AGE 21 (….times 2)
HOMETOWN Montclair NJ
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Two four-year old girl twins
FAVORITE CHILD My husband
DAY JOB Looking after my girls, writing food articles for my column – What’s for Dinner? On Barista Kids – a local community blog as well as my own blog – This Little Piggy Went to the Farmers Market which is about inspiring people to cook real food for family and friends.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married – 17 years – I was a child bride
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
As my husband works in NY every day I tend to take care of most of the family/ house stuff. Also as my work is from home, it is easier for me to write at all hours. And as my writing is about cooking I need to cook for the family in any case.
HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
Sadly less travel, as less money to pay for it. I also appreciate sleep now in a way I never did before.
HOW HAS PARENTING AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
We still try to do things without the children – going out to see bands or going out for dinner. Sometimes it’s easier not to go out though – as the expense of getting a babysitter, plus going out can make it expensive, but having that time together is important and worth it. It is too easy to only talk about the children – I try not to talk about them when we are out.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
My strengths are the girls are generally polite as I’ve been very consistent about that. They also eat well as I’ve offered them a lot of different food. Now they are adventurous eaters.
Weaknesses – I get impatient with the girls particularly when trying to get them out of the house in the morning. Our frantic morning rush is often down to my bad planning – I hate making packed lunches the night before, so we don’t have much time.
WHAT ARE YOUR PARTNER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
He is better at consistently disciplining them than me. It is like a breath of fresh air when he comes home from work as they play with him, I usually run for some quiet.
WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?
My parents and in-laws live overseas, but they help out when they are here. It is great having them, but they usually stay for a few weeks, which means the girls get spoiled rotten. So it is always tough when they leave. We also have a roster of local babysitters who are great. Now that they are bigger it’s easier to ask friends to watch them if I need to run an important errand. Montclair is a great place to bring up kids.
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
One of my daughters telling the dance teacher she could not concentrate as she was hungry as I had not given her lunch. The dance teacher then had a quiet word with me….I was mortified, particularly as food is so important to me. Of course she had eaten lunch but had forgotten.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
Watching my girls learn to do things for themselves. They are so proud when they master a new skill. Learning to write is all the rage here at the moment.