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A Mother’s Thoughts

By Fredrica Syren—Green mom

On Sunday I got to celebrate being a mom. Mother’s Day, of course, is a very special day and for sure my kids did make me feel special. It made me reflect about being a mom and what it means to me.

Being a mom is one of the most important jobs I have ever had, and I have to admit my biggest surprise about becoming a mom is that I never expected it to fulfill me and define me as much as it has. If anyone asks me what I do for a living, being a mom is for sure the first thing that comes to mind. All the other stuff — wife, yoga teacher, cookbook author, founder of Green-Mom.com, etc. — is secondary.

Since the birth of Noah 16 months ago, I really have been questioning the need for daycare. Everyone kept telling me that he needs to be socialized, but I realized that I feel my kids are best with me until they are a bit older. Now, I’m lucky that I’m not forced to go outside the home for a job, but rather work at home. This does make it busier for me and I rarely get too much time to myself. I keep joking that my nap time and rest time are at my acupuncturist’s office

Seriously, my children are mine for such short while, and I believe they need me to be here for them and to teach them to become strong and kind individuals. In return, they teach me about passion and compassion. I know there will be a time in my life when I will look back at this period and be so grateful that I could do this. Every morning when the day starts and Bella and Noah wake up, one by one their smiling faces melt my heart and I’m filled with such love.


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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