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.