079: Why Thriving Mums are More Likely to Have Thriving Children

with Clare Crew

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[Clare Crew]

Your natural mothering instinct usually means you put your childrens’ needs before your own. But sometimes that can be to your – and their – detriment. Looking after yourself first helps you to be a better parent and a more positive role model to your children.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be talking about the huge impact that your own physical and mental wellbeing has on the way you parent. I for one know that on the days where I’ve got my head together and feel calm, happy and rested, I’m a far better mummy. And, as if by magic, those are the days when my children respond to me more positively. It’s a win-win situation.

My guest today is SuperMum, Clare Crew.

Clare lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is an Educator, Speaker and Mum to 3 children aged 5, 8 and 9. Clare always wanted to work with children and is qualified in neuro-development. She earned a degree in Early Childhood Education followed by a Masters Degree in Special Education.

When Clare had her own children she thought that, with all the learning and experience she had working with children, she would have parenthood sorted. But her children taught her that there are some things you just can’t learn from books.

Parenthood led Clare on a journey of transformation where she realised that the well-being of mums is just as important as the well-being of children. In juggling her children with a small age gap, practising self-care was a critical component in making sure she became the parent she wanted to be.

Clare now uses her academic knowledge and hands-on experience to empower parents and teachers with real-life strategies for supporting children’s success. She does this through her blog, via the Thriving Children Podcast, and in her consulting work.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn that your own mindset and well-being is a fundamental part of being a great parent. By making yourself a priority rather than always putting yourself last and making do with the dregs, not only are you thriving as a mum, you’re helping your children to thrive too.

I’m delighted to welcome Clare to my show today. She teaches us that, whilst there’s no correct formula to parenting, looking at your own needs and answering them, helps you serves your entire family in the most productive and successful way.

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In this episode we talk about:

  • How understanding your own core values gives you confidence in your parenting decisions and practises
  • Why making a personal connection with your child should take priority over giving them either things or experiences
  • Why parenting is a journey, and how a shift in mindset can help you commit to it
  • The huge value of self-care for mums and the impact it will have on your kids
  • Why there is no single prescription to maintaining your sanity, and how to find the formula that works for you
  • The ‘Magpie Approach’ to parenting; stealing the bits you love and confidently rejecting the bits you don’t
  • Standing by your goals for your children’s future, and assertively dealing with those who don’t share your vision
  • Why, as an educator and a parent, Clare believes that homework neither serves us or our children

Hope you enjoy today’s show