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.