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CELEBRATING MOTHERS DAY WITH AUSSIE MUMS

May 10, 2019 0 Comments

CELEBRATING MOTHERS DAY WITH AUSSIE MUMS

This Mothers day we wanted to connect with real Australian women and ask them about their experiences of motherhood. Whether you’re a new mum or your babies are now all grown up, motherhood is a journey that changes who we are and how we experience life.

Mai- The founder of Inessa had these words on being a mother of three young children.

What is the most rewarding part of motherhood?
The endless love and intensity of the love for your kids, which is so deep that no effort is too much.  Sounds crazy but I now feel that I hadn’t experienced love until I had kids. It is overwhelming at times.

What self-care do you partake in?
Ensure to eat well, try to get at least six to seven hours of sleep a night and add supplements to my daily nutritional intake as I feel my body needs it. After my pregnancies it felt like I was physically hit by a truck.  My hair fell out, my skin was dry, my nipples painful and I felt depleted of energy and just overall wasn’t feeling my usual upbeat self. Especially with my second pregnancy it took a while to get over the birth. I think it is very important for any mom to look after herself well.

What are your tips for self-care for other mothers?
It is important for new moms is that they communicate often and honestly with their partners and family about how they feel. It is hard for others to ‘read’ you and your emotions, which can be all over the place on top of your body and hormones going through all these changes.  Also, don’t feel guilty if you’re not happy all the time. Motherhood is probably the hardest job in the world. It is also the most rewarding one, once you learn to deal with all the hurdles that motherhood throws at you.

What is one piece of advice you would like your children to live by?
That is so hard to say, as a mother I want my kids to grow up in healthy, happy, independent thinking and caring young people.  For that there are so many requirements, too many to mention, but in terms of giving and getting enough love, attention, learning opportunities, proper principles like honesty, care and respect as well as discipline and doing things you not always like doing.  It feels like you’re always facing new challenges and they will have to learn about that as well. But I think I speak for most moms in saying that we want to prepare them as good as possible for life and the ups and downs that they will go through. All of that in the hope that our kids will create a good and fulfilling life with goals worth working for and care and love for each other.

 

Serena- Watching her 3 young adult children becoming independent.

What is the most rewarding part of motherhood?
The most rewarding part of having my children was discovering the infinite amount of love I have to give. I never knew I could love as deeply and as truly before I had my children. I also had a lot pleasure and fond memories of reading to my children before bed. They would snuggle up into me and these moments were especially close. I was also able to rediscover my own childhood joys and share these with my own children- it was exciting to see them enjoy the things that I had.

What self-care do you partake in?
For me, having time out was very important. Doing the things I enjoy allowed me to keep in touch with myself. I particularly love running to stay fit physically and mentally, and having long hot luxurious baths. The more candles the better! I also liked to take myself out to have a hot chocolate after the school drop off. This was nice moment of calm after the storm of school morning chaos.

What are your tips for self-care for other mothers?
I think it is important to keep in touch with yourself and remember that you are not just a mother but your own person too.  You have our own needs that need to be met and you should look after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally.

What is one piece of advice you would like your children to live by?
I’d like to think I have taught my children to be true to themselves, be kind, and to do the best they can.  I have never dwelled long on the failures and mistakes my children have made as they have grown into adults. So long as they can stand tall and know that they have done their best in every situation and that they have stayed true to their kind hearted selves I am a proud mum.

 

Karley-  A new mum with a whole new outlook on life.

What is the most rewarding part of motherhood?
Being a new mum is like nothing I could have imagined. It really is both the most difficult and most rewarding thing that I have done. It’s hard to say just one, but I think it would have to be watching my baby grow into his personality. I love to see him discover slowly discovering the world around him, and himself. Each day I feel like I learn a bit more about the little man he is.

What self-care do you partake in?
Being a new mum is tough, and I know I’m not the first mum to feel like I have lost a little of who I once was. I try to remind myself that I am my own person through investing in my relationships. I make sure to spend time with my family and friends and to be honest, I feel that motherhood has intensified many of my relationships and made me a more empathetic and understanding person. 

What are your tips for self-care for other mothers?
I would recommend that other mothers find their own path on this journey. No other woman's experience will be exactly alike your own and it is important to remember this when you talk with other mums. Don’t compare your and your babies journey to anyone else's. You are doing great, and your baby is too, so enjoy the ride and make your own way.

What is one piece of advice you would like your children to live by?
This is a tricky one. I think, I would like to tell my son to be confident in who he is in every situation. Be confident to stand strong and take charge when life calls for it, but also to be confident in taking quiet time for himself and to get in touch with his emotions. I think finding your own confidence is an amazing and difficult adventure that never really ends; And I hope that he takes the time to discover what it means to be truly confident.