Here's To The Mums

This Mother’s Day, we are spotlighting a group of mothers and daughters - artists that we are proud to represent. We discuss everything from the most valuable advice their Mum gave them, to the most challenging and rewarding aspects of motherhood. 

Amanda Dziedzic

Best advice your mother has given you? 

"If you like it, buy two." - Solid advice when pant shopping.

The most rewarding and challenging aspect of motherhood? 

The most challenging is probably the sleep deprivation and running a small business that relies solely on you. I have to be so much more productive with my windows of time to work. The most rewarding is his little smile. When you are greeted in the morning with that cheeky grin and a giggle, it makes even the toughest nights disappear.

How do you spend Mother's Day?

My mum lives interstate so we usually are apart. We try to make up for it with a nice lunch when we are together. I actually hadn't even thought about getting to celebrate as a mum this year. I'm going to request pancakes.

How would you define your mum’s personality? 

My mum's personality is caring and loving, she thinks of everyone before herself. She does so much for our family and always has. She has a kind of quiet confidence and will chat to anyone to make everyone feel welcome (all of my friends feel loved by her).

What are your mum hacks? 

My mum hack is put a toothbrush in the shower. I found with a new born I never had time to brush my teeth, so I was very chuffed with myself when I came up with this. Oh, and forget the over the shoulder nappy bag, get a back pack. Way better.

My mother’s aspirations was for me to be….

Happy. She always encouraged us in whatever it was we wanted to do and look at me now, I'm a self-employed glass blowing artist, with a little bub of my own, doesn't get much happier than that.

Jasmine Mansbridge

The best piece of motherhood advice you have received? 

If you continue to do the things you love, you will be mothering from a place of fullness and overflow.

The most rewarding and challenging aspect of motherhood?

Having older children is definitely rewarding. Overall I think the challenge of raising vibrant, independent children, is to constantly adjust your ideas on how they need you best and to adapt to what they need, not what you think they need. 

How do you spend Mother's Day?

My older daughters usually come home and we all cook a big meal to share with the extended family. It's not so much about me as it is about all my children being together. 

How would you define your mums personality?

Independent, tenacious and hard working and I am grateful she encouraged that in me from a young age. 

What are your mum hacks?

Let them paint and create, let them be messy, take risks and learn their own limitations. 

My mother’s aspirations was for me to be….

Probably what I am now. 

Kristen Daniels 

Best advice your mother has given you? 

Mum has been a nurse for nearly 38 years, I grew up watching her work very hard for us. So, the one thing I’ve really taken from her is how important your family is. We live 12hrs away from each other, so we're calling daily and since having my own children, she's answered many 3am phone calls and taken numerous flights at the drop of a hat to be here with me when I’ve struggled. 

The most rewarding and challenging aspect of motherhood? 

The most challenging aspect of motherhood for me has been learning patience. My boys will do things in their own time. Seeing my 2-year-old become his own little person and watching his personality grow has been the most rewarding.

How do you spend Mother's Day?

The last few years we've spent Mother’s Day at home together. We're big homebodies and our favourite place to be is home, cooking and keeping warm.

How would you define your mum’s personality? 

Impatient, but the hardest working, hardest loving mum of three I know. Everything she's ever done has been for her kids. She can be incredibly stubborn, she loves a good insta quote & cat meme.

What are your mum hacks? 

Hide the toy cars in the morning, so a certain somebody will eat his breakfast. The last few months of my second pregnancy I’ve been big on setting up quick sensory play activities for afternoon play. My 2 year old loves all the rice and water play. 

My mother’s aspirations was for me to be….

She probably would've wanted me to put all those years of singing and piano lessons to better use. 

Megan Grant

Best advice your mother has given you? 

Knowledge is power, to seek it out, and question things. I’m certainly not an expert in anything, but mum instilled in me a keen curiosity for science, critical thinking and a wanting to understand more.  

The most rewarding and challenging aspect of motherhood? 

The most challenging thing is the permanent weight on your shoulders of caring so much about other little humans. We all want to be perfect parents but none of us are, so wanting the absolute best for them encompasses, angst, worry, guilt, fear and a world of responsibility. The most rewarding aspect is those moments when you realise that your hard work is paying off and your children surprise you with displays of their individuality, and you are delighted and proud of the people they are becoming. 

How do you spend Mother's Day?

It changes from year to year. Sometimes it’s been spent it with a few generations of mothers and sometimes it’s a quiet day spent with just my kids. It’s very low key, but I can’t deny that receiving an adorable handwritten message from my kids truly makes my day. 

How would you define your mum’s personality? 

I’d say she’s a complete paradox, like most people. Maybe she’d disagree with the things I say. But to me, she's empathetic to a fault, generous, curious, quietly quirky, grounded and strong. 

What are your mum hacks? 

Despite my best intentions, those organisational mum hacks seem to elude me. I try not to sweat the small stuff, to remember that children are small for such a short time, and to embrace the chaos.

My mother’s aspirations was for me to be….

Fulfilled. I never felt any pressure to pursue a certain lifestyle choice or career and always felt supported to choose any path I liked. Mum always reminded me that good times exist in contrast to the bad, life throws you curveballs, and that resilience is key to making the most of it. 

Melanie Macilwain

Best advice your mother has given you? 

Work hard, never swear and cook for the people you love. 

How do you spend Mother's Day?

I always call my mum first thing in the morning and then we catch up to walk the dogs on the beach and have a coffee.  

How would you define your mum’s personality

My mum is perseveres, she’s courageous and honest. She also has the best laugh. 

My mother’s aspirations was for me to be...

Conscious, empathetic, thoughtful and kind to myself and others. She never measured how far my success could lead to and encouraged me to continue my learning. 

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