A glamorous grandmother who is often mistaken for her son’s girlfriend says that having children so young helped her to be a cool mum and will enable her to keep up with her new grandchild.
Lisa, who is now 42, had her first son James at 18 and daughter Hollie at 25, before her youngest son Jack, 12, came along in 2007.
In November last year James and his partner welcomed baby Archie into the world.
The housewife, from Newcastle Upon Tyne, in the UK, is hard to tell apart from her 18-year-old daughter and often gets mistaken by strangers as her eldest son’s partner.
“I was always considered the cool mum and there has been a long-running joke with James’ friends that I’m a bit of a MILF,” Lisa said.
“I often get mistaken for James’ girlfriend and I even got a phone call from a friend who believed she had seen him walking down the road with another woman when it was in fact me.”
The former estate agent was always considered the ‘cool mum’ amongst her children’s friends with some even taking a shine to her in a long-standing joke with her eldest son.
“I was a young mum at 18 and there was and still is a certain stigma around young mums not doing much after they have had a baby,” she said.
“It was a shock at the time as I was on the pill but I had very supportive parents who helped me along the way.
“I was determined to work and picked up a bar job, running home every night to make sure James was fed.
“Being a young mum meant I never really got used to having a social life or solely looking after myself so that having children just seemed to slot in.
“We are very close as a family and with a smaller age gap, it means we have a lot of similar interests in music, films and fashion.
Lisa said that her friends presumed she would hate becoming a granny, but she actually felt the complete opposite.
“When I found out I was becoming a grandmother I felt a lot of people around me thought I would see it in a negative way, a misconception that I would feel I was getting old,” she said.
“But it was the completely opposite, having a baby in the family is just such a joy, it in no way made me feel as if I was getting old. If anything being younger is an advantage and means I have more time to spend with Archie.”
Lisa is also hoping to have children with her husband, Graeme, 43, after they married in May last year, but says it will be strange to think her baby’s nephew will be older.
“When I look back at my own grandparents, they wouldn’t have been able to look after young children, whereas I’m young enough to be able to run after them,” she said.
“So many people start younger now and it’s nice to see some more glamorous grannies around like Kim.”
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