TINY STORIES | “It is tough to do it on my own and keep all the balls in the air. Therein lies the art of breathing.”

TINY STORIES | “Het is wel pittig om het in mijn eentje te doen en alle ballen in de lucht te houden. Ook daarin ligt de kunst om te blijven ademen.”
Welcome to our new Tiny Stories section. In this section we take a look at the colorful lives of inspiring families. How do they experience parenthood? And what do they want to give their child in life? Today: Rosalie (30) with daughter Mia (1) from Amsterdam.

First things first. Who are you? And what does your family situation look like?
“I am Rosalie, 30 years old, born and raised in Amsterdam and so is Mia. The two of us live in the Baarsjes district. I also work at the crisis service in psychiatry as a treatment support assistant. An intensive and busy job, because there are currently many people who are in crisis. I used to work as a freelance copywriter, but last year I made the switch.”

Did you always want to be a mother ?
“Yes, but I had no idea when that would be. Mia didn't come planned either, but I had in the back of my mind that I probably wanted to. Although I have sometimes had my doubts, given everything that is going on in the world.”

What does your week look like as a family?
“I would describe it as cozy chaos. Mia spends weekends with her dad every other week, so I have her about 80 percent of the time. She also goes to daycare two days a week and my mother babysits one day a week.”

What's it like for you living in the city with Mia?
“Very nice, I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else. There are many playgrounds nearby for Mia. In addition, we live opposite a large park and the shelter is literally around the corner. There are just so many possibilities and our friends also live nearby. So if I ever need a babysitter, I can always ask them.”

“Mia taught me to be more in the moment and really enjoy the little things.”

                                                                                    - Rosalya

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What do you think is the biggest challenge of parenting?
“It is tough to do it on my own and keep all the balls in the air. Therein lies the art of breathing, although that is not always easy.”

What's the best lesson Mia has taught you?
“Mia taught me to be more in the moment and really enjoy the little things. Very cliché perhaps, but when you are stressed you can often enjoy less. When you are with your child, you are almost forced to find your peace a little more.”

How do you keep balance? Do you build in special moments of rest for yourself?
“Of course I can't go out every night, because I'm mainly with Mia myself. Most of the time I just stay at home and try to meditate or read a book. Those moments of rest actually arise automatically.”

“As far as possible, all the products I use for Mia are eco-friendly. Furthermore, I don't have a car and I try to limit orders at home as much as possible.”

                                                                                    - Rosalya

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Tiny Library is a brand that focuses a lot on sustainability. What does sustainability mean to you? Also in view of Mia's future?
“I have been a vegetarian for a long time and I am also raising Mia vegetarian. I only occasionally give her a piece of fish, but then I make sure it is a sustainably caught piece of fish. As far as possible, all the products I use for Mia are environmentally friendly. Furthermore, I don't have a car and I try to limit orders at home as much as possible. That's not always easy, because I'm alone with Mia. That is why I always choose the most sustainable delivery option.

Which baby product would you recommend to young parents?
“I really like all Naïf products, but my absolute favorite are Kenko's mother and baby care products. I think it is important that the products do not contain any weird additives and I really enjoy smelling the same as Mia.”

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What would you like to give Mia in life?
“I hope she dares to be herself and that she gets the feeling from me and from her father that this is always possible. I also hope to tell her that she is kind to someone else.”

Via Tiny Library you can easily and sustainably rent baby products. Take a look at our #Tinylibrary for an overview of all products .

Photography credits : Tengbeh Kamara

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