Cat Deeley shares parenting terrors with pal Louise Redknapp in SM:TV reunion | #parenting | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

Lorraine Kelly’s stand-in over the half term break, Cat Deeley, reunited with her fellow SM:TV co host Louise Redknapp on Tuesday as they both shared their parenting woes.

Louise, 46, has sons Charley, 17, and and Beau 12, who she shares with ex husband and football star Jamie Redknapp, while Cat, 43, shares son Milo, five, and James two, with husband Patrick Kielty, 50.

Discussing balancing work life and home life, Louise said to Cat: “I don’t know if anybody has got the balance right with their kids.

“Obviously you’ve got boys like I have, you are constantly learning, I learn something every day about parenting and looking after them, and it’s not always easy.

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“Other days it’s the best in the world. Lockdown has been a trying time. Homeschooling has been pretty interesting, especially when you’ve got teenagers.

“There are so many amazing things about being a mum, but there are struggles being a mum.

“You suffer with guilt and wanting to do the best for them and questioning yourself.

Louise Redknapp with sons Charlie, 16, and 12-year-old Beau
Louise Redknapp with sons Charlie, 16, and 12-year-old Beau

“But just letting your kids be and grow up and learn their own ways, that is so important.”

Cat replied: “It’s funny you say about kids growing up, because I can see it coming, I have got two boys exactly like you, when Milo takes my hand and holds my hand my heart explodes.

“I am dreading the day when they don’t want a kiss, or they don’t want me to drop them off at school, or they shrug my hand away, how do I deal with it?” she asked.

Cat has two sons, Patrick and Milo
Cat has two sons, Patrick and Milo

“The kisses in the car before school does stop but it does come back,” Louise reassured her.

“My eldest Charley is 17, he is very proud to give me a big hug and a cuddle, the younger ones are getting to age 12, where I am slightly embarrassing in front of his friends.

“But it goes full circle,” She added. “It’s all good. I promise!”

Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley have been married since 2012
Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley have been married since 2012

“I am not the cool mum, it’s so mad isn’t it, to them I am just mum.

“We see music videos and TV, but when I come indoors it’s hair in a ponytail, trackie on, screaming up the stairs for them to come down and eat the dinner I have cooked, all those normal things that mum does.

“To them I am just their mum,” she added.

* Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9am

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