To survive chaotic family life, you need a good sense of humour – maybe that’s why comedian and founder of Funny Mummies, Jenny Wynter, manages so well? We chatted to the mum of six (to Ella, 18, Caleb, 16, Cassidy, 11, plus bonus kids Aidan, 16, Sarah, 14, and Lucas, 11) about how she and her partner Jon balance sanity and silliness.
Tell us about your business or current role – where did the concept come from, and what’s your business background?
I’ve always loved performing but when I had kids early, I thought “well, that’s the end of that!” But when I had two under the age of two I really started to feel like I was drowning. I started doing comedy shortly after and it was my lifeline, then it morphed into a career. A couple of years ago I launched Funny Mummies as an online community where Mums could come together to share laughter as stress and pain relief: I think of it as life’s epidural. We now produce comedy shows (we’re about to commence what will be the first Queensland performance tour since Covid hit!), have a comedy fund to support mums in comedy and I recently published my first book “Funny Mummy”.
What time does a typical day start for you, and what does your morning look like?
The daily “Relieving Bladder versus More Sleep” battle commences around 6.30am. I feed the cats, make tea, hop back in bed and do a bit of writing, make breakfast and lunches, then usually respond to calls of “I can’t find it!”
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, where do you go and what do you like to do?
I’d love to say I retreat to my meditation room and do a quick yoga flow, but in reality I hide in the bathroom with my secret stash of Maltesers and convince myself I’m making good choices.
If your kids are young, what do you do for childcare? If they’re older, do they do any extracurricular activities?
There are so many activities going on for six kids – scouts, soccer, netball, acting, volleyball – that our google calendar has started on anxiety meds. But you know… #worthit. It’s worth it, right? Please tell me it’s worth it.
What do you do for fun as a family?
Obstacle courses! If you want to get your kids to cooperate, there’s no better teacher than a huge muddy hill to climb and only one rope.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night, or to eat out with your kids?
Riding electric scooters around the Brisbane riverside. You feel like you’re twelve again, but because they’re powered there’s zero effort involved. So basically it’s like your twelve but you can surrender to the impulse to be lazy.
Where do you head when you need a girls’ night out?
I used to be a real let’s-go-out-and-party girl but that was before I knew what a thyroid gland was. Nowadays I’d much rather go to my girlfriends’ house to eat all the things, encourage a dance off, have shameless deep and meaningfuls and then pass out on the couch the minute you need to with zero judgement. #party
What’s your must-know fashion or beauty tip for mums?
Get a “funky” hair-cut with lots of layers so you can literally jump out of bed and still look like you’ve put in effort.
What’s your favourite place to shop?
Op shops. It’s getting the point where I may need an intervention.
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
Be more silly. Come out to breakfast in a wig. Put on an accent. I guess what I’m saying is pretend you’re somebody else, which is likely questionable advice. But if you can find ways to make yourself – and your family – laugh, everybody will feel a little better. Laughter is pain relief. Oh, and hide your Maltesers well. Kids can sniff that stuff out.