Are hard times “being a mum
On about motherhood, working life and her love of sport.
That’s the way you have to be really. It’s nice that Summer is getting that little bit older. We can do things together now, like when I’m doing the washing I’ll make it a fun job for her to take the clothes and put them in the basket, or when I’m cleaning up she’ll go around with a wet wipe. It’s very cute!
Have you been taking her swimming?
I took her swimming from three weeks old, so she’s been into it from a very early age. She just loves it, I think she’s at that age where I can take her places but sometimes she doesn’t full understand what’s going on, whereas she just gets swimming. She feels independent and does her own thing. I would enforce that she learns how to swim because essentially it’s a life skill.
We recently ran a campaign that exposed not enough was being done to help working mums in Scotland. What are your thoughts on this?
Well I only had two months maternity leave after having a baby so I empathise with that kind of thing because I didn’t have long at all. Having said this, I’m in a really fortunate position as I only work three days a week so I’m lucky that I’ve been able to create that balance. I do understand that creating a work-life balance when you’re a mum is a challenge. My sister is a teacher and was the head of her year before having a child but she had to move down to a lesser role when she returned so that she could work part-time and spend more time with her child. It can be a really tough challenge.
Mothers can often feel guilty about going back to work after a child – what advice could you offer them?
You do feel guilty because you’re leaving your child but how I look at it is: I’ve got to work in order to give my daughter nice holidays and things like that. My mum and dad worked when I was young and I never ever look back and feel like I missed out on time with them. I remember the things that their hard work enabled us to do. I want my daughter to grow up seeing that you have to work hard for what you get. It’s a really nice value to give your kids. I think finding a job you love definitely makes going back to work easier. It’s really important, it’ll make those days away from your child that bit easier as you’re doing something you truly enjoy.
What’s it like being in the limelight?
When you’re in the limelight, people can think you’re superhuman – so it’s nice to show people the real me in interviews or when I meet them. I’m just a hard worker who loves what I do. I think the good definitely outweighs the bad in this industry. I don’t read anything in the press anymore, which is quite sad. I know it’s not true if I’ve not done an interview.
What kind of role model would you describe yourself as?
Hopefully a good one. I love sport and everything that comes with it, I take it really seriously and love educating and encouraging children about sport.
You’ve previously tried reality shows such as I’m A Celeb and The Jump. What one was your favourite and why?
I would have to say I’m A Celebrity. I loved it! I had such a fun time. You couldn’t have prepared for it and you don’t know what to expect but I came out of it having met 11 brilliant people – who I still speak to.
Would you try anything else? We think you’d be great at Strictly!
I’ve got two left feet so I don’t think that would be the case. I like doing shows that you learn a skill from – I wouldn’t do Big Brother because for me, you’re not challenging yourself in that way.
What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?
I think it would just be spending it with Summer. Last year she was only six months old so she didn’t understand – this year she’ll be a bit more clued up. She still won’t know what Santa is or anything but she’ll
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be really excited by all of the presents and unwrapping them.
Where will you be spending Christmas?
At my home with my family!
Do you cook at Christmas?
I do... Well, maybe we’ll say ‘help out’. I’m definitely in the kitchen at some point!
What’s your favourite thing about the festive period?
Spending time with family and giving presents.
Do you have any exciting plans for 2017 that we should keep a note of?
I haven’t even thought about next month, never mind next year! But obviously there will be lots more sport and hopefully my swimming programme will continue to grow – my mission to get more people into swimming continues.