Mothers We Love

At Caramel we like to celebrate strong, inspiring women the world over. This Mother’s Day we shine the spotlight on mothers in New York, Tokyo and Holland who highlight the importance of learning to live in the moment, taking time out for yourself and reveal the things that have surprised them most about motherhood.

 

Sara Byworth, communications consultant and mother to Froggers aged ten months, works in Manhattan and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

What has been the biggest learning curve about being a mother?
To consciously devote my attention to my son when I’m with him. Not always the easiest when you have your own business that you are very involved with.

What has surprised you the most about motherhood?
How little sleep I am able to function on. It’s long-term accumulated sleep deprivation. And yet every morning when I am greeted with that beaming contagious smile from Froggers, somehow the fatigue melts away!!

How does the daily work/life juggle happen in your household? What do you prioritise?
Much like a catwalk show, there’s a front of house and a backstage and my husband and I have the access all areas passes. I like to project calm and serenity but that is not always the reality. My son goes to bed around 7.30 and that’s when we get things done. So our social life has been somewhat sacrificed but I’m more than good with that for now.

 

 

Hidemi Hamano-Schlageter runs a creative agency and lives in Tokyo with her son, Jun Maximilian (5) and daughter, Lisa Maria (1)

What has been the biggest learning curve about being a mother?
Learning to be patient, patient, patient!! Also, to realise that my children are the reflection of myself, therefore I have to become the person that I want them to be.

What has surprised you the most about motherhood?
Motherhood always felt so alien to me – and that you might not enjoy the same fun in life anymore.  But actually, it is the total opposite. Motherhood made me feel more complete as a human, with more of a life purpose. Being a mother is definitely not so easy but with the bunch of like-minded mama friends, your world is even better and fearless.

How does the daily work/life juggle happen in your household? What do you prioritise?
I have two kids: 5 year old son, and 1 year old daughter. From the moment I wake up in the morning, I get the kids ready for school and I get ready for work. Ever since I had my second child, I’ve been working at home mostly (email and calls).  Once they are asleep, I will stay up little longer catching up on emails or checking out the new Netflix series when I’m not too tired. The kids come before work; I love playing with them and we giggle a lot together.

 

 

Tessa Hop, a stay at home mother lives in Alphen Aan Den Rijn, a small city between Amsterdam and Rotterdam with her children, Mees (12 years), Polle (9 years), Guus (6 years) and 6 month old Keetje 

What has been the biggest learning curve about being a mother?
The biggest challenge has been learning to take life as it comes. I am still learning to accept the quietness of the moment, instead of always rushing and thinking of things that have to be done. But I’m definitely a lot more relaxed as a result.

What has surprised you the most about motherhood?
What has surprised me the most is how well motherhood has suited me. I’ve chosen to stay at home to take care of our kids since our first child was born, and I cannot imagine being more fortunate. It feels so natural to bring children into the world, and to be there for them full time. I really have no ambition to do anything else than to raise my children in the best possible way that I can.

How does the daily work/life juggle happen in your household? What do you prioritise?
I try to keep the days as calm and peaceful as possible. The buzz of family life, school and playdates with friends fill up our days pretty quick. Time together as a family is really important; I always want to be with them after school.  Dinner is the 6 of us together, during which we talk about what we have done that day. Putting the kids to bed is also an important moment of the day. But I’ve also realised how beneficial it is to have a small moment of time by myself during the day; it doesn’t have to be a long time but it’s essential to give myself some rest and renewed energy.

 

 
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