Nicki Dadic shares her parenting secrets, revealing self-assuredness she works hard at maintaining.
Real parents have been chatting to Parent24 about their experiences, which range from side-splittingly funny to deeply moving. Why not find out more about these moms and dads, who are, very often, just like you.Who is Nicki Dadic?
Nicki is the tattooed wife to David, mum to Luca Jack (almost 3) and Mika Alex, a.k.a. "The BFB", (6 months), digital marketing & social media gal, full-time Gleek, part-time blogger, Wine Gum addict & eternal optimist.What have you enjoyed most about being a parent so far?
Being able to use "I have kids!" as an excuse for tardiness ... kidding! Wow, I don't think I could pinpoint exactly what it is that I've most enjoyed, but amongst others: Sunday morning snuggles, playing trains on the floor in our pyjamas, squeezing chubby cheeks and discussing the noises that different animals make, at length. Deciphering Luca's language as he developed into a real talking toddler has also been amazing ... he picks stuff up SO quickly! He says "hey?" at the end of just about every question he asks now, and has, overnight, started asking "WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?" about everything :) Are there any challenges you've found which have been particularly tough?
Admitting I was suffering from and overcoming post-natal depression
has been a tough experience. At first, I struggled through it, wondering why I felt so down when I had so much love and beauty around me in my "perfect" little family. During a paed visit where I was told that Mika (at just 10 weeks) had a raging ear infection, I broke down. Hard. Our paed's wife was there and came to my rescue, explaining why I felt the way I did and that I needed to get help if I wanted to keep it all together. I will never forget that day and I will always be grateful for her genuine concern and support.
What would you do over, if you had the chance?
I think that having Mika 6 months ago has almost given me the chance to have a couple of "do-overs". I was VERY neurotic
when Luca was born and I have been really relaxed with Mika this time. I don't think that my neurosis has had any ill-effect on Luca, but it's good to know that I can also be the chilled kind of mom that I wasn't able to be the first time around. Any tips you have for new parents, based on your own experiences?
Do what feels right. Tell uninvited guests to get lost. Have breakfast for dinner. Hug, kiss and cuddle as much as you possibly can!If laughter is all that's keeping you sane, what makes you smile?
Hilarious comments on group Whatsapp chats with friends who are more supportive than I think they even realise ... :)
How do you think your kids would describe you?
I'd like to think that my kids will one day look to me for all the answers, as I remember doing with my own parents. I want my boys to believe that I am smart, independent and the best mum they could ever have wanted.
Do you feel you have enough support?
I do. My husband is amazing - he is dead set on always ensuring that we never want for anything. He loves our boys more than life itself ... even on the whiney days ;) We have great family and friends (and Anna!) who would be there for us at the drop of a hat.
Your craziest parenting moment? Why not share it with us?
Hmm ... trying to figure out which part of parenting isn’t crazy! Things like projectile-vomit, leaky boobs and driving over FULL nappy bags come to mind ... but we've heard all those stories before ;)
Why not take a look at Nicki’s fun, friendly blog, One of the Boys
, or follow her on Twitter
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