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Meet Lauren & Luke, Gia & Dillon’s mum and dad
Sydney's beachside suburb, Clovelly, is home to
the go-to Kido store and its fun-loving owners.
photographed by ian macpherson
styled by jenny lacey
lmnop: How were you inspired to start your business?
lw: We both came from a retail background and we thought that the kid’s thing would be a fun and creative area to get involved in. Falling pregnant with our first daughter really got us started though.
lmnop: What advice would you give to other parents trying to start a business?
lw: Make sure you live close to lots of family members willing to help!
lmnop: How do you juggle your business with parenthood?
lw: We are very fortunate to live where we work and work where we live. Daycare is just across the road too, so our life is very convenient. The girls have grown up knowing nothing but the store, so it is like an extension of their home and our staff are like family to them. The hardest challenge is keeping the girls in the house and out of the store!
lmnop: What’s your biggest challenge as parents?
lw: Having the illusion of control that you had before kids shattered, and trying to come to terms with it. It is the hardest and yet sometimes the most liberating thing about life as a parent.
lmnop: What do you, Gia and Dillon like to do together?
lw: Spin in circles till we’re sick. Look for butterfly’s. Yell over the fence to our next
door neighbor. Find lizards. Get dirty. Have bubble baths. Read books. Plant herbs. Pick flowers. Play in cardboard boxes. Eat treats. Laugh till it hurts …
lmnop: The best piece of advice you’ll ever give to your daughters?
lw: Who knows at this stage? Right now it might be “Don’t pick your nose in front of people you want to impress”, later it will probably be “Be kind and honest to yourself and those around you.”
Kido is located at 159 Clovelly Road, Clovelly NSW
Phone: +612 9314 7010
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Read more about Lauren and Luke in LMNOP Magazine, Issue 9.
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