Q&A with Stephanie Montford from Wife Swap Australia

Why did you choose to be a part of Wife Swap Australia?

We had watched the overseas programs as a family and really enjoyed it. I thought it would be interesting to swap with another family and see what would be different in someone else's life. I also wanted to see how my family would manage without me.

How did you find the experience?

The whole experience was an eye opener. It was interesting to see how different my family functions to other families. Also the expectations my husband and I have for our children in relation to their education and behaviour. We are extremely driven and seeing that through other people's eyes was enlightening.

What was the highlight of being involved on Wife Swap?

Renovating their daughter Ruby's room was my highlight. I enjoyed making her happy and spending time with the children was wonderful. They were positive about all my changes, especially the exercise.

What was the hardest obstacle or challenge you faced?

Trent was resistant to change and struggled to try and see the benefits of how I live. There were areas in their family life that could have been improved, but he would make excuses for his behaviour rather than listen to what I had to say.

What one thing did you take away from your experience that you'll apply to your own family life?

I realised that I have done a great job raising my family and that I could ease up on the discipline at times as my children have earned the right to be able to think and act without guidance and make the right choices. I also learnt that even though we have a blessed financial position, at times Alex and I were taking advantage of my husband’s good nature and spending without consideration. I realised that Alex needed to understand that hard work goes into earning a good income and that she had to contribute more to our house rather than taking all the time.

What do you think you taught the other family?

I don't know if I taught them anything… but I hope I taught the kids to respect the home their parents provided and also respect themselves enough to clean the house and their rooms. I hope they also learnt that just because you have money doesn't mean you think or act a particular way or expect anything from others but kindness and love.


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Posted by Report
Alex is an annoying spoilt immature brat :)
Posted by MaddmaryReport
Really Steff, you think you did a great job raising your family? You may want to give your daughter a reality check..... Other than that you both had good things to learn from one another, but you were in no way superia to Nicola don,t even think you were.
Posted by Report
I really enjoyed the show and thought that both families were lovely people who were ultimately open to each other's observations and criticisms. Great viewing...made a difference watching aussie fams...down to earth and "real". :)
Posted by Report
Whats wrong with Australian slang? Thats who we are??? Keep talking it Steff, whats an Australian without bloody Australian Slang? You go Cobber!
Posted by Report
thats so true Cynthia, we must remember that this girl is only 15, she is not an adult but is being attacked as one. Lay off Australians and let the parents deal with it
Posted by cindyReport
aussie slang is our 'accent' As an actor/actress, it is very hard to be able to speak this way. not that i am but i think it would be funny if ......STOP
i'll get back to you, my dogs have run away and they weigh in together at 150kg ..................gotta jog...holy ***.........
Posted by Report
lol good luck catching your woofers
Posted by cindyReport
i think we need to protect our children and harness the parents in our difference of opinions. i would prefer the spat at me as a bad mum than have some body berate my girls.
Posted by MelannieReport
I believe that Stephanie has some very good points some people could use as a examples. On the other hand, Trents wife needs to learn to act like lady instead of critisizing every woman that gets her nails done, wears make-up and goes to the hairdresser on a regular basis.
Posted by Report
What point was that? Oh wait that she has lots of money? Cause she certainly took every opportunity to point it out