Meet the Simmons family...

Kingsley Simmons with children Jasmine, 14, Kaydi, 11, and Cooper, 13 months.
Kingsley Simmons with children Jasmine, 14, Kaydi, 11, and Cooper, 13 months.
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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 Kingsley Simmons, of Headingley, dad to Jasmine, 14, Kaydi, 11, and Cooper, 13 months. The former Lance Sergeant recently left the British army after nearly 15 years’ service. He now works as a personal trainer, runs a boot camp, is a network marketer and an ambassador for adidas.

Top tips for getting children to do what you ask?

I have worked with quite a lot of children in schools and I’ve found that if you want them to do anything you ask then you need to make it sound appealing. If it doesn’t then there is no way that they will.

What family task takes you the longest?

Getting the girls out of bed and ready for the day ahead. Babies and infants are easy as you’re in control. It’s like a military operation and everything is to a set time frame. Teenage girls are another kettle of fish.

Have your children ever really surprised you?

When I was serving in Afghanistan the kids and my then partner Lisa made me a massive banner for Father’s Day. When you’re on tour, receiving a letter means the entire world to you. So when you receive a picture with your family holding up a banner that they created for you, to let you know they love you – words cannot describe how I felt.

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

“Yes” to almost everything. Girls have the gift of wrapping fathers around their little fingers.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

We enjoy trips to the park, bowling, eating out, playing monopoly – although usually the game doesn’t get finished due to rows – cinema and family games.

What’s the best thing about weekends and why?

Having quality time to spend with each other, however now the girls have discovered social media this is sometimes a challenge.

Children’s favourite food?

Seasoned chicken, broccoli and rice. On special occasions it would be KFC.

Can’t live without...

My mobile phone is my life as I am a network marketer; personal trainer; run a bootcamp and an ambassador for adidas

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