All little girls dream of becoming a real Princess one day but what happens after “Happily Ever After”? Apparently it’s a houseful of little ones with a handsome Prince and a wildly popular children’s clothing line! Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece shares her real life fairy tale with us and imparts tips and tricks for tantrum free traveling!
1. What do you want for Mother’s Day? Drawings from my kids that I can frame.
2. What is your most cherished Mommy moment? That peaceful time before breakfast when the kids come into the bedroom for a cuddle and there’s the seven of us in bed.
3.How do you balance work and family life? With a calm head and a deep breath in the morning. I’m also very lucky that my office and shops are just around the corner from my house so I’m always back and forth. My father, who was a very busy business man, always came home for lunch with the family. It’s the best family bonding time.
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4.Mornings are tough for moms. Do you have any tips or advice on how to look put together with no time to spare? I like to be out of the house with the kids as I always do the school runs, so as long as my hair looks good I feel good… A good coat and skinny jeans with flats always looks crisp. Lip-gloss and blush and I’m out the door!
5. Do you have efficient and tantrum free travel ideas? Special gadgets, toys or treats? I have 5 kids so I need to be prepared because we get glared at quite a bit, so I prepare a backpack for each one that they carry with all sorts of bits. Game boys, GI joes, paper for drawing and small snacks… I always put in a surprise for them, too. It keeps them excited.
6. Most working moms experience mommy guilt. How do you cope and find mental balance? I refuse to have guilt and I give each child as much time as possible. I think if children are happy and settled then the parents have done well, therefore no guilt.
7. How do you pamper yourself after a long week? Lazy weekends with my husband and the kids are just the best for me… I also go out and get a manicure/pedicure with my daughter, she just loves mummy time and beauty time! She’s 12.
8. Best Mother’s Day memory? It was this year, on the English Mother’s day, when all my kids came and gave me little flower bouquets and I was surrounded with flowers and my children… Great fun.
9. What do you think is important to teach your children? Good Manners and compassion for others. It all starts at home.
10. What is the most important lesson you learned from your own mother? She taught me so much I’d have to write a novel dedicated to her! We are like two peas in a pod.