Mum vs Life: Tina Arena "I want to do as much as I can without compromising our family's happiness"

Welcome to the latest installment of our Mum vs Life series. Each week we’ll feature a prominent Aussie mum and take you through her day.

This week we talk to mega-star, the brilliant Tina Arena, singer, amazing performer and now writer. We have grown up with her since her Young Talent Time days and are so excited to hear how she juggles work and motherhood.

Tina Arena

Run us through your typical day?

There is no such thing as a typical day in my world. The one constant is making sure my son Gab is sorted out and happy and to give him stability. For me things are pretty crazy sometimes when I’m touring or doing promotional work – but it goes in cycles, there is down time too.

What are the challenges you face?

The same as all working parents I guess, trying to juggle all the work commitments, personal chores that need to be done, while making as much time as possible to be with my partner and son. I also live between 2 cultures (that are so very different and 24 hours apart – literally!)

What is your favourite time of the day?

I love the early evenings once dinner is finished. The little one is bathed and not far off from bed. I’m catching up on the days events with my better half perhaps checking my emails and doing some easy work.

When is the last time you almost lost your cool when dealing with your son?

It’s been a while now – he’s going through a pleasant growth spurt at the moment.

Husband Vincent and son Gabriel

When is the last time your son embarrassed you in public?

It happens ALL the time. A casual reply can be effective – in English, French or Italian!

Have you ever embarrassed your son in public?

Probably but not intentionally!

How does being a modern mum make you feel?

Lucky. I feel lucky to be a mum – full stop.

What are the specific challenges you face?

Channeling his interests, balancing his education with his out of school stuff – keeping the equilibrium.


How do you get everything done?

I don’t think you can ever get “everything” done. I just do as much as I can without compromising our families happiness.

Was it hard to go back to work after becoming a mum?

Yes and no. Yes because I found it difficult to leave him and no because I’ve always been a worker.

How do you make weekends special for your family or are they just as crazy and busy as weekdays?

They’re special when we are alone. We know when it’s time to spend alone time together – we’re all very expressive. We love family and friends time too though.

Are you an involved mum when it comes to school and activities or do you prefer to take a step back?

Yes but I wish I had time to be more involved – this year I haven’t had as much time unfortunately – and yes I do feel guilty about it!

What kind of questions does your son ask you about your work?

He’s very inquisitive about everything – he comes along sometimes, he’s grown up traveling and being exposed to what I do.

If you could share one thing you’ve learned about motherhood, what would it be?

It’s hard work but the best and most fulfilling job in the world.


Honest and intimate, funny and frank, Now I Can Dance is the long-awaited memoir from the very special, much-loved singer, songwriter and pop diva, Tina Arena. Now I Can Dance is an uplifting story of love, family, laughter, determination and - of course - song.

Find more details about Australia's favourite female artist at her website.

Watch her latest video clip here.

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