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CBeebies Katy Ashworth: My life as a mum

CBeebies Katy Ashworth: My life as a mum

Bubbly CBeebies presenter Katy is as enthusiastic at home with her son Charlie as she is on-screen. She talks to MB about her life as a mum

Known for her boundless energy and enthusiasm, Katy Ashworth is likely to be a regular guest in your home via CBeebies programmes I Can Cook and Justins House.

As well as appearing in live stage tours and writing a new series of childrens books, the 28-year-old is mum to 16-month-old Charlie. And as a mum shes just as full of fun and enthusiasmhellip;

Have you always been the energetic Katy we see on TV?

I have! Ive always been a naturally bouncy person, even as a child. I was the one who used to get the kids singing on the bus to school.

Im constantly exhausted ndash; its my default mode! Ive just finished a panto season, where I worked every day from morning till night, while waking up with Charlie during the night if he didnt sleep through.

My life is crazy, unstructured and erratic but I try to concentrate and compartmentalise. When Im in the studio I have fantastic childcare with a part-time nanny and nursery a few mornings every week. I only work two or three days, so the rest of the week Im just Mum.

When Im on a tour like CBeebies Live, its all-consuming and I dont see Charlie as much as Id like. The day I started filming the CBeebies panto, Charlie took his first steps without me being there. I burst into tears when his nanny told me.

Do you find it a challenge to be such a busy working mum?

Right now, Im trying to accept the compromise of combining work and being a mum. Ive realised I just have to live with it and get on with it. It quickly became apparent how unrealistic some of my expectations were about juggling work with Charlie. I figured I could work or catch up when he was napping. Wrong! Im just too dog-tired. So, if I need to work, he goes to nursery. And when Im with Charlie, I focus on him.

Did you feel better prepared to be a mum after all your experience working with kids?

Yes, being so used to children I instantly felt comfortable and natural becoming a mum. The biggest skills Ive learnt from childrens telly that I use with Charlie are patience and staying calm under pressure when youre juggling a million things. You cant have a meltdown on telly because things are too hard or not going your way, and its the same at home with me. Laughter helps a lot too! But certain things did feel alien to me as Im such a spontaneous person.

I found it hard to get used to planning and making sure I had got everything I needed before I took Charlie out.

They have such a raw, honest energy, which is much harder to find in adults.

I also have the same sense of humour as a five-year-old. In the studio, were like naughty schoolchildren and the director sometimes has to send us off set till we can pull ourselves together ndash; like when the kids spit things out or if we have an animal on set that inevitably does a large poo.

Are you as good a cook at home as you are on telly?

I love cooking for Charlie! His favourite is carrot and coriander soup, and hes a big fan of sweet potatoes. I always keep breakfast simple, but dinner time is when I experiment with new foods or tastes. I want him to have an eclectic palate. He hasnt tried my Grape Pizza (one of Katys most popular I Can Cook dishes) yet but I will try it with him soon.

Hes a bit young yet, but when Im cooking, I explain everything that Im doing in the kitchen to him in simple, clear words, so he understands. We have to eat and we may as well take joy in it. Teaching children this at a very young age is essential so that its ingrained. Ninety-five percent of the time on I Can Cook, children will eat food that theyve refused to eat before, simply because theyve participated in making it.

What does Charlie think about his mum being on telly?

Im not sure hes totally grasped it yet because he sees me in the room and then Im also on the screen, although he does go lsquo;mmmm, mmmm excitedly, trying to say lsquo;mummy. I took him on tour with me last year, which was pretty arduous, but he loved seeing all his favourite characters, like Mr Tumble. Whens he a little bit older Ill take him down to the CBeebies studio more often.

It took me a long time to realise that, after a long day being energetic in the studio, I need quiet, calm time at home, reading or in the bath. No one can be quite that perky all the time, but I try! n

Katy appears on CBeebies daily. For details of her summer tour, visit katyashworth.com

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