Crawlers with Melissa Stokes

Melissa Stokes is a ONE News presenter and an award-winning journalist who spends her time away from the newsroom looking after her two boys, Hugo (3) and Freddie, who was 10 months-old when we visited.

How has becoming a parent changed your life?

I’m now a morning person! For the most part, it has made me a much more positive person. Laughing, singing and waiting for rubbish trucks for much of the day can only change your outlook. I can also name almost any machine on a construction site.

What do you love most about being a parent?

Parenthood is like the best ride at the amusement park. It gives you the highest highs … the lowest lows … it can be frightening and there is much hilarity. Sometimes you don’t know who’s in control but it’s all worth it when you get told “you are the best brother”, as I was by my three year old this week.

What do you like most about the crawler stage?

Seeing them find a little bit of independence and crawl off onto their next adventure, and watching their cute little bums waddle past.

What are some of the challenges of the crawler stage and how do you deal with them?

Like any stage I think you have to remember to take a deep breath and remind yourself that this too shall pass. With my little crawler I think it’s the balance of letting him find his own way but helping him avoid complete disaster along the way.

What are your hopes and dreams for your children as they move forward in their lives?

Of course you most wish for a healthy, happy life. But I’d like my two boys to be respectful, to know they are much-loved, be given hurdles they can jump, and succeed in something they love.

Why did you become involved in Raising Children and what do you like about the project?

Because being a parent is hard! It can be like Groundhog Day and I think if you know everyone struggles at some stage, you can keep on going.

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