A full and loud life: Finder's Kate Browne on the love and yelling that makes motherhood so great

Kinderling News & Features

Meet Kate Browne - mum, personal finance expert and managing editor for finder.com.au - Australia’s largest comparison site.

 As a busy working mum of two, Kate knows a thing or two about juggling the family finances in between the school run and acting as the world’s most underpaid Uber driver (for her daughters, that is.)

 Kate is also a media spokesperson for Finder and you may see her on Sunrise, Weekend Today, Your Money Live, ABC radio, and in print and online - oh and she's a regular guest on The Parent Panel right here on Kinderling.

You also might recognise her as writer and presenter on ABC consumer affairs show, The Checkout, where she created the 'Guilty Mum' segment, skewering the way marketers take advantage of frazzled mums and dads to buy things they just don’t need.

Kate takes five to talk about the best, worst and most hilarious parts of modern motherhood for her; from the endless love, to the not-infrequent yelling.

1. What is your favourite thing about being a mother?

It's made me realise I'm more resilient than I ever realised ... And that I could love so much and so hard. 

2. What’s your favourite thing to do with your children?

I love getting on board with their various obsessions. Lately it's been Harry Potter, so we've been discussing the merits of the various houses, professors and spells, making wands and planning an epic Harry Potter party.

I also love travelling with them; even if that just means a weekend away, a road trip or camping. Getting out of our ordinary routine is so much fun for all of us, and seems to be an instant mood lifter for us all.  

3. What is the thing you miss most about life pre-children?

SPONTANEITY. Having kids is death to that. I like to do things spur of the moment, but there's no just lobbing out the door to do something without the inevitable working out who is going to look after the kids and having to plan everything to death... I really miss that.

4. What has been the biggest surprise for you about being a mother?

I'm surprised by how much and how loud I can shout. But what's also been a revelation is how many gorgeous people I have met since having my kids, and how big my life is now.

Before I had kids, I thought parents were boring and insular, but it's been such a glorious surprise how social being a parent is for both you and your kids. We have got to know so many people in our local community, at school, daycare, through my mother's group, and all the other parents and kids I've met long the way. I've made so many connections and fierce friendships, and feel so connected to my little corner of Sydney as a result. My life has never been fuller.

5. What does 'me time' look like for you?

When our kids were very young, my partner and I used to fight over who would get to do the grocery shop (just for the hour of 'me time' it would bring). These days, it's less tragic - as our kids are getting older I can escape into a book without being too bothered, have a bath without an audience (most of the time), and even occasionally sleep in.

Though I'm starting to think I will never be able to finish a conversation with another adult ever again - they are ALWAYS interrupting ... that hasn't changed!

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