Sam and Snezana Wood reveal ‘Life can be cruel and tough’ while raising impressionable young girls

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With another little one on the way, power couple Sam and Snezana Wood open up about raising strong daughters and why it’s so important.

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You’re parents to two beautiful girls. How has parenthood changed you?

Sam: You completely change perspective. It is a great leveller. It makes you realise what’s truly important.

You will soon welcome another little lady into the family. How are you preparing this time around?

Snez: Sam is preparing for even more pink in his house of girls. It’s going to be pretty full on for a while with Willow being a hurricane. I am just trying to stay strong and healthy and we are going on a family holiday to Hawaii in May as it will be our last one for a while and we wanted to do something with Eve especially.

How is the pregnancy going?

Snez: I was feeling pretty ordinary with sickness for a long time and craving all sorts of crazy foods but it’s slowly getting better.

Will you feel pressure to get to your pre-baby body after this pregnancy?

Snez: Not at all. I’ll just do what I can, when I can and remind myself that even though it is hard, I always feel better after moving my body. 

Sam and Snezana Wood Eve Willow
(Credit: Photo by Jason Ierace, Styling by Jess Pecoraro and Sophie Whitmore)

Sam, tell us about your relationship with Eve.

Eve is my little girl. I don’t think of her any differently. I can’t wait to have three beautiful daughters. Obviously Eve is nearly 14 so we have a very different relationship. We are great friends. We have our ups and downs but I love her to bits.

You’ve said previously that you allowed Eve to dictate the speed in which your relationship developed. Why was that so important to you?

I just tried to put myself in her shoes. To have your Mum meet someone and fall in love is full on but to have it happen the way it did with us was massive. I just wanted to make sure that she always felt comfortable  and nothing felt forced or rushed.

What was your biggest fear about becoming a step-dad to Eve?

Just the unknown. With children from birth you get a warm-up as you prepare for each new phase. You don’t get that when you meet someone for the first time and they are nine and you have come into their life out of nowhere so it can be a bit scary.

Some people say it’s a different feeling when you’re not the biological father. What are your thoughts on that?

I can understand why some people might think that but I think of myself as Eve’s Dad and I treat her accordingly. We have been living together now for nearly three years and we have never been closer.

Do you both hope to have more children in the future?

Snez: This might be a question for when I’m not 22 weeks pregnant. We are focusing on the juggle of what two under two will be like with Eve in high school and then we will see.

Will you both encourage your children to be active? 

Sam: Absolutely. That doesn’t mean force but we both believe you should be a good role model and facilitate your kids exploring physical activity and different sports to be active and healthy.

A lot of teens struggle with bullying and self-esteem issues. Do you worry about Eve?

Snez: Absolutely. I think all/most parents of teenage kids do. Life can be cruel and tough. We definitely keep a close eye on it and let her know to talk to us about absolutely anything at any time.

What is something you would tell your younger self if you had the chance?

Don’t be afraid to take risks and be brave. That bravery could lead to something that changes your life forever.

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