The Big Issue : Edition 528
THE BIG ISSUE 13 – 26 JAN 2017 35 “We don’t like to consider ourselves like the Kardashians, by no means. It’s not easy to be in front of the camera. It’s just us telling our story,” says Daniella. Both women talk about the difficulties in adapting to having a camera crew in your house, filming your life. A big focus for the show is education, a subject very important to Daniella. Her parenting style, at least as far as the program shows, is pretty relaxed. But when it comes to school, there is no compromising. She is the Indigenous Education Officer at the same school her youngest daughters attend, and the biggest Family Rule is that you have to finish high school. After that, Daniella says, your path is up to you. “I just think that our kids have more opportunities when they have an education behind them,” she says. “I had to go back and finish my schooling, that’s probably where it came from.” The post-school paths of the Rules have branched out in all directions: one is a musician, another a model, one works on an oil rig, another lives in Melbourne studying a double degree in Anthropology and Business, and there have already been five grandchildren added to the sizable family. By the end of our conversation Daniella and Kiara seem giddy – about the show, the interview, the whole thing. “We’re just enjoying the moment, we just want to share these six episodes with the rest of Australia,” adds Daniella. “All I see for my girls in the future is that I just want them to be happy.” Even over the phone, you can tell that she is smiling – a big, proud, parental smile. by Katherine Smyrk (@ksmyrk) » Family Rules will broadcast on NITV from 9 January. Also on SBS On Demand.