Married to: Saravanan Manorkorum, 32, Co-Founder and Director of Da Vinci Group
Child/Children: Dronan Saravanan, 2 years old
Kids World: Describe your parenthood journey in 3 words:
Amu: Rewarding, Transformational, Limitless.
Kids World: How do you spend family time?
Amu: We go to the zoo or park. We bring Dronan out to family gatherings, birthday parties, play with him in the morning before getting on with work. We have a good mixture of indoor and outdoor activities.
Kids World: What are your top challenges as a parent?
Amu: Spending quality time with my son and husband separately. With running my own businesses, it is challenging to switch off from work-mode. Being disciplined about time management is my current project to master. Compared to that, everything else is a breeze. I believe that relationships are the most important thing in one's life and one must make time for relationships to be nurtured.
Kids World: Where do you go or what do you do to relax (without your kids)?
Amu: My husband, Sara, likes to chill out with a bottle of wine and good food. We do that on our weekly dates. We also enjoy going to the movies. Other than that, for alone time, I like to just get creative with clay uninterrupted.
Kids World: What inspires you to be a better mom or dad? Any role models?
Amu: Well no role models per se, but the ethos of being authentic to myself and through that giving the best for my son. This would mean recognising when my son needs me, when I am tired, when I am uninspired. Or when something is missing from my relationships and getting to the source of it so that I can be a better mom, a better daughter and a better wife. This means getting flat with reality and having a hard look at myself to see what is working and what is not working, and if I am living a life I love, and living it powerfully.
Kids World: Share with us your favorite quote(s) and what it means to you.
Amu: Keizoku wa chikara nari - this is a Japanese idiom that I have tattooed on my forearm. It means "Perseverance is Strength". I have an English equivalent tattooed also and it goes, "Strength, courage and wisdom have been inside of me all along."
This was a line from a song by India Arie. I got this tattooed after having Dronan, and when the businesses were still young when I was still in awe of how strong my body and willpower was to go through childbirth without drugs and persevere on for 27 hours. As hard as it was, for me that experience sort of epitomised what I thought my journey would be with everything in life. It might be hard, it might take blood, sweat and tears, but what would come out of that would be nothing short of a miracle.
Kids World: What do you hope to do for your children & family in the year of 2016?
Amu: To be happy, healthy and prosperous in every way!
Kids World: If your child decides to follow your footsteps, what would you say to him or her?
Amu: Just do it. Leap and have faith. The universe allows for the future you want to live into.
Kids World: Do you have any regrets?
Amu: No. I am a firm believer of everything happens for a reason, the good and the bad. There is a lesson for me to learn through it and I am here where I am especially because of every single life experience I have had.
Kids World: Tips for other new parents out there?
Amu: Social support and a social network is important. It takes a village to raise a child, so don't be shy to ask for help. It might not get easier, but you will definitely get better at it!
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