Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a mum to 2 grown up children; Daniel is 24 and Eleanor is 18. I live with my husband and our beagle. I have been cabin crew for over 21 years flying around the world. I started teaching for Daisy just over 3 years ago and bought my franchise for Central Cornwall earlier
this year. I love getting to meet new and expecting parents, grandparents and their gorgeous babies at my classes and knowing I am giving them confidence and knowledge that they can deal with a first aid situation should it occur.
How do you manage a work/life balance?
My son no longer lives at home and my daughter has recently left home for university so things are very different now. I am slowly adjusting to an empty house. When they were growing up it was very much a constant juggle especially when I was flying. I think the biggest thing for me then was being organised so that everyone was at the right activity and
place at the right time!! Looking back I wish I had been more relaxed about things that I didn’t need to stress over such as having a clean house!
What do you like about the community in Cornwall?
I like the fact that the community is close knit. In smaller villages everyone looks out for each other. I am gradually meeting people on my classes who have been recommended by friends and family and I love that word of mouth goes a long way still.
What are your favourite activities to do with your children?
My daughter and I are huge musical theatre fans (she has gone to study Musical Theatre at university) so visiting the theatre is one of the main activities we like to do together. My family are lucky that with the job that I do they have been able to travel with me to various places and I love being able to share that with them. When we are altogether just spending time as a family watching a film or playing monopoly is just as precious as going out for dinner.
Describe parenting in three words.
Challenging, Rewarding, Wonderful
Best parenting advice you’ve ever received?
Every child is different. Don’t compare yours to anyone else’s.
What advice would you give to other parents starting a business?
Go for it! I have loved every moment of setting up Daisy First Aid Central Cornwall. It is hard work and time consuming but totally worth it. Set aside time to allocate on your business so it doesn’t take over family life. Work out how to make life easier for you whether its having a food shop delivered, sharing school runs, getting a cleaner etc. And don’t be afraid to say no to something if it impacts on your family time.
Where is your happy place?
Is there a book/movie/podcast you’d recommend to other parents?
When my children were little I always used to read them the book ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ which is just a wonderful book. More recently I love the book ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. It’s a beautiful book about friendship, kindness and
What have you learnt about yourself since becoming a parent?
Becoming a parent has made me realise I would do anything to make sure my children are happy and healthy. Make the most of the time you have with them whilst they are little because time has passed so quickly and now they are adults! As both children have got older just appreciating the time I spend with them is precious especially as neither of them are at home any more.
Thank you to Nicola for answering our questions.
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