Smart + Stylish Mom Spotlight: Don't Let the Little Things Stop You
Meet 37-year-old Dr. Brigitte White who lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Aleksander, and her 3-year-old son, Luka. Brigitte grew up in Philadelphia, but as a young child, she attended elementary school in Japan; and as a teen, she participated in athletic cultural exchanges with Sweden. Brigitte is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her dental degree.
I met Brigitte in Philadelphia through a mutual friend and we hit it off instantly. At the time, she was a new wife with *only* one career as a dentist. Now, six years later, with a toddler in tow, she’s an oral care expert AND an author AND a blogger.
Whew! If you think that’s a lot to read, just try living it. On any given day, you’ll find Brigitte here:
At Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, DC, where she loves working in the family dental practice because of its multi-cultural environment.
On her newly-launched site, BrightWhitesByDrWhite.com, where she provides growing families with oral care tools to aid them throughout pregnancy and their child’s development. Brigitte’s best advice for moms who have trouble getting their little ones to brush? “Show and tell through repetition. Like everything else--eating, walking, talking and brushing--children want to mimic their parents and actually enjoy routines.”
In the pages of her young adult fiction book, All-American, that she penned in 2015 about a group of friends at a Philadelphia high school navigating the windy paths of adolescence and urban youth culture. Brigitte’s best advice to moms who want to write their own books? “Go for it and have fun! Write every day, even for 5 minutes! Remember that there is an audience for every genre!”
Behind the posts at BilingualAmericano.com, where she writes about her mommy adventures and raising a bilingual child. Brigitte’s best advice for moms who are raising their children to be bilingual? “Go with the flow! Allow the child to exercise the varied vocabularies and trust that he will organize the languages on his own.”
What I admire most about Brigitte is her hustle. There’s no way that you can accomplish what she’s done without it, but yet she makes it look so effortless from the outside looking in. I asked how how she juggles it all, and below is what she told me (in between patient appointments--again, gotta respect the hustle!):
Riche: What's your favorite part about being a mom?
Brigitte: The fun part of the unexpected, the mutual love and adoration that this little person has for me and the big smile he has for me the end of every day.
My husband is from Serbia and his culture is so rich and interesting. Learning about his history, language and traditions is empowering because I know it will help Luka develop a global perspective. I've learned to prepare traditional Serbian dishes and the Turkish and Mediterranean diet is staple at our dinner table. I really enjoy mixing the different elements of our cultures.
Riche: What's the smartest decision you've made since becoming a mom?
Brigitte: The decision I made not allow the little things stop me from pursuing my dreams. My advice to other moms who are trying to manage multiple careers is to make every day count, whether at work, on the train or at home, brainstorm and make little lists on your smartphone, email yourself ideas.
Riche: What's your favorite thing to do with your child?
Brigitte: I really try to enjoy the small moments with Luka, especially after a long day at work, when he just wants me to watch him practice a new skill or help him build something out of Play Doh. Releasing my stress from the long work day and simply engaging in playtime with my son is what's most important.
Every day presents a challenge to balance work and home life, but these moments are so special. Being a great mom for me is moving with the force of inspiration that Luka provides.
Riche: What's your favorite thing to do when you have some much-needed alone time?
Brigitte:In my free time to myself, I honestly don't take enough time to pamper myself. I hope make more trips to the hair salon. Sometimes a good wash & blow dry can make me feel like a superstar.
Riche: How would you describe your mommy style?
Brigitte: Sporty (I swam competitively as a child (for the team that inspired the movie “Pride”) and every day is funday with Luka).
Riche: What's your secret to being a great mom and looking great too?
Brigitte: Easy, fun designer tracksuits that we buy when we are shopping in my husband's native Serbia. Ellesse (Italian) and Hummel (Danish) are my favorite brands.
Riche: Last, but not least, what's your favorite BambiniWare product?
Brigitte: The Apronini! I love the smart design! I was struggling with keeping my phone handy while running back in forth between the kitchen and playroom. It's brilliant and stylish! Momtastic!
Want to learn more about Brigitte? Connect with her on social media here:
Web: BrightWhitesByDrWhite --- Subscribe and get your FREE Oral Care Guide for Mom, Baby & Child
Facebook: BrightWhites LLC
Hey Haute Mamas! I'm Riche Holmes Grant, a modern mom + mompreneur who designs smart + stylish products that make your mommy gig easier.
When I'm not busy taking orders from my #miniboss, I'm contributing to MarthaStewart.com or in the kitchen whipping up delicious family-friendly creations in my BambiniWare Apronini.
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I live in the Washington, DC area with my husband and daughter. Follow our adventures on Instagram via @BambiniWareLife!
- Riche Holmes Grant