In our Real Moms – Real Stories column, Meet renowned mompreneur, Gurgaon-based Upasana Luthra, mom to two teenagers. Read on to know her beautiful story on raising a special needs child who is on the spectrum of Aspergers
The most challenging part is the satisfaction in knowing you have done enough and erasing self-doubt. Most important is my children’s happiness and their ability to interact with others as good human beings. To create great memories for them.
How does your day start? What time do you wake up and what is your early morning routine like?
I wake up with an alarm at 6:00 AM depending on the day. On Monday and Friday, my daughter has gymnastics so she goes to school earlier. I then prepare breakfast and have it with my kids. Once they leave at 8:00 AM, I either exercise or work.
I prefer to work from home so I work until about 10 AM. Then I shower, say a little prayer and have a mid-day snack. Then I get back to work again which goes on until lunchtime. Handling the house and helpers is also part of my work. I try to be extremely organized. If I have meetings then I prefer to get other work done in town.
I am heading PR, Events & Book Club for GurgaonMoms- an online Facebook community of 29,500 + members. We also have a website and a Facebook page. My timings are normally up to 6:00 PM but during events, I work up to 9:00 PM as well.
Reading is my passion and I run a Facebook page called The Book Reporter.
What do you think about our Indian education system? If you were to introduce something or change something about it, what would that be?
What would you say is your key to juggling and creating a balance with your work and kids?
My Memory and being organized. I make lists for everything. I’m a paper and pen person and still love my physical diary.
What is the most challenging part of being a mother? Have you managed to overcome it? If so, how?
The most challenging part is the satisfaction in knowing you have done enough and erasing self-doubt. Yes, to some extent I have overcome it. My children once told me I am their BFF (Best Friend Forever) and that was a good enough validation for me.
How do you spend time with your kids on weekends? Share your best family moments.
I watch movies with my daughter. We go out to eat. My best family moment was when we visited Singapore last year. My children and I are really obsessed with all the Jurassic Park & Jurassic World movies. So we drank in each aspect of the Jurassic Park theme in Universal Studios.
Check out places to visit with child/children when in Singapore
Do you manage to get some personal time for yourself? What do you like to do in this leisure time?
What tips would you like to give to new moms/moms with teenagers at home/ moms with pre-schoolers at home?
Don’t give off your stress to your children. Even if your child is calm, he/she can sense your stress and they will feed off that. Children are much more resilient than we think. The teens aren’t as terrible as they are made out to be. Try to get on the same page as your children and connect with them.
Any special parenting tips that have worked for you or those which were advised to you but didn’t work?
If there was any one thing you could change about you at this point in life, what would that be?
The pollution in Gurgaon. Taking better care of our planet. It’s intrinsic to our survival.
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