Tif­fani Wood

Haven Magazine - - Upfront -

SINGER/SONG­WRITER AND OWNER/DI­REC­TOR OF TIF­FANI WOOD SINGING SCHOOL. MUM TO LIL­LIAN (9), HAR­LEY (2), BEAU (17 MONTHS), RY­DER (1 MONTH). It’s in­ter­est­ing to con­sider how our moth­ers en­joyed moth­er­hood in their era com­pared to how mod­ern-day ma­mas en­joy the role. With four kids, in­clud­ing a brand new bun­dle of joy born just last month, Tif­fani Wood be­lieves nei­ther gen­er­a­tion had it eas­ier or harder. “As time has gone by, I think some things have got­ten eas­ier for us (eg. bet­ter ac­cess to help if needed and health care for our kids) but it’s also harder in oth­ers (eg. the pres­sure to do it all, such as be a home mum and work mum),” she says. “Both gen­er­a­tions had/have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to raise their kids the best they know how by putting food on the ta­ble, giv­ing them a lov­ing home and cloth­ing with a good ed­u­ca­tion. When you look at it that way, there’s prob­a­bly not much dif­fer­ence as both gen­er­a­tions try to do ex­actly that.” How would you de­scribe your­self as a preg­nant woman? Hor­monal, choco­holic, clean-freak. What is one of the big­gest lessons you’ve learned as a mum? I’ve learnt that when peo­ple ask “Can I get you any­thing?” or “Do you need help?” that it’s OK to say “YES, I DO!”. Use your sup­port sys­tem whether it be day­care, your part­ner, friends, fam­ily or the lady down the street. How do you look af­ter your­self while also look­ing af­ter your kids/fam­ily? I take the pam­per or time­out route eg. fa­cials, get­ting my hair done, mas­sage, eat­ing choco­late, hav­ing a cuppa, read­ing a home styling mag qui­etly - any­thing that gives me some me time as I’m usu­ally con­stantly clean­ing and pick­ing up af­ter ev­ery­one plus try­ing to jug­gle work, my part­ner and fam­ily-life bal­ance. Do­ing th­ese things, for me, makes me feel spe­cial as a woman, not just as a mum. A happy mum = happy kids and part­ner = happy house. What kid­die mat­ters are you deal­ing with in your fam­ily cur­rently? Nap­pies! We have three in them and it’s cost­ing us a small for­tune so toi­let train­ing is on the agenda again for our 2 year old. Also the use of tech­nol­ogy for our 9, 2 and 1 year old and ask­ing how much is too much? Also how to best give one-on-one time and at­ten­tion to each of the kids with a new bub in the house. How would you like your kids to de­scribe you? I think any mum would want their kids to think they’re the best mum ever. Lil­lian, 9, con­stantly writes that to me in letters and draw­ings. She also told me, “All th­ese years you have been a very, very kind, help­ful, lov­ing, car­ing and nice mum in the whole wide world.” I couldn’t ask for more than that!

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