We are thrilled to announce the launch of Lunch With Little Steps! We’ll introduce you to moms and pops who are movers and shakers across Asia. They will share their city secrets, parenting tricks and tips, and what makes them tick.
First up…we chat with Maya Talit, supermama of three and Founder of Baby TV, over an early lunch at L’ATELIER de Joel Robuchon at Elements. Baby TV is the first 24/7 channel for babies and toddlers, and its exclusive programming is now available in over 100 countries and in 18 languages!
Where were you born and raised?
Born in Tel Aviv, Raised in Toronto. I joined the IDF and went to college in Israel, then 8 years in London to start BabyTV.
When did you move to HK and why?
Over a year ago. I’ve never lived in Asia and it was time to try.
Children's age and interests?
Ages 9, 7, and 5. Three girls is a mother’s dream!
Favorite outing with your kids in HK?
We are very homey. We like to stay in, make crafts, maybe go to the pool. There are many little gems in HK to take the kids to such as art jamming or the climbing wall gym on Queen’s Road.
Ideal date night?
Good food + live music.
What's in your sippy cup?
Chinese tea. What else while in HK?
Favorite holiday destination?
Italy. It has the best of everything.
What inspired you to start Baby TV?
The idea that despite an abundance of TV channels, there was nothing made with the early years in mind. Our research showed that so many parents were exposing their children to TV and screen media from an early age – but what were they watching?
Tell us about a typical day.
I work across time zones so I am usually up late on calls or emails. No matter how late I go to sleep, I get woken up by the girls very early. They have to be at school at 7:45am! The day is a mixture of work and errands.
What is your advice for moms who are entrepreneurs or thinking about starting their own business?
My heart always says follow your passion. However, it’s important to be realistic. Get advice about the potential to monetize your business, consider the investment and how long it will take to recoup it. Make sure that can work for you. Many people say they would love to work for themselves, while it certainly has its perks, it is also very consuming both physically and emotionally – it’s like raising another child!
Is there such a thing as work/life balance?
Everyone has one and it’s up to the choices they make. These can be changed at any time, it’s up to you.
Best parenting advice received?
To raise happy healthy kids, start with yourself.
What is your advice to parents?
Trust your instincts as a mother – listen to advice, but listen more closely to your gut!