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Alla Novochenok-Serhan is 40 years old and started SuperYam™ and Friends 18 months ago. She is based in Sydney, Australia. Author and mother of two boys, Alla has found a way to integrate young children’s superhero obsession with food education and it is because of her ongoing efforts, she was recently named as an Ambassador for the Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a global initiative focused on fighting childhood obesity. Knowing only too well the challenges many parents face with getting their children to eat more fruit and vegetables, Alla has devised a creative way to connect with fussy eaters.
Brief description of “Life Before Children”
A well-groomed professional who enjoys spontaneous travel, shopping for high heels, dining out and sleeping in.
How does this compare to “Life After Children”
A self-confessed worry-wart with endless to-do lists that don’t include spontaneous travel, shopping for high heels dining out and sleeping in.
(Approximately )how many hours a week do you work?
20-25hrs paid and 80-90hrs unpaid
Are there any particular laws/initiatives in your country/location that support working parents?
Not that I know of. Childcare is very expensive in Sydney and the government subsidies are very inadequate.
What are the main challenges in your country/location in terms of achieving balance?
Living in an urban city we spend far too much of our free time stuck in traffic and relying on electronic devices for all sorts of help.
Your top tip/s for Family Work Balance:
Put down the phone and go for a walk as a family.
Why is it SO DARN HARD?
What was one of the most unexpected things about becoming a parent?
What is one of the greatest wishes for your children? And yourself?
To worry less and have more gratitude
One of the moments you are most proud of in the last few months?
Running a successful campaign on Kickstarter
One of the biggest challenges in the last few months?
Navigating extended family dynamics
Share one of your favourite resources for working parents (website/book etc.)
Being part of Mama Creatives – an online Facebook community of like-minded mums with frequent face-to-face events that has become my support network and a vast pool of knowledge and resources
What kind of work does your partner do?
Managing Director of Z-CARD PocketMedia Solutions
What do you love about being a working parent?
Being able to utilize my brain and skill-set for other things that are don’t include the needs of my own family
What do you think is a myth about being a working parent?
That if it wasn’t for financial rewards we would all stay home
Do your children go to school/daycare/alternative child-minding? How often?
4 days per week
Do you and how do you support other working parents?
By encouraging flexible working hours and working from other locations than just the office
Describe your office
Anywhere that has access to internet
Describe your “typical” day or week
Monday-Friday, I usually work between 9-1030am then 12-7pm every Tuesday and Thursday and then every night between 930-1130pm; On the weekends it all depends on what is happening work/wise and family wise. Usually family time gets priority on the weekends.
One or two of your favourite Professional Parents Businesses
What are one or two of your favourite products or services?
What was one of the most unexpected things about starting a business?
The power of social media
Where do you see yourself and your business in 1 year? 5 years?
1yr – having my 2nd book published
5yrs – having SuperYam™ become a household name with a strong brand value
What advice can you give others just starting out in business?
Have a clear plan of what you want to do
Is your partner/family/friends supportive of your business?
Most of the time – it’s one more hat that I need to wear that doesn’t often include them
What is your favourite thing about being in business?
Making a difference and having my voice out in the open forum
What do you think is a myth about being in business?
Successful businesses don’t fail
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