Meet the Croston family

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This week we hear from Jenny Croston who has had a change of career from solicitor to stay at home mum but has an important message to deliver.

After being diagnosed with cervical cancer last year Jenny, who is married to dentist Andy, is trying to raise awareness of the importance of screening.

The couple, who live in Scarcroft, have two children - Tom, six, who attends Shadwell Primary and three-year-old George.

What are your top tips for getting children to do what you ask?

Usually after asking the same question at least a dozen times, we give up asking and offer a small bribe.

What family task takes you the longest?

Bedtime. Without fail. Every night.

Have your children ever really, really surprised you? How and why?

They surprise us all the time, some are very good surprises – some we’d rather forget!

What’s the funniest thing your children have ever said/done?

The boys are unexpectedly hilarious everyday. I wished we kept a book so we could remember some of the real howlers.

Mini moan - what really gets your goat?

Tom playing Minecraft incessantly.

What’s your favourite family day out?

Somewhere outdoors with plenty of room for the boys to run and climb around like lunatics in time for a picnic. Brimham Rocks is a wonderful spot. We also wouldn’t be without our Harewood Card.

What hobbies/pastimes do you enjoy as a family and separately.

We all love a movie night-in with goodies. All the boys love fooball. Mum doesn’t!

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

Having children.

What’s a typical evening for the grown-ups once the children are in bed?

Squeezing in a hour of Sky Atlantic after falling on the sofa

What is Leeds’ most family-friendly restaurant and why?

When you come armed with two small noisy people the choices are reduced. However we can count on Pizza Express on Street Lane. The staff are lovely, the kids inhale the food, and the dozens of other children eating there drown out our noise.

What’s the best thing about weekends and why?

Being able to spend time together.

What’s your top penny-pinching tip?

On-line meal planning. Our food bills have halved since I got organised and planned what we eat and on which day.

One family member’s proudest achievement?

Jen’s battle with cancer.

She did it with courage and dignity.

What one item can you not live without?

Our car – we live a bit out in the sticks.

What can your children not live without?

I actually asked Tom what he couldn’t live without – his tablet computer or football. Surprisingly, he answered “football” (maybe we’re not such terrible parents after all).

Your child/children’s favourite book and author

Tom has discovered Roald Dahl and Horrid Henry books. George will listen to anything as long as he’s heard it at least 1000 times already (it’s usually the Gruffalo).

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