03/11/2009 16:55 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Fiona Phillips Doesn't Want To Be A Full-Time Mum

TV presenter Fiona Phillips is reportedly set to return to our screens after quitting GMTV to spend more time with her family.

She says she doesn't want to be a full-time mum and needs to be stretched.

I would have thought being a full-time mum was pretty stretching, but we all have to balance our lives the best we can.

Fiona, who has two sons, Nathaniel, ten, and Mackenzie, seven, is set to present a prime-time show on ITV telling the story of Christmas, along with a show for Sky Real Lives called Forces Reunited.

She told New magazine she enjoyed being at home more these days but said: "I'd be lying if I said I wanted to be a full-time mum, because I don't.

"I adore my sons, but I've worked since the age of 11 and need to be stretched."

The Daily Mail says her decision "will bring criticism from many who believe a mother's place is in the home".

Er... Does anyone really dare voice those kind of views any more? Apart from in the Daily Mail?

Sounds like another TV presenter, Kirstie Allsopp, may have got it about right when she told Closer magazine it was impossible for women to have it all.

Kirstie, who presents Location Location Location and has two sons, Bay, three, and Oscar, one, as well as two stepsons, says it's difficult to raise children and pursue a career.

She told Closer: "I resent women in the public eye who look glam, do glamorous jobs and try to pretend they have it all when they don't. You can't have it all without help.

"It puts pressure on all mums. Even as a 'celebrity mum' myself, there is now a huge expectation that you'll have a natural birth, get your figure back immediately, take naturally to motherhood and continue a successful career. It's rubbish."

I think she's right. We do need role models - women who successfully juggle career and families. But we also need to know the truth about how hard it is.

And perhaps we need to hear some stories from mothers who combine work and children and don't have jobs which are extraordinarily well-paid.

How do you manage your career and your children? Or are you a "full-time mum"? Do you feel "stretched"?

Source: Daily Mail