Christine Knight is a writer, editor and marketing strategist. She is the co-founder of brunchwithmybaby.com, a guide to bringing up stylish mini-foodies in NYC. An Australian now living in Brooklyn, Christine blogs at akissgoodnight.co, Tweets,
Pins and Instagrams about life with her delicious toddler.
1) TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF—DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR CAREER. WHAT CAUSED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS/BLOG/CAREER?
I live with my husband, Alec, and my two-year-old daughter in Brooklyn. We are actually Australian transplants – we’ve been living in New York City for almost three years. Before moving to New York, I was working in advertising and marketing at Google. I’ve always been a writer, starting my career in the editorial departments of magazines right out of university. I started blogging about seven years ago, writing travel, food and family. Since moving to New York and having my baby, I’ve used my writing and marketing skills to launch a blog, brunchwithmybaby.com, a guide to raising stylish mini-foodies in NYC. I’m also a freelance writer for numerous publications and businesses. I love the flexible lifestyle writing gives me, as my first priority right now is caring for my toddler.
2) SHARE YOUR SECRET TO BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY. IS THERE BALANCE?
There is no balance in my experience! There’s always something that’s being sacrificed. If I’m spending time with family, I’m not working on building my site or career, and vice versa, so no matter what I choose, something is being missed.
3) SHARE A FUNNY STORY THAT HELPED YOU BECOME A BETTER PARENT AND/OR BETTER AT YOUR JOB.
It’s not a funny story, but I didn’t realize how much I was checking out around my baby until my husband mentioned that I spent more time looking at my phone than I did at her when we were together. It really woke me up to the fact that I was missing out on her babyhood by not being mentally present. Being physically present means nothing unless you’re being mentally present too. Now I segment my time between “work” and “family/child”, and try hard to not mix the two.
4) WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AND/OR GREATEST REWARD IN THE STRUGGLE FOR WORK/LIFE BALANCE?
The biggest challenge for me has been trying to find a balance between my own personal goals and being with my child. On the one hand, I’m highly driven and want to kick start my own business and career again, but I also want to be with my child every minute I can, particularly while she’s so small.
5) WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE YOU HAD KID(S), NOW THAT YOU ARE A MOTHER?
I wish I’d known how exhausting and all-encompassing parenthood is, particularly with a baby or toddler. It might sound naïve, but I just had no idea. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to make sure I ticked off more of my own personal goals before having my child – things like traveling to Africa and Antarctica, that are now on the back burner for a long, long time!
6) IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR CHILDREN ONE PIECE OF ADVICE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The same advice my father gave to me: enjoy every moment and opportunity life throws at you. Enjoy being young, enjoy traveling the world, enjoy falling in love and starting a family. These are the things that matter the most – don’t stress the small stuff.
QUICK ANSWER Q’s:
– WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK? The Eloise books and The Secret Garden.
– WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CLASS YOU ENJOYED WITH YOUR CHILD? Pre Ballet at New York Kids Club. It’s so much fun watching the toddlers in tutus.
– WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS/FAMILY ON THE WEEKENDS? We eat out a lot, and try to see as much of the city as we can. We like to visit Central Park, and spend a lot of time in playgrounds. In Brooklyn, we go to Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO at least once a week. It’s our toddler’s favorite place of all time.
– WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RAINY DAY ESCAPE? The American Museum of Natural History. We have a membership so we can go all year ‘round, particularly in bad weather. It’s endlessly interesting for adults and children, so we all enjoy it.
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