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HELLO: Meet our new modern mum and her children Andrew and Imogen.
HELLO: Meet our new modern mum and her children Andrew and Imogen. Sawan Hunt

I'VE always loved to tell a good story, so when the opportunity to write this column arose, I was delighted to take it!

I am excited to share my thoughts and stories with you all and hope I can bring a dash of entertainment to your day.

Before I begin sharing my 'mummy memoirs' with you each week, I should firstly introduce myself as well as the little people I'll be writing about.

I'm a Mum and just like any other Mum I battle with school runs, part time work, cooking, house work, tantrums (mine and my children's) and more. . . soooooo much more!

I hate housework and my home is never spotless unless we're having visitors - and even then they would have to be 'special visitors' that don't come over very often. I love my dishwasher.

Although I've had it for 2 years, I am still useless at stacking it correctly.

I do the laundry every night and neglect to fold it until it's piled so high in my lounge room it falls over. I drink too much coffee and occasionally too much wine.

My journey into motherhood started as an easy one.

My daughter was a good feeder and a great sleeper! She slept though the night almost instantly! Two years later my son came along . . . and I haven't slept properly since.

He's now 5. Presumably this is where my coffee addiction all started.

My son's a typical boy in every way. He's messy, loud and doesn't like to sit still.

He also picks me flowers from the garden and tells me I'm the most beautiful Mummy in the whole world . . . usually just before he's about to get into trouble for doing something he shouldn't have. But I wouldn't have him any other way. He really is a sweet heart.

My daughter is 7. She's my little genius / boarder line know-it-all.

A drama queen from the moment she could talk . . . and boy can she talk! She started talking very early and hasn't stopped since.

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Car rides are the most fun. There was one drive in particular that I will never forget.

She actually ran out of things to say so she counted to 100 over and over again until we reached our destination. It was a long drive.

I've been a Mum for seven and a half years now, but two years ago I became a single Mum. I hate the term 'single Mum' as well as the stigma attached to it, but it is what it is.

Yes, after 9 years of marriage I was literally given the old 'it's not you it's me' line and it was over.

I was gobsmacked and from that moment on, motherhood for me has become a whole new ball game.

I picked up the broken pieces and moved forward.

And boy have I moved forward! I've even managed to find someone new, so the challenges of a blended family are now in the foreseeable future.

Throughout my efforts, triumphs and meltdowns, I started writing. . . It helped!

I suppose it's been a weird kind of therapy for me, but whatever works right?

This is my first experience writing for a newspaper.

In fact my day job has me working as a graphic designer. I've worked in the printing industry for well over 10 years, so writing for the QT is a whole new and exciting side of 'the printing world' for me.

Raising children is hard work, it always has been.

No matter if you're a stay-at home Mum, working Mum, work from home Mum or single Mum - or Dad for that matter. But the rewards are so much greater!

I hope my little column can bring a smile to your face as I share and make light of my parenting adventures.

Enjoy! Kat x

Topics:  kat van wyk modern mum opinion



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