This lady will make you question everything you thought you knew about good parenting but in the best way possible. I personally never even heard of “positive discipline” until I read one of Amina Diab’s “Dear Mommy” letters on her Instagram account and I was in awe! Amina is a child psychologist that will truly help you turn your parenting into an easier and fun experience.
What do you do consistently for time management?
What really helps me to manage my time is setting my priorities straight and allocating time accordingly. My first priority is my family, so I know that they take the biggest chunk of my time. My second priority is my personal time. I take the time for myself and make sure to assign a time specific for self-care. Part of my second priority is work and studying, so I make sure I have time to study and work along my day. My third priority is my extended family, visiting them, tending to their needs and making sure I nourish these relationships. So, whenever I feel like one chunk is taking up the time of other priorities, I take a step back and really think where my time is going.
Of course, I wouldn’t be able to get all of this done with my trusty “To-Do List”. I also can’t live without the many many alarms I have on my phone!
What’s the best career advice anyone has ever given you?
It was my dad that gave me the best career advice I’ve ever been given, it’s something I still use every day. I was young and picking colleges to go to and I remember wanting to travel abroad like all my friends were for education. I was jealous because I felt that being educated in Egypt (instead of a college abroad) would hinder the plans I had for my future career. What my dad told me then changed how I think forever.
He said “No matter what destination you have, you’ll find you have more than one way to go there. You can drive, take a plane, take a train or even walk to your destination. No matter what you choose, you’ll still arrive at your destination” He meant that even though I might be taking a slower route, It was still a route that is taking me to where I want to be in my career. I can’t express how true this is.
What is one resource you wish you knew about when you were starting out?
I’d just like to acknowledge that I’m an avid believer of timing. I believe that I learned everything I needed to learn at the best time for me to really accept it. Maybe had I known about something before the time I did, I wouldn’t have been in the right mindset to really accept what was being taught to me. That being said, one resource I really appreciate now is the availability of online learning. No matter what topic it is you want to learn, you can always find multiple online books, classes, courses and all the information you need on that topic. So, it really doesn’t matter where you live around the world, you’ll find a way online to get the information you need.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?
I remind myself why I do what I do. I remember how amazing it feels to help children shape their future and help them grow into healthier beings. I also make sure to surround myself with the right people. Whenever I’m at a crossroads or I can’t find it in me to motivate myself I always turn to my husband. He’s had my back since day one, helping me do what I love every day. I can’t imagine accomplishing what I have without his constant support keeping me strong.
So, whether it’s my husband, my girlfriends, or my family, a good support system is sometimes all I need. Plus, I try to remind myself that feeling like you want to give up is a normal step towards success. You have to persist in your journey till you feel like you’ve almost failed, and that’s when the learning starts to happen.
What helps you be so great at being such a hands-on mom and working full time?
I’m not. That’s my answer. I recognize where I’m slacking off and the areas I need to work on so I can do something about it, instead of using it to make myself feel guilty. I make sure that I’m always working towards something. It’s a fallacy to feel that you’ve reached a point where there is nothing more for you to work on or achieve. You can always be better, you can always give more whether to yourself or to your kids. It’s not realistic as believe that you’ll ever reach a “balance”. I see life as more like a dance rather than a balance. You give more to one aspect of it for a while then shift your attention to another priority of your life and if you keep at this you’ll see your life flourishing
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