Leeanne Enoch MP

Haven Magazine - - Upfront -

MEM­BER FOR ALGESTER. MIN­IS­TER FOR IN­NO­VA­TION, SCIENCE AND THE DIG­I­TAL ECON­OMY. MIN­IS­TER FOR SMALL BUSI­NESS. MUM TO ETHAN (15) AND CAL­LUM (19). As a politi­cian, Leeanne Enoch is never far from the pub­lic’s eye. Many peo­ple see her as the lo­cal mem­ber and the min­is­ter with many port­fo­lios. But, af­ter hours, Leeanne is just like many of us – she’s a wife and mother. You’d think it must be hard to keep on top of pri­vate life when so much of her life is spent be­ing ac­count­able to the pub­lic? “It’s a con­stant jug­gling act," Leeanne says. "For­tu­nately I have the won­der­ful sup­port of my ex­tended fam­ily who are al­ways there to help me or my boys. I make a con­scious ef­fort not to feel guilty about tak­ing some time for my­self. If I am not strong, I can­not be strong for my kids. Ob­vi­ously, there are cer­tain times in life that it is not pos­si­ble and I’ll ad­mit that it has be­come eas­ier as they have got­ten older.” In three words, how would you de­scribe your­self as a preg­nant woman? Big (I had big ba­bies - they were about 8lb 5oz each!), tired, ex­cited. What parenting tips did your mum give you? The best ad­vice she gave me was about un­con­di­tional love. No mat­ter what chal­lenges your chil­dren present to you, you love them un­con­di­tion­ally. Do you think your mum had it eas­ier as a mother in her gen­er­a­tion? Not at all. At 24, my mum had four kids un­der 5 years of age dur­ing a time where do­mes­tic du­ties were the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of the wife and there was no ac­cess to the con­ve­niences we have today. She had the added pres­sure of be­ing a non-in­dige­nous woman mar­ried to an in­dige­nous man, which in those days was not looked on kindly. What is one of the big­gest lessons you’ve learned as a mum? My big­gest les­son has been know­ing when to in­ter­vene and when to let them find their own way and make their own mis­takes. If you could go back in time, what one thing would you tell the new-mum ver­sion of your­self? Don’t worry about what peo­ple think. Don’t imag­ine what oth­ers are think­ing, don’t en­ter­tain the imag­i­na­tions and fol­low your own in­stincts; they’re al­most al­ways right.

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