Northern BC Moms - Mom Crush Monday- Amy Dhanjal

Mom Crush Monday – Meet Amy Dhanjal

This is our first of many more Mom Crush Monday’s. I want to start this off by saying how much I love reading the responses and getting to know other Northern Mama’s. I hope by meeting other Northern Mama’s you know you aren’t alone in the world, and that there are amazing women raising kids in the North.

Meet Amy Dhanjal.

She’s a Mom living life in Prince George, BC. No need to introduce this fantastic mama, because this question and answer has it covered.
If you want to know more about Mom Crush Monday, check out this link on how to apply yourself or nominate a fabulous Northern Mama.
Tell us about your family?
We are the Dhanjals: Chico, Amy, Eesha (8), Navi (3) and Ellie the Dog (5).
Northern BC Moms - Mom Crush Monday- Amy Dhanjal
What keeps you busy in life?
Work, Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis AleFest, the dog. Managing family life when my husband is working away.
Describe yourself in one word? Optimistic
What do you do in your ‘free time’?
I read a lot and volunteer with the Kiwanis Club. I like to explore the City and walk my dog.
What is your favourite colour? Green
What is your favourite thing to make for dinner? Hot dogs.
How did you become a mom?
About nine months into our relationship, my husband (then boyfriend) and I decided we wanted to start a family. It took less time than we had anticipated! Our daughter was born the following summer.
What is your biggest challenge as a mom?
Remaining calm. I tend to react quickly.
What do you want to teach your children?
To leave the world a better place than they found it.
What did you learn from your parents?
What a privilege it is to have people who are unconditionally in your corner.
What do you find yourself always saying? Just a second…
Your biggest piece of advice for new moms?
I can’t offer advice to new moms; I’ve never parented their children. If I were to give advice to myself as a new mom, I’d say that expectations are barriers; they’re not healthy or helpful. It’s so much easier to lean into motherhood and let each new moment happen as it happens.
What keeps you going, day after day?
Ambition and enthusiasm. My husband- it’s comforting to me to know that he always has my back.
What is the most important thing in your home when raising littles? A full fridge and plenty of snacks.
What is your favourite thing about having young kids? They’re hilarious! And full of wonder.
What’s something you said you’d never do as a mom, but did anyway?Co-sleep.
How do you take care of you? What do you do for self care?
I prioritize my own happiness. I never hesitate to get a babysitter so that I can attend an event; my husband works out of town pretty often so that’s important. I walk the dog. I don’t feel bad about telling the kids to entertain themselves if I’m reading a good book.
Do you have mom guilt? What’s trips you up the most?
No. I mean, maybe that one (or three times) I forgot to pack my daughter’s bathing suit and she had to watch her friends from the side of the pool.
What’s something you need right now? How could a stranger help you?
I need someone to teach me how to build a new fence. And landscaping. I have no idea what I’m doing. My yard is a mess.
Tell us about your mom?
My mom loves to read. She’s a wonderful storyteller with an incredible memory. On long road trips, she’d narrate entire novels for us. Growing up she took me to so many musicals – Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Showboat. She’s very active; she’s in her mid-sixties now and still works.
What is your favourite activity to do with your family?
Visiting new places, whether it’s a park in Prince George that we’ve never been to or traveling to another city.
Do you have a favourite event in Northern BC? Kiwanis AleFest
Where do you spend most of your days with the kids?
I work full time. But we spend a lot of time in the yard, in our neighbourhood, or at the swimming pool.
What do you think makes your community great?
Ambitious, creative and generous people. And it’s unbelievably beautiful here. I love downtown Prince George. Canada Games Plaza is a gem.
Does your community need something more for moms and kids? What is it?
Prince George has a lot to offer. I’d love it if we had an outdoor swimming pool, though.
What’s something we might not know about you?
I love the sound of bagpipes. I was involved with Highland dancing for many years and bagpipes make me totally nostalgic.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Being happy.
Where will we find you in 5, 10, 15 years?
My career trajectory has been a series of happy accidents, so there’s no telling where I’ll be working in 5, 10 or 15 years. I think we’ll still be living in Prince George in 5 years. But after that, who knows?
Give someone you think deserves a shout out and why?
Sheila Littler. She’s incredibly generous with her time and knowledge. I think I learn more from listening to her for 20 minutes than from any conference I’ve ever attended. She’s not satisfied with good enough; she’s constantly reaching to make the world around her better. I admire her honesty. She tells the truth gently.

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