Pampered wife Tanya is thrown out of her comfort zone when she swaps with hard-working, circus performer Shannon West.
Why did you choose to be a part of Wife Swap Australia?
I chose to be a part of Wife Swap as I watch the USA and English version and thought it would be fun to experience another family’s way of life and be taken out of our comfort zone.
How did you find the experience?
I couldn’t have imagined ending up at the Circus, I thought I was going to a farm until I arrived there and was very shocked and nervous. Overall the experience was very challenging being away from my own environment and living full time in a trailer, taking care of the children and understanding how they live - they are on the move most of the time.
I loved the opportunity and you could never buy that experience to actually travel and live their lifestyle, it is a one off and I loved the experience.
What was the highlight of being involved on Wife Swap?
Listening to the lions each night roaring was quite unbelievable. Meeting such lovely people within the circus and listening to all the real life experiences they have had in the circus. Another highlight would be learning the history of how their circus was formed and listening to Dollie who is 95 years old, he told me so many amazing stories of their family and the circus life.
What was the hardest obstacle or challenge you faced?
The hardest obstacle was being away from my family, as well as living in a trailer rather than settled in a house. Trying to find your own time is near impossible with all the hard labour which went with being a wife and a circus worker in the circus. There was so much cleaning to be done but there was a lack of time to do it.
What one thing did you take away from your experience that you'll apply to your own family life?
What I will apply to my own family from the experience is that I shouldn’t stress out about the small things like cleaning. Family is very important no matter where you are and you need each other. I now appreciate what I have more than I did before I went on the show.
What do you think you taught the other family?
I believe I taught them to have a little bit more time for themselves and take some time out to relax. They should have more romance and spend quality time with one another. I’m not 100% sure if that will take place but I did try to work this through with the swapped husband Glenn that you need this in your lives.