Meshel Laurie is a no-bullshit kind of interview.
She’s the woman who is not going to make you feel crappy because your kids ate baked beans for dinner (again) or you got halfway to work before you realised you were wearing your slippers.
Meshel is more the type of woman who would be sitting next to you, still doing her face.
Busy women are organised. But busy mothers get used to living in a level of chaos that would rattle the cage of your average A-type 20-something. Meshel Laurie knows that. As a result, she is warm, disarming company, to whom you could admit all of your parental failures.
And she’s a now-single mum to six-year-old twins, Dali and Louie.
“I let go of trying to perfect when [my kids] were really little,” says Meshel. “A lot of the women in radio… tend to not want to bring their family stuff to work. Some women in the corporate world compete by acting like men… Never ever would they go home because one of the kids is sick.
“If I need to cancel something because of the kids, I’ll do it. If I’m running late, I’m running late. It’s not the end of the world.
“I’m quite prepared for the fact that I’m the mother of small children to be out front. And we all know how chaotic that is.”
Meshel told us all this on the latest episode of I Don’t Know How She Does It, the podcast that ducks behind the facade of ‘having it all’.
Hear how Meshel does it….
And to keep a lid on the chaos, when you start work at 5.30am and your husband has moved out, you need to do one thing well – get help.