Nadine Bush on Appreciating Every Day as a Mum of Two Sons

Nadine Bush shares her thoughts on appreciating every day as a mum of two adult sons
Nadine wears Lover dress, $495, Petite Grand earrings, $165, and own ring and nose stud. (Left to right): Josh wears The Academy Brand shirt, $79.95. Zac wears Jac + Jack shirt, $220.

Photography by Georges Antoni
Styling by Rachel Wayman

Mum of two adults sons Nadine Bush shares her thoughts on appreciating the everyday.

Before she became a mother to her two sons Zac and Josh, marriage celebrant, model and creative design consultant Nadine Bush received a piece of advice on motherhood that has since stood her in good stead. “I was told not to sweat the small stuff and to trust my instincts,” she says. Following those pearls of wisdom has meant cultivating an appreciation for every day the family has together, no matter how humdrum. “I focus on the privilege I’ve had in being a mother all these years,” Bush says. Being a parent has also opened her eyes to bigger world issues. “Through motherhood I have become more mindful of my actions because of the repercussions those actions will have on my children tomorrow. I think more about our planet because I became a mother.”

Motherhood came naturally to me, I never felt it was a struggle... I’m not saying it was easy – it’s definitely not a walk in the park – but I relished it.

Bush says her parenting philosophy has always revolved around appreciating children as complete individuals, respecting them and teaching them to respect others. “I believe in helping children develop their genuine talents, keeping them connected to nature and teaching them to value other creatures. And in letting them be as feminine or masculine as they want to be. Boys and girls are equal. They are always worthy and enough, just the way they are,” she explains. This considered approach has resulted in two adult sons with “good heads on their shoulders”. “Zac and Josh are my sounding boards now - I go to them to chat and get advice. In recent years they’ve supported me through some big transitions in my life,” she says. “I can’t put into words how much that means.”

Shop Nadine's Mother's Day Gift Edit: 

1. Folded Collar Shirt by Jac + Jack, $220.

Folded Collar Shirt by Jac + Jack

2. Dove Mini Dress by Lover, $395.

Dove Mini Dress by Lover

3. LMDM Earrings by Gucci, $2,135.

LMDM Earrings by Gucci

4. Beckbury 8x10 Frame, Gold by Ralph Lauren Home, $299.

Beckbury 8x10 Frame, Gold by Ralph Lauren Home

5. Protea Mix-Claire Vase 62CM by Rogue, $479.

Protea Mix-Claire Vase 62CM by Rogue

6. Nolan Gold 16 Piece Cutlery Set by Country Road, $179.

Nolan Gold 16 Piece Cutlery Set by Country Road

7. Lumière Lip by Tom Ford, $70.

Lumière Lip by Tom Ford

8. Focus Watch by Hugo Boss, $399.

Focus Watch by Hugo Boss

9. &Kinto Coffee Brewer Stand Set - scs-s02 by Kinto, $249.

&Kinto Coffee Brewer Stand Set - scs-s02 by Kinto

10. Menu Bottle Grinder Set Of 2 Hunting Green/Beige/Walnut Lid by Menu, $139,95.

Menu Bottle Grinder Set Of 2 Hunting Green/Beige/Walnut Lid by Menu
Menu Bottle Grinder Set Of 2 Hunting Green/Beige/Walnut Lid, $97.97.

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