Gretchen Carlson: 6 Questions About Motherhood
We may joke that celebrity moms live in a different universe when it comes to the realities and worries of raising kids, but deep down -- all that glamour, fame, and money aside -- we're really a lot alike.
Because Mother's Day is right around the corner, the Daily Buzz bloggers have asked a gaggle of famous women six questions on what it's like to be a mom in 2009 -- check here and the other Buzz channels today and Monday for our exclusive interviews.
Here, Gretchen Carlson, co-anchor of Fox and Friends, the network's live morning show and cable's number one morning program, talks about her favorite job -- being mama to 4 year old Christian and 5 year old Kaia. Here's my conversation with the sunny 42-year-old newshound who greets the day even earlier than most toddlers.
What is the most important lesson that being a mother has taught you?
Motherhood has made me stop and smell the roses for the first time in my life! Being a goal-driven person, I was always interested in working hard to achieve the next step. I haven't lost my drive, but I've learned how to temper it.
As a mom, I bring to my job a perspective I didn't have before and it's one so many of us share as parents. I love taking the time now to teach my 4 year old how to play "Old Maid," (and consoling him when he cries after getting the Old Maid!) I love practicing piano with my 5 year old and seeing the joy on her face to be doing something "special" with mom. But most importantly I love just looking at my childrens' faces every day, smiling to myself, and thanking God that they are mine!
How has the state of the world today affected your view of motherhood?
I have always been an overprotective mom, but I believe the state of the world has made me fall back on my faith even more than before -- something I feel is so important to pass along to my kids. I believe faith in God provides them with structure, and something to hold onto even when the world around them seems crazy and unpredictable.
What's the best part of being a mom?
Snuggling with my kids on the weekends, no matter how early they decide to crash our bed. It's the best time to hear the precious things that come out of kids' mouths like, "Mama, why do we say OLD MEN (amen!) at the end of our prayers at night?"
What's the most important parenting lesson you learned from your own mother?
I grew up in Minnesota with a strong Scandinavian work ethic. I started playing the violin when I was 6 and learned from an early age that when you work hard at something, you get better. My mom was the driving force in encouraging me to make the most of my talents. And for that I am grateful. She taught me to never give up; a lesson I teach my own kids every day.
How do you plan to spend Mother's Day this year?
My husband and I are teaching the 3 year-old Sunday School class this semester, so on Mother's Day we'll be trying to keep our sanity with 15 three year olds at church! Afterward, I'll look forward to our favorite breakfast with the kids: chocolate chip pancakes with a whipped cream smile on top.
What is your greatest wish for your children?
That they build themselves from the inside out as people, with a combination of self confidence, humility, and faith.
++ Gretchen Carlson feels faith is even more important with the current state of the world. Are you instilling God and a sense of faith in your own toddlers? Do they worship with you, say prayers before bed?
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