Parents get other parents. It’s just the truth! And one thing our founder Tamara knows is what it’s like to be a mother.
Juggling a business and a family is hard work. “Balance” can be elusive and time for yourself is a rare treat. Despite the ups and downs of motherhood, Tamara wouldn't have it any other way.
Tamara is a mother of two, ex-nanny and now a nanny expert. She has almost 15 years’ experience looking after kids. And for over 8 years, Tamara has been helping Perth families find the right nanny for their family. It’s a job it seems like she was born to do!
To get to know Tamara a little better, we asked her some questions about nannying, parenting and her gorgeous family.
So, what are you doing today?
The list is long! The kids are with the nanny today so it’s my day to get as much work done as possible. I’ve got lots of emails to send and I’m in the process of designing some things for the business. So, short answer. Lots of work!
You started your career as a nanny. Tell me how that came about?
I didn't know what I wanted to do when I left school but I knew I wanted to help people. So I started studying social work, but decided not to pursue it further because I found it very emotional - I’m a sensitive soul! I always wanted to travel so I decided to train as a nanny and move to London. I worked as a nanny in London for five years. It was great. Very hard work but I found I was naturally good at it. When I came back to Perth, I worked for their extended family as a nanny for three years. So I got to know that family quite well.
What made you such a good nanny?
I’ve always had a passion for children and child development. I’m also an overly organised person, especially with domestic jobs. Even with my kids, I love a good routine. So I always found my organisational skills helped me and the kids I looked after. I love cooking. I’m a tidy person so I don't mind cleaning. All those skills combined made me good at my job!
The families must have loved you!
They did love me.
And how did the idea for Precious Poppets come about?
While working as a nanny myself, I saw families rotating through a lot of nannies and I wanted to find people who would commit to their family for the long-term. More and more friends of the family I was nannying for would contact me to help them find a nanny. My clients told me I should start charging. It was casual like that for a while until I decided to take it seriously and get my branding sorted. It started as my side hustle then it evolved on its own.
What do you enjoy most about running your business?
I love engaging with the parents. I find I get their situation because I’m a mum who experiences the same challenges as they do. I relate to how they feel and know how finding someone you trust is important.
How do you organise your time with your nanny?
I’ve always had a nanny for Sia and Theo. At the moment my nanny does 1.5 days a week. I can sneak into the office or go out to a cafe to work.
Besides work, what are the benefits of having a nanny?
Being a mum can be very lonely. A great thing about having a nanny is you build a relationship with them. They see how your family operates and they understand your kids. I work from home so I get that connection with my nanny. I find it really rewarding.
How do you choose the right nanny?
Obviously all my nannies must have accreditations and experience. But personality is everything. That’s why we do 2-3 interviews with nannies and parents so the parents can decide themselves who they gel with the most. It really depends on who you want in your home. Most of the time you get a vibe. For me, when I was hiring for myself, I had to choose between two nannies. It was really hard. But I obviously chose the right one because the kids love her. They run-up to her and call her name when she comes over.
You have a strong belief in being 100% connected with your kids when you’re with them, but you also believe in maintaining a work-life.
I want to be successful and show my kids mums got her own thing going on. You flourish when you have something for yourself. I find I crave that brain function and interaction. But at the same time, my kids are 100% priority. I don’t want to sacrifice spending time with my kids.
Tell us about your kids.
Theo is 3 and Sia is almost 2. They are so different. Sia is outgoing and a bit of a social butterfly. She’s obsessed with Frozen. Theo is very laid back and sensitive. He loves cars and dinosaurs.
What are your favourite things to do with Theo and Sia at the moment?
I’m a big believer in getting out in the mornings. I encourage my nannies to do this too. I love getting outside. We just go out and play and explore. My phones in the bag and it won’t come out. I find the kids are happier in the morning, so am I actually! I find the mornings feel free.
What do you like to do outside business and motherhood?
Gosh, where do I start (laughs). My husband and I love renovating and this takes up a lot of our spare time. We love doing this together and make a great team. I'm a bit of a social butterfly, but obviously not so much now the kids are here. I crave social connection and have been known to organise some pretty great parties. I also really appreciate having time to myself. When you’re a mum, an hour to yourself is precious. It’s peaceful. You come back so much happier as well. I love simple things like taking walks with a girlfriend, listening to podcasts and doing reformer pilates. Travel has always been high on my agenda, even with the children. Last year, we took the kids to Italy. Everyone thought we were crazy because the kids were only small but it was amazing! Oh and I love cooking!
And I hear another baby is on the way! Congratulations.
Thank you! It will be interesting to see how I go. Sia and Theo were close in age. If I can do that, I can do this! But… a newborn is tough anyway! I’ll need more help (laughs).
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