Corinne Rice/Moving to Austin, TX/34
Freelance Photographer/social influencer/Instagram Strategist
Name and ages of your children?
Atlas is 4 and 1/2
What is your name selecting approach?
It’s funny because Atlas’s father and I had narrowed it down to three boy names. I only remember one of them and it was Siggy. The last week of my pregnancy his father came home from work and said he wanted to name him something else. I told him I wanted no part of that, I was done picking out names. He said, “What about Atlas?”. I replied, “A book of maps? No thank you!” And then he Googled “Atlas the Greek God”, showed me and I loved it!
What is your definition of a crushable Mama?
A crushable Mama would be someone doing something I admire; which could be so many different things.
What is the most rewarding thing about motherhood?
The most rewarding thing about Motherhood is to learn from my son. One of the most profound things I remember is watching Atlas, as soon as he learned the word “Hi” and what it meant, say hi to everyone he passed by. I think he is on to something and that our society has it a bit backwards by almost no one ever saying hi to someone as they pass them by.
What is the most challenging aspect of motherhood?
Well, for me the most challenging aspect is being a single, working Mom, raising my son by myself. Trying to keep him out of the care of others as much as possible, while still doing fun things with him. I often spend days working on my computer with him playing, by himself, with his toys.
Where has motherhood pushed you to grow the most?
Motherhood has forced me to be more patient and compassionate.
What are your top 3 best tips for a new mama?
My first tip is something that I learned a little too late to apply to my nursing, but I SO wish I would have known this from the beginning. Atlas still has trouble sleeping through the night and I think that could have been avoided with this simple little trick:
What are your family rituals?
In the morning we drink water, stretch, meditate, do affirmations and then eat breakfast. After breakfast we usually have a dance party. Then we try to get out of the house to do something “fun for kids” (Atlas calls it) each day (park, playground, indoor bounce house, museum, play-date, etc). In the evenings we try to go for a hike or walk, cook dinner, eat, play games, read and then talk about things we are grateful for just before going to bed.
What is your parenting philosophy/approach? Please elaborate.
Oh gosh, well I’m not really sure how to answer this. I try to treat Atlas like an adult. Not in the sense of expectations, but rather how I talk to him. I am super careful of the words I chose to use and often find myself needing to explain things so he doesn’t take them the wrong way. I have had to explain that throwing fits and crying are different things and that it’s totally fine to cry and express emotion, but when he’s throwing a fit I don’t care to be around him. I make sure that if someone tells Atlas to stop crying or says anything, like, “stop being a baby.” That I 1. Talk to that person and explain that I do not talk to Atlas like that and that I would appreciate it if they would not to say those things to my son. 2. Talk to Atlas about why they may have said that and how I completely disagree with the things they said. I’ve read a lot from Dr. Bruce Lipton and how ages 0-7 a child is soaking everything in and that this time is crucial in terms of what we say to them and who they become as they grow older. I also do not lie to my son. I have once or twice and felt awful. I think kids are smarter than we give them credit. I think that lying to them sets a bad example. When people lie to my son, it feels like they are lying to me and so I cannot help but say something like, “You don’t need to lie to him.” I’m very open with my son. I talk to him about things I think most people do not. This is just a choice I have made. I am not saying it’s right. I try to let him watch zero anything. Occasionally he does. I think that these screens are ruining our future. It is turning kids into zombies and not to mention the EMF zaps they get while holding them and the blue light and how it affects melatonin levels.
What has been your biggest surprise about motherhood?
My biggest surprise has been the amount of growth as a human I have experienced as a result of being a Mother.
What is your approach to food and raising a child?
This one is interesting. I was vegan for years, even during my pregnancy and after I had Atlas. I knew a lot about being vegan and from my research and personal experience I knew that you cannot be a healthy vegan without taking a lot of supplements. When Atlas was about 5 months old, I thought, how the heck am I going to give a 5 month old a bunch of supplements? So I spent some time reading on the internet about raising a vegan baby and what I found was quite horrifying! There were many stories of all sorts of developmental issues with children who were vegan. So then I thought, well I also know that as a omnivore you usually need to supplement. So how can I get as many necessary nutrients into my son with just food alone. So I found a site that showed the top ten foods for each vitamin and mineral and fed him those. Now that he’s older he does take supplements and I am less strict about his diet, but we try to do no grains and no sugar. I think those two foods are also ruining our future. I think gluten is destroying the health of children and sugar is setting children up for a lifetime of addiction(s). The same chemical is released in the brain when you consume sugar as when you shoot heroin, snort cocaine, or smoke crack. So we mostly eat animal proteins, eggs and vegetables. A little yogurt and berries- that’s about it, unless we are traveling our eating out.
What is your approach to disciplining your child?
This one is tough. I started to read The Seven Spiritual Laws For Parents by Deepak Chopra and he says we’re not supposed to punish children. I haven’t gotten to the part where he hopefully suggests some alternatives. I usually give Atlas ultimatums and it works. Stop doing whatever it is you’re doing or we aren’t going to the park later, or whatever it is that we have planned. I sometimes do time-out, but he doesn’t seem to mind being in time-out, so it’s not really an ideal form of punishment. I try to always give him a second chance. He’s young and learning and forgets things. I don’t think he’s at the age to where if he does something he should be immediately punished.
4 tips to finding balance in motherhood
4. Yoga (for the deep breathing)
These four things will get you in the right mindset to feel balanced no matter what is going on around you..
Your top 4 lessons you wish to instill in your child?
1.You create your reality.
2.There’s nothing more rewarding than helping people.
3.You don’t have to work hard to succeed/make a lot of money.
4.Treat others how you want to be treated. Be the best friend that you want for yourself. There is nothing more precious than deep loving connections with other humans.
What are you letting go of?
Control…. But not how you may think. I believe we are beings who are able to manifest and so we do control most of what goes on around us. But I also think that the universe presents us things that may not seem like they are helping us along the way when they really are. Often we are presented with situations that may seem “bad” or cause us to question whether we are in the vortex or not. Really we just need to find the silver lining!
What are you calling in?
Playfulness, non judgement, compassion and unconditional love for all.
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