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‘I groan at them continually!’ Kate Ferdinand uncovers her child Cree has begun having ‘head-swinging’ fits of rage as she subtleties being a ‘severe’ parent to spouse Rio’s youngsters

Proud mum: Kate Ferdinand has revealed her son Cree has begun having 'head-swinging tantrums' as she detailed the struggles of being a 'strict' parent to her stepchildren

Proud mum: Kate Ferdinand has revealed her son Cree has begun having ‘head-swinging tantrums’ as she detailed the struggles of being a ‘strict’ parent to her stepchildren

Kate Ferdinand has uncovered her child Cree has started having ‘head-swinging fits of rage’s as she nitty gritty the battles of being a ‘severe’ parent to her stepchildren with spouse Rio.

The previous TOWIE star talked about the day to day hazards of raising her mixed family on the Parenting Hell digital broadcast, while specifying the changing dynamic with Rio’s three youngsters Lorenz, 15, Tate, 13, and Tia, 10, as they arrive at their high schooler years.

Kate, who has transparently examined the risks of being in a mixed family, made sense of that as her stepchildren age she’s begun to ‘groan at them continually’ about errands, drawing up an obligations outline to keep them in line.

Proud mum: Kate Ferdinand has revealed her son Cree has begun having 'head-swinging tantrums' as she detailed the struggles of being a 'strict' parent to her stepchildren

Proud mum: Kate Ferdinand has revealed her son Cree has begun having ‘head-swinging tantrums’ as she detailed the struggles of being a ‘strict’ parent to her stepchildren

She said: ‘Cree is at nursery now since I have begun working sooner than anticipated. He wears the pants in this house. He has begun with the head swings and fits. He slams his heads on everything
‘He is so clearly. He is brimming with life. Everybody in this house battles for consideration. He is most intense out the part. Which is saying a great deal as it is a noisy house.’

Kate uncovered that since Cree has begun nursery, Rio’s more seasoned kids have started taking a school transport after she battled with shuffling the numerous excursions.

‘Whenever we are both here we share the job. It is very equivalent, he is great. Great with the children,’

she said.

Open: The former TOWIE star discussed the daily perils of raising her blended family and Rio's three children Lorenz, 15, Tate, 13, and Tia, 10, as they reach their teen years

Open: The former TOWIE star discussed the daily perils of raising her blended family and Rio’s three children Lorenz, 15, Tate, 13, and Tia, 10, as they reach their teen years

Kate also admitted that having such a large age gap between Rio’s eldest son Lorenz and Cree can prove challenging, saying: ‘It is impossible but we all stay together and at one stage some of you are going to be bored

‘It is impossible.. the big kids… we can entertain Cree for an hour and then we can get on with what the big kids want to do

‘Or I try and do stuff with him in my days off in the week. And then do things with the big kids.

‘But he gets bored and they can bored. What can you do? You’ve just got to get on with it.’

Detailing the perils of raising teenagers, Kate admits she and Rio agreed she would carry on the ‘strict’ mentality introduced by his late wife Rebecca Ellison.

Open: She said: 'He is so loud. He is full of life. Everyone in this house fights for attention. He is loudest out the lot. Which is saying a lot as it is a loud house'

Open: She said:
‘He is so loud. He is full of life. Everyone in this house fights for attention. He is loudest out the lot. Which is saying a lot as it is a loud house’

She said: ‘From the beginning Rio said their mum was strict and you can do the same. I have been firm but fair. I moan at them constantly

‘As you see a mum would that is what I do. I cook for them. Hug them. Love them. I am strict. I drive them mental. They leave their stuff everywhere and all I do is moan. It is being a normal parent.

‘We have a chart on the wall. It gets very political at times. They have to do washing up, surfaces and clearing the table and make their beds

‘They share clearing up and clearing the table. If you have seen the amount kids eat. They eat double the amount of a man. The amount of food I have to cook is crazy.

‘They probably can’t stand me. They wipe the surfaces, but they don’t do it properly. I say we are going to keep coming back to this.’

Difficult: Kate also admitted that having such a large age gap between Rio's eldest son Lorenz and Cree can prove challenging

Difficult: Kate also admitted that having such a large age gap between Rio’s eldest son Lorenz and Cree can prove challenging

Kate added: ‘Where they are getting older, it is a really deep relationship. We talk about in depth things… we have our deep night chats. Every night they come in my room. They are 13 and 15, they think they are 20 and really grown up. It is funny.

‘They do confide in me on a lot of things. I have never thought about if it is because I am Kate and not their mum. I am really open. We share everything with each other. We have created that space for communication.’

She continued: ‘It is hard to keep the kids grounded. They do have jobs. They have to clear up after themselves

‘We don’t give them everything they want. We try and keep them grounded in that sense.

‘They are so well mannered and they are so polite. But this is the life they have lived in they don’t know any different.

Pains: Rio lost his wife and the kids lost their mother Rebecca Ellison in 2015, two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer

Pains: Rio lost his wife and the kids lost their mother Rebecca Ellison in 2015, two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer

‘But we need to teach them how to live without us. They’ve got social media but private accounts. As a generation we are obsessed with socials. You just end up going on it all the time. They are on it all the time.’

Kate added that Rio’s children are asked to leave their phones outside their bedrooms on a charging point to prevent them from staying on them ‘all night.’

Asked whether she’s ever looked at their devices, the star added: ‘They know I do. I will tell them. I say I looked at your phone and saw this

‘You have to keep an eye on them. You don’t know who they are talking to or with socials what is going on.’

Kate was a guest on Parenting Hell to discuss her own podcast Blended, which sees her interview guests about their own experiences.

Love: Detailing the perils of raising teenagers, Kate admits she and Rio agreed she would carry on the 'strict' mentality introduced by his late wife

Love: Detailing the perils of raising teenagers, Kate admits she and Rio agreed she would carry on the ‘strict’ mentality introduced by his late wife

This comes after the star recently launched her own support platform for families meshed together by fostering, adopting, loss or other circumstances, following her own experiences as a step-parent.

Taking to Instagram to announce the launch of the platform, which she also named Blended, sharing an image of the logo along with a heartfelt caption.

She wrote: ‘As you all know we are a blended family, I am a step mum to my 3 beautiful big kids Lorenz, Tate & Tia who unfortunately lost their mum at a very young age, & now a biological mum to our beautiful blessing Cree…

‘The icing on the cake to our extra special family. Being a step mum to 3 children who have been through so much & a husband who’s wife passed away brings a unique set of challenges…

Kate Ferdinand ‘quite naive’ on stepping into Rio’s family
‘There have been many times I have been left feeling lost, confused and not sure where to turn. When I first became a stepparent I felt very isolated & alone, I just didn’t know who to talk to…

‘As my journey continues I’ve realized there is a real need for a place to connect & get advice from people going through similar experiences. I am definitely not a guru, this is as much for me and it is for you guys…

‘So here we have it @blended a safe space for us to all share our blended family experiences and support each other along this journey…

‘I’m hoping to share some personal experiences along the way as well as help and advice from professionals. There will also also be lots of discussions, general chit chat & quotes to make us feel better. Lots of love Kate’.

Beneath the post, Rio penned: ‘So Proud of my Lady. Warms my heart seeing you so passionate about this. You are a blessing.’

New series: Kate was a guest on Parenting Hell to discuss her own podcast Blended, which sees her interview guests about their own experience as a step-mum

New series: Kate was a guest on Parenting Hell to discuss her own podcast Blended, which sees her interview guests about their own experience as a step-mum

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