Charlotte Dobbs-Higginson is a commercial- and brand content producer. She lives with her husband Philippe and kids Felix, 5 and Ernest, 3 in an apartment in Paris. Thank you Charlotte for the lovely visit!
Photo: Linda Alfvegren/Agent Bauer
What’s life in paris like with kids?
– It’s pretty easy! The infrastructure for childcare is good, there are great schools and there are plenty of fun activities for kids dotted around the city. The pace is relaxed and we are lucky enough to be able to escape to the countryside and seaside often which makes a real difference!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a mom?
– Not to be too hard on myself! Even if you aren’t perfect, you are the best mum for your kids… You should also try to find time for yourself and your man because happy mum and dad = happy kids. It’s easier said than done, of course, but it’s most definitely true.
What’s the hardest part of being a mom?
– Not being able to sleep in anymore!!!!
What do you do for a living and what’s the best/hardest part about your job?
– I produce TV commercials and brand content. I love it because every project is a completely different adventure, with its own kind of excitement and frustrations. I also love that I get to work with so many creative people from directors to cinematographers, to stylists and set designers… There are always challenges to be surmounted and problems to be solved, but you face them as a team, and I find that to be a very gratifying experience.
The hardest part is finding the right balance between a demanding job, and a family. As well as, the guilt that goes with it when you feel like you’re not getting it right.
What inspires you?
– So many things! The work that I do is very creatively dri- ven so I’m always looking for inspiration from movies, music, fashion, art, travel… The key is to keep your senses alert and try to absorb as much of the world around you as you can.
When are you at your happiest?
– On the weekends when I’m at home cuddling in bed with my partner and my two lovely boys. Also when we travel, just Philippe and I or with the boys. Felix our eldest is at an age where he is filled with boundless curiosity and enthusiasm so traveling with him has become such a joy. I can’t wait for Ernest to catch up. Right now, he’s at a slightly trickier age.
What do you fear?
– Hmmmm… That’s a tough one!
What would you say if you got to meet your 16-year-old self?
– Probably to stop taking myself so seriously!
Tell us about some of your favorite things in life.
– Traveling is one of the greatest joys in life – as is food! We like to combine both and we’ll often go somewhere for a weekend just to try a restaurant. We recently came to Sweden to go to Fäviken and the experience was amazing… Another one of my favorite things to do is to go to the cinema for a double bill, seeing one movie and then diving straight into another one – but that I don’t get to do much anymore since I have kids 🙂
What’s the greatest thing you’ve learned from your kids?
– The way they look at the world, their innocence, their curiosity, their enthusiasm, their sense of wonder. As an adult you become somewhat jaded but thankfully, these wonderful little creatures are here to remind us to look at things through a different lens.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday off?
– Stay in bed with the kids as long as possible and then go to the market. We are very spoiled as we have an in- credible market just a few steps away from our home. The children come with us every Saturday and they always get some small treats. We love to have friends over for lunch or dinner and we’ll either try and go to an exhibition in the afternoon or take the kids for a walk along the Seine or to one of the many lovely parks or gardens.
– I’ve been going to Provence in the South of France sin- ce I was born because my parents always had a house there and I’m in love with the beautiful countryside, the colors, the light, the local markets and beautiful landscapes…
Lamu in Kenya is also a favorite. We’ve been twice and all I want to do is go back! It’s a very special place with a very unique spirit.
Who were you at school?
– I was the laziest person ever! I always tried to get away with doing the minimum amount of work. I was at boarding school in England for my two final years and I was much more interested in sneaking out of my boarding house at night to go and smoke cigarettes in the forest with the boys from the neighboring house. I also went through a really dodgy full-on eye-shadow and glitter makeup phase but then again, who hasn’t!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
– Abroad hopefully. I grew up in Hong-Kong and Singa- pore before going to study in the UK and then moving to Paris. I would love for my boys to have a similar experience and widen their horizons.