Family of the Week: Camerons

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Jane Cameron, 47, Burley-in-Wharfedale is director of PR and Communications company, Look Lively Media and a single mum of 10-year-old daughter Rose.

What are your top tips for getting children to do what you ask?

Reward with a selection of buttons to be exchanged for 25p each at the end of the week.

What family task takes you the longest?

Getting out of the front door

What’s the weirdest thing your children have done/brought home/done to your house?

Put up a photograph of David Cameron on bedroom wall

Have your children ever really, really surprised you? How and why?

Sat down and played a series of tuneful chords on the piano, straight from her head.

What’s the most bizarre thing you have found yourself saying since having kids?

If you don’t do it now, I won’t let you go to school. No, wait, I’ve got that wrong ...

What’s the funniest thing your children have ever said/done?

Put pants over her trousers during the potty training period – and insisted on answering the door in them.

Mini moan - what really gets your goat?

Her pathological dislike of putting anything away.

What’s your favourite family day out?

Mine is a picnic on Ilkley Moor, my daughter’s is spending a lot of money at Trinity, Leeds. We enjoy both, though.

What hobbies/pastimes do you enjoy as a family and separately?

I sometimes write poems and my daughter loves hockey and singing. We’re both partial to clowning and gurning.

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

Constant decision-making.

What’s a typical evening for the grown-ups once the children are in bed?

Wash up, put the cat out, tidy up, respond to emails, Twitter and Facebook, fall asleep in front of Newsnight, get the cat back in.

What is Leeds’ most family-friendly restaurant and why?

Pizza Express in Ilkley – it has great young waiting staff, whom the kids love and think are really cool. And the Bambuccinos (cappuccino-style hot milk for kids) are fab.

What’s the best thing about weekends and why?

Not quite as hectic as mid-week so more time for pulling funny faces.

What is your most treasured memory?

Her first cry after being born – I knew she was fine.

What’s the number one thing you would change about Leeds?

More grass and trees in the centre but it’s still great.

What’s the children’s favourite food/meal?

Chicken in lime and coconut milk, simpler than it sounds

What’s your top penny-pinching tip?

Make sandwiches and buy fruit and veg at Otley market on a Saturday morning.

One family member’s proudest achievement?

Last year my daughter won a school competition with a wonderful Christmas poem.

What one item can you not live without?

A bit sad but it’s my iPhone – how did the older generation ever manage?

What can your children not live without?

Meg, a manky but much-loved fluffy (toy) dog, like a Bichon Frise, in some lights.

Your child’s favourite book and author?

Jacqueline Wilson: My Sister Jodie

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