Our next super mom...

Nicole Ragains

How many children do you have and what are their ages and names? I  am the lucky mom of Riley (3.5) and Jake (2)

What does a typical day look like for you? There is definitely no typical in our house! I work part time, so 3 days a week I commute to Manhattan and run the operations for a technology start up company. The other 2 weekdays we generally start our morning at WiO's Go Mommy class, then usually head to the park or lunch with some other WiO mommies and kids or run errands. Then it's nap time and an afternoon activity before dinner and baths! 

What is your definition of "mommy time"? Anytime I have alone time to recharge my batteries  is considered "mommy time". Even if it's just 15 minutes, as long as it helps me re-center, I'm satisfied. 

Did having children make you more aware of your health and theirs? Yes, absolutely.  Before becoming pregnant I never really thought about what I was putting into my body or the importance of working out. While pregnant with Riley I realized how important it was to eat right and take care of my body, both mentally and physically. Children learn by example, so if I show them that exercise and moderation are healthy habits, I hope they follow that lead.

What keeps you motivated to get to WiO?  My fellow mommies and the amazing people at WiO that make class feel like I'm going to hang out at a sorority! Kara keeps the mood fun and the icing on the cake is that the kids have a blast while I get a work out in.   

What is your biggest challenge, yet greatest gift in being a mommy? I want my children to understand the importance of balance in all they do - to be independent and resourceful but know when to ask for help; to know when to lead and when to follow; to speak their mind but also listen. I believe in teaching through example, but it's sometimes easier to parent by telling them to follow or to listen and not question.  Watching my children grow and develop their own unique personalities and achieving that balance is the best feeling. 

What is a motto you live by? “When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.”

If you are interested in being our next WiO mom, email kellyatwio@gmail.com We would love to feature you!