Natascha McElhone recently spoke with Red magazine regarding raising her three sons without her husband, Martin Kelly, who died last year. Natascha is mom to 8-1/2- year-old Theodore, 6-year-old Otis, and 8-month-old Rex Coltrane.
Though her husband has passed on, she refuses to let her children’s memories of him die. “We talk about him all the time,” she told the magazine. “There are pictures of him everywhere and his office is still exactly as it was. The boys go in there and raid it — they love the fact that they’re not going to get told off.”
She also includes her husband when she’s praising – and sometimes scolding – her boys. She explained, “I’ll often say to them ‘That would really make Daddy laugh’ or ‘He’d be so proud of you,’ but the other day my eldest son was being trying. I said to him, ‘I think Daddy would have a few words to say to you about that.’”
Though her son was a bit shocked, she feels that it’s okay to use his memory in that way too. She said she felt bad, but “then I thought, ‘No, that’s probably much more real than always using him to commend. Of course Martin sometimes lost his rag with them — I’d forgotten about that.”
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