Tina Harris is best known as Lah Lah from Lah Lah’s Big Live Band. She is married to Mark, who plays the roles of Buzz the Bandleader and Lola the double bass in the Lah Lah band, and is mum to Lilian, 7, and Emily, 4. Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band dvd is in stores now.
Music is good for kids because… It is fun, creative, enriching, entertaining, educational and inclusive. It’s like food for their little minds and bodies. It comes so naturally to them and all we really need to spark off that love of music is to simply make it available to them.
Dance allows kids to... Use their little bodies freely in a way that connects them to their feelings and is safe and healthy.
My favourite parenting moment is... Sorry for the cliché, but it is definitely those warm loving cuddles, in the morning, before bed, or just because. They’re magic.
My most embarrassing parenting moment is... The number two in the swimming costume at the local aquatic centre pool, resulting in closure for cleaning, was pretty embarrassing.
The funniest thing I remember one of my kids saying is... Most things they say make me giggle. It’s the pure innocence and wonder. Often it’s not what they say, rather the grown-up hand gestures and actions that go along with what they are saying. It’s the physical equivalent of wearing mummy’s too-big shoes, if you know what I mean.
Raising girls is like... A constant party. It’s either dress up, make-up, cook up, eat up or cheer up.
The thing I am most proud of as a parent is... How beautiful the girls are. I was an only child and I love watching them interact. They have a real need to be with each other, to share with each other, and they miss each other if one is not around. As a mum, that is pure joy to watch.
The thing I wish I’d done differently as a parent is... Said no to that guinea pig. I’m the only one who feeds the silly thing and all he does is squeal. Would anyone like a free guinea pig?
The thing I want most for my girls is... Happy days, contentment, self-confidence, and I’d really like to finish our garden so they can enjoy it before they’re grown up.
The best parenting advice I ever got was... From Supernanny – that show really changed the way our family works. I know it’s controversial, but for us the time-out step rocks.
The best parenting advice I could give would be... Enjoy it. Everyone says they grow up too fast, and they do. One day they are babies and the next they are at school.
The most difficult thing about being a parent is... Finding the energy. Being a parent is the best job in the world, but it’s the only job in the world where you don’t get a chance to recharge. I have to try to make myself take time out just to enjoy where we are and how beautiful the girls are and, well, just to have my own few moments.
The thing I miss most about my life before kids is... Life after dark. For me, being out at dusk or nighttime seems so mysterious and exciting. It’s funny because before we had children I didn’t really go out that much, I liked being home.
My girls would probably describe me in the following way... Lily said, “You’re a great hugger and fun to play with.” Emily said, “Mummy is like Lily and me. Mummy is the bestest mummy in the world!” There’ll be treats at our place tonight!