Brooke Vincent on playdates with Helen Flanagan’s children and advice on marrying a footballer

Brooke Vincent has been getting parenting advice from her former on-screen sister Helen Flanagan.

The former Coronation Street star said the pair had struggled to get many playdates in with their expanding broods, but had been bonding over the "chaos" of having children with the same small age gap.

Brooke's two sons with footballer fiance Kean Bryan are Mexx, who is three in November, and Monroe, 16 months. Helen's three children with her footballer fiance Scott Sinclair are Matilda, six, Delilah, three and Charlie, one.

Brooke said: "I speak to Helen a lot. It’s hard to get playdates in with the kids but that’s essentially trying to get five kids to be present at the same time.

"She lives 40 to 50 minutes away from me. We’ve had a couple of playdates but I speak to her all the time. We talk about parenting and kids being chaos. Her kids have the same age gap as mine. There’s a lot of resemblance, and Scott [Sinclair] plays football, so it’s very much like we’re in the same boat."

Brooke announced her engagement to Kean in April via Instagram, sharing a video of drawings of her family’s hands – with the image of her hand labelled as “Mrs Bryan to-be”. She has been with the footballer since 2016, when they were introduced by mutual friends.

Like Helen and Scott, one of the relationship issues Brooke and Kean face is the instability that comes with the job of a professional footballer. That can take him away from the family home in Manchester every week if West Brom are playing, and the couple can never guarantee where his job could take him from one year to the next, should he be snapped up by another team in a different part of the country

She said: “At the minute, Kean is injured – he’s just coming back from an injury so he’s at home, but when he starts playing again he’ll usually be away twice a week for games,” she explains. “But we make it work, you have to, don’t you? You’ve got no other option. You both take on each other’s careers when you sign up for it, so we make it work and as long as we can take time for just us and he’s seeing the boys as much as possible, we’re happy.”

Helen recently confessed in and Instagram Q&A to her family's sleeping set up. She revealed that she and Scott feel like "flatmates" because they don't share a bed due to her co-sleeping arrangements with her younger children.

However, she did go on to explain that she was planning on doing up their bedroom so they could reunite and "share a bed" after seven whole years apart.

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