Jamie Oliver sparks debate after calling himself a 'weekend parent'

goss 07/08/2018

Jamie Oliver has sparked a heated discussion online after claiming to be a 'weekend parent' - someone who works Monday til Friday and only picks up parenting responsibilities on the weekend.

"I will get to the key school events but I’m flat out Monday to Friday and normally see the children a couple of nights during the week", the celebrity chef told Good Housekeeping.

"I’m happy with that, I think they are fine with it."

Some people were quick to criticse Jamie, arguing that he should be spending more time with his kids, but others sided with Jamie by saying that it's very common.

"It’s the same for most families. My kids father has usually left for work before they wake up. He gets back an hour before their bed time but sometimes due to train delays and cancellations he doesn’t see them at all. But that’s what makes the weekend even more special. That’s just life."

"By his definition of a weekend parent that is precisely what myself and my partner are. Our youngest is in nursery 7.30 till 6 ish 3 days a week so although we put her to bed we don’t get a huge amount of time during the week with her. Weekends are our quality time."

While Jamie and his wife Jools already have 5 kids together, he didn't rule out the possibility of having another child.

"Jools probably would like another child. I think we’re done, but you never knew with Jools – she had a very powerful, magic spell that can grow on you," he said.

Source: GoodToKnow