Real Housewife Nicole O'Neil on motherhood and life after the cameras stop rolling

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Entrepreneur and former Miss Australia, Nicole O’Neil took Aussie screens by storm when she made her debut on Real Housewives of Sydney.

Born in Dubai to a Swedish mother and Lebanese father, Nicole grew up in Sydney, went on to achieve a Bachelor of Commerce and married her childhood sweetheart, Adam. When she's not busy growing her VIP event business, Pret a Party, Nicole and husband Adam pour their love and hard work into their two daughters, Nawal and Neve. 

The entrepeneur and mum takes five minutes to reflect on the highs and lows of modern motherhood.

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

My favourite thing about being a parent is seeing bits of myself and my husband, both good and bad (well, Adam’s bad bits and my good bits), come through in our children. The power of genetics has always amazed me and to face it every day bewilders me. Oh, and having them as my excuse for a vodka soda at 6pm!

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

Nawal and Neve are at such great ages now that when they’re in good moods, they’re actually very good company now! No, I’m joking, we actually have a fabulous time together. Neve and I love to bake together and do so most weeks, and Nawal is very artistic and loves doing craft projects together.

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

Sleeping! I really miss my very long weekends in bed, reading the paper and watching the news in peace! My weekends are now filled with the earliest of Saturday sport in Whoop-Whoop somewhere, standing in the freezing cold, cheering.  And my Sundays are now filled with a constant stream of drop offs and pick ups ‘because you know Mum, we need a social life too!’

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

The biggest surprise for me has been raising two daughters the exact same way, and ending up with two such different children.  Nawal and Neve are such a delightful, incredible blend of both Adam and I, and both our families. They are similar, but so different in so many aspects.

I also can’t imagine a second of my life without them. They bring Adam and I so much joy, laughter and happiness. They have taught me so much about life.

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

A hot soak in the bathtub with a gossipy magazine and lashings of magnesium salts, and being left completely alone for at least 20 minutes with no crisis in the house. Or whipping together a batch of chocolate chip cookies and being able to eat the dough before the girls get to it! Yum!

Listen to Nicole on The Parent Panel in the free Kinderling app and wherever you get your podcasts.