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“I think of how I would I feel if the people I cared about were not paying attention or spending time with me” with Kavita Channe

Not spending time with your children can give them emotional distress and can lower their self esteem. Common sense would tell you that this would make them feel unimportant. Children are human beings just like adults. I think of how I would I feel if the people I cared about were not paying attention or […]


Not spending time with your children can give them emotional distress and can lower their self esteem. Common sense would tell you that this would make them feel unimportant. Children are human beings just like adults. I think of how I would I feel if the people I cared about were not paying attention or spending time with me. It would hurt me to the core. With children, I feel that this is detrimental to their development on every level.

I had the pleasure to interview Kavita Channe, a sports and entertainment TV host and producer, TV personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother who has broken barriers for women and minorities in both media and television. In addition to her accomplishments in the sports, entertainment and business, she has lent herself to many charitable organizations and is a sought-after speaker and influencer. A London native with ancestry from India, Kavita moved to the US when she was 5 years old. She attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Journalism, Telecommunications and Business. Channe brings a dynamic energy to her many memorable speaking engagements in the United States, South Africa, Singapore, and beyond. She also frequently partners with nonprofits and reputable organizations including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Heart Association, Miami Diaper Bank, American Red Cross, and United Way. In the Fall of 2017, Kavita launched Channé Rosé, a new rosé wine inspired by her travels in Provence. She was extremely hands-on in the process from conceptualization to the final product. During this same time, Kavita gave birth to her daughter, Magical Micah. Whether on the sidelines reporting for an NFL football team, wowing an audience of a morning talk show, or using her entrepreneurial skills to bring a new product to market, she is constantly using her talents to create new and exciting paths for her already inspiring career.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us your “childhood backstory”?

I moved from London to South Florida at the age of five. I have to admit I felt a bit awkward as a young kid in the US because I would get teased for my British accent and felt like I never quite fit in. Regardless, I always loved being in America and felt I could achieve about anything in the land of opportunity. I remember watching Oprah and Barbara Walters with my parents when I was young, thinking, “I want to be able to help people all over the world just like Oprah” and “I want to interview interesting people all over the world just like BW”. I always wanted to speak in front of the camera and that is what I do now!

Can you share the story about what brought you to this specific point in your career?

Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to help people in a big way. I’ve done this using the platform developed throughout my career in television and on stage and through global speaking engagements to help others in need or influence others to achieve their dreams locally, nationally and internationally. An example would be using my rose wine brand (Channé Rosé) that I recently launched to help give back. I have donated so much product to many different events in hopes of raising money and awareness for organizations and those in need. Another example would be participating on the cover of Mother and Baby India, where I got to share so much amazing information for expecting and new mothers, which I learned from my own extensive research.

Can you tell us a bit more about what your day to day schedule looks like?

My day is all over the place, however, the constant is the time spent with my daughter. I feed her every morning at 7:30 AM and we spend about 45 minutes together before she starts her day. The rest of the day includes a workout to help with my pregnancy (physically and mentally), followed by meetings for my wine business, and meetings with producers for TV projects, as well as different charities and organizations. There may even be an event that I’m hosting or attending to support others doing great in the world as well. If I don’t have an event, then I get to watch my daughter during her swim lesson, feed her dinner, and put her to bed. The rest of the evening is usually where I catch up with my emails and any other work that I didn’t get to finish because that is my “quiet time”. I’m doing this in my third trimester of pregnancy, now at eight months pregnant… and it’s going to get a lot crazier once my son is born.

Let’s jump to the core of our discussion. This is probably intuitive to many, but it would be beneficial to spell it out. Based on your experience or research, can you flesh out why not spending time with your children can be detrimental to their development?

Not spending time with your children can give them emotional distress and can lower their self esteem. Common sense would tell you that this would make them feel unimportant. Children are human beings just like adults. I think of how I would I feel if the people I cared about were not paying attention or spending time with me. It would hurt me to the core. With children, I feel that this is detrimental to their development on every level.

On the flip side, can you give a few reasons or examples about why it is so important to make time to spend with your children?

Having a bond with your child and having them trust and value you as well as vice versa is so important throughout both of your lives. Their relationship with you as a parent is going to be the basis for their relationship with friends and romantic partners as well. Kids need to feel wanted, important and loved — like they matter. This is where their confidence is formed. This is also a way for parents to get to know their children in order to help raise them along the way to adulthood.

According to this study cited in the Washington Post, the quality of time spent with children is more important than the quantity of time. Can you give a 3–5 stories or examples from your own life about what you do to spend quality time with your children?

As they say, quality over quantity… and it’s a very true statement. If you are around your child every day but on your phone all the time, then that is poor ‘quality time’ spent with them. As I mentioned before, I make time to feed my daughter her bottle every morning, read her a few books, and snuggle before she starts her day. It is our routine and she looks forward to it every morning, as do I. I am lucky to have a nanny to help since I’m a working mom, however, sometimes I enjoy giving my daughter a bath, where it is just me and her. She gets excited too and we connect one-on-one. I also love feeding my daughter her meals. We talk about what she’s eating, recite the alphabet, talk about colors and animals… all the things a 16-month-old enjoys. And the best part is her constant hugs and adoration for me, just as I have adoration for her. It’s the best feeling ever!

We all live in a world with many deadlines and incessant demands for our time and attention. That inevitably makes us feel rushed and we may feel that we can’t spare the time to be “fully present” with our children. Can you share with our readers 5 strategies about how we can create more space in our lives in order to give our children more quality attention?

1) Designate a daily ritual you can commit to with your child. Kids love routine and, of course it’s OK if you miss it every now and again, however you want to stick to this and let the both of you look forward to this time together every day.

2) Put your phone away when you are spending quality time with your child. Let them know that they are most important.

3) Plan out your week in advance so that you can be more efficient to get more time in with your children as well as maximize time with what you need to get done work-wise.

4) Think about what you can outsource in terms of help to free up space and time. Can someone go grocery shopping for you every week? Can you hire a cleaning person? Can someone help you with your laundry? This can be people that you pay or this can be a family member that is willing to help you out. Trust me, it’s worth it.

5) Learn to say no. Be more picky about what you agree to do. You’re not going to get the time back with your children and they are never going to be as young as they are today. Family is most important.

How do you define a “good parent”? Can you give an example or story?

A good parent is one that loves and nurtures their child and understands their responsibility and what it means to be a parent a.k.a. role model. There are many different ways to achieve being a good parent, but the core is love.

How do you inspire your child to “dream big”? Can you give an example or story?

One of the most important messages to me is to instill “dreaming big” to my children. We read books about other children achieving amazing things and we talk about the awesome things that my children are doing right in front of my eyes. I also think showing instead of telling is important. I like to let my daughter see what I am doing in my life and in my career to help inspire her. She’s only 16 months, however, I’ve taken her to France where my wine is produced. I take her with me when I volunteer and we give back whenever we can. Her and my son will learn the importance of helping others while reaching for the stars.

How do you, a person who masterfully straddles the worlds of career and family, define “success”?

Success to me is doing 1) what you want 2) with who you want and 3) when you want. When you’ve achieved that… you’re a superstar 🙂

What are your favorite books, podcasts, or resources that inspire you to be a better parent? Can you explain why you like them?

I am constantly on Google researching different books and articles on becoming a better parent. We pull from Montessori and REI philosophies. I also check in with a family therapist to get feedback from her on how the decisions we are making today can affect our children tomorrow. I don’t think there is one resource to turn to. We need to gather as much as we can and then make decisions on how we want to move forward.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

My favorite quotes:

If people aren’t laughing at your dreams then you’re not dreaming big enough. — I was laughed at yet made my dreams come true and continue to do so.

Giving is living — I made that one up. The key is to give whenever you can in life and get back even more!

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people it would be to strive to put a smile on every single person‘s face that you interact with every single day. Even if you don’t feel like smiling… faking a smile will still make you feel a little happy. Try it. It’s contagious.

Thank you so much for these insights! This was so inspiring!

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About the author:

Chaya Weiner is the Director of branding and photography at Authority Magazine’s Thought Leader Incubator. TLI is a thought leadership program that helps leaders establish a brand as a trusted authority in their field. Please click HERE to learn more about Thought Leader Incubator.

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