Ngaire Stirling from Brisbane Kids Creative and I met at one of the Professional Parents Playgroups I held in 2010. (For those who don’t already know her, it’s pronounced Ny-ree). We’ve become good friends and she is a smart, dedicated, loyal and generous businesswoman. It’s taken me ages to get my act together to firstly interview here and secondly to get this online, but I’m happy to finally be able to share this so you can also get to know her a bit better!
Many of you may also have met her at the Professional Parents Brisbane events, as along with Kelly from Be A Fun Mum, she took over the operation of these after I moved to The Netherlands. Here’s the three of us together earlier this year:
I miss her lots but we chat on Facebook almost daily. Ngaire is an awesome example of Facebook engagement, and shared some great tips on this at one of our previous Professional Parents events. If you haven’t already, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Facebook page. As I type, she has over 31,500 followers, with more than 16, 500 “talking about this” – if you are a Facebook page owner you’ll be impressed by these stats! (and if it doesn’t make much sense to you, believe me, it’s good!)
Of course, with a business like brisbanekids.com.au – she is based in Brisbane. She bought the site a couple of years ago believing she could help connect to parents and has spent countless hours over the last few years to build this website and facebook page into the most popular resource for Brisbane parents. She has also started www.goldcoastkids.com.au with the corresponding Gold Coast Kids Facebook Page.
She runs this business from home, all while also being a mum to Jack (6) Tom (4) and Summer (1). Her husband is a builder, working long hours – as does she. Her office is her kitchen table. Ngaire’s kids are with her most of the time – yet she is someone who just makes it work (while I relied heavily on daycare so I could concentrate!).
Not only that, she also has managed to fit in study – this year finishing a grad dip in teaching and is also midway through a business degree.
Before becoming a mum, Ngaire completed a degree with a journalism and PR major, then was a marketing manager “having a good time heading in no particular direction”. When she compares this to life after children, she says she is now “heading in a wonderful direction with a family by my side. LIFE is AMAZING”.
I love her practical tips for family work balance. “Make sure you eat breakfast and make sure you read your kids a book every day”
Two of her favourite Professional Parents Products are (I love these too!).
How challenging life can actually be
Something unexpected about starting a business?
How amazing life is when work is not work
One of your greatest wishes for your business?
That I continue to inspire happy families in Brisbane.
A recent challenge?
Time Management, but we are getting there.
Advice to others starting out in business?
Tread your own path. Be tenacious and persistent and believe in yourself.
Don’t ever ever ever tell your ideas to anyone who is likely to be a downer unless they actually have some business experience and have nothing to gain or lose by your decision
A favourite resource?
What do you love about running your own business?
I can work around everything to be there for my kids
What do you think is a myth about running a business?
That it is easy- that there is no guilt. Such a myth.
Thanks Ngaire for sharing and for all the amazing support you have given to Brisbane families – and to me personally.
This is part of a series of interviews on our Professional Parents People page so you can learn from other’s experiences of how they balance family and work. Would you like to share your story? Contact us
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Renee Veldman-Tentori, founder, Professional Parents