I work as a Young Parents Housing Support Worker for Devon and Cornwall Housing. I also waitress in a restaurant as well as deal with their social media, website, promotion, tripadvisor and other admin tasks. I am also in my last year at university studying Children and Young people BA.
Who do you live with?
My partner and my 3 year old little boy. My partner has a 10 year old from a previous relationship who is here most weekends.
Tell us a bit more about your children. What sort if personalities do they have?
Raphaël is a cheeky, intelligent comedian! He makes us laugh every day and does not stop talking! He is kind and considers everyone’s feelings. He does very well at nursery and I believe he is an overall well-rounded child.
What’s the best thing about being a mum?
The sheer love I have for my little boy. Having someone who loves me just as much back and who can make me smile even when times are hard.
What has being a parent taught you?
What’s the most important piece of advice you want to pass on to your children?
The value of money and why we have to work so hard to provide but also to be an open child-not afraid to approach us with any problems.
How has your life changed since becoming a mum?
I am more resilient. I may have less time to concentrate fully on studies and social events, but would not change it for the world.
Who is your favourite celebrity mum?
Do not have one
Tell us a bit about your home? Whereabouts is it and what’s it like?
It is a 3 storey townhouse in Torre Marine, Torquay. It is a modern, spacious home and is the first investment we have made. We bought it under the shared ownership scheme.
What would a typical day in your life entail?
Every day is different, but usually entails of one of my jobs, then coming home, spending time with my son, my partner going off to work, sorting out son’s dinner,bath/shower etc, then putting my son to bed, cooking dinner for my partner and I, doing some paperwork/uni work, and collapsing on the sofa! On my day off, my son and I will do something like go for a walk into town to a café, or going for a walk in Cockington, Babbacombe etc and doing lots of reading and playing! But also doing as many chores as possible!
Exeter, Salcombe area,
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Cornwall-St Ives and Carbis Bay
What are your top three favourite shops?
Home bargains, New Look, Hollister
What’s your favourite book?
Any books on child centred practice
What baby or children’s items can you not live without?
A fully packed toddler bag, baby wipes and interactive games (leap pad/computer)
Describe your fashion style:
practical but fashionable
Top tips on how to balance work and family life:
trying to book something in once a month which you can all enjoy together. But also making sure the time spent together after a long day at work is quality. Quality not quantity.
My son inspires me to keep striving for the best and to keep going when times are hard
What plans for the future do you have?: I would like to build up a new business which would incorporate involving the community, supporting the local need as well as being a safe place for children and parents to come. There would be a healthy outcome tied on to this.
If you could live your life again what would you change and what would you keep the same?
Only thing I would change is having had to have a caesarean. No matter how hard I try, I will always struggle to get the stomach I want, and this causes me a lot of the time to be very critical of myself.