Emily Andrea has ‘new respect for single parents’ after husband Pete’s lengthy work trips

Emily Andrea has opened up about dealing with her children while husband Peter is away with work in her latest OK! column.

The star, who shares daughter Millie, eight, and son Theo, five, with the singer, says she has a whole new respect for single parents.

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I know I say this every year, but my New Year’s resolution is to do more exercise.

I started off so well last year, and then it went so wrong! But 2021 did prove to me that I can do it, and I can fit it into my routine, so I just need to do it again.

Part of me thought about getting back into it before the end of the year, but I was so busy with work, and had so much on my plate with the kids and two of them starting new schools.

Pete was away six days a week with Grease The Musical and I was having to do everything by myself.

I thought if I try to squeeze exercising twice a week into this, I’ll bite off more than I can chew and make myself more stressed. It’s important to recognise when things are too much and not push yourself too hard.

I’m in a much better routine with the kids now, and Pete has been around a lot more for the last few weeks, which has given me a new appreciation for him.

But looking back, September and October especially were difficult. With the transition of Pete being away and a whole new routine with the kids’ schools, there was so much going on, but I feel proud of myself for making it all work. It gave me a whole new respect for single parents, too.

Even though Pete wasn’t around, I could still talk to him for emotional support, and I couldn’t help but think of all the mums and dads who are doing it totally alone.

My big girl turns eight

Millie will be eight this week and she’s very excited about her birthday.

She’s asked for a party at AirHop Trampoline Park, and a two-wheeled scooter for her present.

I can’t believe my eldest will be eight! She seems so grown up.

She’s halfway through year three now, so in two years we’ll be starting to look into where she’ll go to secondary school.

I don’t know where the time has gone! She’s such a lovely girl and I’m so proud
of her.

Book number two

My first book, Growing Up For Girls: Everything You Need To Know, is published this week and I’m so excited.

It’s about puberty and it’s aimed at nine to 11-year-olds. When Millie and Theo hit those ages, I’d really like them to read it and ask me questions.

I don’t have a problem with talking about puberty with the kids, because it would make me so happy that they felt able to ask me.

I’d be like, “Yes, they trust me!” I have also started writing the boys’ version of the book, and I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s set to be released later this year, and I can’t wait.

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Reality show dreams

I‘m often asked if I’ll ever do a reality show. I’d love to do The Great British Bake Off,although I don’t feel like a celebrity and I don’t think I’m good enough.

Still, you never know, 2022 could be the year! People also ask if I’d do Strictly after Pete took part in 2015.

My answer is: I wish I was good enough at dancing to do Strictly Come Dancing!

When Pete did it and was partnered with Janette Manrara, we were chatting with her and her husband Aljaž Škorjanec, and they were encouraging me to do the show.

We joked that Aljaž might be my partner! Unfortunately, I just don’t have the confidence.

I would be so anxious about dancing each week. Anyway, watching Strictly is so much fun and you’d miss out on that if you were a contestant!

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