Who is our Crash Test Mummy of the Week?
Zoe – a Study and Work at Home Mum from Brisbane, Australia
Who do you live with?
I live with my two boys. Byron (almost 5) and Harper (2), and my partner who seems to be here more then at his own home!
How old were you when you first became a mum?
What do you love about being a parent?
I love that everyday I mean the world to somebody. That each day I am able to educate and enlighten my children about the world and give them someone they can always come to for support.
What is the most difficult thing about being a parent?
To date the most difficult thing I have faced is having a child that is struggling with something. My eldest is some what hyperactive and the transition into school hasn’t been easy. Seeing him sitting on a personalised naughty mat or having him tell me the other kids won’t play with him because their Mums said he was a naughty child breaks your heart.
What daily task do you wish was easier?
Some days I wish bedtime was easier. I wish the kids would climb into bed and fall asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow. This would definitely make me happy.
What superpower would you like to have and why?
I would have the power to mute the world. Some days the yelling and thumping of children just gets to much (I swear my kids are part elephant!). Muting the world for just long enough to have a quiet coffee and recharge the batteries would be fantastic!
If you had time to take care of yourself, what would you focus on?
I would probably focus on caring for my insides. The outside, is yet to start failing me yet. I would really love to be assessed by a herbalist.
What is your idea of fun?
I think fun is letting go of boundaries once in a while. Throwing the bed time routine out the door, grabbing the scooters and going to the beach for dinner.
What question would you like to ask the Crash Test Community?
What do you think is the most important thing to teach your children now, to make them better people when they are adults?
Want to know more?
If you’d like to read more about Zoe, check out her blog Little Swallow where she writes about parenting, kids DIY, sewing and tales of her studies in Childhood Education.
I actually just answered a similar question recently. I think one of the most important things we can teach our children is resilience. We can’t protect them forever and the more confident, resilient and secure they are, then the better equipped they are to handle whatever the world throws at them.
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