Meet Our Mum Of The Month: Mrs Foluso Gbadamosi
LagosMums interviews Mrs Foluso Gbadamosi, a mum, an IT Guru, Human Resource and Administration Expert . Enjoy this exclusive interview with our mum of the month
Please introduce yourself
My name is Foluso Gbadamosi and I am married with 2 daughters. I work for an Insurance institution called Industrial & General Insurance Company. I started my career as an Information Technology professional and now wear other hats which include Human Resources & Administration. I am passionate about people, IT and how IT can improve life and work.
What do you love about motherhood?
I love watching my children’s developmental stages. How they go from being a newborn to achieving different milestones almost daily is a true miracle!
What have you found most challenging as a mum?
Balancing being a mother, wife, sister, friend and my career.
What are the three top survival skills LagosMums need?
– Support System which includes a supportive spouse, family & friends.
– As one of my older friends said the ‘right infrastructure’ should be in place, be it family members, nanny, lesson teacher, cook and/or driver. Depending on the individual’s setup, the right people to support daily activities especially if you have children.
What is the funniest thing you have heard your child say?
Several! Kids literally do and say the ‘darnedest’ things! I have too many to share. At the top my mind is when I recently told her to stop addressing one of my Uncle’s the way I do by saying Uncle (his first name), quite puzzled she asked, but isn’t that his name? I burst out laughing and explained to her why people above a certain age shouldn’t be called by their first name.
What lessons have marriage thought you?
Patience & Communication Skills.
How do you balance working and family? Does the word “balance” exist?
I don’t think ‘balance’ exists, I think you can do your best to be good at everything but the likelihood of being great at everything doesn’t exist. At best you can be great at some things and just good at others.
Share practical tips on how to balance it all?
Like I said earlier, the right infrastructure has to be in place – that is the right support system for all you have to do. For example if you need to cook and you don’t have time to do it all, have someone prepare the ingredients for you. If you have kids, have reliable and trustworthy people who can pick them up from school, manage their day etc.
How do you relax?
Hmmm… Good question. Cake, Ice Cream, anything dessert related! When I am stressed I need SUGAR! Relaxation for me is hanging out in any environment with loved ones and where sugar is present lol. I know this is not a healthy way to relax, so I am working on it.
What makes Lagosmums unique?
Lagosmums are unique because we live in one of the toughest cities in the world and yet we manage to juggle all the different hats we wear. We also live in a society that doesn’t particularly support or encourage women, yet we still manage to succeed!
What is your guiding philosophy in life?
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.
What is your parenting style? Authoritative? Tiger mum?
I’m not sure, I think I can be a mix depending on the situation.
What are some skills you believe children today need to learn? Any different from what you needed growing up?
Kids nowadays are living in what I call an ‘instant world’. Everything you say or do can be on the internet in a matter of seconds, once it’s there it is difficult to remove it. So kids nowadays really have to be careful with what they say, do, capture on camera and expose themselves to.
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