Happy #MomVoxMonday an interview series showcasing Real moms and Shining a light on the moms behind the kids
I am very excited to feature Allegra this week. There’s a special place in my heart for all homeschooling moms they’re angels among us! One of the things that drew me to Allegra was not only her positive content but her appreciation and promotion for a healthy lifestyle which is something I am a strong advocate for as well.￼ thank you Allegra for participating, you were beautiful both inside and out and I greatly appreciate you! ￼Enjoy her insightful interview, I hope you laugh as much as I did because she has an amazing sense of humor. ￼
Tell me about yourself
My name is Allegra, I live in San Diego, California. I am married, I have 2 kids, and one on the way! My girls are 8 and 2 years old. We are expecting a baby boy this May. I have a Master’s degree in behavioral psychology and worked as a therapist/consultant for children with autism for about 10 years. Currently I am a Holistic Nutritionist- I help people lose weight and/or manage chronic health issues naturally, with a focus on delicious dietary changes, and lasting behavior change strategies.
Have you always wanted kids?
Yes! I have always wanted kids!
Tell me about the birth or infancy stage of your child
I have 2 girls- ages 8 and 2. My first baby entered this world unexpectedly-I gave birth to her when I was only 25 weeks pregnant.
She was in the NICU for 3 months. It was a scary time!
There are so many!
But what stands out is when my daughter was about 3 years old, I was studying at home. She disappeared into my room for a while only to emerge wearing high heels, my bra (over her clothes!) and red lipstick smeared all over her face!
What’s something you wish people knew about your daughter?
My oldest has her quirks- but she has come a long way! She survived being born way too early and spent 3 months in the NICU fighting for her life. There are bound to be some long-term emotional and physical consequences to that.
So cut her some slack.
My second daughter- yes she can be clingy but it’s fine and I’m ok with it!
Thank you for your concern but she will be fine! haha
What’s something you wish people knew about you?
I love the simple life.
I have no desire to do it ALL or to enroll my kids in a million extracurricular activities. My goals might look different from your goals, and I might take my time getting there but that does not mean I’m lazy. I just enjoy being present, and being very intentional with my time. Stress reduction was a big part of how I was able to overcome my health challenges, so I don’t like to schedule too many things into my day, and I definitely schedule relaxation time every Saturday morning!
Having said that, I admire people busy people who get stuff done!
What was the biggest sacrifice of motherhood to you? And how are you coping?
As a stay at home, homeschooling mom,
my biggest sacrifice is total and complete lack of personal time (and space) unless I want to pay for a babysitter to come watch my 2 kids. Which adds up fast! I do it when I need to though, because it is an investment in myself. My husband, is also a huge help!
What do you love most about being a mom? Name 3 things.
I absolutely LOVE the constant cleaning. You know when you are picking up toys and wiping down surfaces ALL day? Only for the house tostill look like a tornado has gone through it? I love that. Just kidding!!
I do love being extremely in tune with my child’s needs. I know what they want before they even ask. I can tell when they are getting sick even before they start to feel it!
I also love watching them grow and learn new things on a daily basis!
And I love the sense of purpose kids bring- they really force you to grow as a person, and think of the next generation.
Who does your tribe consist of and what is something you wish they knew?
My immediate family (hubby and kids), my best friend, and my homeschooling peeps. I don’t get to see my mom and my siblings as often as I like, but I know if I ever needed them, they would drop everything to help. That’s a good feeling to have and I feel so blessed.
What lessons and values do you hope to instill in your child?
Be kind to others!! Be yourself, unapologetically. Figure out your passion(s) and learn how to make a living from it/them.
Best thing about being a homeschooling mom?
Teaching my children at their pace. Not constantly comparing my children to what other children are doing. Also, it seems unrelated, but my kids eat so much healthier at home! Breakfast is not rushed, and I’m not having to pack a bunch of processed food and snacks to get them through the day at school.
Could you help other moms do what you do?
Absolutely. I love sharing what I have learned about mothering, homeschooling, and creating healthy habits.
What’s your favorite book and why?
The Bible! I have read it many times.
I may not understand everything in it but overall, I feel like it has great wisdom for life.
What advice do you have for new-moms?
Trust your instincts, but at the same time I think it’s important to have conversations with those who have come before you.
It doesn’t mean you have to follow their advice, but I do think as new moms, we should be open to what others who have “been there done that” have to say. It has saved me many times. So I guess I would say, follow your gut, but also don’t be offended when someone offers advice. If the advice does not resonate with you, just smile and nod.
May we follow you on social media?
Of course! @happy.health.coach on IG