OCCUPATION: Stay-at-home mum and studying online course in primary school eductation
ABOUT: Janine and her husband Shane live with their eight children in a rental property. They have been together since Janine was 16 years old, ‘we are best friends as well as husband and wife.’
Their lives revolve around their children so they spend little time together as a couple, ‘I think it is selfish when people do something for themselves instead of for their kids.’
Shane is the breadwinner and the main disciplinarian of the children while Janine’s role is to take care of the home and the family. ‘The kids are my life and they are the most important thing to me. When you have children you live for them, not for yourself.’
‘We don’t do the date thing. About once every two months Shelby (19) will look after the children and Shane and I will go out for the day. We drive around and talk about everything – the family, current affairs, world events.’
WIFE: Janine (36) considers the children to be the center of her world. She hasn’t got time for ‘me time’ in her life, ‘when you’ve got eight children, there’s no escape.’
Janine likes to cook big, hearty meals like stews, casseroles and roasts for Shane and the children. She also loves to bake four or five cakes twice a week which the children take to school and have for afternoon tea.
‘I believe a woman’s place is in the home, in fact I stop my husband if he tries to help me with the housework.’
‘I like to look nice, but it’s not everything to me… I am fine with leaving the house without make-up on.’
HUSBAND: Shane (43) works 40 – 50 hours a week as a structural landscaping contractor, leaving for work between 4:30am and 6am. Janine feels he has taught her a lot and has made her more assertive, he encourages her to have an opinion of her own.
In Shane’s spare time he is working on his military models, he has been building these models since he was eight-years-old and has 500 in his collection. This hobby is his stress-buster, but he rarely has the peace and quiet to enjoy it.
CHILDREN: Shelby (19) works with Shane and lives close to the family home, Duccari (16) is computer mad, Connor (12) is the clown of the family, Rhiannon (11) is very serious and takes everything to heart, Briona (9) is head strong and emotional, Tiarna-Erin (7) is determined and fixates on things, Lesley (5) is shy and Caleb (3) is doted on by all the family members.
PETS: A German shepherd named Boots and three cats, Mr Sprinkles, Milly and Baby cat.