Walk with Jenny - Parents of Easywalker
Today we take a walk with Jenny Nessmar. Jenny is the Online Shop Manager at Easywalker. Besides working at Easywalker, she is the lovely mother of Felix (1). In this blog you will read about her daily routine and also what becoming a parent meant to her.
1. What does a normal day look like for you?
I wake up at 6.00-6.30 when my child wakes up. We eat breakfast together and then either my husband or I take him to day care. Bringing in the morning means the other one picks our son up in the afternoon usually. I travel by train to work, try to be as efficient as possible during the day and then I go back home. We take turns in the evening with cooking and bringing my son to bed. We eat together after he goes to sleep. Sometimes I have to work in the evening, but I try not to as that is my, and our, only moment to relax after the day.
2. In what way did becoming a parent change you?
When you become a parent, you realize that everybody is somebody’s baby/child. I hope I was a compassionate person before, but this realization has definitely made me more so. I never considered myself a very maternal person, so realizing that being a mother comes very natural to me has I guess changed how I view myself. In many ways I am exactly the same person as before, which is also nice to notice! :-)
3. How do you combine your career with parenting?
I am lucky that my husband has flexible working hours, that we have a great day care and that we have parents who help out. The flexibility of my boss (who is also a parent) helps when sometimes you need a bit more flexibility to make it work. I appreciate that about my working place! Sometimes it is hard though, to make long hours and see your child less than you would like during the week.
4. Did your priorities change after becoming a parent?
I have become more efficient since I simply don’t have the time to waste or overthink things. I care less about a lot of (unimportant) things which is a good development I guess. I am prioritizing being happy more, because I want to set a good example for my child and be a happy, positive parent.
5. What is a lesson you have learned from your child?
My child is still very small, but what I feel I have already learned from him is that it’s ok to feel your feelings. He does not have a filter yet, so he just does whatever he feels like. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that that is the natural state of mankind. Although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for the office perhaps…
6. Easywalker is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. If you could give your son some advice for when he turns 30, what would this advice be?
30 is still pretty young, so don’t feel that you need to have it all figured out. Think about what you may want 5-10 years from now, even if that’s not something you want right now, and start taking small (or big) steps towards it.
7. What is something that you and your child bond over?
We both like swimming and food. So I guess those are our common hobbies so far! We also like singing and reading books together.
8. How would your children describe you?
If he could talk, I think he would say that I’m funny. I agree.
9. Favorite activity you like to do with your kid?
Swimming, walking in the forest, singing together, reading books.
10. What is a Golden Tip you would like to give to Mommy’s and Daddy’s to be?
Ask for help from others. It is impossible to do it without. Make an effort to create little family traditions, those small memories make up a childhood.