The last event I attended before my big operation was the book launch of ‘Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too’. The author Tui Fleming is a passionate writer, career woman and mother of two young daughters.
I first met Tui at Westlake Girls in 1995 and she went on to become our head girl in my final year of College. Intelligent, warm and driven are the three words I would use to describe Tui. So when she came to me with plans to launch her pending book I was delighted, but not one bit surprised that she had managed to get this project together all on her own.
‘Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too’ is about finding yourself again after becoming a mum. Tui’s perspective is that to be a great mum you need to be a great you.
I couldn’t agree with Tui more. When we feel together and happy in ourselves our energy reflects onto our little ones and those around us. And while there are so many parenting ‘self help’ books available, I feel this one is more relevant to today’s busy lives. The focus is on the parent being the best version of themselves and coping with the many challenges of parenting through their own inner strength. Amen!
Here is Tui talking on TVNZ Breakfast, answering some interesting questions about being a mummy and putting yourself first https://youtu.be/JMSVcX9NkFo
I asked Tui her thoughts on her own life as a busy working mum and she had this to say,
“Work to live, not live to work. I’ve always believed in that philosopy. For me t was never just about money and attainment. Working is about making connections, learning and being inspired. In reverse it’s about teaching, inspiring and developing others.”
“I should also mention ‘guilt’ because working mums feel so much of this. But we needn’t. If you must work to pay then bills, then how about feeling proud of your contribution? If you work because you want to then do it with gusto and enjoy it! Let it fill your cup and fuel you with satisfaction so that when you go home to your family you give them quality, full engagement.”
Food for thought… Tui also posted this inspiring blog post to her site!
The book is well researched and brings in external influences and learnings for a well balanced read. It centers around musings, motivations and morsels as key areas to drive your thinking as a mummy. But what I really love about this book is the practicality of the words and advice. This is not a book full of fluff! It’s a book full of great ideas and I think any mum (or parent) would benefit from reading it.
You can find out more about purchasing the book at www.dearmummy.co.nz
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You can sample the free E-Book here: http://dearmummy.co.nz/shop/ebook/
You can read the blog here: http://dearmummy.co.nz/blog/
Media and special guests at the book launch