Jessie is a blogger, hair and makeup artist from London who is currently living in Ibiza with her husband and three children; Maisie (12), Betsy (8) and Albie (6) with a new baby due in six weeks. Here Jessie shares her parenting survival tips and more on her family. Read our interview with her below.
Life is a little trickier living away from family, but we manage to tag team looking after the kids, we both work for ourselves so we try and organise our weeks so one of us all is always around or sometimes we have to call a babysitter in to help.
FAVOURITE FAMILY HANGOUTS
I’m really greedy for quality family time together and think it’s important, we try and keep one night a week free with no clubs so we can go grab an ice cream together, Sundays are always family days as well I love picking up croissant and coffees and finding a little spot on the beach best start to the day.
I think I’ve noticed I dress the kids like mini versions of me and my husband, not on purpose it just seems to happen I love lace, black and white and I tend to dress Betsy the same. Maisie is at the age now she chooses her own style and I sometimes need to let it go.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO REMEMBER ABOUT THEIR CHILDHOOD?
I just want them to know everything we did was for them to give them best start we could. One of the reasons we moved from London was because we didn’t like the pressure the schools put on them so young. There’s enough stress in adulthood childhood should be carefree.
PARENTING SURVIVAL TIPS
Erm, I wish I had the magic answer I think choose your battles carefully and choose wisely what you say I think you have to follow through with kids so they know the boundaries so I have to sometimes be careful what I may say as I have to follow through with punishment. Also talking openly with them as much as possible around the dinner table helps pick up on anything that may be bothering them I realise with the kids ages they all need me for different things right now each child is different so it’s good to tap into their needs. And the days you feel like you’re outnumbered and have lost control let it go and open the wine tomorrows a new day.
With thanks to Jessie Young X