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Madhurima, a full-time working mom and a parenting influencer known as ‘@Tripping Mommy, ‘enjoys talking about how entertaining parenting can be. She frequently posts DIY projects, travel tales, and uplifting parenting quotes.
Q) Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Madhurima: I am a full-time working mother; I do blogging more prominently as a passion, and it remains one of my key passions. I started writing because of parenting. When I became a parent, I understood that are certain things we kept following that were told by our parents and society about the upbringing of a child, certain things that parents are expected and unexpected to do.
People used to say you can’t travel with a child of 2-year-old or a 3-year-old; it isn’t safe. When I became a parent, my thoughts were, why are we doing something like that? Why can’t we be the change?
I started traveling with my child, as young as one month old. When I started interacting with people, I realized that preconceived notions are everywhere. We accept things as they are. I don’t know why people have these preconceived notions; I thought, let me try to break the pre-imagine concepts.
For example, if we tell anyone that a baby is born with a dusky or dark color, people will advise – ‘you need to apply this cream.’ Why can’t they accept it as it is? Keeping in mind these notions, I started writing about it, and that’s how I began @Tripping Mommy. Primarily to break the taboos we have been following for many years.
Many small taboos come with parenting. I was asked to leave my job after my daughter was born. After becoming a mother, I realized that taboos aren’t normal and correct. Just being a part of a small change doesn’t necessarily mean that things will change, but at least we can try. I hope the next generation will understand and keep on changing such norms.
It is not like that if a child is born, the life of a mother changes. A mother can also follow her passions; she can continue doing what she was doing, travel, and do anything that she wants to; it just requires some alterations in her life.
Q) Tell us why and how you started blogging?
Madhurima: I started blogging primarily during covid. Before covid, I used to write a few blogs for newspapers on and off but never really thought of writing for myself. I am a full-time mother; I did not get too much time to work on the blogs before that.
But during covid, I realized that I do have time to start writing about things that bothered me. Now that my daughter has also grown up a bit and I have done things my way, such as traveling with a child, continuing work, etc., something that some parents might not approve of. But things have always worked better since the day my daughter is born.
A thought popped up in my mind; I already have experienced, so why not document them and share them with everyone? That’s how I started my page @Tripping Mommy on Instagram. I aim to create awareness of traveling with kids; the page is more about parenting and also does a bit of sarcastic comedy where the audience gets a tone of what we are saying about parenting comically.
In march 2020, I made the page public, I always had a page, but it was private before 2020. I started documenting my thoughts; the audience began to connect with me.
Q) What are some values/principles that you would like to pass on to your children as you got them from your parents, and which ones would you want to skip?
Madhurima: A couple of things are very clear to me. The first thing is I want my child to be independent. The second thing is self-care; I want my daughter to take care of herself first, then she can care about her family and kids.
The only reason is that if you aren’t happy from within, you can not make anybody happy; your child will not be satisfied. I take 2 to 3 hours a week to do things I like. I will go out, read a book and have a cup of coffee. It is just taking a break from the routine. That gives me a lot of time to think and reflect upon things that are right and wrong.
The third thing I want to teach her about is traveling. I have been traveling with my child since she was born, and the experiences can have while traveling. I don’t think sitting at home you can experience that kind of experience. I want her to explore.
Q) Has motherhood changed your perspective on the world in any way?
Madhurima: Yes, I have become much more tolerant as an individual. Earlier things affected me greatly, like why my house was messed up. Why are things aren’t kept in their place? Now other things make me happy. If the house is a little dirty, it is okay.
I used to feel that it was essential to keep things organized, but now I have realized that I am compromising the time that can be spent with my child. I have started respecting my parents so much more than I used to.
Q) If you could’ve done something entirely different career-wise, what would you have done?
Madhurima: I am in a profession where I am working in the field of corporate communication; I am very happy with my job. I always wanted to do that. Also, I am a blogger, which is my second profession. I think both ways; I wouldn’t have to change anything. Probably I would want to become a dancer. I don’t want to change anything; it’s a beautiful career.
Q) Creating content on parenting, Restaurant finds, Fashion, and Comedy; which is your favorite part and why?
Madhurima: Creating content on parenting has been more fulfilling. Comedy has gotten more recognition; everything has its charm. Humor has been given a lot of credit. Parenting is from the heart; whenever I post something or write something about parenting, and it helps some other parent, it gives me a sense of fulfillment. I feel I am doing something good for society.
Q) What did you admire most about your parents, and what do you want Ayra to respect you for?
Madhurima: I admire both my parents. In my era, I was an unseen art student; I am from a small town where my parents are obsessed with science, and I was a good student, but I decided to go with arts, and my parents didn’t stop in and supported me and trusted in whatever I have done. I have admired them for that.
I want Ayra to admire me is she should see her mom as an achiever. She should not see her mom as very different from her dad. I noticed that my dad was a more powerful entity in the house while my mom worked, but she was still there.
I want to observe that in our household, how husband and wife are at the same level. They are doing the upbringing of the child together. I want her to see the equal parenting we follow at home, and I want to take that forward. I want her to feel that she is not less than any other guy. She can do as much as a thing as any other boy.
Madhurima, also known as (AKA) ‘@tripping mommy,’ is a working professional and blogger who is on her way to breaking the taboos associated with parenting through her blogs and content. We wish Madhurima all the very best in her future endeavors.
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