Today I’m excited because I get to do one of my favourite things, which is to introduce you to another Bright Young Mama!
I’ve had a few months break from my Bright Young Mamas Interview Series, but I’m thrilled to be back in the swing of it, and I’ve got lots of beautiful mamas for you to meet over the next couple of months.
Today’s interview is with Sarah Kottmann. Sarah is a mama to one gorgeous little man, and a homeopath and nutritionist who specialises in children’s health and wellbeing. I hope you enjoy this chat, especially Sarah’s simple and practical health advice 🙂
REBECCA: Hi Bright Young Mama! Please tell us a bit about yourself:
SARAH: My name is Sarah Kottmann and I am a homeopath, nutritionist and founder of Little Munchkins toddler milk: a dairy, gluten and soy free formula for toddlers. I am Currently 28 years old and a single mum of a son who is 3.
RW: How old were you when you first became a Mum?
SK: I was pregnant at 24 years of age and had my child at 25 years of age.
RW: What do you believe is the best thing about being a young parent?
SK: Young mums are faced with many challenges; however, until you become a mother you don’t fully understand how difficult it can be and also how wonderful. It’s because of my son that I created the product and I specialised in food intolerance and allergies. There are many amazing things about being a parent I don’t think it matters if you are younger or a little older.
RW: Have you faced any obstacles as a result of being a young parent? How did you overcome these challenges?
SK: There have been many obstacles that I have been faced with as a young single mum, and even before being a single mum it was a struggle financially.
You want to provide your child with the best but over the years I have come to realise you can only do the best you can as long as you provide them with unconditional love and keep striving to be more financially stable.
Education can sometimes be a challenge; however, with online learning I have found it to be a lot easier.
When I first had a baby my social life fell away as none of my friends had children and I moved to a new state. It is however important to have that adult conversation and support especially if you’re self-employed. I joined a mother group, play netball and found new friends that had children. Now that my son is older, I meet up with group of new people at least once a week and develop new friendships.
RW: Many young mums feel like their parenting ability is judged because of their age. Was this true for you, and if so, how did you deal with it?
SK: No I don’t believe I was judged. I used my intuition and read many books to help develop my parenting abilities.
RW: Do you have any advice for our young mamas about pursuing their passions while raising children?
SK: Don’t be afraid of following your dreams. If you are passionate about something then just go for it and be confident that even if things don’t quite go as planned we all learn from our experiences, as life is just one big lesson.
RW: Sunny Mondays is all for mums making their self-care a priority. What are your favourite ways to practice self-care?
SK: Healthy eating is a priority for myself and my child, as children learn from what they see their parents doing.
I also find meditation even a small amount each night helps keep you calm and reduces the risk of depression.
Getting enough sleep is important for immune health as well as mental health so always try to get 8 hours if possible.
Exercise, even if it’s once or twice a week, can be done with your children. For example, you could attend a boot camp for mums where the children of all ages including babies are looked after as you exercise in front of them.
RW: If you could offer the Bright Young Mamas of Sunny Mondays one piece of advice for thriving as a young mother, what would it be?
SK: Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Don’t listen to those that doubt you and surround yourself with other young thriving mums.
Connect with Sarah
Sarah Kottmann is a Brisbane-based practicing Homeopath and nutritionist. She is the creator of Little Munchkins Superfood Formula, an allergy free formula/ nutritious drink for toddlers aged 12 month up to 6 years. The formula gaps the nutritional needs of toddler with allergies as well as aiding in sleep, immune system health and digestion. You can find Sarah on Facebook and on her website.
I really hope you enjoyed reading about Sarah’s life as a young mum. If you’d like to leave some words of support or thanks for Sarah, please comment below.