26 Mar Melissa Doyle on Life, Love and Family.
Popular Australian TV personality Melissa Doyle tells us how she juggles life in the spotlight, with parenthood and family.
As a working mum, what are your strategies for staying organised?
I’ve never been more organised in my life than I am now. We have a whopping great big monthly planner stuck to the wall and a shared online calendar so everything goes straight into the system. Luckily my husband is better with paperwork than I am so he tends to keep on top of it. We try to sort it straight away. I have a habit of dumping stuff onto my desk to deal with later – and often that’s too late.
How do your kids feel about having such a popular Australian media personality as their mum?
It just doesn’t come onto their radar. I’m mum to them and that’s how we keep it. I tell them all the time it’s a job – no more or less important than anyone else’s.
How do you feel about the times you’ve missed their activities due to work commitments?
Of course I’m sad I’ve missed things over the years. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who has. Some parents have more than two children and have to split their time between sports on Saturdays. We all do our best and try to get to as many things as possible. I’m honest with my children when I’m away and miss something, and tell them how unhappy I am about it. But they also know that over the years I have been at everything I can.
Do you find it difficult to make other mum friends because of your public status?
Not at all! A large majority of the friends we socialise with regularly we’ve met through our kids. It’s pretty easy to tell if someone wants to be friends with me or the person they see on the TV. After hours, my job is not a big part of who I am. I’m no different to any other mum at the school gate. Sometimes my kids haven’t even told their friends, which can be slightly funny when I pick them up from a party!
What’s your parenting philosophy?
Enjoy your children’s company, appreciate who they are as individuals, do your best and try not to beat yourself up when things get a little haywire.
Mel’s Top 3 Parenting Tips
1. Get a good support network around you – such as family or friends in the same situation.
2. Go easy on yourself. Sometimes it can be hard, tiring and relentless but other times you’ll be brimming with love and laughter.
3. Don’t forget to enjoy it! Having kids will be one of the most challenging and rewarding things you’ll ever do – but it’s also the most fun.
Words by Bron Bates