I was a little hesitant, as I am these days, after considerable media exposure where I have found – as many do- that it’s not what you think it’s going to be. But I was both surprised and delighted; Myleene and her team were absolutely adorable.
I told her I was impressed that she had included adoption as a core part of her series: she’d also included gay parenting. This was a breath of fresh air compared to my experience so far. On most websites (including that big mums one!) and in magazines, adoption usually hardly rates a mention. It is still, it seems, akin to an illness that afflicts some very unlucky people. In a world where IVF and other forms of conceiving are talked about, this feels plainly wrong.
I was struck and reassured by Myleene’s warmth. It’s the mother in her I totally admire. She is genuinely into her role as a parent and mum: during the breaks in filming she peppered me with questions about my childcare arrangements when I am working or travelling and how I dealt with those inevitable tantrums.
We talked about dilemmas involved in finding someone to look after your kids. Let’s face it you can find women with great skills but will they love your kids the way you would want them to ? We exchanged experiences on how unforgiving kids can be if you slip up and don’t accompany them to school on one day, even if you have been consistent in doing so before. I told her that when it happened to me I found Gaia at the school door, all cocky and careless, saying: “Go away mamma!”. But really she was just confused in her own little way.
It was one of my more pleasant media sessions, and, as I left, Myleene briefly interrupted her phone call to shout: “Stay strong as they are all out to get us! Forget about all this other stuff, being a mum is the hardest job in the world!”
Thanks Myleene for such a lovely experience.
Click here to see the video of us together.