As we all know, I’m a little obsessed with Pushba, the Russian mama who is clearly not afraid to let her personality shine so bright that it’s blinded me here in Seattle, some 5000 miles away.
After stalking all her photos online (I love that the title of her gallery is dont fuck with me – i’m mother), I asked Pushba if I could do a quick interview with her about being an offbeat mama. She agreed (thankfully she speaks English better than I do Russian) and her answers and a few photos and videos are below…
What’s your daughter’s name, and how old is she?
Lada, 1 year 1 month old … born August 20, 2008.
What’s your favorite thing about being a mother?
My favorite thing is to watch my beloved man and myself to be incarnated in our child. And to feel how the little human being is returning our feelings.
What’s your biggest parenting challenge?
The biggest challenge is to bring a child to the knowledge how to lead a good life, how to respect the others, etc. The child must become well-brought-up, understanding, humane, etc.
Do you feel criticized by other parents?
Well. I’m being criticized because there is such a stereotype, when you look different [and] not like majority, many people think that you have not grown up already & you are too young to have a child.
How have you integrated your unique personality & style into your parenting?
It’s all the same for my child if I have any tattoos or piercing or not. My child loves me such as I am.
What advice would you give to other offbeat mamas?
Don’t pay any attention to the bad meanings and bad expressions of the other people — be yourself. Think for yourself and be independent.
Amen! And now, a few adorable baby videos to goo over. I love how Pushba calls Lada “Ladushka”! Baby-talk is totally the international language of love.