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 the lovely Victoria from Starlight and Stories (who I met at the weekend and is just lush!). Thanks so much for taking part Victoria!
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
I’m a 36 year old mum of two, ten year old Bear and eighteen month old Lion. We live in Yorkshire with the Other Half and our Guinea Pig Fudge. In my ‘real life’ I’m an Autism Specialist Teacher, though now very part time.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I love to read (I’m an English teacher by trade so I guess it comes with the territory), to meet up with friends and to spend time with the Other Half. I also enjoy trying new foods and visiting new places.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Apart from the children, it would have to be getting into Cambridge to read English. I’m dyslexic so School wasn’t always easy for me and teachers told me that I wouldn’t get accepted. I proved them wrong, and have continued to ever since.
I strongly believe that if we work hard enough for long enough at anything then we can get there.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The hardest part is getting the right line when it comes to discipline I think, especially as children get older. Giving them enough freedom to be themselves, whilst keeping them safe and giving them the values you want them to have as they grow older.
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?
I’m still in the very lucky position where my youngest has an afternoon nap. So I tend to do most of my blog work in the morning before the children get up, during nap time and when they are in bed. Everything else somehow slots into place.
I’m also massively lucky that my Other Half is amazing in the house, which definitely takes a lot of the pressure off.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
My youngest had a lot of medical needs when he was born and I spent hours googling late into the night. Everything I found pointed very much to a worst case scenario. So I started blogging to give other parents hope, that sometimes things work out better than you fear.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
My blog is really new as my old blog was hacked beyond repair. I’ve brought a lot of my old content with me though and I’m really excited about the new start.
Starlight and Stories, is about family life, it’s about teaching and it’s about all of the bits in the middle. Above all else it’s my small way of trying to make a little bit of difference in the world.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I would love the blog to help families of children with additional needs, by giving them strategies and resources to use on a day to day basis. But more than that to make them feel less alone. I want to share my expertise as a teacher, but also to always remember that parenting is far more difficult than teaching, and that sometimes things just don’t go to plan.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
I would tell them to go for it, to be themselves, to write what they want to write and above all to love every minute,
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
My Grandma, my Nana and the Lion. Neither of them met the Lion before they passed away and I would love to see their faces as they got to know him. He looks angelic, but is so full of mischief and I know that he would really steal their hearts.
Tell me three random facts about you
1) As a teenager I was a football referee. My whole family was football mad, so so decided if I couldn’t beat them I might as well join them.
2) I am prepared to deal with pretty much anything and everything except sick.
3) I love chocolate, in fact if it wasn’t for chocolate I could manage to be really healthy.