BABYBROWNSUGAR MOM: RACHEL PIERRE

BABYBROWNSUGAR MOM: RACHEL PIERRE
Rachel Pierre is the founder of Mommifaceted, a digital media space that celebrates and connects mothers through their motherhood journey. Her online platform and podcast are safe havens for moms of color who want to have real talk with other moms. Rachel values community and encouragement, so she translates that to her home environment by cultivating a space in which her two sons are empowered and supported!
Where are you based and what are your favorite things to do in the area with your family? 
I am based in the suburbs of Houston. We love to do family stuff - things like go to the children’s museum, try new food trucks, and spend all day at the pool with snacks.
How many little ones do you have and how old are they? What do you like most about this stage in their lives? 
My two sons are 4 years old and 22 months old. This stage in their lives is full of fun! My youngest is entering the terrible twos early, so I’m gearing up for this time of resistance and testing of my nerves. I love the stage of my oldest. He asks so many questions and is starting to understand bigger things in life. We have so many great conversations with each other. I get to practice all of my parenting lessons on him :)! I try things like talking him through a tantrum and feelings of being a big brother - this has affected him more than I expected.
What does your kids' bedtime routine (or non-routine) look like in your household? Do you have any rituals that you swear by? 
Each night we have three specific tasks for our routine, but there is still a lot of flexibility. We are sure to have dinner together as a family, the boys get baths, and we have some family time playing or having dance parties where we share our dance moves with each other. Besides these three things, we are flexible up until 7pm when my youngest goes to sleep. My oldest gets to stay up a little bit later and usually has some screen time or we will play a game together so that we can spend one on one time.
Tell us about your current role, project(s), or business(es) and what is your inspiration? 
I am the founder of Mommifaceted Media - a digital media space focused on helping women feel seen, understood, and valued as they navigate the different facets of motherhood. Right now, we are gearing up to launch our podcast network - a network of mom hosted podcasts- very soon!
As a boss mom, what do you want to instill in your little ones?
I want to ensure that my boys know that I believe in them wholeheartedly and that I will fiercely protect and support them. They should be independent and able to fully be themselves - so my support of them living in their truth is my biggest priority.
What is an inspirational quote or mantra that you live by? 
May today be the day you find joy while you wait - Morgan Harper Nichols
How has motherhood changed the way you move in the world?
Motherhood has been a foundational aspect of the woman I am today. I see so much of my purpose rooted in motherhood - and it has allowed me to learn so much about myself. I have learned how to juggle and prioritize better, I’ve learned that I need quiet time to be my best, and I have learned that I can literally shape the lives of so many people - starting with my own family.
What has surprised you the most about your motherhood journey? 
The most surprising part of this motherhood journey has been how my own personal growth and challenges affect my parenting greatly. When I am in a difficult spot I can tend to lose patience more quickly, but when I’m feeling super productive my creative juices get flowing and my boys and I start having so much fun.
Any advice you would give to new moms? 
I would tell new moms to take all the advice they receive with a few grains of salt - and to trust their guts. As women, we are naturally wired to use our intuitions and motherhood is no exception, but an area where we tend to question ourselves. As long as we are doing our best, we cannot mess up our kids!
How do you allow others to support you as a mother and creator? 
I allow others to help me. I will be the first to order groceries, tell someone I need help editing an article I’m writing, and take any encouragement I receive. I know that I cannot be supermom or do everything all on my own - and so I take any help I can get.

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