Leeds family of the Week: Meet the Tams...

The Tams: Sam, 36, Natalie, 33, seven-year-old Mia and two-year-old Emily.
The Tams: Sam, 36, Natalie, 33, seven-year-old Mia and two-year-old Emily.
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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 Natalie, who works at the University of Leeds, her husband Sam, who works at Britvic, and their children Mia and Emily.

Top tips for getting children to do what you ask?

Although I said I would never do this as a parent I often resort to bribery, whether it be a trip to the local park or a treat – usually chocolate or sweets. I’ll always start with reasoning to make me feel like a good parent but the bag of sweets normally end up coming out!

What family task takes you the longest?

School run! This can be the most stressful thing of the day, even though we are up at 6am we are always rushing out of the door and forgetting something, usually to brush teeth!

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

My two year old found my bright red lipstick and drew all over our cream carpet.

What’s the funniest thing your children have said?

Both my children make me laugh every day. Just when I think I’ve heard it all they come out with another classic line. My youngest daughter’s latest is “you tidy up mummy” and “two minutes”.

Favourite family day out?

I love exploring Yorkshire, there are so many different family days out. Sometimes a trip to our local park just to get some fresh air is great. One of our favourites is a walk around Harlow Carr or Castle Howard, followed by coffee and cake!

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

It changes all the time, from lack of sleep when they’re babies to worrying if you’re doing a good enough job, I always think could I be doing this better. I think that feeling will always be with me as a parent.

What’s a typical evening for the grown-ups?

Collapse on the sofa!

Most treasured memory?

When Mia, my eldest child, became a sister and held her sister for the first time. For once I didn’t have to ask her to smile for the camera, she did it all by herself.

Children’s favourite food?

Chicken and rice from any chinese restaurant.

Top penny-pinching tip?

I don’t know, I’m useless at saving money. I dyed my jeans instead of buying new ones but it’s left my washing machine in a state so I wouldn’t recommend that!

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