Before she had kids, there was no such thing as organisation, but now routine is what keeps her life together.
Lee Watson is the wife of Cricketer Shane and they share two gorgeous kids together, Matilda, two and Will, four.
They spent years living out of suitcases following Shane around the world with his sport but now they’re at home routine is the key to keeping it all together.
Speaking on Kidspot’s Juggling Act podcast, Lee admitted “it’s really hard” when Shane comes home after weeks away on tour because he throws everything into chaos.
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“He could have been in the Caribbean for six weeks you know relaxing, beautiful beaches, playing a bit of cricket, comes back, I’ve been at home with the two children and I clearly want a break,” she explained.
“But he wants to have fun, stay up late, with the kids, playing games,” said Lee.
The former sports reporter, who recently added author to her list of credits with her book Nothing Happens Outside, admitted she wasn’t organised before kids came along but things are very different now.
“I think the only thing that really gets me through being a single parent for six to eight weeks is routine,” she explained.
For years Lee and the children lived out of bags while they went away on tour with Shane.
“There was no routine, ordering room service – which is not ideal – changing hotel rooms every couple of nights really, there was no kitchen, no nothing,” she explained.
So now when Shane does come home there is a “good two week” adjustment period before he’s back on “helping terms.”
“There’s a lot of long, long lunches planned two weeks after he arrives home,” she said, “But he’s very hands on, so I’m lucky.”
Lee recently released her first children’s book Nothing Happens Outside which encourages parents to get outside with their kids. Source: News Corp
Lee and Shane founded Let’s Activate, a fun and engaging program for kids which fuses sport and music together after struggling to find the right activity for their son.
They started off enrolling him in soccer, but after half a term he was bored with it.
“We trialled another few sports and music and all sorts of things and nothing would really keep him focused until we started chatting about what we could do,” she explained.
“We wanted to create a program that had a good mix of boys and girls,” she said.
Both Shane and Lee are passionate about getting kids off iPads and getting them outside, running wild and getting up to mischief and creating those happy memories.