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Townsville Families – The Roberts

The Robert Family (2)The elves are enjoying learning about local Townsville families, and they hope you are as well. Thus far we have talked to two unique families and picked up some super handy tips and this week is no different. This week we had the pleasure of talking to Meg from the Roberts family.

The Roberts Family is made up of Mum and Grandma (Meg), her four children, their partners and her five grandchildren. Meg’s children have all grown up with her youngest being twins now 28-years-old. However, with over 40 years of mothering experience, Meg has loads of phenomenal parenting advice to share with us.

Twins run heavily in Meg’s family, with her grandmother, cousin, daughter and self all being proud multiple birthing mothers. While running her own business and working as an Entropy Elf, on the weekends, Meg also lends a helping hand with her daughter’s brand new twins. Meg shares her home with her daughter (Elle), partner and their three children. Together they do a great job at raising the children. Elle’s partner spends every second week away for work, so Meg steps in to help out more on these weeks and has a “week off” when he is home.

Meg lived in New Guinea for work with her husband and daughter and decided to move back to Australia in the early 80’s to grow her family. When looking for a place to call home Meg and her husband agreed that anything south of Townsville would be too cold. Together they decided on settling here for its lovely tropical climate and the fact that it had all the facilities they required to raise a family.

So how does this super grandma do it all? Here are a few hints and tips that Meg would like to share with you –

  1. Enjoy your children. It is very easy to get caught up in providing for your children that you forget to stop and enjoy time with them. They grow up so incredibly quickly, make sure that you make time to appreciate them before they grow up and move out.
  2. [For those with or expecting twins] Accept that life is going to be pretty hectic with new or young twins around. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get everything done every day.  But there is light at the end of the tunnel, the first year is crazy, but after that, it will be a bit easier (most of the time) because they have each other for company.

Next week we will focus on another local family and why they love Townsville. Thanks for reading and bye until then!

Townsville Families – The O’Donnells

The O'Donnell Family

There is no better way to learn about a city than from those who call it home. Therefore, to learn more about Townsville, we are asking some local families why they picked Townsville to raise their children. This week we had the pleasure to talk and learn from the beautiful and unique O’Donnell family.

The O’Donnell family is made up Mum (Sharon), Dad (David) and their seven children ageing from 9 to 18 years. Sharon is a 40-year-old mum who holds the impressive titles of full-time mum and full-time worker – talk about impressive. On top of this Sharon is an artist at heart who loves to create pottery!
Sharon PotteryThe O’Donnells are a blended family, with four boys from Sharon’s previous marriage and three children from (David’s). Along with being a blended family, the O’Donnells are also an international family. Sharon’s four boys are half Jamaican, and David’s daughter was adopted from the Philippines. Sharon describes her children as all being unique with different talents in different areas. “As you might expect blended families work differently to nuclear families. As the children come from two separate households, and two different ways of life you need to evolve to create a different way of parenting”, said Sharon.

Sharon parents were born in Townsville and migrated to Canada in the 1970’s. Ever since then Sharon has been back and forth describing herself as a “Professional International Mover”. Nowadays the O’Donnells are happy to call Townsville home. Townsville’s warm weather, Strand and family support are the major draw cards for the O’Donnells along with the cities family-friendly atmosphere. Together the family regularly frequent the Strand for exercise, leisure or both.

So how does this super mum do it all? Here are a few hints and tips that Sharon would like to share with you –

  • Always have a beach blanket in the boot of your car. You never know when you might spot a patch of grass or sand that family can enjoy a few hours of fun on.
  • To make mornings easier make school lunches the night before. This clears out the kitchen for the early morning rush. Also, wake up before the rest of the household (obviously were not talking to parents of two-year-olds) and enjoy a few moments to yourself.
  • There are heaps of fantastic local markets in Townsville. Get out of the house and support local artists.

Next week we will focus on another local family and why they love Townsville. Thanks for reading and bye for now.

Townsville Families – The Needhams

Needham

In the spirit of International Day of Families, which was last Monday, we have decided to delve into our local community and interview some of the families who call Townsville home. For those who are somewhat unfamiliar with Townsville, Townsville is a coastal city in Queensland north-east.

Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland by locals, Townsville is surrounded by a myriad of natural wonders and relishes in over 300 days of sunshine each year! Currently, there are over 192,038 people living in Townsville, five of them being the adorable Needham family.

The Needham family is made up of Mum (Lesley), her three boys and her long-term foster child. Lesley is a 44-year-old single Mum who describes herself as a slightly quirky, boring introvert who owns her unique qualities “like as boss”! Having previously worked as a nurse Lesley had to give up her job to become a full-time carer to her children.

All three of Lesley’s boys are on the autism spectrum, and her long-term foster child has special needs. “The children’s early years were tough as we adjusted to life with autism, but through love, patience and early intervention the boys are now doing amazingly well.  We certainly aren’t your typical family, but we are a very happy household. We share a love of geeky things, chocolate, and being silly. The children range in ages from 8 – 13 so they are at a wonderful age to enjoy life with,” said Lesley.

After living in Townsville on-and-off in her early adult life, Lesley decided when her children were small to move back to Townsville. Townsville’s calm and family-friendly vibes coupled with its large array of free family activities and outdoor play areas is what ultimately brought Lesley and her family back. Her boys also love that in Townsville it is warm enough to go swimming nearly the entire year long.

So how does this super mum do it all? Here are a few hints and tips that Lesley would like to share with you –

  1. Always try to have a round of sandwiches, cake slices and poppers frozen in the freezer. If you want to do an impromptu outing, you can just grab them out and go. It certainly saves the wallet and stress.
  2. Keep a few little toys hidden away ready as gifts in case someone is having a bad day or is sick.
  3. Make a printed photo book for each of your children outlining all the skills and things that they need to learn before they become adults. In the book, include everything from cooking skills, cleaning skills, to general life skills – such as opening a bank account. Then every now and then pick something from the list and focus on learning that skill.

Next week we will focus on another local family and why they love Townsville. Thanks for reading bye until then!