If you are worried about not having a Hatchimal for your kid on Christmas morning, you are in for a reality check.
Because you’re about to meet Nikki McWatters.
Nikki is a best-selling author and a mother of five. But once, she was a single mum so poor she lived in a tent with her kids and relied on the Salvation Army handing out parcels of free presents for kids in need.
Listen to Nikki talking on I Don’t Know How She Does It about the time she was waiting in line at the Salvos and saw another school mum dropping off her unwanted gifts:
Nikki grew up in a “good” home, but was a pretty rebellious teenager, dreaming of being an Oscar-winning actress and falling for punk rockers.
Leaving home to chase rock bands around Sydney, she soon found herself married to a roadie, and then… divorced with two little kids.
Alone, in the big city, with babies, it was time for Nikki to work out how to survive. “I had a dive in Bondi, it was absolutely horrible. I had milk-crates as furniture… I had left with nothing, and I had to start again.”
Nikki cleaned houses where she could – some pretty famous houses, like the one that belonged to Kerry Packer in Sydney’s swanky Bellevue Hill.
But work – and life – is precarious when you are a single mum to babies.
"They get sick. Once we had six weeks of chicken pox... You'd have to take them to work - like at cleaning Kerry Packer's, they were running around, the Ming vases were shaking."
Then she found herself in love again.