Single Mom Shonda Rhimes Says This One Word Changed Everything

In addition to her rule over TV's "Shondaland," Shonda Rhimes is a single mom of three daughters, ages 2, 3, and 13. She's a busy lady. But over the past year, she made a deal with herself and with her babies -- anytime they asked her to play, she would say yes. Every time.


Rhimes, who is the force behind wildly popular shows including Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder, sat down with Oprah for "Super Soul Sunday" to talk about her effort over the past year to say "yes" to the things that scare her the most. She also made a commitment to say "yes" to her kids.

"There are so many times they ask, 'Wanna play?'" Rhimes tells Oprah. "And I say, 'Well, I can't right now.'"

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So this year, she decided that no matter when or where, if her daughters ask her to play -- whether she's in a gown on the way to an awards show or on the way to work -- she drops down on hands and knees and plays for 10 minutes.

It's a small thing that Rhimes says changed a lot about the way she sees herself as a mother -- and her relationship with her daughters.

Genius. We spend so much time as mothers worrying about everything from SPF to Snapchat that it's all too easy to forget what our kids need most -- us. They need our attention, and they need us to be present and available. The rest is just window dressing.

We can all pretty much agree Shonda is one of the coolest, smartest ladies around. So let's follow her lead and try saying "yes" to our little ones more often. Let's show them that there's nothing important than taking 10 minutes to be with them and meet their needs. Like having a Gladiator for a mom, right? 

Queen Shonda. Long may she reign.


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