TINA HAR­RIS

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - MUM IN PROFILE -

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!

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