This Australian Model and Mother Shares her Number One Parenting Tip
While it isn’t breaking news that becoming a mother is infinitely life changing, model and new face of luxury sleepwear brand Jasmine & Will’s Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign, Clementine McVeigh, has just confirmed it for us once and for all. The devoted mother to Lolita, 3, says that motherhood is the biggest gift in the world. Read on the find out the local beauty’s favourite thing about being a mum, her answer to work-life balance, and her top parenting tip.
MYDOMAINE: How has motherhood changed your perspective on life?
CLEMENTINE MCVEIGH: Motherhood is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me! It's the most rewarding, yet hardest job in the world. I’m sure all mothers would say the same. To be honest, my first daughter Luella, who passed away from a heart condition, was the one who taught me the biggest lesson in life—to be grateful, to be humble, and to be kind and giving! She opened up my eyes to life and the real meaning of love. I never knew what unconditional love was until I held her in my arms. She taught me that life is a beautiful gift and to cherish every moment of it, and to love the ones around you as they could be taken away in a split second. Lolita is a constant reminder of how blessed I am to be a mother and to have her come to us after our baby girl Luella left us. I never take it for granted and know how lucky I am to have a healthy beautiful child. Becoming a mother is the biggest gift in the world I think.
MD: What is the best thing about being a mother?
CM: The most important thing to me is happiness—having a happy home with so much love. Family time together is everything, so we always spend as much time as we can together as a family. Lolita (Lolly) pretty much goes everywhere I go, apart from work travel. She is a very good girl and well-travelled because we took her everywhere with us from the moment she was born. I think it is very important to be open and expose them to everything from the moment they are born. They should just fit in to your lifestyle.
MD: How do you juggle the work-life balance?
CM: I'm lucky with my work that I can pick and choose the jobs I love doing. I think it's so important to love what you do, as you take your energy home with you at the end of the day. I have been travelling the world modelling since I was 16-years-old and have loved it! So now that I'm a mother I know what kind of work will stress me out or make me happy. My agency are incredible as they totally get it and never make me do jobs I'm not into. They understand that Lolita is my main priority and always work in with that.
I also think it is important to not take on too much knowing it will stress me out trying to juggle work life and mum life. I love my job, I love still having my identity and yet can still be a mum. I think it is important for all mothers to be able to have their own thing going on as well as being a mother and wife. Plus, to have that little time out which all mothers need.
MD: What is the hardest thing about being a mother?
CM: The most challenging part of motherhood for me personally has been not having my mum around or to help when needed. My family is all over the world—my mum and sister live in New Zealand, my dad is in Vietnam and my brother isin Germany. So I have found it really tough over the years not having that support from my family, especially my mum. I'm sure most mothers can relate, we need our mums! Motherhood is a 24 hour job and to not have that support when you need it can be really hard.
MD: What is your ultimate indulgence—how do you pamper yourself?
CM: Wine, chocolate, online shopping—that's my pampering. I am addicted to online shopping—easy and right to the door! I can't remember the last time I had a relaxing massage or facial as I would rather have a wine on the couch. I'm a massive homebody and feel very content with relaxing at home, rather than being out all the time.
MD: What is your number one parenting tip?
CM: I have had an amazing life, I have done everything I wanted to do and have travelled the world, so my only advice would be enjoy every day and be grateful for everything.
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