Mamas are doing it for themselves! Local entrepreneur Linda Theunissen is the mama behind the super cute kids brand Tiny Tribe. We caught up with Linda to chat about her family, her business and her little one that is on the way.
∇ TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
At the moment, my little tribe consists of husband Anthony, and son Alexander (2.5yrs old). With another little baby boy on the way in November…
∇ HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A MAMA?
I try to find a good balance between being strict, and being fun. It is really hard sometimes to get the balance right with a 2,5 year old who challenges every word you say. There are certain things that are important to my husband and me (that we are really strict about) and other things, which I let slide. As they say – pick your battles!
∇ WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST AND HARDEST PART OF MOTHERHOOD THUS FAR?
The best part is how much love one can feel for this little human being! I never knew my heart could hold so much love – it literally feels like my heart could burst sometimes!! I think since becoming a mother my smile lines have doubled – being Mama to Alexander really is a laugh a minute. I think the hardest part for me has probably been the lack of sleep… since birth Alexander has never been a great sleeper. I suppose one gets used to less sleep, but sometimes (especially now that I’m pregnant), I really feel like I could easily sleep for 3 days straight!
∇ WHAT WAS THE BEST AND WORST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED ABOUT PARENTING?
I would say the best wouldn’t actually be verbal advice, more an example.. Watching my sister Wilmine being such an amazing mama to her two girls, Olivia and Ava, is really inspiring. She is one of the most natural en best moms I know! She never moans, and takes everything in her stride -the sleepless nights, the toddler tantrums, together with all the amazing parts. So trying to follow her example would be the best ‘advice’
The worst…hmm… I am very pro breastfeeding, so when clinic sisters advised me to give my son rice cereal at 4 months, because my breast milk isn’t filling enough, it really irked me.
∇ IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR PREGNANT SELF A HEADS UP, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
Enjoy it, try to take all the aches and pains in your stride, because it goes by SO fast, and you will miss that belly once it’s gone!
∇ TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My son started play school in the mornings at the beginning of 2015. I wasn’t working at the time, and really wanted to start something to stay busy while he was attending school. I have a background in the clothing industry – I have a B.Tech degree in Clothing Management, and I have always been involved in the clothing industry in one way or another. So starting a clothing line was the natural option for me. I LOVE neutral and monochrome colours for kiddies, and I had a really hard time to get clothing I liked for my son. Everything had some sort of superhero character or corny saying on it… This sparked the flame to start Tiny Tribe Kids.
∇ WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN GROWING A SUCCESSFUL BRAND?
I don’t know how we did business before social media! I have been really blessed with how my brand has grown in the year and a half since I started Tiny Tribe. The key for me has been to stay true to myself, and to my brand.
∇ WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING?
I think happy customers, and returning customers are the biggest compliment ever! I have so many regular customers, who come back every time. Some times I still sit back and think “how is it possible that so many people really love what I do?” But I am so grateful and humbled by all the support from such amazing mamas!