We’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.
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. Is your little one starting school soon? 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.