It’s How You Be

HOW to be a fun mum

Doing and being.

Sometimes it’s easy to focus so much on what I do that I forget that it’s how I am  — how I be — that carries strength.

When I look back at the times when my children were very young, it’s the moment in the grocery aisle where I chatted to my curious daughter about “that wired looking fruit”; it’s the getting down on my children’s level to look in their eyes; it’s the best days that just happened because we were in it — that I’m most proud of.  It’s not the baking, or cooking, or activities that I see as bringing the most significance to our relationship. It’s the living of life together as it happens.

Yes, it’s less about what I do and more about how I be.  And that’s the challenge, because it’s a much harder one.

Words by Kelly Burstow, Illustration by  Fiona Chandler (@fionakatesimplegorgeousstorage)

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. Lisha says

    This is a lovely post – sharing the message via the infographic with credits to you and the illustrator on my parenting page on Facebook today at – inviting you and your fans to come pass by and say Hello to us! I also hope to share your Dinner to Lunchbox Makeover ideas next week as part of our FUN & FITNESS, HEALTH & HYGIENE theme all November. Thank you so much for your parenting insights – hope to see you on Conscious Parenting Approach!! :-)

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