YEP Family of the Week: Meet the Franciscos

The Francisos: Silvino, 39, Jo, 35, three-year-old Luca and four-month-old Bella.
The Francisos: Silvino, 39, Jo, 35, three-year-old Luca and four-month-old Bella.
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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 the Francisco family from Wetherby. Jo is a press officer at Welcome to Yorkshire –currently on maternity leave – and Silvino’s a fireman.

Top tips for getting children to do what you ask?

Bribery! Treat box or sticker chart depending on the gravity of the task.

What family task takes you the longest?

Generally just getting out of the door on time.

What’s the funniest thing your children have said?

When I arrived home from hospital after having his sister, Luca asked me: “Mummy we won’t put Bella in the bin will we? We only put rubbish in the bin don’t we?” I could see those little cogs working and it made me chuckle. Thankfully he hasn’t put her in the bin. Yet.

Mini moan – what really gets your goat?

Motorists without kids parking in the family parking spaces at supermarkets.

What’s your favourite family day out?

Newby Hall on a sunny day. The water fountain, mini train and fab food in the café keep the whole family happy. Stockeld Park and its play areas and a trip to Sandsend beach are also family favourites.

What hobbies do the family enjoy?

Both babies have swimming lessons, I don’t want them to be scared of the water. They also do Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes, they love it and nap for hours afterwards , which is great!

What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?

Sleep deprivation and learning the art of (infinite) patience.

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

Dinner, TV and a glass of wine.

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

Jakes in Harrogate is brilliant as it has a play area for the toddlers once they’ve wolfed lunch.

What is your most treasured memory?

Seeing Luca on holiday, being excited about the beach, the pool and the ice creams – the little things in life. We can’t wait to go away as a family of four this summer.

What items can the family not live without?

I can’t live without wipes. For the children, it’s cuddles.

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