Kathy Ireland knows how to find balance. The former Sports Illustrated cover model and current CEO of Kathy Ireland World Wide is also an author, wife, and mother of three. Just last month, she talked to us about her new book, Real Solutions for Busy Moms and now Ireland shares her most precious accomplishment -- mother to Erik, Lily, and Chloe.
What has motherhood taught you about yourself?
Being a mom has taught me to get over myself, get over my discomfort, my
embarrassment and pull my head out of the sand and face challenges head on.
People are shocked when I ask if they have guns in their homes. I ask about
alcohol and drug use. My husband and I want to know the programs and music
that are permitted in the homes of our children's friends. There are people
that give me very strange looks. That's ok.
How has the state of the world today affected your view of motherhood?
We live in a very different world than the one that I grew up in. Someone
said recently, if we raise our kids the way that we were raised, they won't
make it. I pray that isn't true. In this 24/7 information age, we need to
be very cautious. The Internet brings many wonderful things to life and it
also presents many dangers. We must know where our children are online.
Criminal records can be sealed. Internet footprints never disappear. The
rules of good citizenship and caution really must apply!
What do you love best about being a mom?
Being a mom is the world's most amazing job. All moms work whether we get paid or not. Being a mom is the most important job in the world. The best part of being a mom is that I get the pleasure from our bedtime ritual. It begins with helping our youngest with her bath, making sure everybody gets their teeth brushed and their evening chores completed. I love telling stories to our kids. My three children's books all came from family bedtime stories. At bed time, I read three books to Chloe followed by a story in my head, a prayer and a song.Then I read with Lily, our 10-year-old. We are reading the Bible in sequence this year together. Each night we begin with a prayer then read a couple chapters and talk about it. We are currently in the book of Leviticus. Then Lily plays guitar and sings some songs. Our oldest son Erik, is 14. I spend sometime with him talking about our days, learning what is on his mind and heart. He often helps me with my computer. We pray together and if his homework is done and it's not too late, we'll watch a show together.
What is the most important parenting lesson you learned from your own mother?
The power of prayer and the power of God's love. The ability and responsibility to love our children, protect them, teach them and discipline them. Discipline comes from the word disciple. Mom packed me a Bible when I was 18 years old. I opened it out of pure boredom and jet lag. The Bible opened to the Gospels. I knew I was hearing the truth. Jesus mentored His disciples and gave them the tools necessary to live a
successful life. Being a parent does not mean that we always get to be our
kids best friend and the ability to put others first.
How do you plan to spend Mother's Day this year?
With our children. I pray that my mom and dad and my husband Greg's schedule
will allow us all to be together. Family time is precious. Mother's Day is not
about anything material, but family love. That's what we all want.
What is your greatest wish for your children?
My greatest wish for our children is no matter what path they wish to follow
that they accomplish what is necessary in order to succeed and be taken
seriously. To have faith, learn to accept their path, defend their beliefs,
confront the negative obstacles and stand up for what's right. If you do a
good job of raising your children it does not matter what other mistakes you
make. If we never make a great deal of money and we are a great parent,
we're going to be happy. Our children will be happy. And finally, we are
wise to learn from this advice. These are the greatest wishes for our
Thank you, Kathy! I like how she describes the bedtime routine in her home. What's your most cherished routine or tradition with your family?