From The Publisher…

Oh mama! As we head into the month of May, we celebrate motherhood in its many different forms. Young or old, sporty mum, working mum, stay-at-home mum, crafty mum or that mum who hid the paints and playdough – we come in all shapes and sizes and we celebrate ALL of you mamas in this issue of haven!

I am one lucky mother to three amazing children and they are the centre of my world. I choose to work around raising my kids with the flexibility of self-employment (… there’s more to that story in our next issue of haven magazine when we talk BUSINESS!). Sure it drives me crazy when they fight, or our hairbrushes look like small furry animals, or they’ve left wet towels piled on the floor…again. But it is such a joy to see them grow, learn, laugh and navigate their way through this crazy world.

Call it a mother’s intuition or call it psychic ability, I honestly think us mamas have superpowers. I can tell when the kids are tired and they don’t even know it (just go the f*&k to sleep!) or if they snuck a lolly from the cupboard. I can tell that they didn’t brush their teeth and just ate some toothpaste. Or if they hid their dirty school uniforms under the bed. We mamas can also juggle a million things at once, all while being there for our kids.

Motherhood might be tweezing your eyebrows in the sunlight on your way to a midday meeting because that’s when you get some time. Or it might be doing school drop off in mistakenly mismatched shoes because you’re so focused on getting the kids ready. Either way, motherhood is a tribe. The friends I have who are mothers have been such a huge support, whether it’s a wine (or four) over lunch or a quick download at school drop off, it’s so much fun to share the ride within likeminded souls.

Speaking of mums, it was only two days ago that I rang my mum to get advice. She may be thousands of kilometres away on Vancouver Island in Canada but she was there on the other end of the phone, as per usual, and talked me through the tears and fears I was having that day. We may not physically be in the same country but we speak every few days and she has a way of bringing out my emotions to help solve my dilemmas. She makes that crack in my voice turn into a flood of tears – and it’s generally the best therapy.

Whether you are the mum, or you’re celebrating your own mum this Mother’s Day. Whether you are remembering a mum taken too soon, or honouring another special form of matriarch in your family, remember that you wouldn’t be here without your mum.

Mamas, we salute you all!


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