Parenting, and especially motherhood, can be one of the most rewarding and tough gigs all in one. It seems that once you are on top of a particular stage in your child’s life, they grow up and develop and the learning starts all over again. And all the way through, whether you’re a stay at home mum, a working mum, a celebrity mum, a single mum, a mother of one or a mother of 10, there’s always times of second guessing and ‘mummy guilt’. We talk to a number of savvy local women about how they tackle motherhood and their tips on how you can too.


Kavala Williams // 
Founder, Tilly & Otto. Mum to Jordy (16), Cooper (11) and Sebastian (7).

Kavala Williams’ award-winning business, Tilly & Otto, is all about the prettiest, laciest, most delicious luxury baby wraps around. So it’s ironic to note that she shares her northside household with six males. “My brother is a single dad with full custody of my gorgeous nephew, Mekhi (12),” Kavala explains. “Unfortunately, he had a terrible accident which meant he was unable to walk for nearly a year or care for his son. The good news for me was that he and my nephew moved in – and there they have stayed! The whole ‘it takes a village’ theory is proving to be so true of our household. My sons not only have a wonderful father but another amazing male role model in their uncle. Plus my sons have gained a brother, in their cousin.”


In three words, how would you describe yourself as a pregnant woman?

Proud. Amazed. Enormous.


What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned as a mum?

My capacity to love so many with my whole heart. I always thought I was quite a selfish person before motherhood – apparently not so!


How do you look after yourself while also looking after your kids/family?

Running Tilly & Otto and having our large family means very little time to myself. But the one thing I make time for is yoga. Just having that little moment to empty my mind makes all the difference in my moods. I also like wine!


What kiddie matters are you dealing with in your family currently?

We are currently navigating our way through the mine field that is having four boys. They are smelly and loud and messy and fairly gross really (lots of fart jokes and farts in general). Our house is wrestle-mania constantly but I adore them all and wouldn’t change a thing.


How would you like your kids to describe you?

Loving, understanding, compassionate, approachable, fun, adventurous, always there for them.


Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.