If there’s anyone we’d turn to for parenting advice, it would be new mum to baby Hakavai Hoskin, Turia Pitt.
She came into the public eye in 2011 when she suffered burns to more than 60 per cent of her body. She’d been trapped by bush fires while running the Race the Planet Ultra marathon in WA, and has since become a motivational speaker and living, and walking inspiration.
And it seems like she’ll take to parenting seamlessly.
Over the weekend Pitt told Rendeview that she and fiance Michael Hoskin are going to take a leaf out of her dad’s parenting book, sticking with his two golden rules:
“Number one – no whingeing, number two – no bloody whingeing.”
And if Pitt’s life is any example, it’s clearly winning advice.
There’s arguably not many people that could come out of a horrific incident with a new resolve, and turn it into a productive change of career that helps and motivates thousands, but that’s exactly what Pitt did.
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In the same interview, the athlete said it was all about self-perception, and perspective – a principle that got her through her recovery, and child birth, which she said she approached in the same way as “every major surgery she’s had,” and as you can imagine, she’s had many.
“It’s good to remind yourself that you’re always in control of how you see the world,” she said.
Reflecting on her practice Pitt states that she first wrote, “a list of all the bad things that could happen,” like that “it’s going to hurt, I don’t know if I can do it, what if I can’t handle the pain.”
Before counteracting them with gratitude – “How grateful I am to still be here, to have a beautiful partner like Michael, and to get to experience this. How cool will it be to meet my son. That one day I’ll be able to watch him surfing, diving and hanging with Michael,” she says.