My first Inspirational Parents post a few weeks ago started off the series with a fabulous blogger. It was so popular that I thought it was time I brought you another inspirational parent blogger.
Amy blogs at Mr and Mrs T Plus Three and I would describe her as a parent blogger with style. She hasn’t been blogging for that long but her blog has very quickly become extremely popular.
Amy manages to balance parenting two teenagers and a toddler with running her highly successful blog, working as a freelance writer and being incredibly glamorous whenever a camera is around.
So with no further ado, allow me to introduce Amy, who has very kindly found the time to answer my tricky questions despite being in the middle of a house move.
1. Tell me about the most unexpected change to you as a person or to your life since becoming a parent?
I am for the most part completely selfless especially when one of the children are unwell. I will give up everything (sleeping, eating, being) just to be with them and take care of them. Before my children I was selfish with my time and a lot more self-absorbed than I am now.
2. What has been the biggest challenge you have faced since having children?
Handling the worry that something dreadful might happen to one of them. Sorry, I do know how morbid that sounds but I am such a worrier and a bit of a control freak. Unfortunately the anxiety that comes with the newborn days has never left me and I worry about each of them most days.
3. What do you regard as your greatest achievement?
Other than my children? I would have to say seeing my writing work published in places other than my own blog.
4. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What hasn’t killed you?
Funny you should ask this..I have written in detail on my blog about the nickname I have earned from my husband! He calls me ‘lucky’ after a bad accident falling from my horse where I broke my back. It could have easily left me paralysed or worse. I try not to think about the negatives though and use it as a lesson to seize the day and make the most of what I have.
5. Who inspires you?
My husband is a wonderful source of inspiration for me. He is a self-made business man and has always supported me and encouraged me to do better. These days I also take a lot of inspiration from other writers and bloggers, people who make me determined to succeed and achieve professional success.
6. I have just invented a time machine (and you thought you’d achieved something great). You can now go backwards or forwards to any point in time and deliver any message to any person, what’s your message and who is it for?
I think I would visit my teenage self. I would say something like ‘look you are a teenage mum, but that doesn’t make you any less of a mother. Hold your head up high. ALWAYS be your children’s advocate. Stop apologising, work hard. You’re going to meet the man of your dreams and your life is actually going to be pretty peachy.’
7. You have the opportunity to influence the entrepreneurs of the future. What life changing invention would you like to see on the drawing board?
Bloomin’ heck these questions are hard! How about a machine you could step into and exercise for 5 minutes but the effects are the same as an hour sweating it out in the gym. I would really like that!
8. I have waved a magic wand and all of your responsibilities have been taken care of for 24 hours. What are you going to do?
Oh that’s easy: a spa day with my girlfriends, lunch with bubbles, massage, manicure, pedicure, facial the works. Then to top it all off a show in the west end. I adore musicals and would choose Chicago because I’ve never seen it.
9. How can parents best be empowered to properly balance a career and a family life?
It is impossible to balance a career and family life without decent childcare. Be that the support of family or making it easier to find affordable childcare in a place where your child is happy and safe. As someone who works from home there is no way it is manageable with an errant toddler running around. Quality time and being able to switch off is also a must, in order to differentiate between working and home life and finding that perfect balance.
10. You’re off for a night out tonight. Where will you go, what will you drink and what will be the topic of conversation?
I would go to this lovely little Caribbean restaurant I know. I’d be drinking the two-for-one cocktails; strawberry daiquiris and pina coladas. I’m afraid the conversation would turn dirty as is inevitable with me! You will hear loud laughter, there would be dancing (possibly table top) and I’m all over the karaoke. I can promise a night out with me would be one to remember, or forget depending how many cocktails there are…