Interview with Tim and Kathy Stockdale
Q: Why did you want to be on Wife Swap?
A: My husband Tim and I had no personal need to be on the Wife Swap TV show. Our sons were especially eager to try it and we, being adventurous home-school parents, couldn't deny our sons such a unique learning experience that a national TV show brings. So, in a nutshell, we did it for the kids!!
Q: What parts of the swap did you enjoy?
A: Our family really enjoyed it.
Q: What parts of the swap did you find the hardest?
A: My swap family had 4 "children" of ages 17 years and older. So relating and dealing with 5 adult minds was a big challenge!
Q: How did the kids cope with the swap?
A: Back home the guys supported one another in whatever situation arose, just like they would normally do. At least once that I know of, one of the boys respectfully confronted the Swap Mom, Laurie, on problems that he saw. That made me particularly proud.
Q: Do you relate to your family differently?
A: Being a farm, home-schooling, bluegrass band family, we enjoy a lot of common experiences, but we have to chalk the Wife Swap adventure as the grand family bonding experience for the Stockdales for which we will never be the same. We relate differently in that we have even more and deeper collective experiences where we overcame obstacles and accomplished a giant task together. No one else will understand the Wife Swap journey like we do and that is one of the things that will make our family unit different and special forever.
Q: Would you do it again?
A: Would I go through junior high school again? Would I endure childbirth again? Would I play Monopoly for a second round? Aaaaaa-No. Each one of these experiences is worthwhile and so was Wife Swap, but I accomplished what I set out to do the first time.
Interview with Laurie Tonkavic
Q. Why did you want to be on Wife Swap?
A: I wanted to be on Wife Swap because I thought I had a lot to teach another family and I always have room to grow and learn from another family.
Q. What parts of the swap did you enjoy?
A: It was a true learning experience and eye opener.
Q. What parts of the swap did you find the hardest?
A: The hardest thing on Wife Swap was being away from my family and not being in a comfortable environment that I was used to. I was always going up against someone with a closed mind.
Q. How did the kids cope with the swap?
A: My kids did pretty well I think. It was hard for them but they put forth the effort to try. That's all we can ask.
Q. Do you relate to your family differently?
A: I always relate to my family open and honestly, I don't hand them money anymore; I make them work for it. We also try to have Sunday meals as family time.
Q. Would you do it again?
A: If you asked me if I would do it again when I was in the middle of it I might have said no. But now that it is over I can definitely look back and say 'Yes I would do it again'