Washington Family Magazine : May 2017
14 May 2017 washingtonFAMILY.com Occupation Founder of Speakers Academy which conducts public speaking training for all ages. Facilitate group and individual career counseling. Adjunct Professor of Economics at Northern Virginia Community College. Former Human Resources Professional. What advice would you give to new or expectant moms? Focus on spending quality time with your children. Most of things the children need to feel loved are very inexpensive. They will not remember the nursery, clothes or toys when they grow up. They will cherish the cuddles and kisses, which made them feel secure and loved. You will be their favorite singer, dancer and stand-up comedian. How has motherhood changed your outlook on life? Having children has made me realize that that my husband and I have a huge responsibility of raising them. It has made us more selfless and compassionate. After having children, I also feel that life is full of opportunities and wonderful things. There is a discovery to be made at every corner, be it a book we read together, places we visit, or the people we meet. Every opportunity is unique and has something new and exciting to offer. What goals do you have for your children? My children are interested in academics and sports. They love geography due to the places we have travelled and are National Champions for the US Geography Olympiad. They both love running and have competed in the Junior Olympics. My goal for them is to become effective problem solvers and compassionate human beings. My older son has a keen eye for detail, loves public speaking and enjoys being the TV anchor for his school’s morning news show. I hope he will keep his love of geography, broadcasting and analytics and find a career he enjoys. My younger son reads all nutrition labels and wants to eat healthy foods. I hope he can find a career which will help blend his enthusiastic and cheerful nature with athletics and nutrition. What would you say your secret is to balancing life/family/work/ motherhood? The secret is to keep things simple. Buy fewer things, and have more experiences as a family. We have stopped buying big birthday or holiday gifts for our children and take them on trips instead. The memories we create are priceless. Meena Bhinge Mom to Rohil, age 13, and Samik, age 11 Fairfax, VA Meena wears many hats: She’s a career counselor, public speaker, health advocate, group organizer, community volunteer, adjunct professor and, not to mention, a mother of two sons. She says she brings the imagination and creativity into her family. Meena loves to travel with her family, be it visiting Washington DC, or going abroad. They always have their passports ready.