What is your favorite memory as a mother?
I can still picture the earnest looks on the faces of my two young sons as they sat in the attorney’s office listening intently to her as she described what it meant to welcome a new sister into their family through adoption. They carefully signed their names on the line, promising to “love her forever, protect her and teach her like big brothers do.” They meant those words with their whole hearts and these decrees hang on their bedroom walls even today–ten years later.
Are there any celebrity moms you would rate as a “Perfect 10?” Why?
No way. There are no perfect moms. We are all flawed individuals doing the best that we can. Somehow I find great comfort in this.
What is the best or worst “mom purchase” you’ve ever made and why?
I will never regret the money we’ve spent on family vacations, birthday parties, and other family celebrations. The memories of these experiences continue to bring smiles and laughter long after they’ve passed.
What was your biggest misconception about being a mom?
As an expecting new mom, I read every book I could get my hands on hoping to find the “right” way to be a good parent. All of the conflicting advice kept me in a tailspin. Of course, experience has taught me that there is not one right way to parent your children. I wish I could write a letter to my younger self, telling her to relax a little–that her children would be just fine.
What is the most useless or unique talent you have? I can hula hoop for hours–pretty useless skill unless you’re trying to impress a group of 6 year olds.