My average day has a great deal of variation. Some days I am up at 4am to leave at 6am, filming all day and home at 10pm, but it doesn’t happen every day. Other times I am up taking the little ones to school and doing ‘dad things’ all day.
When the little ones were at school in France [Lamb’s two daughters Eloise and Eva-Mathilde] as a project they made themed gifts for their parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Mine was a cup with ‘papa’ written on it.
It has certainly made me a more concerned and active parent in my older years. As you get older, and especially if you have very young kids, you realise how much you can miss if you are not active – it pays off because it’s better for you and it’s better for them. Kids make you mature – they allow you to be more of a grown up if you let them.
Yeah, I am much more involved. The trouble is, when you’re younger you’re trying to find who you are and out of necessity you are self obsessed – it’s the way nature makes us. At 50 or 60 you are more likely to know who you are so you have more time to give your children, and kids do demand time.
There are connections – whenever I am out and about they ask where he is and they ask him where I am. I was filming for The One Show recently and this guy came flying across the square saying “You’re George Lamb! No, wait, you’re his dad!”… people find it fun! It’s good! I rather like it!
It’s just trying to do things for other people in a different way – these charities pool the money so on paper it looks as though you are sponsoring two children, but the money is being distributed to lots of people. It’s just a more personal way of giving. The idea was to sponsor a couple of little girls the same ages as mine which sets a bit of an example to them about helping other people.
No! It was really easy! I have known a lot of manipulative people, and it was extremely well written. The guy who wrote it really knew what he was doing – you had to be pretty hopeless to mess that one up!
Funnily enough a couple of friends of George’s have recently embarked on parenthood and I would say you have got to understand that this is the beginning of a relationship that will last until the day you die – so make sure you enjoy every minute of it.
It depends where I am, but I like to keep pretty active – go for a walk, read and write … I like to be places where it’s quiet and preferably on my own – out in the woods, walking on the beach, somewhere in the country … that’s another thing, people don’t realise how much stress is involved at different stages of a child’s development: in the early stages you are constantly terrified of them catching something, then there are all the traumas of growing up, the financial side, finding schools, it can be relentless at times.
Try and live as healthily as you can. I don’t drink any more and I don’t smoke and I am careful about what I eat. It’s especially important if you have kids when you are older because you want to be around to be a daddy for as long as possible. I live a very simple life and I feel good. I certainly had my fun, but I don’t miss it. If you do it properly when you’re meant to then when your body starts telling you to stop, and it does (the hangovers start taking over your life) then it gets to the point you are happy to jack it in!
To be perfectly honest, I think that in a way they made something that was such a perfect fit, with a beginning, a middle and an end that while I never thought it would stop, I can see why they would now. You don’t want to downgrade what they have already done. But I don’t know!
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