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Friday 23 February 2018

'I've finally shaken off the working mum guilt' - Lucy

Lucy Kennedy says she has finally got the balance right between work and family
Lucy Kennedy says she has finally got the balance right between work and family

Mum-of-three Lucy Kennedy believes she has finally found a good balance between her work and home lives.

The TV star, who is mum to Jack (8), Holly (5) and 10-month-old Jess, said goodbye to her role on The Six O'Clock Show so she could work on Living With Lucy and Ireland's Got Talent.

But the Sandycove woman makes sure to always put family before her work.

Babies

"I don't work every day, absolutely not. I make sure I don't. I plan my work around my babies," she said.

"It's not that long ago I was flogging out to Tallaght every evening feeling really guilty at four o'clock, leaving my children with a minder going, 'Oh God'."

The presenter reckons it's a difficult balance trying to make sure home and work lives are both in order.

"I'm blessed and so happy that I have finally found a good balance because it's not easy," she said.

"I understand what it's like being a working mum.

"Obviously, you love your children first and foremost and then you may be lucky enough to love your job.

"Trying to marry the two comfortably where everyone is happy is a bit of a juggle.

"I just have to be picky and choosy about what I do, I can't say yes to everything," the presenter added.

Lucy was replaced on The Six O'Clock Show by Muireann O'Connell and she admitted she doesn't miss the series at all.

"I miss the people and the crew but I don't miss the panic of trying to get out there," she told the Diary.

"It was a bit of a rush at that time of day. Everyone was really nice and we had a good laugh."

Lucy reckons her life wasn't made much busier after adding a third child to the household, explaining that you're busy as soon as you become a parent to one child.

"It's a little busier but it's the exact same.

"I think if you have one child, you can have six," she said.

"You're busy the second you become a parent. Jess is great, she's really good.

"I have two little helpers as well. I'm lucky with the age gaps, Jack is now able to go get a nappy, he can actively help me."

Energy

The Dubliner has put most of her energy towards her documentary series Living With Lucy, which has seen the presenter move in with the likes of Dickie Rock, controversial Katie Hopkins and Daniella Westbrook this year.

"My kids don't really get Living With Lucy," she said.

"It's like, 'Where are you going? Who are you living with?'

"They don't really know who the people are, whereas for Ireland's Got Talent, they are all over it. They are so excited. Jack thinks he's a judge," she said.

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