Steph McGovern: ‘I’m guilty’ Channel 4 star asks expert’s advice amid parenting revelation

Steph McGovern launched her self-titled Channel 4 show on Monday, but from the comfort of her own home. The Steph Show comes live from the kitchen of the former BBC Breakfast presenter, who is, like the rest of us, in isolation due to coronavirus.

I’m guilty of this with my baby because we’re around lot more now

Steph McGovern

Despite being due to start the conventional daytime chat show in a proper studio, it hasn’t stopped her from making a splash.

After speaking to Alan Titchmarsh from his immaculate garden, Steph moved on to talk about some big questions posed by parents who are wondering what to do to keep their kids entertained at this trying time.

Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the UK on lockdown with no end in sight, Steph wanted to reassure families that it’s OK for their children to be bored.

To back up her theory, she brought on psychologist Laverne Antrobus, who clarified a few things for viewers.


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Steph is a new mum herself, having welcomed her daughter – whose name has been kept private – into the world in November with her long-time girlfriend.

At the time of the announcement, Steph told her Twitter followers: “Well hello world, just surfaced to let you know that we now have a daughter! We’re all fine and dandy. Just getting used to the Eau de sick/poo I am now regularly wearing. #babylife.”

Now she’s well and truly in the swing of life as a mum, she admitted she’s “guilty” of trying to entertain her baby girl all the time.

“I’m guilty of this with my baby because we’re around a lot more now – do you have to keep them entertained all the time?!” she asked Laverne.

“Is it alright for them to be a bit bored for bit?”

To her relief, the psychologist agreed: “It’s good for us all to be left with our own thoughts,” she replied.

“I think for parents, what you’re actually doing is allowing the children some time to themselves because if we try and create something where we’re always together, that’s really artificial.”

She continued to note that to be all-singing, all-dancing and always positive isn’t the way life goes, and that it’s important for kids to have their own space sometimes.

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“We have our up moments and moments where we’re a bit more reflective, so if children are kicking their heels and are getting a bit bored, I think that’s OK.”

As Steph mentioned previously, one of the perks of lockdown is being able to spend more time with her family.

The former BBC star explained how being at home has meant an improved routine for her and her baby.

Earlier in the week, while speaking to Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke, Steph explained: “Because I’m here all the time now, I’ve actually been able to get the baby into a sleeping pattern!”


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Admitting it came as a surprise to her, she exclaimed: “I never thought I’d be able to do [it].”

“I think it’s just because I’m here all the time.”

Perks of home life eh, Steph!

The Steph show continues daily at 12pm on Channel 4.

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