In search of dialogue with Miky

 

 

 

I do feel that this next generation has the power to change things. I see a lot of parents who, just like us, are doing their best to raise their kids strong, tolerant and warm hearted, making them aware of how important it is to care for our planet, our home.

 

 

 

Meet the lovely Mihaela Ciobanu, also know as  Miky. Owner of The Slow living Blog

Living slowly with her husband and 4 years old son in beautiful Bucharest, Romania.

 

 

What are core values for you when it comes to (childrens) fashion?

The quality of the fabric is the most important thing for me. He must feel comfortable in his clothes. At the same time I try to teach him that owning a lot of clothes (or things in general) is not what matters. It’s nice to wear pretty clothes with the image of some favorite hero, but what’s more important is that they keep us warm and make us feel comfortable. So I rather invest in things that last, that have a timeless design and are carefully made.

 

Name three works of art ( music, literature and visual art / architecture) that mean a lot to you.

I never had a list of some all-time favorites, because I love discovering new things things and so they just keep adding up to that list. I like contemporary illustration and having small pieces of art around the house from Romanian artists, ceramics, drawings… A toi by Joe Dassin is a song that means a lot to me. And the Saar Manche, Mother and son illustration is one very dear to my heart.

 

 

What did you most enjoy doing as a child? Is there something now in adulthood that gives you the same sense of pleasure?
As a child I used to draw a lot, although I was terrible at it. My parents kept tens of old notebooks with my drawings. Now I prefer reading and documenting the articles for my small blog.

 

 

List five things that are important to you in your life. How much of your time do you give to each of these?

As cliché as this might sound, everything that is important in my life is related to my family. Spending quality time together, making every day count, not necessarily by doing something interesting or new all the time but just by being together and valuing the simple things like setting the table or dancing in the middle of the living room after dinner. Our long family breakfasts, the morning walks to the bakery, me and my husband’s “dates” on our small terrace with a glass of wine. Our little tradition of eating out on a Monday evening, just to keep that weekend feeling a little longer.
We have such a working schedule that we get to spend a lot of time together and I feel privileged for it. Because it also gives us time for our relationship and our own little pleasures, like reading a magazine. For me it’s important to keep that creative side alive and to do something for myself as a woman, not only as a mom.

 

 

What’s your philosophy on raising children in this day & age?

I think balance is the perfect word to describe my parenting philosophy. Teaching him to be kind and generous, but also know how to use the right words to defend himself if necessary. Making him appreciate healthy and natural food, but also allowing him a little treat from the supermarket now and then. I feel so proud and accomplished as a mom when I see him appreciating the little things so much, like baking pizza together or when he makes coffee for us in the morning. When he sees a clear sky with moon and stars or when he invents new names for us and we are so amused by it. I want him to know whats really important in life and to remember these years of his childhood like an endless summer.

 

Are you feeling broadly optimistic about humanity and the future of the planet?

I do feel that this next generation has the power to change things. I see a lot of parents who, just like us, are doing their best to raise their kids strong, tolerant and warm hearted, making them aware of how important it is to care for our planet, our home.