It’s never easy to balance family and work especially during a quarantine. We talked to three pro-slime moms about how they manage to do it all. Look out for two other mamas Saturday and Sunday in honor of Mother's Day.
Meet Carla Shen.
Carla Shen is a Brooklyn-based mom with a love of contemporary art, waffles and her pet turtle. The art philanthropist opened up about quarantining, virtual learning and her daughter’s love of slime.
How old is your daughter?
My daughter, Clara, is 11 years old.
How is she holding up at home during all of this?
She's hanging in there, but she really misses seeing her friends and grandparents.
How have you two bonded more recently?
We've been spending A LOT time together. We play tag in our yard, draw together, and watch cooking shows.
What do you two do together to inspire creativity?
We love to make up games. Sometimes we will tell each other a ridiculous story and have the other person draw how they interpret it. Clara recently made up an alias game, where we assign each other funny aliases, and we have to see how long we can keep in character.
When did Clara get into slime?
Clara has been playing with slime for years, but she really started becoming obsessed with it two years ago.
How much does she play with it?
She has a large drawer full of her slimes (most are from Sloomoo!), and she plays with different slimes every day, multiple times a day. Now that school has moved to remote learning, Clara spends a lot of time in front of a screen. She is almost always playing with slime while facetiming with friends, or listening to lectures or watching videos for school.
What are her favorite textures?
What do you appreciate about her slime habit?
Clara finds it very calming to play with slime. During these uncertain and stressful times, having a way to relieve tension is so important. Some people deal with stress by exercising, getting fresh air, meditating... but Clara deals with it by playing with slime. I'm very appreciative that she has this way to manage stress.
Admit it. You love slime too. What is your favorite?
I love cloud slime too. I love the light fluffy texture and I love a good drizzle!
What other #satisfying things do the two of you do together?
We've been trying to find new foods to feed Rocky, Clara's tortoise. We just discovered he loves broccoli and dandelions! Also, Clara loves painting her nails, and she is planning to give me a mani/pedi this weekend.
What is your pick from the Sloomoo site as a gift?
I love the Sloomoo Surprise Subscription Boxes - what a fabulous idea for a gift (for a child or adult!)
How are you spending Mother's Day?
The weather is supposed to be nice, so we're hoping to take a long walk and have a picnic in our yard. Clara and my husband will hopefully make me waffles with strawberries for brunch (my favorite meal of the day) - oh, and maybe a mimosa too!