Family of the week: Meet the Carrolls

Jennie and Dan Carroll with their daughters Niamh, aged nine, and Maeve, seven.
Jennie and Dan Carroll with their daughters Niamh, aged nine, and Maeve, seven.
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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 hear from Jennie and Dan Carroll who live in Roundhay with their daughters Niamh, nine, and Maeve, seven.

What family task takes you the longest?

Getting out of the house! When you get to the front door and realise they are not quite as ready as they claimed. They haven’t got socks on, they need to go to the toilet or haven’t actually brushed their hair yet.

Most bizarre thing you have found yourself saying since having kids?

We are always coming out with phrases that our parents told us when we were little. Classics seem to be the ones about wrapping up warm like ‘take your coat off or you won’t feel the benefit when you go back outside’.

What really gets your goat?

Bad manners at the dinner table. We are like the eating police and can’t tolerate reaching across the table, talking with your mouth full and using your fingers rather than cutlery.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Dan and Maeve both climb, Niamh and Maeve both swim, with Niamh going five times a week. Niamh and Maeve also dance at the weekend and I enjoy doing exercise classes. I also run a local rainbow unit and both Niamh and Maeve attend Brownies.

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

For the first few years it is all about survival, but really the hardest times come as the children get older. We like to share our troubles with each other but it can be really hard to offer advice and sometimes we feel really out of our depth.

Typical evening once the children are in bed?

Watching TV on a weekday, when we’ve got in from swimming. Wine, music and seeing friends on a weekend evening.

The girls’ favourite food?

Pizza. Which is great as it’s also mine.

Leeds’ most family-friendly restaurant?

We love Soosi Mediterranean Grill on Roundhay Road in Oakwood. It has a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so not only do we feel comfortable taking the kids with us, but the kids also have a great time chatting to the chefs and waitresses.

Proudest achievement?

When Niamh got selected for the City of Leeds Swimming Club. We were all delighted as it was her ambition to get in.

* Fancy being our Family of the Week? We’d love to hear from you. Email debbie.leigh@ypn.co.uk or tweet @DebbieLeighYEP.

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