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Q&A: Shelley Craft on baby brain, funny videos and advice for new mums

shelley craft parenthoodWe’ve all learned a lot from watching TV host Shelley Craft.

Over the course of her career Shelley has shown us great places to travel to, how to deal with an annoying puppet and why we should always have a camera ready when children swing bats and old women jump on trampolines.

More recently she’s taught us that it is possible to renovate three rooms in a week and that only some of your sanity could be lost in the process.

Now, she’s sharing some parenting tips as well as helping to educate Australians about the importance of a healthy breakfast. Here we chat to Shelley about taking some ‘downtime’, advice for new mums and her baby brain moments.

Q. Like most mums, you must lead a pretty busy life. What is your favourite ‘downtime’ activity with your children?

A. We love hitting the park with the girls, outdoor activities are our favourite. The girls are scooter crazy so to keep up, my husband and I have got back into skateboarding! Of course, living in Byron Bay the beach is a huge part of our lifestyle and any chance we get, we are all down there playing in the waves and mucking around on the rocks.

 

Q. you ever have a ‘baby brain’ moment?

A. Soooo many! Eadie is now two years old and I really just feel like the fog is lifting. My memory is terrible and I certainly credit baby brain for that!

 

Q. What has been the most surprising part of parenting for you?

A. I think I am most surprised about how much fun we have together. The girls really are my best friends and I adore their company. I guess I thought ‘parenting’ would be more about setting the rules and educating which is certainly a rewarding part of being a mum. I never guessed it would be so much fun.

 

Q. My oldest is off to school next year – is your little one starting as well? How do you think you’ll feel sending her off on her first day?

A. Milla is 4 in August, so I won’t send her to school until the following year. Both the girls go to day care a few days a week and they absolutely love it, so I have no hesitation about the school years for them. I guess it does signal that they are growing up but again, each stage has its challenges and rewards too.

 

Q. What advice do you have for new mums?

A. March to the beat of your own drum. Everyone will have advice for you – and that’s lovely, that’s what worked for them, but only you know what is best for you and your children. Don’t be too hard on yourself and remember to breathe.

 

Q. Do you take funny videos of your children?

A. OHHH YEEEAAAHHH! We are creating a pretty awesome library for the 21st video.

 

Q. You’re working with Kellogg’s and Foodbank on the Breakfasts for Better Days initiative. Why is this campaign so important to you?

A. Nearly all of us would assume that most Australian children eat a healthy breakfast before heading to school for the day; however this isn’t the case at all. As a mum of two, I find it absolutely heartbreaking to learn that one in seven kids arrive to school each morning with an empty tummy. That was horrifying to me. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day – we’ve been hearing that for years. If a child arrives to the classroom with an empty tummy, how are they ever going to keep pace with the rest of the class? I wanted to help out in any way I could. Every child deserves a level playing field and it’s crazy to think that just by missing brekkie could be such a huge disadvantage.

To make sure kids all across Australia receive a nutritious breakfast before starting the school day, Kellogg’s is donating six million serves of cereal and $100,000 to Foodbank Australia to help expand the reach of its nationwide School Breakfast Program. I’m really hoping this donation will make a positive impact on the quality of life of families around Australia.

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Read our article on the Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days™ initiative to find out how you can help Aussie kids get a better start each day.

 

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