Jennifer Austin was born and raised in Miami, Florida. At the age of 2o, she started her own business, a mobile gymnastics company. She has successfully run several gymnastics programs in Miami for over ten years. Jenny and her husband Mike have been married for nine years and have three beautiful kids, Tyler (7), Kate (5), Jake (2) and we can’t forget their American Bulldog, Zoe. In her spare time she enjoys going to the movies and reading a good book! “My favorite thing to do as a family is go to our home in the Keys , take the kids fishing, then hang by the pool to cool off! It’s the perfect day!”
Q. What do you love most about being a mom?
I love watching my children grow! Kids say the funniest things. Just when I’m taking life a bit too serious, my kids will say something funny that just cracks me up and puts everything into perspective! I am always surprised by their sense of humor and intelligence.
Q. Who inspired you the most growing up?
My mom and grandma were a HUGE influence. Everything we did involved family and being together. I think that’s why my mom, sisters and I are still so close today. I hope I have that influence on my kids.
Q. When did you discover your love for gymnastics?
I joined the cheerleading team in Jr. High and our team was really competitive. It was back when cheerleading was becoming a really big deal and all the top teams could do gymnastics. I learned to tumble and haven’t stopped since!
Q. What is Ta-Da Kidz?
Tada! is a place the whole family can enjoy. We are a fitness boutique offering specialty classes, awesome themed birthday parties, a cozy parent’s lounge and an indoor play area for younger siblings to enjoy. I wanted to create a place where mom could enjoy a cup of coffee (and actually have a conversation), while her kids were taking a gymnastics class, art class or upstairs in the homework club!
Q. How do you balance raising three young children, a happy hubby and running two businesses?
It’s hard, I’m not gonna lie! I find myself saying, “Stay Calm and Carry On” a lot lately! My husband is really supportive and I could not have taken on this new project without him. What’s so great about Tada!, is I can bring my kids to work with me!
Q. The kids are back to school in a few weeks, what tips do you have for keeping our kids fit during the school year?
Staying active is SO important. Creating healthy habits when kids are young is the best gift we can give them. I think trying new activities and introducing kids to different sports is great. Sometimes it takes a few tries till kids figure out what they love. Whether it’s dancing, gymnastics, soccer, football, whatever… just do something!
Some easy things to do as a family are bike rides, going to the park, or even walking the family dog. The important part is to Keep Moving and have FUN!!
Q. What advice do you have for other Sporty Mommas that are still trying to find their niche?
Do not give up! You can do anything you set your mind to. Being a mom and raising a family is the hardest thing to do and if you can do that, you can do anything!! I remember in my 20’s trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Finally I decided to do a combination of all the things I loved! I loved teaching kids, throwing parties, socializing with other moms and making children’s fitness cool. That’s when I created Tada! Is it the hardest thing I’ve ever done? The answer is yes! But I love teaching my kids that mommy can do anything and setting an example for my kids makes it all worth it. Visit www.tadakiz.com!