Family of the Week: The Pinders

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If your world revolves around your family, we want to know. This week we hear from part-time beauty therapist and make-up artist Sally-Ann Pinder. She lives with husband Jim, a property director, and their sons, William, six, and Henry, three, in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

Top tips for getting children to do what you ask?

I use bribery, so I tell Will I will take his iPad away. With Henry he doesn’t really care about things like that so he has a reward chart.

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

Just being responsible for these two little people is full on – and trying to keep everyone happy in a balanced home/work environment. Also getting up early every day for six years . Always putting the kids first instead of just doing spontaneous things with friends is also hard.

What family task takes the longest?

Generally just getting out of the house on time for school and nursery but if it’s a day trip to parents it takes all morning packing up things like iPads, bikes, scooters and snacks.

Essential items for you and the boys?

William could not live with out his iPad. We restrict how long he spends on it but he’s addicted to Minecraft on it. Henry could not live without William. He adores his big brother and follows him everywhere. He misses him a lot when he is at school all day. I could not live without my phone – and my make-up of course!

What gets your goat?

Kids or adults with bad manners – not saying please and thank you.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

William does football and karate every week which he really enjoys, then we all go swimming together every week too as a family. I like to go jogging a few times a week and I love to go out socialising with the girls, which keeps me sane.

What’s your favourite family-friendly restaurant?

Casa Mia. We love it there. The food is great and they are fab with children, especially if they get bored and decide to start running around.

Favourite day out?

Harewood House. We are members there and use it all the time. It is really close and there’s lots to do for the kids. They are happy playing all day there or sometimes we just go for an hour after school.

Children’s favourite books?

Henry likes The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, William likes Danny the Champion of the world by Roald Dahl.