Kath Rose

Haven Magazine - - Upfront -

DI­REC­TOR, KATH ROSE & AS­SO­CIATES. MUM TO MATILDA (15) AND JACK (12) Kath Rose lives and breathes PR and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Her job will have her host­ing me­dia at night-time events in down­town Bris­bane and then in re­gional Queens­land on the weekend. It’s more-than-a-full­time job that she com­bines with her more-than-afull­time gig as mum to teens. We asked the com­mu­ni­ca­tions guru how she com­mu­ni­cates with her kids and what those per­son­al­ity-filled cherubs have taught her... “I’ve learnt I’ll never ever get a good night’s sleep, I’ll never fit into my True Re­li­gion jeans I wore pre­ba­bies, that my makeup and wal­let will al­ways be left open and empty and that the bath­room will al­ways look like the af­ter­math of a dance party,” Kath laughs. “I’ve learnt eye rolls can be very very scary. I’ve learnt that ‘olden-time mu­sic’ now refers to Rick Ast­ley and The Cul­ture Club. I’ve learnt that full con­ver­sa­tions can now be had in ab­bre­vi­a­tions. But I’ve also learnt that a bear hug will never go out of fash­ion, that man­ners maketh the kid (es­pe­cially now) and that there’s noth­ing I would rather do in the world than be a mum to my two kids and three dogs.” Elo­quent, as al­ways, KR. What is one of the big­gest lessons you’ve learned as a mum? Hu­mil­ity and love – 100 per cent. I’ve learnt that ev­ery breath I take and ev­ery move I make (thank you Sting), is for them. Moth­er­hood is the best and long­est les­son in hu­mil­ity. Do you think your mum had it eas­ier as a mother in her gen­er­a­tion? I think this gen­er­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly of work­ing mums, are re­ally break­ing en­tirely new ground – there is no down­time at all. Work is 24/7, moth­er­hood is 24/7 and be­ing a wife and a fe­male and a hu­man is all 24/7./ I know my par­ents have no idea what I do or how I feel or op­er­ate – they live worlds away and re­ally don’t fathom my re­al­ity – and I know this is the same for so many mums in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions. It’s why many of us live such fast lives and on the out­side seem like Cirque du Soleil per­form­ers – al­ways land­ing per­fectly and with a smile. It’s not like that be­hind the scenes though. As my kids say “the strug­gle is real”… I’m prob­a­bly talk­ing way out­side the ques­tion here but it’s an area that’s never re­ally ad­dressed – we all feel like we need to pay homage to our moth­ers, but per­haps it’s time our moth­ers look at their kids and pay trib­ute to them? In three words, how would you de­scribe your­self as a preg­nant woman? Bot­tom-heavy, busy and com­pletely ill­pre­pared. How do you look af­ter your­self while also look­ing af­ter your kids/fam­ily? Badly. And I’m learn­ing that I ac­tu­ally do have to make time for me (that doesn’t in­clude watch­ing World’s Great Pranks with my son). What kid­die mat­ters are you deal­ing with in your fam­ily cur­rently? So­cial me­dia ac­cess – it’s a mine­field. And what we all need to un­der­stand is that it is here to stay. It’s the new play­ground, it’s the new Cor­ner Store, the new mall. It's where the kids con­gre­gate. So we need to work out how to po­lice and man­age it. Just like it’s a dif­fer­ent world for parenting now, it’s a dif­fer­ent world be­ing 12 and 15 – and we need to keep up. 'Cur­rency of Un­der­stand­ing' is pos­si­bly the big­gest is­sue we face as mod­ern par­ents. If you could go back in time, what one thing would you tell the new­mum ver­sion of your­self? Be kinder to your­self. It’s OK to make mis­takes, you will never be per­fect and that kids are re­silient.

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