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Myleene Klass admits being a step-mum is ‘not easy’ wishes she had a step-parenting manual

She became engaged to Simon Motson last year after he proposed on their fifth anniversary.

And Myleene Klass admitted that being a step-mother in a large family is ‘not easy’ and wishes she had a step-parenting manual on how to go about it.

The presenter, 43, and fiancé Simon, 46, have baby son Apollo, 20 months, and two children each from previous relationships – making them a blended family of seven. 

Step-mum: Myleene Klass admitted that being a step-mother in a large family is ‘not easy’ and wishes she had a step-parenting manual on how to go about it

However, she said their approach to parenting step-children was to ‘treat them all the same’ and not to differentiate between ‘your children’ and ‘my children’. 

In an interview with The Sun, she said: ‘I never dreamed I’d be living in a household of seven. And you know when you realise there’s no parenting manual? Wait until you haven’t got a step-parenting manual because that’s something else entirely. 

‘I can’t lie, it’s not easy because there’s always something happening and I don’t feel there’s enough of me to go round.

‘But from the start we said we had to treat them all the same. It couldn’t be ‘your children’ and ‘my children’, and that’s been something the kids all really wanted.’ 

Family: The presenter, 43, and fiancé Simon Motson, 46, have baby son Apollo, 20 months, and two children each from previous relationships - making them a blended family of seven

Family: The presenter, 43, and fiancé Simon Motson, 46, have baby son Apollo, 20 months, and two children each from previous relationships – making them a blended family of seven

Earlier this week, Myleene shared a rare insight into becoming a step-mum as she appeared on the Made By Mammas: The Podcast, hosted by Dr Zoe Hardman and Georgia Dayton.

Of being a step-mum, the former HearSay singer reflected: ‘It really takes you being the most mature you can possibly be, even when you don’t want to be.

‘I said to Sim when we were first all living in the house together, I said that I’m not going to tell your children off because I don’t feel like that’s my role. 

Blended family: However, she said their approach to parenting step-children was to 'treat them all the same' and not to differentiate between 'your children' and 'my children'

Blended family: However, she said their approach to parenting step-children was to ‘treat them all the same’ and not to differentiate between ‘your children’ and ‘my children’

Earlier this week, Myleene revealed that when she became a step-mum, she first thought she wouldn't tell off fiancé Simon's children but that idea quickly 'went out the window'

 Earlier this week, Myleene revealed that when she became a step-mum, she first thought she wouldn’t tell off fiancé Simon’s children but that idea quickly ‘went out the window’

‘And within ten minutes, that’d gone out of the window when one of them is hanging off the monkey bars and another is trying to put a ball through a window.’

‘In the end I just changed all that around and I sat them down around the table and said look, the only way we’re going to do this is, I see it as we’re all in a boat, this is how I view it. 

‘And one of you rocks the boat, we’re all going to feel it. And if one of you goes overboard, I’m going to grab you and make sure you’re safe. That’s the only way we’re going to get through it is if we’re all in this together.

‘If anything gets a bit rocky or if anyone’s in trouble, we all just say “remember the boat”.’

Honest: On being a step-mum, the former HearSay singer reflected: 'It really takes you being the most mature you can possibly be, even when you don't want to be'

Honest: On being a step-mum, the former HearSay singer reflected: ‘It really takes you being the most mature you can possibly be, even when you don’t want to be’

Myleene, who is mum to daughters Ava, 13, and Hero, 10, also spoke about how- despite their privileged lifestyle- she teaches them the value of money, with Ava now teaching piano students.  

‘They have to learn the value of money,’ she said. ‘So she is now teaching and she’s got six pupils now. It teaches her time management, she’s got to be organised with it, she’s got to plan her lessons and she then has to manage her money. 

‘She’s got a little ledger, both girls get ledgers, so they know how to manage their money. I think it’s so important for women especially, to understand how to manage their money. 

‘As women, we’re often the ones that get left behind, we don’t want to ask for our pay rise, and we’re not always on top of our finances.’

The talented pianist also touched upon how she juggles her career and motherhood.

Myleene said there has been time when she’s been presenting Smooth Radio, while expressing milk for her son Apollo.

She said: ‘I really loved breastfeeding all my children.

‘I’ve expressed on air more times than I care to remember. To the point where my producer would just be like, “could you just turn the pump off because we’re going to go live in 10”, so I’ll just give it a little click, do my chat, introduce Chaka Khan and off we pump again.’ 

Great mum: Myleene went on to talk about how she doesn't give her two daughters, Ava, 13, and Hero, 10, pocket money, and has encouraged her eldest Ava to teach piano to earn her own

Great mum: Myleene went on to talk about how she doesn’t give her two daughters, Ava, 13, and Hero, 10, pocket money, and has encouraged her eldest Ava to teach piano to earn her own


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