For our latest Eizzy Parent feature, we sat down with founder of a nonprofit called In Kind Boxes, Maria Berglund, to find out what inspires her journey through motherhood and to share her tips for successful parenting.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I am a mom of 3 boys living in Oregon, founder of a nonprofit called In Kind Boxes, and I love being outside, having dance parties with my kids, and watching shows that make me laugh like New Girl and Friends.
2. Has motherhood changed your perspective on the world in any way?
Yes. Priorities shift when you become a mom. I didn’t realize how hard motherhood would be per se. I knew it was hard, but I didn’t understand why. I have a lot of respect for mothers now. I think we’re often undervalued, and disregarded.
For me, becoming a mom made me realize the struggles my own mother went through, being a single mom in need. It’s why I started In Kind Boxes. To pay kindness forward that my mom, sister, and I received growing up.
3. What’s the best thing about being a mom?
It has to be the unlimited snuggles, the love we share and how much they make me laugh!
4. Who’s the cheekiest in your family?
Oh gosh. I think our youngest. He gets his sass from me though.
5. What are the most used items in your household?
My kids are always hungry, so plates probably. For toys, it would be LEGO. All three boys play with it every day.
6. What are your favorite Eizzy Baby Products?
Our yellow snack cup is the best! My youngest loves using it.
7. How do our products make "mom life" eizzy-er?
My son gets excited to use it every time. I love that it is compact, and easy to clean.
8. Would you rather have a self-cleaning house or 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep?
Definitely a self-cleaning house! I’ll nap rather than clean up.
9. What's the best piece of best parenting advice you'd like to share with us?
I have always loved giving back and helping others. After having my third son, and coming out of a postpartum fog for the third time, I decided I need to do something to help new moms in need. I curated a gift box filled with natural and organic essentials for both mom and baby, which we donate to moms in need all across the United States. In 2021, we donated 651 boxes!!
At In Kind Boxes, we believe that every mom deserves quality postpartum care. Moms shouldn’t have to feel alone. Moms deserve to feel loved and supported. Together we are building a village of support. We’re showing moms in need that they matter, and that they’re not alone.