Published: 00:01, 08 August 2018
| Updated: 07:40, 08 August 2018
A mum started her own business from hospital to show and support the true reality of being a parent.
Kerry Clayton, 28, injured a disc in her back earlier this year and, while recovering, decided to create a range of funny T-shirts and bags.
Her products, designed and sold from her home in Oxford Gardens in Maidstone, feature slogans such as 'Stuff To Bribe The Kids With', and have piqued the interest of plenty of local mothers.
“I had a blog which was just my ramblings about being a mum, and that proved popular because people could relate to what I was saying,” Mrs Clayton said.
“It’s not the perfect life that’s often portrayed on Instagram - my kids don’t eat quinoa, they eat chicken nuggets.
“I was so bored in hospital I just started designing things on my phone and thought maybe I could start a business, then when I came out it exploded from there.
“People can empathise with the messages and they keep telling me 'I'm really glad you said that, it's not just me'.
“Being a mum is just a case of trying to get through each day and people think it’s a breath of fresh air when you reflect that.”
Mrs Clayton has run businesses before, but gave up work three years ago to be a stay-at-home mum to son Flynn, three, and 18-month-old daughter Lyla.
"Being a mum is just a case of trying to get through each day and people think it's a breath of fresh air when you reflect that" - Kerry Clayton
However, after giving birth to Flynn, she suffered post-natal depression and anxiety, so turned to a support group for help, which she still attends every Tuesday in Tonbridge.
To give something back, she donates 10% from each sale to the West Kent Mind mum’s support group.
“I drive an hour to sit at the group for an hour and a half and just vent about things,” she said.
“It’s non-judgmental and nobody minds what you say.
"It makes you realise other people are also struggling.
“I’m facilitating another group in Ditton and we’re actually over-subscribed because so many people are interested.
“Social media has put so much pressure on people to portray this perfect lifestyle.”
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