EXCLUSIVE: Coleen Rooney on juggling work with family time, and keeping the kids out of the public eye

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She's been in the public eye for more tan ten years as a TV presenter, writer and fashion designer, but Coleen Rooney's most important job is being mum to her three children – and she thinks she's finally got it worked out.

We sat down with the 30-year-old at the Wembley Hilton Hotel to talk about her role in finding McDonald's Football Mum of the Year, and find out how she and husband Wayne, also 30, manage to juggle their boys with life in the public eye.

"You've got to have a routine," she insists, during the exclusive chat with HELLO! Online. "Which I think I've cracked with the three of them! I plan my days and I'm constantly writing lists, I'm good at organising things. I'm quite bossy!"

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Coleen Rooney credits a good home life with having routine and support from her family

But Coleen and Manchester United footballer Wayne also have a lot of help from their family, and she knows they're very lucky to have the support.

Coleen continues: "My mum helps out a lot, and Wayne and I share the responsibilities. We do a lot as a team. When we go on holiday, you've probably seen, my mum and dad come everywhere with us, because they help out a lot with the kids and also they're just really good company."

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She and Wayne are parents to Kai, six, Klay, three, and four-month-old Kit, and it comes as no surprise that living in that world is having an impact on their ambitions.

"At the minute, Kai wants to follow in his dad's footsteps," Coleen explains. "He was never interested at a young age, but I'd say in the last year or so he's gotten really interested. In our house we encourage them but we don't push them too far, as Wayne obviously knows how difficult it is to make it. There's a lot of let downs in football, so it's important for them to always have a back-up."

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Coleen is mum to sons Klay, Kit and Kai

But it's not just football: their mum is has been a famous face for many years, so the kids have always been exposed to life in the public eye – much to Coleen and Wayne's initial dismay.

She says: "When we had Kai we tried to keep him out of the public eye, but it's impossible. Eventually we decided we couldn't live like that and just had to accept it. We handle it quite well and put pictures out there so the press don't thrive for more. We're happy to share, like any mum and dad, if our kids are doing something nice."

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She and Wayne work as a team to juggle parenthood with their busy work lives

For the second year running, Coleen is involved in the McDonald's Football Mum of the Year awards, and she thinks it's extremely important that the women who go above and beyond their parental duties are recognised.

"They're not just mums," Coleen says. "They're coaches. Leah, who won last year, she's a coach for a disabled adult's team and a team for children with special needs, as well as bringing up her own kids. It just amazes you how these women manage to do it all. Another thing is to show that women have a strong involvement in football, as a lot of people still only associate it with men."

Coleen adds: "When they asked me to get involved again this year I couldn't say no!"

Coleen Rooney is launching the search for McDonald’s 2016 Football Mum of the Year. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of thousands of regular ‘football mums’ across the UK. Nominations are now open at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/mumoftheye...

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