Leeds Family of the Week: The Parsons

Michelle, 36, with husband Andrew, 39, and daughters Sophia and Olivia.
Michelle, 36, with husband Andrew, 39, and daughters Sophia and Olivia.
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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 Michelle Edgar-Parsons, managing director of Leeds-based creative marketing firm The Individual Agency, along with her husband Andrew and their daughters Sophia, five, and Olivia, four.

Top tips for getting children to do what you ask?

Bribery! At the moment the promise of a guinea pig and hamster are keeping both our little girls in their own bed.

What family task takes you the longest?

Whilst it’s only once a year, writing Christmas cards is something I dread – the girls want to write them all themselves, both the cards and the envelopes, with full names and a Christmas message!

Have your children ever really surprised you?

Despite us having never spoken about it, last week Olivia asked me when we would be having lunch at The Gherkin in London saying: “There’s a restaurant on the 39th floor!”

What’s the funniest thing your children have done?

In Sophia’s first nativity she was a fire dancer and when the song came on she transformed into Shakira, shaking her hips like we’d never seen before. All the mums were asking where she had learned it.

What really gets your goat?

Disingenuous people – both from a work and personal perspective. Don’t claim you can do something that you can’t! Also, children with no manners, it’s not that difficult to make them understand that if they want something then they have to ask nicely.

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

Guilt – I feel guilty if I’m not with my children but then I feel guilty if I’m not at work; I love my children but I also love my business so it’s just a juggling act every day.

Proudest achievement?

I gave birth to Olivia at home – totally unplanned. My husband had to do a lot before the paramedic arrived. I’m very proud of how calm we stayed!

Essential item?

My mobile phone – it’s an emergency line should my family need me, my camera to capture funny moments and I’m constantly checking emails.

What can your children not live without?

Each other! There’s only 54 weeks between them so they’ve never known a time without the other – they play together, sleep together and just generally want to be with each other. It’s lovely to see.

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