After having two beautiful baby girls abroad in Barcelona, Krizia Liquido moved her family to New Your City to become the Lifestyle Editor at Verily Magazine. While offering advice about parenting, healthy living and fine dining is her part time job, Krizia teaches us how to accept advice from other moms and gives us a behind-the-scenes look into to her full time job as a cosmopolitan mother.
Tell us about your little ones.
I have two daughters. Jude is 2-years old and Isadora is 9-months old. Both were born in Barcelona!
What are some of your favorite things about your daughter?
Isadora’s smile lights up a room. And Jude can’t go to bed without kissing me on both eyes, both cheeks, my lips, ears, and giving me an Eskimo kiss and a hug.
Who do you look up to for parenting advice?
I look to friends who have happy, well-adjusted children that are a bit older than mine. Their advice is the best because they were recently in my shoes, and their children are all the proof I need that their parenting style and techniques are effective.
How would you describe what you do for Verily?
I handle all lifestyle content for Verily, which is tricky because this can include anything from career and parenting advice to healthy living, fitness, food and drink. I brainstorm pitches, work with writer’s ideas and submissions, edit pieces, and write articles as well. I also manage the budget for my section and handle administrative tasks such as emails (tons of them), contracts, and forms.
How do you balance work and family?
I work part-time and raise my family full-time. I’ve found that setting aside specific times for “only work” and “only family” is best for me. I work about 4-6 hours Monday-Friday (20-30 hours per week). I work during their nap time for 2 hours and complete the rest of my work in the evening after 7pm (their bedtime). My husband and I try to attend Mass at church everyday at 5pm and we always have family dinner together. We play with the children after dinner and he helps me ready them for bed, ending each day reading a book together. I consider this precious quality time, because he’ll usually have to go back to work in the evenings as well.
Where do you live and what do you like about it? Would you ever want to live anywhere else?
We moved from Spain to NYC last summer. I love that everything is walkable – Central Park is only 10 minutes from our home! I’ve grown to love everywhere I’ve lived so far, so I don’t feel like we have one “home.” In fact, I’ve come to view where I am with my family as my true home. As they say, home is where the heart is.
What does an ideal day look like for you?
The kids wake up at 7am, get changed, and we have breakfast. My husband leaves for work at 8am. I spend the morning cleaning up and playing with the girls. During the baby’s morning nap, I do a short workout with my eldest daughter and have a shower. I prepare lunch. The baby wakes up around 11a, and we eat together. We play for an hour. The children nap from 1-3pm, at which time I work. When they awake, we have snack time. I always take the girls on an outing, whether it’s to go grocery shopping or to the park. I prepare what I can for dinner. At 5pm, we go to church together. We have dinner around 5:45pm. Afterwards, we play for a bit, my husband helps me get the girls ready for bed, and we put them down for the night. Then my husband and I work for the rest of the night.
What were some of the biggest questions you had or challenges you faced as a first time mom?
I always wondered if what I was doing was the “right” or “best” thing for my baby. It was scary because I doubted myself a lot, and I didn’t have a lot of support because we were living in Spain and I had only been studying the language for 6 months. I didn’t have many friends there yet and no family. Both my babies were born premature so we had to spend a lot of time in the NICU. That was physically and emotionally taxing, on top of the fact that no one gets much sleep during the first 3 months after a baby is born.
How did becoming a mom change who you are?
I’m a perfectionist and I’ve always been really hard on myself; the product of very strict parents. Becoming a mom has forced me to treasure more important things in life like laughing and learning with the girls. Sometimes the laundry has to go undone or I have to buy pre-made meals. But I’m much happier now and much more present to the joys of life.
What are you favorite baby products you’ve discovered since becoming a parent?
I travel a lot, so I’m a huge fan of versatile baby things that I can take on the go. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light 2 is compact, versatile, and super light! I have one for each child and we take it everywhere. The Maclaren Mark II Stroller is very light, easy to stow and maneuver. Aveeno baby products are effective on my girls who both have sensitive skin and eczema. In terms of food, the Happy Baby/Happy Tot line is great! When I make my own babyfood, the Magic Bullet is quick and handy. For clothes, GapBaby is my go to for casual wear. Zara Baby, Jacadi, and United Colors of Benetton are my go-tos for special pieces like dresses, coats, and knitwear.
Being a mom is easier than the world makes it sound! I feel like I got so many messages that being a parent is too hard, you can’t have fun, or you lose yourself. Of course it’s difficult, but you can have fun (babysitter, anyone?) and sometimes it takes losing yourself (especially your bad habits) to find your (better) self.