It is with great pleasure that I receive Mariana Kotscho’s interview for the week! She is a journalist and presenter of the program Papo de Mãe. Woman, mother, wife and journalist with extensive experience, she charms with her friendliness and generosity not to mention the talent that makes bringing more information to our daily lives. Mariana, I’m flattered by your participation! Thank you! Get to know a little more about this TV personality. Welcome Mariana!
Changing Diapers: Mariana, talk a little more about you, about your life and your children, ages and personalities.
Mariana: GOOD, I’m Mariana Kotscho, this year I turned 40 years old. I am a journalist, passionate about the profession, and also passionate about motherhood. I always wanted to have children, and I have 3: Laura, 10 years old, Isabel, 7 years old, and André, 6 years old. To get pregnant with the girls I was treated because I had an infertility problem. Then, when Isabel was 5 months old, I became pregnant with André, naturally. Earring he came as a toast. I had my 3 children while working at TV Globo, where I was a reporter for 12 years. Laura is already becoming a young lady. Isabel and André are still very children and well taken. The 3 are in a phase of fights, but they love each other too much and play very well together, they are companions.
Changing Diapers: Mariana, have you always dreamed of becoming a mother? How motherhood happened in your life.
Mariana: Yes, since I was little, I always wanted to have many children, I always loved children. I got married at 27 and wanted to get pregnant soon…. Laura ended up being born a week before I turned 30. How does it feel to receive a positive and how to tell that to your partner?
In my case there are 3 different stories … in the first pregnancy I was more than 2 years expecting a positive result, so the anguish was huge every month. Until one day, in that pharmacy exam result, the 2 little blue streaks finally appeared. I called my husband, Fernando, right away. It was after 4 attempts with artificial insemination… .of Isabel was after the second attempt. When she was 5 months old, I started to feel very ill, I thought she had some illness, some hormonal problem. I was still breastfeeding. And the doctor had told me that I couldn’t get pregnant naturally.
I even booked an endocrinologist and the day before the appointment, passing in front of a pharmacy, I bought a test. I bought it half as a joke, thinking it was “impossible” to be pregnant. When I saw the positive result, I got scared. I had not programmed myself to have 3 children. But it was also a huge joy, a real surprise gift. And after two girls came a boy. The family was complete and huge! I didn’t call my husband that day. I waited for him to get home at night and, while he was playing with the girls, I said: “Get ready because when the third one arrives”… ..then it was his scare!
Changing Diapers: What is the greatest lesson you have ever learned from your children, something special that marked for you ?
Mariana: I learned to be patient and not to own my time anymore. I learned to have more routine, because children need routine. I learned the meaning of the phrase “I do anything for him”. Unconditional love! And as they grow up, they start teaching things in practice, even lol they know how to use the computer better than me!
Changing Diapers: Your greatest fear as a mother and your greatest joy …
Mariana: To be honest, my biggest fear is dying. I often say that after we become mothers we lose the right to die. I feel that I need to always be around them, that they can always count on me. The greatest joy is the smile, the hug, the full house. Educate, teach, pass values, see how to train good people.
Changing Diapers: The first experience of changing diapers, how was it?
Mariana: I am the oldest granddaughter on both sides of the family so I always took care of younger cousins. But we do not forget the first diaper of a child… Laura was so tiny, so skinny… and I even let the diaper sticker stick to her tummy, I felt terrible!
Changing Diapers: What is your opinion about breastfeeding and artificial milk?
Mariana: I think breastfeeding is fundamental, of course. Exclusively in the chest until the sixth month, no doubt. But I learned that we can’t charge that to all women. Some cannot, no matter how hard they try, and I think that nobody is more a mother or less a mother because she breastfed more or less. A friend was criticized one day in a restaurant by a stranger because she was giving milk in the bottle. But her baby was adopted, she had no milk. The important thing is to feed the child! I managed to breastfeed my children, but I think it is wrong to make judgments about those who cannot….
Changing Diapers: Talking About the Program, how did Papo de mãe come about?
Mariana: Papo de Mãe came from a desire of mine to combine my experience as a journalist with my experience as a mother of 3. I realized that 2 or more mothers were enough if they found that the conversation always became a mother conversation about their children, that exchange of experience helped a lot. After I had my children, at work, those who were pregnant always asked me for tips and I thought…. ”This yields a program”. Upon leaving Globo, Roberta Manreza and I (who presents with me, also a mother, journalist and my childhood friend) took the project forward. And it has worked, we have been on the air for 4 years.
Changing Diapers: How is the routine of taking care of your children together with your work?
Mariana: When I was a reporter it was very difficult to reconcile the schedules, the shifts. As my program is weekly, I can better organize schedules according to the children, I can have lunch with them, take them and pick them up at school. And we created something very cool in the program: mothers who participate (as guests or those who work like me) can take their children. There is a space there only for children with monitors. And my kids often go to work with me a lot – and they like it.
Changing Diapers: As a journalist, what is the most exciting case you have ever dealt with in your career and what is the funniest case?
Mariana: I’ve been working on TV for 20 years, so I’ve lived a lot of stories. Tragic, like plane crashes, happy, like the reunion between parents and children, dramas, like child labor. Among the funniest cases, I remember a story about a man who had received an unusual gift at the door: a snake wrapped as a gift. When I lived in Ceará, I also did many curious reports.
Changing Diapers: Finally, what is your view on motherhood?
Mariana: Maternity is donation, it is a life project. It is very pleasant, but it takes a lot of work and requires dedication. I didn’t have my children to delegate their care or education. So I strive to always be together and do everything with them and for them. I think living with children is fundamental. Educator Rubem Alves once said to me in an interview: “Do you want to educate your children well? So live with them ”And it is a daily challenge, because news comes up, because they grow and become beings full of opinion and wills. Learning to say no to a child is also an act of love.
Changing Diapers: Mariana, thank you so much for the opportunity to know a little more about you!
Mariana: I thank you and I am available to answer other questions.
The program by Mariana Kotsho and Roberta Marenza is on the air on TV Brasil on Sundays at 4 pm and will air on Saturdays at 11 am. You can also find out more about the program at http://www.papodemae.com.br/, facebook and Twitter!
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.