Meet Beck Feiner: Illustrator, author, mum and all-round Aussie legend

Kinderling News & Features

You may know illustrator Beck Feiner's work - she's the creator of the Aussie Legends Alphabet, and the picture book If I Was Prime Minister. Not only does she make beautiful images, but she's also a hilarious parent, and we're super glad to have her on The Parent Panel!

What is your favourite thing about being a parent?

Seeing my kids accomplish little things that help them become more independent - like not needing me to push them on the swing any more. Oh and eating left over fish fingers from their plate.

What's your favourite thing to do with your children?

Going to the local dog park in Redfern and letting my kids find some poor dog to throw a ball with, then we leave the park ...  WITHOUT A DOG! Seriously parents, it's the best strategy to delay getting a pet dog for as long as possible.

What is the thing you miss most about life before you became a mother?

Only worrying about putting on my own shoes and not having to tell someone 300 times a day to put on their shoes, then telling them a further 200 times they are on the wrong feet. Oh and going for after work drinks (when I had a 9-5 job) and not having to stress about getting to daycare before it closes and getting fined $300 for being three minutes late.

What has been the biggest surprise for you about being a parent?

The unbelievable love your kids have for you. I swear I don't even have to be that amazing and they still love me the most!

What does 'me time' look like for you?

Going upstairs to my studio and illustrating while listening to a murder mystery crime podcast or going to the toilet alone without a toddler standing there trying to wrap toilet paper around my legs.

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