Leeds Family of the Week: The Whittingtons

The Whittington family -  Rebecca, Ben and three-year-old Lizzie.
The Whittington family - Rebecca, Ben and three-year-old Lizzie.
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If your world revolves around your family, we want to know. So we’ve put together a few questions to give us a sneaky peek into your lives. This week we meet The Whittingtons from Bramley.

What do you do?

I’m a part-time PhD student and teaching assistant at Leeds Trinity University, Ben is a creative manager and Lizzie is a nursery-goer and general free spirit.

Top tip for getting children to do what you ask?

At the moment Lizzie enjoys make believe. I find if I play along with her and weave the task into the game, it sometimes means she will do it. If she is pretending to be a baby rabbit, I will say ‘baby rabbit, please can you put your shoes on, then you can go outside to play in the field’.

What family task takes you the longest?

Getting dressed and out of the house in the morning can be a challenge – there’s so much more fun to be had hiding, running away and playing!

What really gets your goat?

Nagging. I get sick of the sound of my own voice sometimes

What’s your favourite family day out?

Temple Newsam is good as it’s free unless you go into the farm or house. If we are splashing out and going further afield Cannon Hall Farm is fab.

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

Having time to do the things you want to do, I wish we could stop time or duplicate ourselves sometimes.

What would you would change about Leeds?

Make it more cycle-friendly. It’s just too frightening and dangerous to cycle on some of the roads at rush hour at this time of year. My route to work includes two terrifying roundabouts and a lot of other routes feel very dangerous as well. Cycling should be encouraged, it frees up traffic, is healthy and less polluting, but at the moment I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

What’s your daughter’s favourite food/meal?

It changes regularly, but at the moment Lizzie likes fish and chips or sausage casserole

Top penny-pinching tip?

Cooking enough food to freeze or to take for lunch the next day.

What item can you not live without?

My Kindle. My handbag was stolen in December, it had my life in it but it was my Kindle I was most lost without. My lovely brother and sister got me a new one for Christmas.

What can your daughter not live without?

Stories at bed time . I think if we didn’t have a story every night the world would collapse!