Parenting tips from high profile South Aussies

17 August 2017 | Care & Support

Being a parent and raising your children is hard work, no matter who you are.

From the moment your children come into the world, it’s a steep learning curve. There seems to be a million different ways to parent, and even more ways to be a good parent.

But what if, on top of your role as a parent, you also had the pressure of a high profile career in the media or business. Wouldn’t you learn a thing or two about raising children (and juggling work) along the way?

We decided to ask some of SA’s leading business people and media personalities to find out their parenting advice. Here’s what they said.

 

Rebecca Morse
Channel 10, newsreader

Your number one piece of parenting advice
Don’t be too hard on yourself as a parent. As long as your child knows that they are loved and supported, the rest will sort itself out.

One thing you wish you’d known
Your sleep and visits to the toilet will never again go uninterrupted.

 

 

Brenton Ragless
Channel 9, newsreader

Brenton Ragless

Your number one piece of parenting advice
Be excited and engaged with the little things children do – while they may seem “everyday” to you, by being interested and enthusiastic with the little things at such an early age will hopefully mean they seek your advice and learn to confide in you first when life’s more serious issues occur, as opposed to seeking affirmation and guidance from other external influences.

Also, it really is a case of “Monkey See, Monkey Do” – be a good example to your children from the day they’re born – they’re a sponge, and it’s truly remarkable seeing them mirror your own language and behaviour.

One thing you wish you’d known
How quickly they change and develop. Of course you hear how quickly they grow up from other parents, but you’ll come to appreciate what that really means when you have your own children.

Make sure you value and appreciate every little sound and expression they make – some only occur for a few weeks before they develop. Record some of their cute little sounds on your phone, then you can make a “baby soundtrack” for Mother’s Day, and their 21st!

 

 

Mark & Sarah Ricciuto
Former Adelaide Crows champion, media personality and parents of six children

Your number one piece of parenting advice
Be flexible – kids are all so different and there will be times when routine just goes out the window.

And remember to make time for yourself and your partner. Don’t let the kids take over your life. Happy Parents = Happy Kids.

One thing you wish you’d known
We always loved kids and wanted a lot of them but were not really prepared for the overwhelming feeling of love and protectiveness that you have for your children. And that you will have enough love for all of them.

How much time you had to your self before kids, now we struggle to get even two minutes alone in the toilet without an audience.

That it will be a LONG time before we get a sleep in again.

 

 

Andre Eikmeier
Co-founder and CEO of Vinomofo

Your number one piece of parenting advice
Be present and interested in your kids. They’re very annoying sometimes, but they’re fascinating little creatures. Tune in to stuff they are interested in. Switch off from your own day, and tune into theirs, as often as you can.

And try to remember, as my wife Jodie constantly reminds me, that they’re not adults, and wouldn’t it be a shame if they behaved like adults already? We’re not that amazing!

One thing you wish you’d known
The sleep deprivation. I tell friends who are going to have kids: “you lose 30% of your brain, 30% processing power. And you never get it back. Never. You just have to learn to work with it. Sure, you’ll get wiser, but you’ll never be smarter.”

 

 

Jade Robran
Channel 7, Journalist

Your number one piece of parenting advice
Trust yourself. We mums are wiser than we know. Trust your gut and follow your instincts and mostly, you’ll get it right and if you don’t, there’s always next time …. oh and don’t be too hard on yourself.

One thing you wish you’d known
That I will never ever get to anything in peace on my own, ever again.

 

 

Bree May
celebrity chef

Your number one piece of parenting advice
The only thing I tell new parents is don’t ever feel pressured to follow advice from other people that conflicts with your own judgment.

Breastfeeding, sleeping, discipline, routines – everyone has got an opinion. Of course, it often comes from a place of experience and love, but no two children are the same and no two households are the same.

Ultimately, you will always know what’s best for your own family.

One thing you wish you’d known
That privacy and boundaries will no longer exist! I’ll be sitting on the loo and I swear they will actually pick the lock to ask me a question.

And say goodbye to that immaculate ‘B.C.’ (before children) house.

I also wish I knew that making mistakes was normal. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, but there’s no such thing as a perfect parent. We’re all just trying our best and for the most part winging it.

 

 

Tiffany Murray
Manager Director, Dressed For Sale

Your number one piece of parenting advice
Parenting is a dictatorship not a democracy! I don’t need to discuss my decisions. I have their safety and best interests at heart. I don’t let my kids have phones or iPads they are 7,9,11 and 13. We have a rule that if they save $2,000 on their 15th birthday they can buy a phone and we will never pay the bills….if they aren’t responsible enough to do this they are not responsible enough to own a phone.

As a result, my kids play lots of sports are fit, healthy and happy as they play outdoors and are great at human interaction…they point out families at restaurants who are all on devices and find it sad!

One thing you wish you’d known
Nothing…..why do people have to over think everything? I really live in the moment with my kids…we all learn together.

 

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