Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet Lynn from Glasgow With Kids. Thanks so much for taking part Lynn 🙂
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
I’m Lynn, and I blog at Glasgow With Kids; a blog about the stuff I do in Glasgow with my kids. I live in Glasgow (you’d never have guessed…) with my husband, my 5 year old daughter, my almost 2 year old son and our wonderfully patient Labrador. l met my husband when we were both 18, working behind the bar in Glasgow’s best (debatable) student nightclub, The Garage (very classy, I know, but in our defence we were 18). Our lives kind of melted together from that moment on, and 10 years later he proposed. We are very lucky to live near a lot of family (parents, aunties, cousins) who help us out a lot. Family gatherings can be noisy, but they’re one of my favourite things.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
There are lots of things I love to do; eating out, crocheting, swimming, going to the beach… but I rarely do any of them. If I’m honest I mostly play on my phone or watch Netflix when I have some free time! I do go to my local British Military Fitness bootcamp classes a couple of times a week which always makes me feel a bit more like me, and helps me sleep better. I love going to the cinema and if we have a child-free evening this is generally what my husband and I will do. Also sometimes to The Stand, a comedy club in Glasgow. If the kids are staying at their Nanny’s house we will undoubtedly go out for breakfast somewhere in Shawlands – if you’re ever in Glasgow it’s absolutely the place to go for brunch!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I should probably say my degrees or something, but I did a full Tough Mudder, electrocution and all, the year before my daughter was born and I’m pretty proud of that!
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
My kids are still pretty young and for me, the hardest part of parenting is when something new happens and I have to deal with it on the fly. They are mostly simple, little things. But I often feel like I’ve fluffed it up, and I often agonise for ages over what I could or should have said or done. The most rewarding part is seeing my kids try to do something they find difficult or when they overcome an obstacle, whether it’s with my help or not. Nothing beats that proud mama feeling.
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
This is a difficult question. I guess the answer is I just juggle. I’ve always very much been a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ kinda girl and I’m no different when it comes to parenting/dealing with daily life/organising the house and children. Some days (months) I don’t do any blogging, some days the dishes don’t get washed until midnight, the laundry pile just gets higher and higher until I can’t avoid putting it away any longer, some days I just take the kids out when I should really be doing something much more constructive. I’ve come to the realisation that I can’t do everything, and I’m ok with that. I want to spend as much time as I can with my kids, especially when they’re this young. Everything else is secondary to that.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
When my daughter was born I couldn’t stay in the house. I mean I could’ve, but for my mental health I had to get outside and speak to other humans. I met so many other parents when I was out and about who didn’t know about lots of stuff that was on for kids in Glasgow. When she was about 8 months old I started a little Facebook page, just sharing the classes and places we went, and it just grew from there.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
I like to think of my blog as part diary of all the fun things I’ve done with my kids, and part public announcement service letting other parents know whats on and what to do around where we live. I haven’t monetised it and I like it that way because there’s no pressure on me to do anything other than exactly what I want to do with it. I love writing it and I love interacting with lots of people on social media through it too. For me, my blog is fun.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I genuinely have no idea. Like everything else in my life, I’m winging it.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Write about something you enjoy. That’s the biggest thing for me. Whether its about mental health, a diary of your life, home schooling, fashion, skin care; it doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy what you’re writing about. The best blogs I’ve read are by people who are really passionate about what they’re writing. You can tell when someone is just going through the motions.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why
1) Natasha Lyonne – because she is amazing and she plays my favourite character in all of TV in OITNB, and I am probably more than a little bit in love with her.
2) Aisling Bea – because she is hilarious and completely wonderful and I know that if I met her I’d totally (maybe) be her BFF.
3) Imelda May – because I could listen to her voice forever and not get bored (not that I’d expect her to sing at me during a meal). And because I know she’d bring the party.
Tell me three random facts about you
1) I have been to 36 US states. It’s sort of a bucket list aim to visit them all, but I’m not sure I’ll ever have a reason to go to Ohio…
2) I met my husband when I was 18. I have now been with him more than half of my life.
3) I feel most at peace when I’m near water. Lochs, lakes, waterfalls, the sea, even water parks! (Or a good spa.) I could never live anywhere but the city though. I really love city life.