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Inspiring Mums: Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham

Inspiring Mums: Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:29

F1 reporter and presenter for Sky Sports, patron and campaigner for Hope and Homes for Children; committed to ending the institutionalisation of children within our lifetime. A knackered but hugely happy and proud mother to 2 year old Wilf and 8 month old Willow.

You are super busy. How do you fit it all in?

I don't sleep! Well maybe just a few hours a night. I have a hardworking husband, a lovely extended family who are all hands on and a wonderful nanny Wilma who is like a little ray of sunshine, so all in all a great support network.

Is there such a thing as an average day for you? And what does it consist of?

The babies come first and their schedule is quite rigid, I find they respond well to that. Everything else dovetails in, Sky is an amazing place to work as they help me fit things in around the little ones needs.

How would you describe your parenting style?

I always claimed I would be the disciplinarian; who was I kidding?! I am a soft touch. I have so much fun with the babies, and leave it to their daddy to do the telling off - although I think they are too young for discipline (see I told you I was a soft touch).

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before becoming a parent?

How to be a better cook.

What’s been the toughest period so far?

Straight after both births I struggled physically for a number of weeks, with some strange post partum complications. It was so hard not being able to pick up Wilf when Willow was born. He found it confusing, which was horrible. 

What’s the best thing about being a working mum?

Coming home for cuddles but still keeping the grey matter ticking over. 

My Mum has always been a working mum, so a good person to try and emulate. She has always made my brother Sam and I feel so loved and managed to juggle work as a barrister with making the world's best flapjack.

How do you find time for your relationship?

We are still working that one out! We are having a weekend away together without the babies soon. I am very nervous about leaving them for the first time, but I know it's good for us to do it.

Do you find time for yourself and if so how do you spend it?

In the bath around 8pm once the babies are both asleep. Owain has the baby monitors and lets me go and immerse myself in hot water brimming with Epsom salts.

The one thing I’m most proud of is…

Creating these mad, gorgeous little creatures 

Do you still have ambitions you are yet to achieve?

Of course, plenty.

I’d like to be remembered for…

Fighting for the rights of abandoned and institutionalised children, and for being a good mum, who listens and loves... and never breaks away from a hug. 

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