I’m starting a new monthly feature on the blog focusing on the amazing talent of local moms and their business ventures! It is such a pleasure to meet some lovely ladies who, like me, are working to balance their passion for being a mom with their passion for their work.
To start off with, I’d love to introduce Amy Lin, the owner of Kindermusik – Wake Forest/Raleigh. Amy and I met up recently to chat over coffee, and she graciously allowed us a peek into her life.
Amy, thank you for meeting up with me, and for allowing our readers to get to know you better! First, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina, halfway between Asheville and Charlotte. I graduated from Meredith College with a religion degree, and got my Master of Divinity from Gardner Webb. My husband is Philip, and we’ve been married almost 15 years. We have three boys – Alex, age 8, Timmy, who is 6, and Andrew, who is 3…and he’s the boss of everybody! All three have been in Kindermusik since they were babies. Actually, Timmy started when he was only 6 weeks old!
Tell us about Kindermusik.
Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children ages 0-7. It’s a 45 minute class once a week, and programs last anywhere from 4 weeks – 16 weeks long. Up to age three, the parent participates with their child. Kindermusik is designed to be a 24/7 class, because we send parents home with songs, books, an instrument. You’ll learn all of the songs, you’ll sing and dance with your child – it’s good bonding time. Parents are looking for quality time with their child, and this is a great way to do that.
What inspired you to open Wake Forest Kindermusik?
This time last year, the previous owner of the Wake Forest Kindermusik decided to move on to other things, as her kids were getting older too. It was really very sad, a lot of the parents were really going to miss the program. So when I saw the need, I had almost an epiphany – why can’t I run this? I believe in Kindermusik so much, and I have seen the benefits with my own three boys. So I got my license, got certified, and re-opened Kindermusik in January of this year.
What’s your favorite part about running your business?
When I started, I figured that I would use some of the same teachers that had been teaching the classes under the previous owner. But when I got certified to teach, I found out that I love to teach! I love to teach Kindermusik, and I had not expected that to happen. I’m such an introvert ordinarily, but I get so much energy from the class. It really makes my week. I was really surprised, and I feel like it’s a calling.
What do you want the parents and children to take away from their experiences with Kindermusik?
That they can have music in their lives 24/7. They can do the activities at home, replicate what they see in class. Music is so important in a child’s development. It’s the only thing that hits every area of the brain – gross motor, fine motor, cognitive learning, emotional learning, social skills, musicality and language skills, and even establishing rituals.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faces with juggling motherhood and your business?
The biggest challenge for me with juggling motherhood and my business is working around those times when my sons need to be somewhere and I need
to be at a networking event or teaching a class. I’m glad I have my mother-in-law who has been helping me this summer because it helped me to focus just on the business (since she is the taxi driver now). It is sometimes difficult to think only of the business when I’ve put nine years into motherhood, but it is necessary to imagine how you would do things without children and then work on the places where there are conflicts in scheduling.
What is the best thing about being mom to Alex, Timmy, and Andrew?
The best thing about being a mother is watching my sons learn and grow. It is so amazing to see how much personality they have. My three are so different: my oldest is the deep thinker, my middle one is the numbers wiz, and my youngest is the assertive one who knows how to get what he wants. How can three so different be mine? It is a lot of fun to watch them develop.
If you could share one bit of wisdom for other mompreneurs, what would it be?
My bit of wisdom is for other mompreneurs to be passionate about what they do. You want to enjoy your business and help customers be excited about it, and it is all about your attitude.
Where can our readers find you?
Classes are currently held at Hope Lutheran Church and Heritage Baptist Church in Wake Forest. We also do birthday parties and one-day playdates as well. Visit the Kindermusik website for a free preview class, and come check us out!
Thank you, Amy! I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to share more about yourself and Kindermusik with us!
~ xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo ~
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