Over the weekend, New Zealand Prime Minister and new mum, Jacinda Ardern, proved to the world that she can indeed parent and work at the same time. She spoke about the new family policy package that launched in New Zealand on 1st July, all from the comfort of the couch!
The juggle has begun
An elated and tireless Jacinda has continued to update followers – and the NZ public – from the hospital, shortly after Neve’s birth, and checked in again as she was due to be discharged. Jacinda and Clarke will both be home with Neve for the early weeks of her life, and then Jacinda will head back to work and Clarke will care for the pair’s daughter.
Yesterday, she posted a Facebook live from her living room. Make-up free and relaxed, she chatted to viewers about her new family policies, as she cuddled baby Neve on the couch.
“The most important period of a child’s life is those first early years,” she said, launching her government’s brand-new policy package for New Zealand families.
Speaking about a $60 weekly payment that all NZ parents of new babies will receive, for at least the first year of that baby’s life she said, “that’s really that acknowledgement about that being such an important period and it changing everyone’s lives when that newborn first arrives.”
It’s clear that she’s finely tuned to the needs and challenges of parents and is especially keen to make sure all families are supported during those early days.
“This is my permanent state at the moment. Either breastfeeding or this,” she laughed, snuggling young Neve.
“I’m doing really, really, great thank you,” she says a little later in the video, in response to a question. “I was waiting for someone to say I look tired. I promise, I’m not too bad, I just don’t have any make-up on, so that’s probably why I have a bit more bags under the eyes than usual. But we’re doing great. We’re doing really great.”
“I’m going to sit here with my human hot water bottle. Thanks everyone for the lovely messages,” Jacinda signed off.
Well-wishers were delighted to see more of Jacinda and Clarke’s new baby and hear about her plans for the nation.
“You’re amazing having little baby and willing to talk to the nation!! Who’s ever done that before? Amazing lady. Get some sleep,” one posted.
“Love what you have done for our country. You’re such a good role model and leader and you will be such a loving devoted mother,” another wrote.
“A great new initiative – as a primary teacher we love to see children benefitting from the best possible start in life. So many cherubs struggle because of circumstances beyond their control, this is a step in the right direction. All the best with Neve’s start in life too!” one woman commented.
This post originally appeared on Babyology.
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