Mums. Amazing, aren’t they? Meet four local ladies who’ve made a fine art of being ’mum’s taxi’ out of sheer willpower to make it work.
Teresa Hinspeter Emily 11, Brooke 8, Ava 6, Liam 3
The Hinspeter kids love having fun at La Luna where they take part in dance, circus and aerial classes but that’s not all that’s on the agenda — add in tenpin bowling, swimming, netball and Ready Steady Go Kids and the mum’s taxi schedule is fully loaded.
Stay-at-home mum Teresa Hinspeter says the secrets of her success include her slow cooker and soothing music when sibling rivalry breaks out.
“We also have a game with pizza cars,” Teresa says. “For every Dominos or Pizza Hut car we see, we get one point (the first person to spot it yells out which pizza car it is). A Dominos scooter is worth double points.”
Usually Teresa sticks to the kiss and go rule at the school drop-off zone but there was one incident where she had to kiss and play chasey.
“One morning I dropped Brooke in the drop-off zone at school and somehow her bag straps got tangled around the armrest of her booster seat,” Teresa says.
“She walked into school dragging her seat behind her and was totally oblivious to it! I had to get out of the car and chase after her to get it back.
“It was a little embarrassing at the time but we laugh about it now.”