This gorgeous Super-Mum, Taryn, sits down with The Nanny Emporium to discuss her "crazy, but amazing" life!
Tell us about you and your family...
My family unit didn't begin the "traditional" way. When I was 21, I started dating my husband who had a 20 month old daughter. Chances are that we wouldn't have ended up together if he hadn't already had his daughter as it has made him the man he is today. We are now blessed with 4 children between the ages of 1 - 11 ... life is crazy, but amazing!
What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
Strange enough, there was nothing that I didn't love about being pregnant. My fondest memory would have to be giving birth. I wasn't sick or sore... I was very lucky!
What do you love most about being a Mum?
I love the unconditional love. To them I could do no wrong. They miss me when I have gone to the shops to buy milk. I love that I am enough for them. I am enough to make them feel better.
What has been one of your favourite memories about motherhood so far?
I feel so lucky to be able to be a mum. I love sitting back and watching them. Watching them interact and play with each other, watching them hold conversations with each other makes me so proud.
What's one of the things that you least expected about motherhood?
One of the things I least expected about motherhood is that it really can be tough and lonely. Some days feel like Groundhog Day, day after day and there is nothing you can do to get out of the rut. These are the days you need to ask for help. The more you talk about it the more you will realise that others may feel exactly the same and you don't have to feel guilty about it.
What is the biggest lesson that motherhood has taught you so far?
The biggest lesson I have learnt about motherhood is that it doesn't always go to plan. Sometimes it's just a huge task to get out the door! The minute you think you are ready to go, someone is naked, someone has had a poop explosion and someone has taken off their shoes!
What values do you feel are the most important to instill into your child/children and why?
The most important values we are trying to instill in our children are acceptance, manners and kindness.
Other than being a Mum, what are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about my work. I teach beauty therapy at a local private academy as well as my blog. l hope that I am able to display good work ethic for my children.
When hiring a nanny, what qualities would you look for in the applicant?
When hiring a nappy the most important part is how well they get along with my children. I would also make sure that they have a Working with Children Check and First Aid.
Is there any advice you can give to mums-to-be?
Always believe that you are enough! You are amazing and don't over think everything. Keep it simple and stay calm......they can sense when you are upset and stressed.