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Mother’s Day Feature: The Ambitious Joy Quint
May being the month to celebrate mothers and appreciate them, MumsVillage reached out to mums in our community, to share their parenting experiences as we #CelebrateMum. This is Joy Quint’s story.
What childhood experiences shaped you the most? What did you learn from them?
Having to plan our own birthdays! Our parents were not wealthy but would teach us how to make do with little. We would bake in sufurias and make buttercream with margarine. From there, I learnt that it is not the “things” that should matter, it is possible to create magical moments with very little as long as your heart is into it.
How would people who knew you in school describe you?
Talkative. Ambitious. Fearless.
How have you raised your children similarly to how you were raised? What have you tried to do differently?
To the greatest extent yes. Especially when it comes to respect and discipline. What I have done differently is show them, love, in a way that they understand. Plus we openly show love and affection, not only between us; but also towards them.
What traditions did your parents pass on to you that you passed on to your child/children?
Celebrating milestones no matter how little! We are the family that competes on who calls the birthday girl or boy first. Passing exams, graduations are a big deal.
What three words would you say represents your approach to parenting and why?
Intentional. Purposeful. Open-minded.
What are some of the most rewarding (and/or challenging) aspects of being a parent for you?
Watching my children find themselves and learn how to express themselves and be their own person. My son plays 3 different sports!
What was the most rewarding (and/or hardest) period of your career/entrepreneurship journey?
My most rewarding period was after my 50-day maternity leave, I would go to the women’s prayer room and pump for my little girl. No matter how much I got that day, I would be so happy not returning home empty-handed. I found mental battles during this time when I look back, I am glad I did not give up.
What are your thoughts about your current line of work?
I definitely feel I have so much to give that do not necessarily tie with the technical part of my job. I feel that the opportunities I have now, are growing me for something bigger, I cannot wait to see what the year holds! It’s just the right amount of discomfort to get me charged for something new!
What do you think the world needs more of right now?
Grace. More grace towards each other.
Is there something that you wish you had experienced that you haven’t yet experienced?
Sleeping continuously, undisturbed for 8hrs!!! To be honest, I would like to experience high adrenaline sports, like sky diving!
At this stage in your life, what are some of your best family memories?
Every time I get to hang out with my family. There is so much laughter! So much food! Just unplugging and talking!
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received from your mum? #MumWasRight
My mum told me when you feel you are giving 90% in a relationship; force yourself to evaluate the relationship like an outsider. If it does not feel right, it’s not right.
Happy Mothers Day!
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