In the lead up to Mother’s Day, Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.
Over the next few days we’ll be sharing the stories of five amazing moms who recently participated in our Mom & Baby programs—Binny, Derrilynn, Amy, Asha and Hughene—as part of our new ongoing series, “Meet a Mom.”
MEET A MOM: MEET BINNY
Hi Binny! Thanks for chatting with us today! Can you tell us how many children you have, and what are their ages?
One daughter who is eight-months-old.
Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I worked in Social Services within local government, as a Project Manager.
What do you like best about what you do?
I enjoy delivering policy and projects within multidisciplinary groups and communities to directly impact the very folks for whom they are designed.
What is your favourite part about being a mom?
Seeing my daughter learn and try new things.
What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
Definitely the lack of “me time” and the identity shift. I keep reminding myself that everything is a phase, the good times and the not so good times, which does help me get through the days. I have only now truly realized the sacrifices my parents made for me – and through my own parenting experience, how deeply they love me.
Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I’ve been making an effort to read more books, and downloading them onto my phone in order to spend 15-20 minutes here and there reading, instead of scrolling social media!
Current fav show on Netflix?
You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
The range of topics we’ve covered and activities each week. I have enjoyed hearing from a variety of speakers and doing fun things that I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise, like salsa dancing with baby.
Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
I think connecting with other moms and giving/receiving support is vital throughout our motherhood journeys, particularly as this experience can be isolating. Being a part of Mommy Connections not only gets me out of the house weekly, but I’ve met an amazing group of moms from whom I’ve learned a lot. Whatever your outlet, get out of your home, and connect with real moms (and not just those on social media)—laugh, cry, commiserate and support one another throughout this journey.