Holly Willoughby shares photo capturing the reality of home schooling and parents can relate

Holly Willoughby has shared a rare picture of her homeschooling her son Chester, pictured in January 2020. (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Holly Willoughby has shared a rare picture of her homeschooling her son Chester, pictured in January 2020. (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Holly Willoughby has shared a photo of her youngest son, Chester, as she revealed the realities of home schooling during lockdown.

The This Morning host, 39, shared a photo of Chester sitting on her lap reading a book at the kitchen table.

The sweet snapshot gave a rare insight into Willoughby’s life as a mum, once she leaves the TV studio and turns her attention to homeschooling her three kids, Harry, 11, Belle, nine, and Chester, six.

While Chester looked at his book, the presenter stared wistfully up at the camera dressed in an embroidered cream jumper and jeans.

Eat, Sleep, Read, Repeat...” the mum-of-three captioned the Instagram post in a nod to the relentless home school/work/life juggle many parents are facing right now.

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Many parents could certainly relate to the presenter’s post.

“Same ,with the occasional shop,” one follower commented.

“Keep going it's all we do at the moment,” another fan commented.

“Deffo groundhog day!” agreed another. “Gosh the things I’ve had to do with my eight-year-old... music lesson... If I clap my freakin hands to a beat one more freakin time.”

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Others shared messages of support to encourage the mum-of-three to keep at it.

“It can be stressful homeschooling, but in the future we will look back and treasure this time we have had with our family,” one person wrote.

“I have never thought I could multi task this much just got to keep on going.”

“Keep going Holly,” another urged. “You can do this. One day you will all be sat by the fireplace saying ‘Remember when...’”

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Like so many, Willoughby, has hinted she has been finding the third lockdown a bit of a struggle, previously admitting in an Instagram post that even though it was Friday evening she wanted to sleep until Monday morning.

We hear ya Holly!

While Willoughby doesn’t often share images of her children, the TV presenter does sometimes offer an insight into her family life.

Last year she shared an adorable letter her son, Chester, wrote to the tooth fairy after losing his first tooth and getting himself in a “panic” because he didn’t have the tooth to put under his pillow.

After dropping his tooth in the grass, Chester decided to write directly to the tooth fairy to lay out his concerns.

“To Tooth Fairy, I lost my tooth today in the grass,” the sweet note read. “Please can you still come. Love Chester.”

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The presenter also shared an emotional Instagram post to mark Chester’s sixth birthday, while joking that his cake could spark a family row.

Sharing a photo of Chester about to blow out the candles on his Chelsea football club themed cake, Willoughby admitted that the choice of team hadn’t gone down well with everyone in the family.

She joked that her husband Dan Badwin, an Arsenal fan, would not be impressed about having the Chelsea cake in the house.

“If anyone knows my Arsenal loving husband you'll know how much this cake for Chester’s birthday is killing him,” Willoughby explained in the caption.

Willoughby also recently opened up about juggling her career with motherhood and admitted to being “riddled with guilt” over missing her two eldest children’s first days of school due to work commitments.

“Becoming a mum was the only thing I knew I definitely wanted when I was growing up, but the image I had never involved me being a working mum. That’s the biggest challenge,” she told Red magazine.

“I’ve been riddled with guilt about getting that part wrong. You love them so much and you don’t want to mess them up.”

The presenter previously discussed the challenges of home schooling in a video call with the Duchess of Cambridge on This Morning.

The Duchess and Willoughby discussed the difficulties of keeping each of their three children occupied with homeschooling throughout the first lockdown last year.

“George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte’s projects! Like making spider sandwiches - it’s far cooler than doing literacy work,” the Duchess admitted.

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