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There's a Monster in My Closet - An Interview with Denise Gassner

A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.

Today I’m speaking with Denise Gassner, owner of There's a Monster in My Closet. Denise is a child sleep specialist and educator, that helps new or soon-to-be mamas understand sleep and how it develops over the first 5 years of life.

She is a scientist first and a sleep professional second, allowing her to disentangle the most trusted, most evidence-based information when it comes to developing sleep. This lets Denise focus on the most important aspects of each family’s values and environment and tailor a more proactive approach to sleep behaviour.

Tell us about your business? And how do you help expecting or new moms?

I offer a wide variety of resources and services that help new or soon to be mamas understand sleep and how it develops over the first 5 years of life. I focus on building trusted resources for moms (both free and paid) and offering education packages to help moms understand sleep developments (think of it like the wonder weeks of sleep). This lets moms know what to expect and also how to cope in a way that is both empowering and informed. 

I have one-on-one consulting packages targeted to parents ranging from expecting to having children up to 5 years of age. I also offer a series of educational workshops to provide the most foundational information regarding childhood sleep development. I have quick reference downloads, an active blog, and a website full of the most up-to-date Pediatric sleep science. And, I have a series of lovable sleepy time plush pals that represent the 5 stages of sleep development and come with my comprehensive eBook - Healthy Sleep, Healthy Start - to help new moms get off on the right foot.

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

I am a scientist, an entrepreneur, and a mama of two. I have a PhD in Biology and Anthropology, teach at the University of British Columbia, and have been studying and teaching on various aspect of behaviour for nearly two decades. Upon becoming a mom myself, I became privy to the discombobulating world that is baby sleep. Like many others, I sifted through all the “how tos” to get myself and my family a few more zzzzzs, but I wanted more. I wanted to know “why”. I wanted to truly understand sleep and how such a natural state can feel anything but natural in the early years. It has been my mission to help families understand sleep from its core - how it functions, how it develops, and how we can help our children and ourselves to get the healthiest most restorative sleep possible, without rigid or prescriptive methods.

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

Time. Always time. I’m an educator, a mom of two and an entrepreneur. I wear all the hats in both my business and my household. I have big dreams that I feel like I’m just scraping away at half the time without major traction because there are not enough hours in the day. I’m also a workaholic so balance can be a challenge - I want to be my best self no matter what hat I’m wearing.

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

Sometimes I feel like a major poser because my kids are not perfect and their sleep I’m not perfect. And I’m super awkward and uncomfortable when it comes to posing Instagram images/videos (though maybe I’d share that because I feel like I’m definitely not alone on that front).

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

The two are so intertwined and I looooove learning. My background is in primatology and I see my kids as my little primates that I love to try and deconstruct - Their behaviour, their development, their thoughts and feelings and ways of viewing the world. It’s fascinating and it energizes me. I can’t help but look at them as a scientist and I adore finding creative ways to communicate everything I see to other mamas.

What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms? 

Sleep is not something that your baby can do well or poorly. It’s a behaviour like all other behaviours that takes time to learn, practice to hone, and patience as it develops. Don’t let anyone tell you there’s a “right” or a “wrong” to it, but if you’re struggling to find your sleep groove you do not just have to grin and bear it

How has motherhood changed you?

Motherhood hit me like a ton of bricks. I have always excelled at academics and work life. When I was on maternity leave, I felt like I lost my sense of self. I didn’t know how to be “good” at being a mom. Now I realize that I’m the best mom that I know how to be, and that may not look like how anyone else does it, but I have happy, healthy, loving children that are going to take this world by storm. And that’s something I can be proud of.

What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom? 

My Sleep Monster plushies! Eco-friendly, fair trade, sleepy time pals for the littles with access to jam packed, evidence informed sleep info for parents - a “what to expect” and “how to cope” gift to ease the transition and improve mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

About Denise Gassner

Denise Gassner has been researching aspects of behaviour for nearly two decades. She turned her attention to sleep after having her own little humans and becoming fascinated by how unnatural sleep can feel in those early years. Denise is driven to help make sleep less of a mystery for new parents and empower them to make informed decisions that adhere to their unique parenting styles. When not spilling about all things sleep, you can find her heading undergraduate classrooms at the University of British Columbia or hanging out with her husband, two kids, and their pup in beautiful Squamish BC.

Find Denise Gassner here:

Website: https://theresamonsterinmycloset.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sleep.monster/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theresamonsterinmycloset

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-gassner-75405030/

 

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Teaching Mums - An Interview with Lulu Lincoln

A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.

Today I’m speaking with Lulu Lincoln, owner of Teaching Mums, Ltd. Lulu provides support, coaching, and resources to mothers through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Her motto of "Each Mum, Teach Mum, Reach Mum "alone shows her desire to reach every mother through every part of their journey.  Her main purpose is to fill each mother with confidence and support to create balance in business, motherhood, and connection.

Tell us about your business? And how do you help expecting or new moms?

I offer Professional 1:1 Coaching for mothers and I focus on motherhood, business, and education. I am passionate about connecting mums (expectant incl.) with their purpose and passion, whilst still enjoying being a full-time mum. For some mothers this could be returning to work or staying at home and building an income around that. Some mums want to upskill and retrain. This is where I come in. My coaching sessions help mothers to understand how to manage their priorities without negatively impacting their commitment to their homes. I offer resources and support...I work with each family until they no longer need me...then I know my job is done. 

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

I am a qualified teacher, coach and pregnancy counselor, as well as a mum, so my business is evidence and experience based. More than a third of mothers are having to give up work because of the cost of childcare. It is a privilege to be able to care for your family, but support has to be provided for mothers that would like the best of both worlds.

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

Time management, juggling priorities (well) - that's why I have created resources that work, but do not overwhelm.

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

The short-comings of my husband or children. I don't mind sharing my own, but not theirs, it's just not fair.

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

My favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner is being able to serve my family each (with joy) and help other  families, via online resources, tools and apps.

What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms? 

The best piece of advice that I was NEVER given is to be kind to yourself... your body, sleep as often as possible, journal, speak out loud about your desires, dreams, and issues. You are loved and powerful. This power is not stolen by our children, but it increases as we adapt to having a brand-new life. There will be  difficult days, but nothing compares to the joy you will feel when your child arrives, says your name, says thank you, I love you…the list is endless. My point is the good days do eventually outweigh the bad days. Decide before it gets tricky that you will never give up.

How has motherhood changed you?

Yes, I was so selfish before I became a mother. It has completely humbled me and made me grateful for everything that I have. I take it a day at a time. I live by my values, to the best of my ability, and teach my family to do the same. What a gift! 

What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom? 

(1) A journal. (2) A soft toy for baby. (3)A breast pump (if you decide to breast feed). (4) A memory box for keepsakes.(5) Re:Vitalise Podcast. (6) Pregnancy Birth and Beyond. (7) The 6-Figure Mompreneur. (8) Teaching Mums Ltd time block weekly calendar. 

About Lulu Lincoln

Lulu Lincoln is a mumpreneur (former teacher) and now homeschooling. Lulu is happily married, has 1 daughter and desires to expand her family. She has worked in education for almost 20 years. Lulu is a Christian, a keen linguist (German & Italian), bibliophile, writer and loves to spend time with her family. Motherhood can often be accompanied by loneliness and low confidence. Lulu support mothers through pregnancy, birth and beyond through coaching and resourcing. Her motto is Each Mum | Teach Mum | Reach Mum. From her experience and education, Lulu offers training, tailored coaching, and resources for mothers, as well as educational resources and coaching for children.

Find Lulu Lincoln here:

Website: www.teachingmums.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/officialteachingmums/

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Making Memories with Photography by Tabatha Hartman

Today I’m speaking with Tabatha Hartmana personal brand photography coach, that focuses on teaching others how to utilize the one thing we use most...our phones...to capture those beautiful moments of life, work, and especially our children.

Her passion for photography and her experience gives insight to new moms on how to capture those little moments that you will treasure for life.

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Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga and Self-Care by Michelle Goitia, Founder of JC Bump and Baby

A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.

Today I’m speaking with Michelle Goitia, owner of JC Bump and Baby, who has dedicated herself to teaching prenatal and postpartum yoga, leading self-care workshops and offering her support and guidance for pregnancy and motherhood.

Motherhood is such a life changing experience. While everyone is usually focused on the baby, the mother goes through a huge transformation. Having support and understanding from others is crucial in those first months (and beyond!). I love the work that Michelle is doing to help new mothers learn more about themselves and navigate the highs and lows that women face during pregnancy as well as postpartum. 

Tell us about your business? And how do you help expecting or new moms?

JC Bump and Baby offers support through yoga, labor/birth workshops and support groups. We provide guidance for women at every stage of motherhood.

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

My kids are older, 22 and 17, so I can offer guidance for moms that I have experienced. Empowering women with knowledge and support. Guiding them to trust their instincts instead of all that they see on Social Media. Bringing them back to the basics of motherhood.

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

Managing my time. Its easy to always keep working on the business.

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

That I suffer from anxiety and am not always so even keeled as one might think.

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

I left the corporate world when my son was 5 and my daughter was 10 - although I missed some time, being around for them now after school to pick them up and take them to activities was truly a highlight of their lives and mine.

Why did you start your business?

My passion for supporting pregnant women and new mothers.

What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms? 

Trust your instincts. You know better than anyone what your baby/kids need. Get away from reading and searching online for the answer. Read YOUR baby.

How has motherhood changed you?

I realized that I love to take care of my loved ones, my kids, husband, family, and friends.

What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom? 

Yoga/Birth/Babies with Deb Flashenberg Podcast

About Michelle Goitia

As a young girl growing up in New Mexico, Michelle found that riding horses gave her a sense of calm; a sense of calm that she later found on her yoga mat, as well. Michelle began practicing yoga in 2000, but since when her daughter was born in 1998, she had not yet discovered how yoga could enhance her pregnancy. Her son’s birth in 2003 was greatly impacted by the benefits of yoga as her pregnancy progressed. This contrast between her pregnancies is what inspired her to share her experience with other women. In doing this, she has dedicated herself to teaching prenatal & postpartum yoga, leading self-care workshops, and offering support and guidance for pregnancy and motherhood.

Find JC Bump and Baby Here:

www.jcbumpandbaby.com

https://www.instagram.com/jcbumpandbaby/


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Beat Postpartum Blues With These Must-Knows About Natural and C-Section Delivery

We don’t want life to catch you off guard (or worse, in a state of panic), so allow us to break down the differences between natural and C-section delivery in terms of procedure and recovery. As a bonus, we also threw in handy tips to help you get back to your feet faster and easier.

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