On this month's Piñata Mama, we have Yana – a fun-loving, first time mom and an entrepreneur. In this feature, Yana talks about how having a schedule and planning ahead of time helps keep her sanity and even get her workout every morning. We moms at Green Piñata are certainly inspired, thanks for sharing your tips with us Yana!
City: Boston, MA
Occupation: Owner of Elements Insurance
# Kids: One, 11 Months Old
Green Piñata: What would you do if you had a day all to yourself, with no kids?
Yana: I'd love to get a massage, a haircut, and go out to a leisurely lunch. Then, I'd probably go to the supermarket (the closest I get in real life is Peapod) and spend the afternoon cooking something interesting while listening to music or catching up with an old friend.
Green Piñata: What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a parent of little ones?
Yana: Being around other adults definitely helps! It's tougher to coordinate, but really worth it, even if it's just a coffee or a playdate with other parents and kids. Practically speaking, staying organized, prepping stuff ahead of time, and sticking to a schedule makes things easier.
Green Piñata: Tell us a little bit about your little. What are some of his likes, dislikes, and interests?
Yana: He recently learned to crawl, so he's been busy exploring everywhere and everything. He's very friendly but already mischievous – and he's not even 1 yet! He loves books and music, and bops up and down when he likes what he hears.
Green Piñata: What does a typical day look like for your family?
Yana: My husband and I are usually up by 5 to get our workouts in before Ethan's up. During the week, I drop Ethan off at daycare in the morning and my husband picks him up at night. My husband and I each have our own businesses, and we go into our respective offices daily (which also helps our sanity!). We have family time together before Ethan goes to bed, and then my husband and I have our dinner, unwind, and prep for the next day. We try to plan our weekends in advance; we slot out family time, and then my husband and I take turns with Ethan while the other one exercises/runs errands/catches up on work.
Green Piñata: What is yours, and your little one's, favorite part about Green Piñata?
Yana: I think Ethan is still too young to understand GP, but he likes the toys! I love that we aren't cluttering up our house with toys he's outgrowing or losing interest in, and that we can keep any individual toy as long as we want.
Green Piñata: How do you make the most of your Green Piñata experience with your littles?
Yana: When I receive the toy recommendations, I review them along with the toys we already have at home and decide which ones we'll keep and which ones we'll swap out. As soon as the box arrives, I unwrap all the toys at once (Ethan helps to pull on the ribbons!) and let him discover them at his pace. With some toys, it can take days or even weeks for him to fully figure out how it works, so it's fun to keep introducing the toys in different ways to see how he reacts each time.