Welcome to Mother Natured!
Hi, I’m Penny and I started Mother Natured because I wanted to share how I bring up by children with nature as their toys and the forest as their playground. I moved from a normal suburban block, to a normal suburban block with a nature reserve out the back and it’s been the best thing for my family and kids. We explore nature, play in nature, craft with nature and love everything natural! I’m also mad about nature myself – could you tell?!
About Mother Natured
At Mother Natured I hope to inspire you to bring nature play into your children’s lives, to get outside and explore the natural world as a family and, as a parent, find solace and inspiration in nature yourself.
Mother Natured aims to:
- Help parents foster their children’s love of wildlife and the natural world.
- Encourage you and your family to get outside and experience the wonders of the environment.
- Provide you with lots of crafty ways to immerse learning about wildlife and nature in your daily life.
- Convince you that natural products are not only great for the environment but they are simply beautiful too.
- Remind you that wildlife is everywhere and not just a visit to your local zoo!
When I was a kid I was always in trouble.
Not for the usual malarkey like writing on walls or breaking family heirlooms. I liked to collect animals. Baby pigeons, lizards, mice, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs would all somehow make their way into my house. I knew I would get a scolding as soon as they were found in my room. I also knew I would not be allowed to keep them hidden from my mum for long, but I had fun trying!
Eventually, I decided that if I was still collecting animals despite getting into trouble; I might as well think of it as a career option. My passion to become a zoo keeper was born. Armed with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wildlife Biology and a Grad Diploma of Education – I’ve now been a zoo keeper for five years and a Wildlife Education Officer for seven. ‘Never work with kids and animals’ they say, but the person who spread that rumor, just didn’t want you to know how awesome it is!
Yup…I’m one of those annoying people who enjoys their job, and as a wildlife education officer, I have successfully managed to combine three of my loves wildlife, nature and teaching.
When I’m not hanging out like Bindi Irwin, I tend to my own flock – Miss Possum, who’s six and my twinkles, Miss Platypus and Miss Panda , who are three years old. Oh, I have a wonderful husband, too.
Somewhat of a bookworm, I prefer milk chocolate to dark and snail mail to social media. I’m also crazy as a Galah about all things strawberry - coloured, flavoured and scented.
I hope you enjoy reading Mother Natured and immersing yourself in everything on here that’s leafy, furry or mossy!
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