Sunday, May 9, 2010
Local Moms: Sheilagh
Occupation: Art Photographer/ City Councillor
Three children: Eamon, 14, Maren, 12 and Eoin, 5.
When you were a teenager and you thought about your future life what did you think and how does the reality match up?
I thought I would become a doctor, a midwife or a marine biologist because I was so fascinated with human and marine life. Never thought beyond that.
What is the hardest thing about being a mom?
Being the enforcer and showing you love them all at once.
What is the best thing about being a mom?
Seeing what beautiful people they have become, with a little help ;-)
When you think about your parenting style, what words would you use to describe it?
tough and open love.
All new mothers get lots of parenting advice, sometimes more than they want! What was some advice that you appreciated and would pass on to others, or alternatively, what was the worst piece of advice you ever got ?
Talk openly to your children, set down rules and stick to them, and demand respect for all people.
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you before you became a mother?
That you'd be too tired to do all the same fun stuff, even if you have the babysitter lined up!
What kind of grown-ups do you hope your children will become?
responsible, respectful, and happy in their lives.
How do you keep a sense of balance in your life between being a mother and a person in your own right, or between your career and family (if you work outside the home)?
This is a constant battle for me... always trying to create a balance between being a good parent to my kids and my professional life, which I take quite seriously. I am pretty good at juggling all the balls, but every now and then, I need an out.
What do you do to ‘get away from it all’?
hike, camp, go to the sea, travel, and hang with friends who make me laugh.
This last question is an open one – if you feel there is something you’d like to add that doesn’t fit into the questions I have written – here’s a chance to add and answer your own question:
Would you do it all again?
In a heartbeat. Being a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I feel blessed every day, even in amongst the frustration.