Kris Jenner: 6 Questions About Motherhood
In honor of Mother's Day, we've interviewed a bunch of famous moms about their thoughts on motherhood. You may have met Kris Jenner on E!'s reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She plays real life mom to six children plus four step-kids and manages her daughter Kim's career. Jenner was married to the late Robert Kardashian. Together they had Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Robert. In 1991, Jenner married Olympic champion, Bruce Jenner and together they have two daugthers, Kendall and Kylie. As a former fitness host (and with an Olympic husband), this mom knows how to stay in shape.
How does she manage motherhood in the spotlight?
What has motherhood taught you about yourself?
The most important lesson motherhood has taught me is that God has given me a huge responsibility in raising children -- that will ultimately be the most important job I will ever do in my entire life. It has taught me that there is no room to be selfish, especially while your children are young. My job is to be there for them always and teach them strength, support, kindness, honesty, and unconditional love. Being a mom has been the greatest gift and the biggest joy I will ever know.
How has the state of the world today affected your view of motherhood?
The world today is a much different place than it was when my oldest daughter Kourtney was born. Now, it is a time to raise children who are not only well-educated and smart, but also "street smart" and socially together. They need to grasp something that they want to do in life, and have a real passion for it. Kids don't get married at the age of 20 and have babies at an early age like I did anymore. It's all about a career, especially for women. So we need to prepare our children to go out there in the workplace and start a career. Teach them how to be motivated, organized, resourceful, and self-sufficient...and that will serve them well. Trust me, I offer tons of advice. I'm sure they think I'm annoying!
What do you love best about being a mom?
The best part of being a mom is the love that I receive from my kids. It fills me up and is the greatest gift. When they were little, they used to hug me so tightly I thought I would choke and now, we all tell each other we love each other maybe 20 times a day! We never hang up the phone or sign off of an email or text without saying I LOVE YOU. Also, the pride I feel for my children when they accomplish something they are excited about, and to see the joy that lights up their face -- that's priceless. When my kids are happy I am happy. Kim once said something she wasn't aware of that really hurt my feelings and when I finally told her, she wrote me the most amazing letter of how much she loves me and how much I mean to her. I will cherish it forever.
What is the most important parenting lesson you learned from your own mother?
The most important thing I learned from my own mother is patience and loyalty. She has been with me and supported me through thick and thin. She taught me skills that may sound corny or unimportant, but they have been invaluable tools as I go through life. She taught me organizational skills, multi-tasking skills, and made me do my chores and clean the house before I could go anywhere on a Friday night! But mostly, she showed me that when life gets really scary, like when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and then colon cancer, and was undergoing her chemo and radiation treatment, that NEVER EVER give up. She taught me that a positive attitude is key. Mix
that with a good sense of humor and you have what is called a SURVIVOR. She is now 75-years-old and to this day is the one person who really makes me laugh!
How do you plan to spend Mother's Day this year?
I hope to spend Mother's Day with my own mother, and of course all of my kids doing something really fun. We have a GINORMOUS family and everyone likes to do different things, but it's my day, so it's the one day of the year I get to choose whatever I want to do. One Mother's Day about five years ago, I woke up and spontaneously announced we were all going to Disneyland. Of course they all climbed in the car and off we went! We had the best day ever.
What is your greatest wish for your children?
My one greatest wish for my children is that they will find PEACE in their hearts.
Thank you, Kris! I like how Kim wrote her an apology letter that she has saved. (My mom and grandmother did the same thing with me!) Has your kid ever hurt your feelings? How did he or she make up with you?
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