Last week, in behind-the-scenes podcast #8, I shared with you some of the very real fears that I have about leaving New Zealand to travel Europe for six months.

One of those fears is leaving my kids behind. In particular my 17 years old daughter, Tessa. As any parent knows, a lot happens in the life of a teenager. Multiple dramas arise. Drama’s that, as a parent, one likes to be around to help navigate. Calm the waters. Guide them through.

For the first time ever in Tessa’s life (and mine as a parent) I won’t be here for her. And the thought of that (still) scares me.  

In this week’s behind-the-scenes podcast you will get a glimpse into the life of my daughter. You will see what goes through the head of this extraordinary seventeen-year-old girl as she grows up in New Zealand.

I hope that you love listening to her as much as I do. Enjoy.




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Being 17 in New Zealand. In This Week’s Show Tessa and I Discuss:


1: Working as a waitress in the local diner and dealing with hostile people in New Zealand

2: Tessa feeling overwhelmed and why.  

3: Travel. The fears she has.

4: Taking drama classes in New Zealand.

5: How a New Zealand dance teacher makes the whole class cry.


Mother and daughter. Behind the scenes podcast

Me and my girl. Tessa at 17.




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Want More Behind The Scenes Podcast Episodes?

(Where we share the things that are happening in our lives right now).

Episode #1: Meeting Our Teenage Daughter. Life at 17.

Episode #2: Our Son at 20. Homeschooled. No College. Three Jobs.

Episode #3: We Met Online. The Māori Subscribers Who Changed Our Lives.

Episode #4: The REAL Reason We Left the UK.

Episode #5: When Your Daughter Quits School. Now What? With Tessa

Episode #6. Dealing With The Mistakes You Make Online

Episode #7. We’re Leaving New Zealand.

Episode #8: Why I’m Terrified to Travel.


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