Why did you choose to be a part of Wife Swap Australia?
I chose to be part of Wife Swap because I have always watched the show. My sister and I said that if it came to Australia we would apply. She chickened out but I applied. I love how each family always learns something from their experience and also has something to share.
How did you find the experience?
I found the overall Wife Swap experience great and I’m glad that we went ahead with it. At times it was challenging, difficult and not really what I expected. I was quite bored some of the time as I am used to a busy, full life.
What was the highlight of being involved on Wife Swap?
The highlight of Wife Swap was being able to have a positive impact on the other family, especially Justin, who seemed to be isolated in his family and lacking motivation and incentive. It was nice to feel appreciated and I did feel like I made a difference.
What was the hardest obstacle or challenge you faced?
The most challenging aspect of Wife Swap was not having a husband, but a wife. I found it very uncomfortable at times. The visit with the ‘dykes on bikes’ was by far the most challenging! I have never in my life felt so uncomfortable with conversation.
What one thing did you take away from your experience that you'll apply to your own family life?
The biggest thing that I took away from my experience would be that I have an even bigger appreciation of my own husband and children. I am so happy to have such hard working, amazing, loving, respectful children and husband who all really appreciate me.
I also have realised how strong I am. My confidence has grown. I realise how much I do and how well I do it! I am able to see how successful I am as a wife, mother and business woman.
What do you think you taught the other family?
I hope that the other family learnt the importance of family time. Spending time as a family, communicating, laughing and working as a family to get things done around the house. I believe that it is important to raise your children to be strong, independent adults who are capable of looking after themselves, who are honest, hardworking, motivated and reliable. To let a child do nothing is a disservice to them. I hope they realise we need to motivate and encourage our children if they need it. I hope that Justin continues his guitar lessons and work experience at the music shop. I also hope that he helps to bath the dogs and have fun cooking with his mum. I think I showed him that chores can be fun and that everyone needs to contribute to getting things done.
I believe that the family felt my love for them and my good intentions when it came to the rule change - they expected the worst but I think they were surprised that I actually did care for them and that I wasn't out to make their life difficult, but to improve things and show them a piece of how I live.