Maria Goretti Shares Motherhood Lessons and Challenges with Teens in Mumbai

Maria Goretti, a TV host, author, and chef, shares her experiences and lessons as a mother to her teenage children, Zeke and Zene. She emphasizes the continuous learning process of motherhood, the importance of independence, and the need for caregivers to take breaks alone.

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Maria Goretti Shares Motherhood Lessons and Challenges with Teens in Mumbai

Maria Goretti Shares Motherhood Lessons and Challenges with Teens in Mumbai

TV host, author, and chef Maria Goretti opens up about her experiences and lessons as a mother to her teenage children, Zeke Zidaan, 19, and Zene Zoe, 17, in Mumbai. Married to Bollywood actor Arshad Warsi, Goretti describes motherhood as a "maze you're thrown into and you're constantly navigating that map!"

Goretti emphasizes that motherhood is a continuous learning process, with new challenges arising at every age. She believes that mom guilt is real but has been spared from it to some extent due to her decision to take a break from work when she had kids. "It's very tough; you keep thinking it gets easy, but it never does," she admits.

Parenting feisty teens is not a "bed of roses," according to Goretti. She and her husband have instilled a sense of independence in their children, which sometimes backfires when they assert their independence. Goretti admits to feeling worried for her children's safety, especially when they go out for parties.

Reflecting on the biggest change in her life before and after having children, Goretti describes her pre-motherhood life as carefree and spontaneous. She advises caregivers to take breaks alone to rediscover themselves and release stress. "As a mother – and I am thinking on behalf of all moms – what we really want most is for them to be safe in heart, body, mind and spirit," she shares.

Goretti's experiences and lessons shed light on the joys and challenges of motherhood, especially when navigating the teenage years. "Having a child feels like your heart is walking outside your body," she reflects, capturing the profound love and concern that comes with being a parent.

Key Takeaways

  • Motherhood is a continuous learning process with new challenges at every age.
  • Mom guilt is real, but taking breaks from work can help alleviate it.
  • Parenting teens requires instilling independence while worrying about their safety.
  • Having children brings a profound sense of love and concern.
  • Self-care breaks are essential for caregivers to rediscover themselves.