Motherhood by Shelly Brennan Owner of Mama and ME Ltd

Hi I’m Shelly Director and Instructor at Mama and Me Ltd, a new business venture I developed , created and launched all whilst being on maternity with my now 10 month old! The craziness doesn't stop there I also regularly volunteer for The Greater Manchester Parenting Collective and teach dance fitness classes once a week

I’m proud mama to 7 gorgeous children.

How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

I'm a ‘planner’ so I thrive off a good list and my planner is literally my life! family meals, to do list, events work, everything gets planned (much to the annoyance of my husband) We have a hefty workload managing work and a busy house so its essential we work together too and communicate.

What top tips would you give to any working mum?

Don’t overwhelm yourself

Know your rights


Ask for help

What do you love most about Manchester? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?

Manchester born and bred I love the city. I love the history of Manchester and we are very fortunate to have so many places of interest along with some fantastic music, artists, sporting legends and historical figures

As a family we enjoy eating out in Manchester after shopping a museum trip or the cinema

How do you define quality ‘me-time’?

Me time for me isn’t soaking in the bath, shopping alone or getting the housework done whilst the kids are out…. Me time is doing the things I love, spending time with family/friends, having a treatment, attending yoga/dance classes or practising a little meditation and gratitude

What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?

My favourite thing is being part of a community, sharing parenthood in its truest form as we all know it’s not all rainbows and unicorns it's hard physically and emotionally. We all need to feel supported

My least favourite thing is those times when I feel like I'm failing or letting my children down by being hard on myself and being my own worst enemy at times like this I wish I was kinder to myself.

What advice would you give a first time Mum?

Your baby, your choices

Step away from Google

Don’t compare

Find your village

By Shelly Brennan

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