Hannah is a mum of three that recently returned to her career as a teacher after her youngest child started at school. She writes a beautifully honest blog and her Instagram feed is peppered with photos of her lovely family on their adventures – including a jealousy-inducing kitchen renovation!
1) Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your family?
Hi, thanks for having me! My name is Hannah. I’m a teacher and married to Luke who is a surveyor. We’ve been married for 12 years and have 3 children. A boy 10, and two girls 7 (almost 8!) and 5.
2) If you could give one piece of advice for an expectant mother, what would it be?
If it’s your first baby, rest, rest and rest! Sleep in as much as you can, as life will never be the same again! Also, try not to worry, take advice and go with the flow. There are no right or wrongs to a lot of things.
3) All of us parent differently and have different values. What is your most important parenting value?
Love and honesty. Above all I try to make sure that I my children know and feel how much I love them, especially after discipline. Honesty with them is also really important, especially as mine are a bit older. It goes a long way, and I want them to be able to trust me. Never be afraid to admit to them when I’ve been wrong and apologise.
4) what motto do you try and live by?
Always do good. Every day there are so many things we can do for others to make the world a better place.
5) What are your hopes for your children?
That they will be happy and safe.
6) You took a career break to raise your three children and have just returned to teaching now your youngest is at school. Did you find it easy to keep your sense of self or was it a struggle to feel like anything other than ‘mummy?’
It was a real struggle! I really loved being at home with them (although hard!) but when it came time to look into a return to work, I didn’t realise how much I had lost of my pre Mummy identity. I didn’t feel like a teacher anymore, I felt totally lost and didn’t know what to do with my life. I had lost loads of confidence. This is the whole reason I started my blog and wanted to share my story to help other Mums out there who may have been struggling.
7) You mention in one of your blog posts that you’ve made some real friends through social media. There’s been quite a lot of negative press surrounding social media recently, especially Instagram. How do you feel about its presence in your life as opposed to your children’s?
Social media has made such a difference to me, especially with my blogging. I wouldn’t still be doing it if it weren’t for some of the encouragement and camaraderie I’ve experienced. It’s nice to find people you have things in common with. I do worry about the future though, when my children start using it, as they are more vulnerable and I think I would find it hard to let go.
8) Has your viewpoint as a teacher changed since you’ve had your children?
Yes definitely. I always felt a bond to the children I taught before having my own, but now I feel I understand children a little better, and I certainly understand the parent’s perspective and the home life element.
9) You feature books a fair few times on your Instagram account. How important do you think reading is for children?
I think reading is massively important for children. It develops their imagination, it’s a great form of recreation, and it also helps them with their own writing skills. I love books, and luckily my children do too. None so much as my eldest though, who gets lost in a book and has a huge collection. I’m aware that some children don’t enjoy reading so much, but it’s worth trying a number of genres to see I there’s something that takes their fancy!
10) Parenting is tough and beautiful all at the same time. Can you tell us about a tough time and a shining moment that you’ve had as a parent?
One of the toughest times has to be when I had 2 of my children, a toddler and a baby. My husband was working abroad a lot at the time, and I remember a lot of crying and getting frustrated and impatient with my eldest. I was exhausted and stressed and gave myself a really hard time about how I handled it. I felt very guilty!
Shining moments are sometimes harder to remember! I think one experience I could site is when my daughter decided she wanted to play the piano at a school assembly. I had only given her a couple of lessons sporadically and she wanted to do something above her level. She was so determined and I persevered even though it was quite a challenge. I was just so proud of her and I realised for the first time how strong and tenacious she is. I was so so glad I listened to her as I’ll admit I thought it was a bit ambitious! Shining moments to me are always when my children wow me with their character traits and abilities.
Hannah is one of the nicest women I have come to ‘know’ through Instagram, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know her a little too!
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