Portraits of the modern mother #thejuggleisreal
Balancing life and family is a demanding 24/7 job, to celebrate Mother's Day, we asked a few of our favourite task masters how they approach their most important role.
A collection of portraits in which the modern mother plays muse. Each successful in their own agenda with family at the heart of it all.
We couldn't help but get inspired by their style along the way...
MEET ROANNE: Business owner, designer, coffee drinker and mother to Jack, 11 years and Adam, 9 years. Ro shares with us her thoughts on raising sons in a busy world, AND what is on her Mother’s Day wishlist...
(Roanne carries new style, Gita in black 'bubble' textured leather)
Best part about being a mother: The quiet confidential conversations and the cuddles.
Favourite parenting advice you received: It goes fast, so make the moments count.
What you didn't see coming: How they would destroy my furniture.
Raising sons in this busy world: Get them outdoors and active.
Getting that balance between work and motherhood: Balance comes with two big words…Get Help. Your partner, grandparents, babysitters, house cleaners, whatever it takes.
Values you want to instil in your boys: Hard work, determination, passion and focus and being a good person while following your dreams.
Your Ideal Sunday: A sleep in followed by coffee and a nice long walk.
Your own mum: Never sat down. I really didn’t get this growing up, I couldn’t understand how it was that she could never stop and relax. I get it now.
Mother's day wish list: It’s an bi-annual request to my children that occurs on my birthday and mother’s day… no fighting.
"Personal stylist, flamingo fanatic and mother to Emmie, 8 months, shares with us what she loves most about being a parent, and the values she hopes to instil in her daughter..."(Caitlin wears Baby Frankie, a little bag to help with her big days)Best part about being a mother: That cheeky smile when she recognises me, and the realisation I have that I’m her person. And I’m going to be her person for the rest of her life. that is so freakin’ cool!
Favourite parenting advice you received: "Buy a pack of old-school cloth nappies” I did and I use them for EVERYTHING (except, ironically, as nappies).
What you didn't see coming: The never-ending-ness of it all (apparently you get to keep them! ) but at the same time, the overwhelming sense of love for this tiny human person.
Having your own business and having a baby: Is a crazy idea! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love that I get to spend heaps of time with my tiny human, but I still get to be a little bit of me everyday. My business keeps me sane.
Values you want to instil in your daughter: To be kind. If everyone was just kind to one another, the world would be a much different place
Your Ideal Sunday: It starts with a sleep-in! (what? what is that) and is filled with lots of family time, and maybe some good coffee and avo on toast.Mother's day wish list: see last note re sleep-in. and then add coffee in bed haha. I wouldn’t say no to a new Saben bag either though….. just something big enough to carry all of the things (babies need a lot of stuff)We would recommend the Go-Tote, perfect to throw it all in, and as the name suggests: GO!
Serious foodie, lifestyle blogger and mother of Tahlia, 8 years, Aston, 6 years, and Beau, 3 years, shares with us what she loves most about being a parent, - AND what’s on her Mother’s Day wish list...
(Vanessa wears Camden handbag in black croc - a stylish yet versatile and hard working piece to help with those busy days juggling work, life and motherhood.)
Best part about being a mother: That I get to be one. It's not all roses and it's not as bad as people like to make out. I like to remind myself that not everyone gets to do this job and for all the frustrating moments and all the magic - I am blessed.
Favourite parenting advice you received: To remember that every thing is just a phase. The good and the bad bits. If it's tough, it will get better. If it's great, it won't last long. Knowing that helped me to cherish the good parts and not dwell on the hard parts when my kids were little.
What you didn't see coming: Just how much I could adore these tiny humans. Also on the flip side, just how frustrated they'd make me feel at times. And the roar I never knew I possessed as a result of that frustration.
Getting that balance between your work and motherhood: I don't know if anyone ever gets it right. You just have to do what works for you and yours and for me, that changes week to week. Some days I put work to the side and be fully present. Other weeks I let them watch more iPad than I'm truly comfortable with just to meet deadlines. Swings and roundabouts. "Phases" shall we say?
Values you want to instill in your children: Being kind and confident are the two qualities I want most for my children to learn. Kindness gets you everywhere in life and confidence the same. I want them to be able to stand proudly in a room of people and know who they are and why they're special. And I want them to be in that room with people who might not feel that way, but to know that my children could be empathetic, caring and accepting despite those differences.
The boy / girl thing?: I love it all and I feel so grateful I got to be Mama to both. I find the girl thing much more emotional, and possibly more confronting to parent because we are so alike (stubborn!), but she is soft and beautiful and adorable and I look forward to all the special things we will share as she grows. And the boys, well they're rough and tumble and farts and bum talk, and I'm definitely not looking forward to when they become sweaty stinky teens, but right now they're my little boyfriends and they love their Mama, so I'm going to lap that up for as long as I can.
Weekend ritual: We love to have a slow Sunday morning breakfast. Waffles or Pancakes followed by a walk or bike round around our local waterfront before getting stuck into jobs around the house. We love entertaining and spending the latter part of the day with family and friends over for a BBQ and roasting marshmallows on the deck with a little guitar and singalong action to finish it all off.
Mother's day wish list: Every year I say I'd love them to just not fight on Mother's Day. But eight years deep I know that's a pipe dream. This year I'm going to ask for breakfast in bed and diamond earrings. I know I'll get one of my requests.
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