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Meet Shevonne Hunt…
She is Super Mum to two little cherubs. You will find Shevonne frequently appearing on top family radio station Kindling Radio. Talking all things’ toddler tantrums’ to ‘how to keep your relationship strong’. Watching her children sleep is the most precious and earth-stopping peaceful thing to her. And we don’t blame you. Who doesn’t love that moment when your baby is FINALLY asleep!
You’re Mum to?
A 5 year old boy and 3 year old girl
The most precious moment of motherhood thus far?
When the kids are sleeping. I know that sounds like a joke, but I mean it. Ever since they were babies sleep has been the most precious time for me. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of your new born baby asleep on your chest, tucked under your chin. It’s a kind of earth-stopping peace… even when you’re so tired everything else is spinning in it’s own chaotic world, it’s like you’re in a bubble of perfect bliss. Now that they’re older, every aspect of sleep is precious to me. From getting them ready to sleep… reading to them in soft light, singing to them as they fall asleep, watching their faces as they nod off- peaceful and vulnerable all at once. It’s the most intimate and precious time I have with them.
You are a presenter for Kinderling Radio Station. Can you tell us what the station is all about?
Kinderling is all about families with young children. If you tune in to the station (on digital radio) the music is set to the sound track of our days, which means it’s carefully selected to fit everything from the energy we all need in the morning, to ice breakers for witching hour to sleepy sound track to get them to sleep. We also have talk shows- I present Kinderling Conversation which is for parents, we cover everything from toddler tantrums to how to keep your relationships strong. Regression Session with Barry Divola delves into the past of our favourite adults through their music. But it also feels like so much more than a radio station, now that we’re in the world of mobile devices. We also have a free app where you can download stories, mixtapes (we had four compilations just for road trips- I used them on rotation when we last went away) and my show.
How do we listen to your Kinderling Conversations?
You can find us under “Kids” on digital radio, online at Kinderling.com.au or on our app- you can stream us live on both. Kinderling Conversation is on every weekday at 12pm, or you can listen to the podcast, or stories on the app anytime.
What is your favourite way to ‘switch off’?
I love to read. I used to think that slouching in front of Netflix was a good way to switch off, but I think reading relaxes me in a much more profound way.
The best piece of advice you have ever received?
Parenting is a lifelong lesson, that we all learn and grow through the experience, and that making mistakes is part of that.
Your indulgence is…
What are your favourite activities to do with your children?
When my daughter was at day care, and time allowed, we’d go for a coffee and a hot chocolate at a near-by café. It was outside, and we’d sit in the sun and chat as we sipped on our drinks. I loved that. I like to be out and about with them, but if I can get them on their own I relish that time so much. I love being able to spend time with them and hear what’s on their minds.
You have four spare hours. What do you do?
Go to yoga, have breakfast with a friend and read a good book for a full, uninterrupted hour.
Something you don’t tell yourself enough?
That I’m a good Mum
If you could go back to a moment in time, what would it be?
To be honest it would be the birth of my kids, though I wouldn’t want to go through labour again. I’m sure for some women it’s seared in their minds forever… but for me I was so tired I couldn’t really appreciate the miracle of it all. Now, I get the chance to marvel at them all the time, but when they were first born I didn’t really have the energy to marvel. I’d like to be able to really look at them on the first day they opened their eyes to the world, I’d like to be able to have some time to let it sink in, in a peaceful way (not the overwhelming, not-knowing-what-you’re-doing kind of way)- to be able to really look at them and think- I helped create you, and I’m going to love you forever.
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Not having to rush out the door to go anywhere. Spending the morning lounging about with the kids, all in our pjs. Having a day at the beach and eating dinner as the sun sets over the ocean. Getting home with the kids happy and exhausted, them falling asleep straight away and my husband and I having a cuddle on the couch with a glass of wine.
One word you would use to describe yourself?
Photography credits to Darren Guerra.