11 Questions with… Maureen Turner. @MoeTurner_GT #bdk11Qs
27 Apr 2020
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Maureen Turner.
I have known Maureen for just over 6 years. She is very authentic, genuine, and she tells it like it is.
11 Questions with… Maureen Turner
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
My name is Maureen Turner. I’m a mom/step-mom of 4 children ranging in age from 6-16. Recently, I took a job as the Public Relations Manager for Homewood Health, a mental health organization based out of Guelph, which has clinics across Canada. In my spare time, I am a chauffeur, chef, and bedtime story reader. In order to keep myself sane, I also play soccer and do crossfit.
2. Your spouse… tell us about him.
My husband was my high school sweetheart… and then we went to colleges in different cities. We split up, finished school, married other people, had kids, got divorced, moved home and found each other again, got married, and had a daughter together (That’s the Coles Notes version). He works as a technical account manager for a Software company, and is the I.T. department at our house. He is also into Crossfit.
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
Eleanor (16) is in grad 11. She is currently obsessed with finding the right college, so she can become an event planner. She also just got her G1 licence and I have taken her out on her first driving lessons recently (pass me a drink).
Ethan (13) is in grade 9, his first year of high school. He can master any video game in a matter of minutes, and he has great hair. He would like to be a computer engineer when he is older.
Rebecca (11) is in grade 6, but she looks like a teenager. Her favourite things right now include going to dances with her friends, chai lattes, and Musical.ly. She tells me she will go to Harvard to become a lawyer.
Siobhan (6) is in grade 1 and would spend all day on her iPad, if she could. She loves Pokemon, Mineraft and watching people open Kinder Eggs (I’ll never understand). Siobhan wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, and she loves to play with the turkey innards at Thanksgiving, so I believe her.
4. Do you have any family traditions?
We melded some family traditions when we blended our family. In June, we celebrate Danish Constitution day at SunsetVilla, in Puslinch, ON.In July, we usually take a family vacation to some part of Canada. In December, we have a bunch of traditions from each family which include eating aebleskivver (pancake balls) and drinking Glug (kinda like mulled wine, but boozier), on Christmas Eve we go to my parents for their annual party, and Christmas day we do our early morning stockings and presents before kids have to go visit other parents.
We also have a tradition that on their 12th birthdays our kids are allowed to bring a friend to Great Wolf Lodge.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
There are definitely challenges when blending families, but I think my biggest challenge has been accepting that my kids are getting older. Sometimes I want to say no to things because they aren’t old enough, and then I remember they are in high school.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
I actually love the job I am doing. I feel like every day I am doing something to improve people’s lives. It’s very fulfilling.
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
I would say my mom and dad, both for separate reasons. My mom showed me strength and patience and how to bite your tongue in tough situations (something that doesn’t come easy for me) and my father taught me to never give up, and to live your life to the fullest.
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
I’ve been fortunate with employers who value work/life balance, and I manage to be very active in my children’s lives while keeping up with my responsibilities.
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
It’s okay to ask for help.
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
I live by the you do you, and I’ll do me rule. Don’t judge other parenting, and don’t worry what others are thinking about your parenting. I think my sister taught me that.
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
You are the expert on your child. Do what you think is best for them.
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