Friday 23 August 2019

'It was me with no make up, running into creche, bawling my eyes out at times' - Karen Koster on new documentary

Karen Koster
Karen Koster
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Karen Koster is worried about being judged for putting her children on camera for the new TV3 documentary, Mummy Guilt.

The Xpose presenter opened up her Ballsbridge home to allow her two boys, Finn (2) and JJ (1), to be filmed alongside her husband, John McGuire.

She is delving into the modern-day issues facing Irish mums and the eternal debate that exists between being a stay-at-home parent or a working one.

Karen said she decided to do the show "warts and all" - she ditched her make-up bag and went au naturel.

"It was me with no make-up on, running into creche, bawling my eyes out at times," she said.

"I found the first few days exhausting because it was more on me and my family and filming with the kids.

"Then, when you're thinking back, you're like, 'Oh God, JJ was running around in his nappy. That's not going to look good'.

"Then I talked to my mum and my sister and I am definitely exposing myself in a way that I haven't done before.

"I'm worried that people who don't even agree with putting your kids on Facebook are going to be like, 'Your one's putting her kids on TV', so I do worry about that aspect of it.

"I try not to put too much of the kids on social media, but it's very hard when you're a proud parent and you're taking pictures of them all the time.

"I'm definitely worried about people coming out and going, 'Boo-hoo, poor her. She's got first-world problems, she doesn't get to see her kids enough'.

"But I do think we all have the same worries and doubts, regardless of the job you do. We have all agonised over the choices we've made and second-guessed ourselves."

Karen was speaking at the launch of Hazelbrook Farm's Bring Back The Magic campaign.


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