they got those 15 minutes of me completely, not using my phone and just being there with them.
What would be the title of your memoir?
“Definitely Not Linear”
What’s the weirdest thing you plan on saving from your kids’ baby years or childhood?
Winter’s teeth — I don’t know, but I happen to have all the teeth that have fallen — and Velvet’s love letters. Velvet is such a funny girl. She is always raving about her new crushes (yes, she is only 6), and I want her to always remember how loving she is.
Which apps could you not live without?
Instagram, Apple Music and Podcasts.
What’s one parenting product you wish you’d bought years ago?
An iPad. Very controversial, but honestly, it is a godsend. I was always very wary about tech use, but it has helped so much, especially during the pandemic and those long hours at home with them. The iPad made it possible for me to get a few minutes of silence.
What’s one life hack you wish you’d learned years ago?
The power of manifestation. The sooner you get into manifestation, the more control you have in your life, and the more aware you become of your blocks and inner-child wounds.
Who is your favorite celebrity/influencer parent?
Babba Rivera. She is a friend, and I admire her so much for being not only an incredible mom but also an amazing entrepreneur. Also, Cyndi Ramirez, founder of Chillhouse. Such an inspiring entrepreneur whom I admire so much and who makes being a city mom look très chic.
What is one “parenting win” you’re super proud of?
The fact that we have all survived this insane journey, every day, is a win for me. We are all alive, happy and healthy, and that is a huge win.
If your kids were emojis, what would they be?
(Editor’s Note: Responses have been edited for length and clarity.)
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