Supermum Edition: Kristen Romain
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your line of work? Do you have any kids?
I am Kristen Romain, founder of Swish Swimming, a boutique swimming school in Dempsey Hill, and also part owner of UBX Boxing and Strength in Holland Village. I have two lovely kids (are they kids anymore, when they are 14 and 12 – sometimes doesn’t seem so?!)
How has transiting to WFH been like for you during the COVID-19 circuit breaker? How have you juggled work and kids?
What have been the challenges and rewards during this circuit breaker period for you and the family?
Having two businesses that work best when people are physically interacting, has caused considerable anxiety of course. However, as cliche as it sounds, I have always felt that out of every problem comes great opportunity – we just need to put our caps back on and try something new.
I lost my mother when I was eight, though I was fortunate enough to be blessed with an incredible step-mother who really is one of my best friends. She has a wicked sense of humour and the kindest of hearts. I celebrate them both. But also, I reflect on how lucky I am as a mum to have two healthy, and really kind kids.
We know you enjoy good food and cooking at home, do you have any kid friendly recipes you can share?
Everyone who knows me, would know that I am a terrible, and highly reluctant cook – so much so that at a recent Thanksgiving dinner, when my son was asked what he was thankful for, he was thankful that we had Mel (our helper) so that I did not cook for them (I told you he was funny…) But my step-mum loves to cook, and she has taught me a recipe that is fantastic with meat and BBQ’s: Bannister Beans. This recipe is perfect with the TMC bacon which we are LOVING (thank you for bringing that in – so tasty).