| Posted by Super Mumas
You're a Super Muma to?
My eldest my husband Scott then
Jade 22 yrs, Jemma 19yrs (born with Down Syndrome) and Jett 14yrs
What have your children taught you in the last few months?
That they are open to Love and the big change in our family through fostering. They have shown to be compassionate, understanding and supportive they are grateful for their upbringing and great life they have.
Who inspires you?
Mother Teresa and her dedication her calling was to help the "unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for"
Bringing help to suffering humanity she said simply I belong to this world.
You are the proud founder of Brazilian Butterfly and successfully franchised to 33 stores. Congratulations! Can you tell us how this adventure started?
The BB adventure started when our youngest was just 6mts old.
My very loving and supportive husband and I switched roles he became Mr mum we had Jade at school and Jemma at early intervention Jett went on all the meetings and supply trips.
I started the Flagship store in Bridge Rd Richmond it was the right idea at the right time fueled with drive and passion for a great customer experience and the upmost cleanliness.
It was a real family affair with me in the salon and Scott and the kids bottling the products on the kitchen bench for me.
My husband was very supportive and entrepreneurial he decided we should franchise and the rest is history.
How do you keep a balance between your work life and life with your family?
In the early BB days this was difficult as for the first 4 yrs I work every opening hour and only had Sunday free.
Sleep and family came first now we have a great balance I'm there for School drop of and pick up.
Although now having a baby in the house that feeds every 3-4 hours including 3am it is a bit challenging
But I include my young adults as much as I can and give them individual time.
You come from an incredibly humble family. Growing up in a home where your parents fostered four other children. Can you give us an insight on how this was for your family and how your parents found themselves in this humbling position?
My dad was a policeman and mum was home with myself 4yrs and my brother 6yrs mum came across an opportunity to foster 4 small children ranging from 2yrs - 6 yrs old and together we moved into a "cottage Home" as they were called back then.
The children were unwanted and physically/ emotionally abused by their parents.
There were lots of great times as a bigger family and a lot of challenging times.
It's not easy dealing with children who have been traumatized and rejected by their own parents.
They stayed with us until I was 15yrs.
I don't remember life without them.
Now as a mother yourself, your beautiful family is doing the same thing. How is this for you and your family?
Well this was a situation I never thought I would find myself in as a young person seeing how hard it was for my own family I swore I would never do it. ( but never say never)
I feel compelled to help little people suffering abuse, neglect and the effect of drugs.
How can other super mumas help out the way you do?
There will never be enough carer's
It's a long process and more paperwork than you have ever seen.
Lots of checks and training you also need a spare room set up.
But I would encourage anyone who has ever thought about it to do it
The rewards you get out of helping these children is incredibly enriching to the whole family.
We went through Wesley Mission there are many foster care avenues.
What is your biggest fear?
Loosing any one of my children nothing else scares me.
What are the key pieces of advice you have for other super mumas out there?
Never treat raising children as a chore
It's the most important thing you will ever accomplish
The rewards are better than anything you could do for yourself.
But in saying this it's essential to make time for yourself one day you will have so much time for yourself you will wish for your baby's back.
"The time will pass anyway"
Follow your dreams and passions and know it's never too late to try something new.
What is your best beauty tip?
Dry body brushing and Coconut oil
Sleep, water and fresh whole foods.
Great Eyebrows are all you really need
Never again will I....
Say never again!!!!
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