Jamie and Jools Oliver are mum and dad to 16-year-old Poppy, 15-year-old Daisy, 9-year-old Petal, 7-year-old Buddy and 2-year-old River Rocket – and the celebrity chef just opened up about how the family keeps a handle on everyone in their ranks. Spoiler alert: It’s all down to an app!
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One of my absolute happiest memories of our summer x all full of cold and flu and this feels a little bit like a life time away x getting that back to school sinking feeling I had when I was little after every holiday and every Sunday night not sure you ever shake that!!! Going to miss our after tea walks through the corn fields and all the chatting and endless questions from the little ones, precious times 💛🌾🌻☀️🚜🍂
“They can check on me too”
Any parent of older children will have anxious feels about their whereabouts, at least some of the time. Jamie and Jools say they’ve managed to have more peace of mind, with a wee bit of help from technology and their handy dandy smartphones.
“We used an app to keep track of our kids’ whereabouts,” Jamie recently told Woman magazine. “The older girls, Jools and I are all on an app called Life360, which means we can see exactly where everybody is and the route they’ve gone.”
“So if one of the girls says, ‘I’m going to Camden Town’ and I can see they’ve gone to Reading,” Jamie explains, “then we have a problem.”
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This clever app not only helps this busy mum and dad locate their kids with a quick swipe or two, it goes both ways because their older daughters can see exactly where their parents are too!
“They can check on me, too, and see how fast I’m driving. It’s brilliant.”
(Life360 tracks users’ location on a map and can send alerts when they arrive and/or leave home.)
Apps and snacks
This pro app reveal is the latest in a series of glimpses Jamie’s given us into his family’s life.
He recently told Hello! Magazine that soft drink was outlawed in the Oliver home, but admitted that if his kids find themselves tucking into burgers at McDonalds, it’s not the end of the world (although his burgers are better, obviously!)
Advising other mums and dads to not go TOO over the top with foodie rules for their kids, Jamie said balance, excellent good food modelling and ongoing education were the key to excellent eaters.
“I am kind of relaxed but if you were to say, ‘Oh I saw Daisy hanging out at Maccy D’s.’ I personally wouldn’t be upset because I know at home, we largely give her only good options,” he told Hello!
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Very happy international Women’s day. With just two of my absolute favourite girls. Hoping to raise strong, independent, supportive and ultimately kind girls and boys in our family, who look after each other and equally contribute something great to this wonderful world ❤️