Since her recent split with fiancé DJ Darren Emerson Kate Thornton, presenter of Loose Women, has been adjusting to life as a single mum.
And like most parents, it is the lack of sleep that has proved to be the biggest challenge when it comes to caring for her son, Ben, who will be 3 in May. “Ben isn’t a great sleeper,” she says. “Being a mum is a relentless and challenging job.
“Like every mum there are times when I am up at 3 in the morning with Ben vomiting, and then I have to get up and do a TV show. You have to get on with it and make it work.”
Since her split from Emerson, announced in February, Kate has managed to carve out a good work/life balance. She works three days a week on the Loose Women show while Ben goes to nursery. But without parents nearby, she can relate to the panic every working mum feels when her child is poorly.
“If Ben is sick, I have to cancel work,” she says. “That can be hard. But I feel so lucky to be able to work part-time. I’m home more than I’m not and Ben loves his nursery.”
But that doesn’t mean that Kate is always confident that she is getting everything right as a parent. “I often go to bed with tears and guilt, she says. “I think to myself, I did my best today but was it good enough? ”
She may have had to trade in her lie-ins and nights out, but Kate says if she had to make the same choices again, she wouldn’t change a thing.
“We are such a happy unit,” she says. “My home revolves around Ben and he tells me he loves me every day. That makes it all worthwhile.”
Kate is fronting a Mother’s Day campaign to call for kids to say thank you to their mums. P&G, makers of Olay, Fairy and Ariel who are behind the initiative did research which showed that a quarter of mums only get a thank you from their children once a month.
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