Meet Nartarsha Bamblett . . . Yorta Yorta woman living in Naarm And Mum Of Two, Proud To Be Raising Her Sons With Caring Values And An Ongoing Connection To Culture And Country
Q. Can you share a little about your journey into motherhood?
My journey into motherhood started as a teenager. I wore the labels and had all the odds stacked against me. I was an Aboriginal woman and teenage mum and often was the most disadvantaged person in the room… it was hard.
Q. What challenges have you faced from society since becoming a mum?
The continuous intergenerational traumas that impacted my family for generations has been challenging, however, the moment I became a mother I felt I had the power and opportunity to change it all. For me, motherhood felt like the beginning of a new story and outlook on life.
It has allowed me the chance to raise my sons with culture, to be strong and resilient and also connected and grounded in their roots. Giving them this foundation, they know who they are, so wherever they choose to go or whatever way they grow, they know where it is they came from.
Q. What does being a mum mean to you?
Becoming a mum, particularly to boys, has given me a sense of power and purpose to truly love myself from the inside and out. I never knew a love like this could exist.
Entering motherhood I took on a new outlook on life, now my hopes and dreams for my sons as they grow up are to be: kind, caring and respectful to people and country. I believe celebrating motherhood is truly about celebrating the little moments of delight that we so often miss in our everyday lives.
Q. What do you love most about motherhood?
The kisses on the nose, the giggles in the silence, the smiles in sad times. Celebrating motherhood is celebrating life, because without them, I wouldn’t be the mother that I am.