Sitting on the sofa on a Monday morning, Holly Willoughby is envy of most women. Cool, calm and effortlessly chic, the This Morning presenter graces screens daily to discuss everything from showbiz, style and beauty to real life, and topical and feature news.
But in addition to being a full-time presenter Holly is also the proud mother of three and like many other women (and men) around the world, she’s juggling the balance between work and family life.
Juggling work and family is the ultimate parenting test. Achieving personal goals, learning new skills and managing financial pressures are just a couple of the reasons parents choose to work, but for some it can also trigger the working parent guilt.
In a recent interview, Holly spoke out candidly about the topic and said parents should - quite simply - do what’s right for them!
No doubt mothers and fathers everywhere gave a huge sigh of relief… And we couldn’t agree more!
With social media platforms like Instagram depicting the perfect scenes of parents caring for children, and well-known voices sharing how they’re successfully raising a family while at the peak of their careers there’s a lot of pressure on parents – and often the illusion that we should be doing it all ourselves.
“Working mums and stay-at-home mums get a tough time. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't”, Holly added. “You just have to do what's right for you.”
Holly revealed that she has sought childcare and hired a nanny, adding “A good work-life balance is, for me, the most important thing - and the biggest challenge I have. I do have a nanny, otherwise the kids would have to walk themselves to school”, she adds, but “My job as a mother isn't just to provide for my children, it's to be there for them, too - someone they can speak to, hang out with, and lean on. When it comes to the kids, I don't ever want to feel like I'm missing out on stuff.”
There’s no instruction book when it comes to raising a family, just a natural instinct to do what feels right. And whatever you decide – work, home or a little of both - the support is available. Thank you, Holly, for making this important statement! We’ll see you at 10:00am tomorrow!