Josephine is the founder of My Mom Knows Best, Inc. creators of gLovies
How many children do you have and what age groups? I have three children, ages eight, six, and four.
How did you come up with the idea for gLovies? gLovies is a mulit-purpose product that was invented out of necessity. It was on my first trip to a public restroom with my newly potty trained three-year-old when I became horrified at everything my toddler was touching. “Don’t touch that!” I said. On my next dreaded visit to a public restroom, I realized that the mom in the stall to the left of me was also yelling at her child not to touch anything and the grandmother in the stall to the right of me was literally begging her grandson to take his fingers out of his mouth. Now, seriously, what could be grosser than that? At that moment, I realized that others were experiencing the same problem of keeping their kids safe from germs in public places. The light bulb went off and gLovies became the solution.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Create a playroom that your kids will love. They will be so busy having fun that you will be able to get your Mommy things done in half the time. And an added bonus is that if you’re a mom entrepreneur, you can actually squeeze in a business call without having your young child hanging on your leg.
What has surprised you most about parenting? My biggest surprise about being a parent is how much of an impact we have on our children at all ages. Just when you think your kids aren’t listening to you, they have the ability to shock you with their behavior. For example, my five-year-old had the terrible habit of biting his finger nails. It would drive me crazy, but it was one less pair of hands I had to manicure. A week after my son’s sixth birthday I was giving him a bath and noticed his finger nails had grown!? I asked how his nails had grown and he said, “Mom, don’t you remember you told me when I turn six, I’m going to be a big boy? So, I figured since I’m a big boy now, I shouldn’t bite my finger nails!” Wow! I was so impressed.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? In just two words I can explain how my kids eat healthy food: ranch dressing! My kids love vegetables—with ranch dressing! Whenever we go to a restaurant, the wait staff are always impressed when my kids ask for vegetables.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I encourage my kids to live an active lifestyle by having them involved in sports. We spend most of our weekends on the soccer field, and I always allow for at least 15 minutes of bike riding after school.
How do you recharge your batteries? My time is so limited, but friendships are important to me. I really make an effort to have a weekly lunch date with one or several of my friends. After all, Mommy needs a playdate too! I also enjoy date night with my husband, which we really try to do at least once a week.