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Emma Willis reveals biggest ‘stress’ of parenting during pandemic

Emma Willis shares three children with husband Matt Willis (Picture: Getty, @emmawillisofficial, Instagram)

Emma Willis has opened up about the main stresses of parenting three young children during a pandemic, admitting to having had ‘all sorts of thoughts and worries’. 

The former Big Brother presenter shares three children – Isabelle, 12, Ace, nine, and Trixie, five – with husband Matt Willis. 

This week, Emma and fellow presenter Stephen Mulhern have been busy meeting with families and children through the Make-A-Wish UK charity, which has brought Disney to the UK to fulfil the dreams of youngsters living with critical illnesses. 

It’s a cause close to their heart and, for Emma, reminds her of trying to make sure her own children have been fulfilled during lockdown. 

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, she explained: ‘We’ve all spent the past year and a half worrying because we’re living in a time that we haven’t lived in before and experienced something we couldn’t even have imagined happening. 

‘We’ve had all sorts of thoughts and worries but once the initial shock of what was happening in the world, we got used to it. It’s just a matter of rather than, am I doing everything right, and not overthinking the little things like are they happy enough because they are loved and supported and well. 

‘That was all I was stressed about – other than keeping them occupied during the school holidays.’ 

Now that the kids are back to school, Emma admitted she’ll miss them as the ‘house will be quieter’, but added with relief: ‘It’ll be tidier.’ 

Emma and Stephen have teamed up to work on Make-A-Wish UK’s Disney event together and it’s been an emotional experience so far. 

‘Do you know what, it’s been really joyful and I don’t really use that word very often – in fact, I don’t think I ever have but it sums up the day that we’ve had. Make-A-Wish is an extraordinary charity that does incredible things with kids who desperately need it and deserve it,’ Emma said. 

Stephen Mulhern at Make A Wish charity event

Stephen Mulhern was touched meeting the young children and their families (Picture: Jeff Moore)
The In For A Penny presenter said he’s ‘never been so proud’ to support a charity (Picture: Jeff Moore)

Stephen weighed in: ‘I remember my dad saying to me sometimes, make a wish and it’ll come true, and these kids have had their wishes granted because of this charity.

‘Also, you would never believe some of the stories that we’ve heard today and some of the families and you just think, “If anyone deserves a wish, my god, it’s you”.

‘I’ve never been so proud to support a charity – I support a lot of other charities, just being honest, but this is the one.’ 

Sharing how she was particularly touched by the cause, Emma added: ‘You come to something like this and you hear their stories and it breaks your heart. 

‘If you look at the children and their families and how they deal with what they’re going through day-to-day, and you see them here immersing themselves in the fun for escape.’ 

Disney UK, Make-A-Wish UK and The Kentown Wizard Foundation have joined forces to deliver the Disney Wish Experience, a first-of-its kind three-week event supporting 150 wish children and families from across the UK. To find out more please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk.

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