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What My Children Have Taught Me with Charlotte Kewley

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Charlotte Kewley is a Stylist, Contributing Fashion Editor to Mother & Baby and Absolutely Mama and mum to Isabella, 2 years and Jesse, 3 months.

Since becoming a mother I’ve changed and learnt a lot…

I CAN LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKE-UP AND THE WORLD WON’T END

Pre-children – and still whenever possible, I haven’t turned into a total skank – I was a full face, black winged eyeliner kind of girl and wouldn’t dream of nipping to the gym without a touch of tinted foundation but these days there just isn’t time. And, oddly enough, people don’t recoil in horror at my bare face.

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE REALLY HURTS

My youngest was in the hospital several times in the early weeks and I was terrified. Heart-wrenchingly, so SO painfully physically, mentally and emotionally terrified. The love is just so overwhelming for these little people we bring into the world. I remember thinking I must always remember this feeling whenever I stress out about random crap. Nothing else in the whole world matters as long as my babies are safe, happy and healthy.

I LOVE CHILDREN’S CLOTHES

Before my daughter was born I just worked with womenswear but pretty much since falling pregnant I’ve worked more and more with childrenswear and I adore it. There are so many cool, exciting labels. It’s just so much fun! And kids look great in everything.

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DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

If a friend doesn’t text me back or lets me down or the food shop is late or I miss the bus… it doesn’t matter.

TIME IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY

We recently went on holiday with my parents. We went to the beach, my daughter rode a pony, we went to farms and on boats… but her favourite thing was running around in the garden playing chase with us all.

I STILL NEED MY MUM

I’m independent. I’m 33. I left home aged 18 to live and work in London. But some (a lot of) days I just think I need my mum; who is amazing and comes to stay with us fortnightly to help out. Having children has made me appreciate her so much more. I once asked her when you stop worrying as a mother and she said she’d let me know…

MUMS ARE COOL!

Before having children I’m ashamed to say I probably did dismiss ‘mums’ as maybe not being quite as finger-on-the-pulse, stylish or hard working as ‘non-mums’. Hangs head in shame. But this is SO untrue. The mothers I know (both in person and those I fangirl on social media) are the coolest, most hard working, stylish but also honest, friendly, kind, creative women I’ve ever met. I have so much respect for each and every one of them.

WHENEVER I OPEN MY LAPTOP TO DO A BIT OF WORK OR CHECK EMAILS IN THE EVENING, ONE OR BOTH OF CHILDREN WILL DEFINITELY WAKE UP

Right on cue, the baby just started screaming…

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With thanks to Charlotte Kewley X

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