Inspiring Mums: Charlotte Hawkins
Inspiring Mums: Charlotte Hawkins
Charlotte Hawkins is a presenter for ITV's breakfast show Good Morning Britain. She's married to Mark and they have an eighteen month-old daughter Ella Rose and a rescue dog called Bailey.
You are super busy. How do you fit it all in?
It can be a struggle!I have to try to be as organised as possible, to prioritise and get things done as quickly as I can. I have endless lists of things to do to make sure I don't forget anything. I have to make the most of every spare minute so I've become a lot more efficient. Also I've become very good at getting things done whenever there's an opportunity, so if I'm waiting for a meeting or sitting in the back of a car I'll be sending emails.
Is there such a thing as an average day for you? And what does it consist of?
No, every day is different which makes things interesting! My usual pattern is getting up at 2.40am for Good Morning Britain. After the show finishes we have meetings and sometimes extra filming or preparation to do. Then it's back home as soon as I can to take over looking after Ella Rose. I try to get the urgent things out of the way before taking over so I can concentrate on the time spent with her, rather than worrying there are things I haven't done. Failing that I will involve her in what I'm doing, so I will try to make doing the washing together seem like a fun game! Then I have to keep my fingers crossed that she goes down for an afternoon nap so I can get a little snooze in as well but often there's too much to get done.
How would you describe your parenting style?
I would describe it as loving and encouraging - giving her a level of freedom and control but making sure she knows there are rules and she needs to stick by them. I'm not sure how that's going to work out so come back to me in a few years!
What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before becoming a parent?
You just have to play it all by ear and go with your instincts.
What’s been the toughest period/event so far?
My Dad dying a month before Ella Rose was born, and then having a traumatic birth where I had to have a blood transfusion. Both physically and emotionally it was the most difficult time of my life so far.
What’s the best thing about being a working mum?
I love the balance between enjoying my time at work, exercising my brain and getting to meet lots of interesting people, and then really looking forward to the time I spend with Ella Rose. I think that I appreciate it more having that quality time with her, and I know I am very lucky with my hours that I get to do both. It's important to me that Ella Rose grows up in a house with the role model of a working mum.
How do you find time for your relationship?
It can be tough in the week as I have to go to bed early or I will just fall asleep on the sofa so I'm not the best company! Luckily my husband is very understanding and quite likes the fact he then gets to watch uninterrupted sport. We try to protect weekends as our family time and also have nights out together when we can..
Do you find time for yourself and if so how do you spend it?
No! I have to try to make time as it's important to look after yourself. Usually if I'm any spare time I will try to fit in a quick sleep, or I try to go to yoga or the gym. I also use a meditation app if I have 10 minutes which is great for clearing your head or recharging your batteries. That's particularly useful if I haven't got time for a sleep. My real luxury would be reading a book in the bath but I can't remember the last time I had the time to do that!
The one thing I’m most proud of is…
My daughter Ella Rose. I still find it hard to believe we created her.
Do you still have ambitions you are yet to achieve?
There are so many! First on my list though is having a lie-in at some point in the near future which would be amazing. What with my hours, and having a baby, 7am is as late as it gets these days.
I’d like to be remembered for…
Always having a smile on my face - even at 3 o'clock in the morning....