This week I had the pleasure of talking to Jordanne who is an aspiring photographer and authors the blog The Life of a Glasgow Girl. Jordanne is mum to one little boy who is the light of her life. She involves him in her photography which I think is a fantastic idea and has me considering buying A her own little camera. Jordanne talks about the pressures of parenting and working from home and shares her thoughts on parenting in the digital age.
How many children do you have?
I currently have one child, His name is Leon and is 2 years old. I say currently because I would like to have more one day but for now I have my little prince.
You are an aspiring photographer and a blogger. How do you manage your time to fit writing and photography in around your family life?
Most of the time it is a bit of a struggle. I used to find it very difficult to fit in taking photos in between everything I have going on. But, now that Leon is getting older he always wants to help mummy with photography. That makes things a lot easier as we will take long walks, go to the zoo or have days out to beautiful places that have lots of photo opportunities. I purchased him a little camera to so he can take his own photos. It’s a great bonding experience for us so that’s two birds with one stone, so to speak. When it comes to my writing, I usually do everything at night while he is in bed so I can focus fully on my posts etc. I’ll get posts done about a month in advance so I can keep content flowing.
Do you think its easier being a parent now than when you were being raised?
No, I really, really don’t. We live in the age of internet which means social media. I find that everyone is a critic when it comes to anything parenting and it really grinds my gears. So many people like to give their two cents worth and I constantly see people being shamed for their beliefs or how they choose to raise their child.
At the end of the day, as long as the child isn’t being abused in any way and is healthy and happy then it’s really no ones business to comment.
What is your biggest fear as a Mum?
My biggest fear is that I’ll die and leave my son. I am just so scared about this and have been ever since my mother passed away. I watch him every day, growing and developing. His little mind taking everything in and I love to teach him new things. I want to raise him right and I’m so scared that I won’t get that chance. It’s either that or him passing away. I just can’t handle the thought of death when it comes to my child.
What is the one thing you would have done differently as a new Mum?
Hmm. I probably wouldn’t have bought EVERYTHING that the magazines etc. told me that I absolutely needed. I had so much stuff and more than half of it was never used.
If I were to have another child I wouldn’t buy as much that’s for sure. Just the necessities.
What advice would you give other women about pregnancy and parenting?
Just do you. You know what’s right for your child and you know when something doesn’t/does feel right. Everything comes with practice and always consult your doctor if you have any worries with the little ones health at all! No matter how small.
What are your hopes and dreams for your children?
I hope that Leon grows up to be a respectable human being. I want him to be open minded and go for what ever he wants. I know he will be able to achieve anything he sets his mind to. As long as he has passion and aspirations I’ll be proud. I just hope he never looses his manners and I’ll never be told he’s a bully, that puts the fear into me!
What is your favourite way to relax when the kids are in bed and sound asleep?
I love to stick on a movie and do some writing or editing some photos. Sometimes it’s very relaxing and rewarding, knowing I have gotten stuff done. But on particularly long days, I like to run a hot bath, chuck in some lush products and lay back whilst I have something on the iPad. I actually wrote a post on relaxation so if anyone want’s to read more about it you can find it here.
I loved this post on My Wreck This Journal, its such a great idea and actually something I’ve always done as a writer and a scribbler. This encourages you to be so creative and have no limitations
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