It's all in a day's work for mum
BEING a mother to seven and grandmother to six seems like enough to juggle on its own.
Throw in a full time job and the fact that one of those children has a disability and you’ve got the life of Jane Simmons.
And her son, Ryan Blyton, who has cerebral palsy, says she couldn’t be doing a better job.
“She works really hard,” Ryan said.
“She has a full time job and somehow she manages to fit us all in.”
With a team of 13 to spoil her you’d think Jane would have a day of relaxation ahead for Mother’s Day tomorrow.
But the work of a mother never ends.
“We won’t be doing much because my son has football,” Jane laughed.
“We’ll do the family thing next weekend though. Three of my kids have birthdays around Mother’s Day so we celebrate it all.”
The kids won’t let the weekend pass with no recognition of their special mum though.
“She’s getting an iPhone,” Ryan said.
Daughter Katey says she’s incredibly close to her mum and the bond between the two has strengthened since she has two children of her own.
“I have more of an understanding now, we’re pretty close actually.”
Jane said having older kids made motherhood a bit easier, as she had babysitters to help her out.
“It’s good if I have to go away on the weekend or something, but sometimes my daughters complain I have a better social life than they do,” Jane laughed.