Amy Norman and Stella Ma: 10.27.16




co-founders, little passports




BCM: If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?

AN: Cleaning dirty dishes.
SMA: Picking up after the kids


BCM: What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?

AN: Read a book in a quiet room. 
SMA: Enjoy a cup of tea

BCM: What is your best parenting hack?

SMA:  Trying to get my older son to help my younger son with homework.

BCM: What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child? 

AN: The car won't start if you aren't buckled in. 
SMA: The store is closed so we can't buy anything.

BCM: If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be? 

AN: Joy. 
SMA: Happiness

BCM: What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?

AN: Picking my son up at school and seeing his poster of what he wants to be when he grows up: Work at Little Passports and be a daddy.
SMA:  A few months ago, the New York Times ran a cover story about international relations for its Sunday magazine, and my son picked up the magazine and read the article over the course of a few days.  He was really engaged in the story.  I think that seeing his mom start Little Passports and understanding our mission helped to inspire this interest in him.  

BCM: What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?

AN: Life won't always be easy so you need to believe in yourself and persevere through the hard times.
SMA:  Be open to trying lots of new experiences.

BCM: What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?

AN: Go easy on yourself.
SMA: Try to live in the moment (much easier said than done!)


BCM: How do you tackle the work/life balance?

AN: I created Little Passports so that I can have flexibility in my working hours. Being an entrepreneur is great for working moms.  When necessary, I can make my kid's school events and then go back to work in the evening.
SMA: I prioritize what needs to get done both personally and professionally, and I'm usually pretty good at fitting most of it in because being an entrepreneur affords a lot of flexibility.  Having a checklist and being able to multi-task also helps a lot!

BCM: What was the last book you read? 

AN: J.K. Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling. 
SMA: Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

BCM:  Congratulations on the success of Little Passports and the expansion to Science Expeditions, tell us about this new stem-focused subscription kit?

SMA: Our Science Expeditions subscription explores a new science theme every month with hands-on experiments, an easy-to-follow experiment guide and a comic book.  In the comic book, children follow our characters Sam and Sofia on their adventures around the world meeting scientists who help them solve different mysteries.  We've received fabulous feedback during testing with families so we're very excited to launch the line.  Some of the themes we'll cover include Forensic Science, Caves and Crystals, Northern Lights, Aerodynamics, Sound, Optics and more!

BCM: What is your favorite Little Passports box?

AN:  I love our Brazil package in the World Edition. It has a cute story about an endangered monkey who hides in an amethyst mine. We send an amethyst rock in the package and kids love it.
SMA: Japan has a special place in my heart because I studied and worked there, so I love our Japan package.  Sam and Sofia get to visit the Tokyo Fish Market where Sofia learns about wasabi, and we send a sushi eraser as one of the souvenirs for the package.

Fun Facts:

Favorite Beauty Product:

AN: Neutrogena make-up wipes. 
SMA: Tatcha Oil Blotting Sheets

Favorite Form of Exercise: 

AN: Pilates and dancing.
SMA: High Intensity Training

What is on your DVR? 

AN: Orphan Black. 
SMA: Luke Cage

Favorite App:

AN: Waze. 
SMA: Pokemon Go (because it's my kids' favorite app)

Favorite Kids Store:

AN: Amazon - so easy for a parent. 
SMA: Amazon