Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - PARENTING -

Re­becca Spar­row is an author whose most re­cent re­lease is Find Your Tribe (And 9 Other Things I Wish I’d Known In High School) (Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land Press). She is mar­ried to Brad and mum to Ava, 18 months, and preg­nant with her sec­ond child. school is based on who you hang around. You need to find your tribe. Your tribe are those peo­ple who are gen­uine friends, who like you for who you are and don’t pres­sure you to be some­one you’re not.

My favourite par­ent­ing moment is… Walk­ing into Ava’s room when she wakes up ev­ery morn­ing and see­ing the look of joy on her face.

My most em­bar­rass­ing par­ent­ing moment is… The time I brought Ava home from a lo­cal park and didn’t no­tice for three hours that she had an enor­mous leaf stuck to the roof of her mouth.

The fun­ni­est thing I re­mem­ber one of my kids say­ing is… Ava re­cently found our dog’s lead and walked around with it, say­ing, “Sit! Sit!” to her toys while try­ing to loop the lead over their heads.

Rais­ing girls is... The great­est chal­lenge I will face be­cause I know I need to model the type of woman I would like her to be: con­fi­dent, re­silient, em­pa­thetic and com­mu­nity-minded.

The thing I am most proud of as a par­ent is… I work very hard to be in the present moment with Ava and ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery stage she’s at. So for the moment I’m en­joy­ing the won­der, may­hem and ex­haus­tion of be­ing at home with a tod­dler.

The thing I wish I’d done dif­fer­ently as a par­ent is… Had chil­dren ear­lier, but then I didn’t meet my hus­band Brad un­til I was in my mid-30s.

The thing I want most for my chil­dren is… For them to be re­silient, with an abil­ity to cope with the in­evitable dis­ap­point­ments and screwups we all ex­pe­ri­ence.

The best par­ent­ing ad­vice I ever got was…. From author Toni Mor­ri­son. I once heard her say that all chil­dren watch to see if their par­ents’ eyes light up when they en­ter the room.

The most dif­fi­cult thing about be­ing a par­ent is… Not say­ing, “Mummy needs to do a wee” in front of other adults.

My chil­dren would de­scribe me in the fol­low­ing way… I hope my chil­dren de­scribe me as some­one who made them feel safe and truly loved and who of­fered them a soft place to fall.

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