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Like many parents across the UK, Emma Willis, 44, and her husband Matt, 37, homeschooled their children during lockdown while schools remained closed. The Voice host said she realised her older children were “capable” at doing their own work and insisted she is now worried it could “come back to bite me on the bum a little bit”.
The presenter was asked about life at home during lockdown by Loose Women panellist Jane Moore on the ITV daytime show today.
She said: “I imagine lockdown has been for us how it has been for other people, it’s up and down isn’t it?
“You feel like everything is ok and you put everything into perspective and you say, we’re healthy, we have a roof over our head and everything is ok.
“But then the gravity of the situation just gets to you and it’s like [goes down].
“No matter how fortunate you think you are, it can affect you, so it has been very up and down.”
She added: “The one thing I have realised is how adaptable my kids are, which I think might come back to bite me on the bum a little bit, because where they kind of used to really need help with homework.
“I’ve watched them during homeschooling and I know how capable they are, so it’s like, ‘Off you go’.”
Emma shares children Isabelle, 11, Ace, 8, and four-year-old Trixie with her husband Matt Willis.
The pair tied the knot in 2008 and renewed their vows back in 2018.
Discussing life at home in a recent episode of her husband and Matt Richardson’s No Ones Watching podcast, the presenter admitted she gets paranoid when it comes safety.
“I am Mrs Health and Safety – I would rather be safe than sorry,” she admitted.
Matt then asked her: “Do you enjoy making sure everything is ok Emma? Is this a thing you like?”
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She added: “Part of me would love not to come downstairs five times when I have already put the alarm on.”
The Xtra Factor host then questioned: “When you finish it all, do you feel satisfied?”
She replied: “Well, as satisfied as I can, you know the safety thing doesn’t stop when I go to bed because every time I wake up, I check the children are ok.”
Emma’s husband Matt interjected: “I’m going to sound a terrible person, but every time I sleep, I sleep through till the morning, but Emma will get up in the night three to four times I’d say.”
Keen to know more, Matt R queried: “Solely to check on the children?”
Emma continued: “Well I would wake up anyway and I’ll check on them, and then I’ll probably need a couple of wees. So I’ll check on them again every time I wee.”
She went on to say she “would love to have a panic room” in her home.
The Voice Kids continues tomorrow at 7.20pm on ITV. Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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