"A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father."
- Frank Abagnale
Today's feature is extra special. We have Jesse Manners from @fatherlikesons to share about his lovely wife, Nicole Manners.
If you haven't been following Jesse Manners on IG @fatherlikesons, you really should! Jesse struck me as the man described by Frank Abagnale. His love for his wife and two sons shines through his everyday IG feed (@fatherlikesons). He is hands on with the children and his ultimate pet peeve is when dads think that taking care of their children is called 'baby sitting' and therefore expect brownie points. (Shh. that is secretly one of my pet peeve too.)
I absolutely love the way he is always encouraging other dads to do the same - be there for their children, and be a good role model for them. I love even more the way he loves and encourages his wife, Nicole, especially when motherhood gets tough.
As it is Father's Day today, I've invited Jesse to tell us more about Nicole, the Brave Mama to his 2 boys. Sharing the story of a brave mama through the lens of a loving husband and father. Let's welcome Jesse!
1. Tell us about your wife, where your family is based and a little about your little one(s).
I've been married to my beautiful wife Nicole for 5 years now but we've been together for 9 years in total. Nicole was my high school sweet heart and my first kiss. We have two beautiful boys together, Riley who just turned 3 and Boston who is 7 months old. They are my entire world.
We live on the Sunny Central Coast in Australia just 5 minutes from the beach and 5 seconds from my in-laws .... I'm totally joking, they're an amazing support for us!
2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing in your opinion, that Nicole had to deal with in her motherhood journey?
Nicole is an absolute warrior for our kids! In both pregnancies, she suffered from Hyperemesis. For those who don't know, that means that she had severe morning sickness 24/7 for the entire pregnancy. When she was pregnant with Riley we were in the hospital every fortnight because she was so sick. Hyperemesis has by far been the worst thing that she has had to power through. I'm extremely proud of her! For others experiencing Hyperemesis I really recommend that you join the Hyperemesis Facebook group. The women on that page were and still are such a great support for Nicole.
3. What is the bravest thing she did as the mother of your children?
That would have to come back to the Hyperemesis again. She literally put her body and health on the line for the sake of our children. Outside of that she has done what so many other mums have done for their children, Nicole put her career on hold. I think all mums that choose to do this deserve so much more credit!
4. How has she inspired you, in her journey as a mum so far?
I kid you not, Nicole doesn't have an off switch! It is so inspiring to see her in her element playing with the boys. It doesn't matter if the boys have been sick and clingy all day, if Nicole has been battling headaches and flu symptoms or if we haven't slept the night before. Nicole's love for our little family always seems to energise her to keep going.
5. From the perspective of a husband and dad, what would you say to another mum who may be having a rough day/time?
You're never alone. For those lucky enough to be doing this parenting obstacle course with their partner and even those who are single parents, utilise your support networks. We're not living in the 70's anymore, you can expect your husband to give equal support in your family. It doesn't have to always fall on your shoulders! If you reach out for help it doesn't mean that your failing as a parent, it proves that your family unit is functioning perfectly.
"You are never alone. If you reach out for help, it doesn't mean that you are failing as a parent, it proves that your family unit is functioning perfectly."
- Jesse Manners
Brave Mama in My Family
6. How can a husband/partner encourage his wife/partner in their journey of motherhood?
Appreciate the work they do. The parent who decides to stay at home to take care of your children isn't a baby sitter. They are a nurse, mediator, role-model, educator, counsellor, they are selfless, compassionate, caring, loving, patient, forgiving, and being tested every single day by none other than YOUR child.
Give them a break, understand their value and if they ask for help it's because they genuinely need it, so step up and be there to catch them should they ever fall.
7. What is the one word/phrase you would like to tell Nicole to encourage her to keep going in her motherhood journey?
I am proud of you, I am confident in your proven ability and I've got your back!
Nicole, you are a gorgeous and brave mum. And here's wishing Jesse and all the wonderful dads who have the backs of brave mamas everywhere, a wonderful Father's Day!
Here's to a new week ahead. And to all mamas who are going through a tough season, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Because it's easier to be brave together, than alone. Have a most wonderful week ahead!
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