11 Questions with… Jessica Terry. @4theloveofmommy #bdk11Qs
06 Aug 2018
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Jessica Terry.
11 Questions with… Jessica Terry
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
I am a work-at-home mom blogger with 5 children aged 14, 11, 9, 4 and 1. I love blogging and being able to help support my family and write about my life. I have tons of stuff to say and I share all the time.
2. Your spouse… tell us about him.
I met my husband online, playing a bingo game on the iPhone. He moved to Canada from the UK 6 years ago to be with me and my 3 kids (from my previous marriage) and we have been living happily ever after, we have been married 5 years. He truly is my Cinderella story.
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
My oldest, my only girl, Jocelyn, is 14. She is smart and beautiful and I love that we have such a great relationship. My next 4 children are boys. My oldest son, Zachary, is 11 and he is incredibly smart and has such an engineering brain. He loves video games and Minecraft. My 9-year-old, Noah, loves to help whenever he can and loves his siblings. My 4-year-old, Oliver, is a funny kid and makes me laugh every day. I call him my little ham and he most definitely gets his funny side from my husband. My baby, Toby, is 1. He was born 5 weeks early and was my tiniest baby at just 5lbs 10oz. He is such a joy and completes our family perfectly.
4. Do you have any family traditions?
Every year we celebrate Christmas Eve with my side of the family. We’ve been doing Christmas Eve since I was a child. It’s also very important to me that every dinner is spent eating together as a family. I actually really want to think about making some new traditions that are just ours as a large blended family.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
My biggest challenge I think is just making sure each child has that little piece of me. I make it a point that each one of my kids gets that me time with just me. We go to dinner and just spend some time together and talk. It’s a time when the kids can tell me anything, no judgment.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
Blogging has been by far the most rewarding job I’ve done. I love writing and it has been amazing to be able to do that and be home with my kids.
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
Growing up, I had a bit of a troubled childhood but I think that it made me stronger, smarter and a better person for it. I think that my family as a whole really shaped who I was and who I have become by taking the best from each and every one of them and making it part of me.
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
Balance is my biggest struggle. As a mom that has a very large online presence, balancing work and family is sometimes difficult. I find that it’s incredibly hard for me to unplug completely but I’m getting better. We do have one rule and that is no electronics at the dinner table ever. This is strictly family-time for plugging into each other and really talking.
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
Be kind to yourself and go with your gut. I think that getting divorced changed my thoughts about what love really means. Also, I would tell my current self that life will change in so many amazing ways the moment that each and every one of my children is born.
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
I think the one that I most remembered was to go with my gut. I have found that over the years it has been right many more times than it has ever been wrong.
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
Spend time learning what it means to be your type of parent. Although advice from those around you is great, you need to find what works for you and your family the most.
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