Dina Maktabi founded Kensington Mums after the birth of her second child in 2011.
'I went through a hard time when I had my first bundle of joy,' she told us. 'Like every mum, I struggled to get acquainted with my new role as a mother. I felt lonely and isolated at times, something I was ashamed of sharing before. But this experience enabled me to get up and see the brighter side of the picture. I was a mother for this little baby; guiding, protecting and cherishing every little moment. After all, they are only little for a short while.'
Since its inception, Kensington Mums has become an award winning website connecting countless mums during their journey through motherhood.
A proud mother of two herself, Dina describes her children as her 'biggest blessing and inspiration'. Like many households, a typical day starts with lots of activity as the family rushes to get ready and eat breakfast together before heading off to school and work.
'After school, we have kids' activities, occasional play dates followed by homework and dinner again as a family. Once the kids are asleep, I make sure to disconnect to catch up with my husband, but sometimes I'll be checking my phone and replying to important emails. That's the life of a working mum.'
Dina is passionate about providing a network of support that gives mothers an opportunity to share their experiences, advice and recommendations with others.
'We organise ‘mumthly’ events and meet-ups so mums won't feel alone in a haze of milky delight during those first few months of motherhood. We learn so much from one another as a community.'
'They say ‘a happy wife makes a happy home’. I would like to add that 'a happy mum makes a happy home’. As mothers, we juggle so many different roles and responsibilities; being a teacher, friend, nurse, entertainer, driver, cook, personal shopper, sister, wife... just to name a few. It is nice to have a feeling of belonging in a support network where all mums are going through the same thing.'
Juggling motherhood with the day-to-day running of a successful business isn't easy and Dina admits she's still figuring out how to balance the many different hats she has to wear throughout the day.
'Ultimately, I think you need to do what feels right from the inside. Prioritise and then it all falls into place.'
Dina loves the sense of responsibility motherhood has given her.
'Without my kids and family, I wouldn't know the true meaning of life. The biggest challenge is definitely finding the right work/life balance minus feelings of guilt.'
If she could go back in time and give her pregnant self one piece of advice, Dina would warn against the perils of too much information.
'Don't read all the books and magazines about what to expect when you become a mother, or what to do with your baby. A mother’s instinct is always the best. “Normal” is what is right for you.'
Kensington Mums can be found at www.kensingtonmums.co.uk, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Why not download their KM app to stay in the loop with the local scoop? It's available now on itunes and Android.
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