A Dialogue with Mara Coimbra

“Motherhood is to know the real significance of love; you give all of you and your best, expecting nothing in return.

Childhood is endless fun, freedom and happiness! It’s the simplest, yet the most precious way of living life! We should carry at least a bit of our childhood with us forever.”

What inspires you? What is your main source of inspiration?

I really try to see inspiration in everything. But first of all, talking to people is my number one source. I try to listen carefully, to understand and to have empathy and by doing so I get to listen to amazing stories that inspire me. Traveling also inspires me a lot because I always end up trying new food, new places and new experiences. Lastly, I like to read magazines in different languages and subjects. Always opt for the paper format to get some design inspo!

Your favourite holiday destination? How do you create lasting memories with your family?

I am tempted to say Brazil because you can get the best food and the best people in the world —just kidding!

As a family, we love to go to Italy. Whenever you go, wherever you go, they seem to be always on holiday, they know how to have fun and enjoy life! Also, you can have really good food and gelatos!
Perfect combination when you have kids around.

Our last summer vacation was one of the best, we went to Algarve in Portugal. I don’t like to go to touristy places, so we chose a small beach called Vale de Centianes and it was perfect for the children.

For us, travelling is definitely the best way to create memories. We discover things together, we go on adventures together! I am also very lucky that my husband took photography, as a hobby, to the next level and he makes the most beautiful pictures of us!

Do you read with your children? Do you think reading with your children is important?

We always read together and it is the most important thing I can do for them, teach them to read and to love books! It seems like people like to read or they relate reading to kids only at bedtime, but I like to read with them most during the day, when we have to create quiet time or to start the day slowly. Also, during the day, they seem to pay more attention and to get more involved with the stories!

I learnt about books and literature at school because my parents didn’t read a lot. I was really lucky that one of my secondary school teachers loved poems and she taught us a poem every Friday. We had to choose, write and read it out loud at the classroom. Not everyone liked it, but I loved it and I ended up developing a taste for reading.

What’s your philosophy on raising imaginative and creative children?

Surround them with creative things! We always have paper and colored pencil on hand, also painting materials and books. In the playroom, in the living room, at their bedrooms!

Also, I like to talk to them and describe things on our way to school and back home.
They like to create stories about the trees, the birds, and the houses around us.


Values you live by? Values that you wish your children to grow up with?

Independence and courage. My mother always taught me this.
My children taught me to be more empathic, so I think the combination of the three values will be important for them.

What does Motherhood mean to you?

To be honest, without romanticizing it, it’s like a big roller coaster ride! There are days that you have fun and you feel like you’re going in the right direction and days that you feel awful and guilty not knowing how to deal with the situation. Motherhood is to know the real significance of love; you give all of you and your best, expecting nothing in return.

Childhood is…

Endless fun, freedom and happiness! It’s the simplest yet the most precious way of living life! We should carry at least a bit of our childhood with us forever.

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