Honest Mum Vicki Psarias: TV appearances, down-time in Devon and first aid training
PUBLISHED: 11:46 05 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:09 05 November 2019
I’m writing this as my children, Oliver, nine, and Alexander, six, prepare to return to school after a long summer of fun. I’m not sure how we’ll adjust to the early mornings, so if you see a dishevelled mum running around Windsor trying to make the school bell in time, it’s probably me. You’ve been warned!
Seriously, though, reflecting on the past few weeks in particular, I'm admittedly filled with pride at how well my boys adjusted to me working as they accompanied me on set to the studios at Sky News, ITV's This Morning, BBC World, Channel 5 News and the BBC2, with them even appearing alongside me on the Victoria Derbyshire show as I discussed the inequalities in the workplace for mothers and why I veered from a directing career to a digital one. What little legends! They've absolutely loved the attention showered upon them, not to mention the volume of biscuits they scoffed in the Green Room! I equally loved watching them wide-eyed and excited by the magic that is TV and the utter marvel of the lights and cameras. There's nowhere I love more!
Now, while they enjoyed lots of down-time in beautiful Devon and Windsor with myself and my husband when he was off, this period of work for me is probably the first time they've consistently seen quite how hard I graft for them both. I think prior to this they thought my job was scrolling on social media all day (which is - *cough - just a small part of it)!
I spent the summer collaborating with Great British Racing, attending their super family days in Ascot and Epsom respectively, and the children were also lucky to try their hand at horse riding for the first time, thanks to GBR, at the Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre. Oliver took to riding the pretty pony, Star, with complete ease but I think Alexander might need a little more convincing to get back in the saddle anytime soon. My mum was always fearful of me riding a horse as a child, so I'm adamant that my own children won't feel scared and will keep pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. We'll all be heading back for more lessons soon and I might just join them myself. It's never too late, right?!
As a family, we also collectively took the most important course of our lives: the Daisy First Aid Course by former nurse Liane, who covers Bracknell, North Woking, Egham, Bagshot and the surrounding areas, and I'm so glad we did. Focussing on teaching families, including children, first aid, spanning CPR and what to do if someone is choking, treating burns and other emergencies and injuries, we finished this informative course feeling reassured and empowered. I think I could actually save someone's life now. I can't recommend it enough.
In other news, we've spent a lot of time at our happy place: the National Trust's Cliveden, as well as dipping into London, mostly wandering around the Southbank, supporting the street acts there or enjoying Kensington Gardens. Now it's back to routine and structure. I hope your kids' return to school has gone well.
- Honest Mum Vicki Psarias: Windsor, summer 2019 and a day at the races - I'm not sure there's anywhere as pretty as Windsor in the summer. Windsor Castle and the Long Walk bathed in sunlight never fails to make my heart sing. Soppy but true! No wonder it's such a haven for tourists