Gordon Ramsay's wife crowned Mum of Year
Published 28/02/2010 | 16:32
The wife of television chef Gordon Ramsay was crowned celebrity mum of the year and said "patience" was the most important virtue for a parent.
Tana Ramsay, 35, who has four children, described herself as a traditional mother who was forever learning new lessons about being a good parent.
Ramsay received the Tesco Magazine Celebrity Mum of the Year award at a glitzy ceremony in central London.
She beat off competition from high-profile mothers including newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, Emmerdale actress Linda Lusardi and EastEnders faces Patsy Palmer, Jo Joyner, Jessie Wallace and Lucy Benjamin.
Asked about what made a good mother, Ramsay, who has written three best-selling cookbooks and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, said: "It's a big learning curve. It's a journey.
"It's important to stay close to them, but that gets tricky when they get older and they get secretive and into their teenage years... but just being there, being their friend."
She said parents needed the "patience of a saint", adding: "You talk to them and listen to them. As they get older that's the thing I'm learning all the time is just listening. Some problems you might not think are a big deal are massive for them."
Ramsay, the mother of Megan, 11, twins Jack and Holly, 10, and Matilda, eight, said: "As they get older it's more important for them to spend more time with Gordon, more time with me, and with us together."
She said her husband, known for his foul-mouthed rants, behaved totally differently at homeL "It's different at home, it's not a stressful environment."
She continued: "I follow my mum's lead in how she was as a mum. Computers and telephones make it quite hard being a parent. Where do you draw the line? You don't want them to stick out and be a different child to their friends but you want to be traditional, you want to see them do research in the library and go to a phone box to call you but that's not real any more."
The overall award for Tesco Magazine Mum of the Year went to Jane Gates, from Binfield in Berkshire. Mrs Gates set up a charity after her nine-year-old son, Sebastian, died of a rare form of kidney cancer on Christmas Eve 2003.