Betty Hayes: 6 Questions About Motherhood

Betty Hayes Mother's Day

Betty Hayes of TLC's "Table for 12"

I don't know if Betty Hayes is a CafeMom or not, but I wish she were. I could see us becoming really good friends. If you've watched her TLC reality show, Table for 12, you know that she's down-to-earth, funny, sincere, kind, and just an all-around great mom who adores her kids.

I bet she'd give great advice on toddler questions like "How do I get my two kids to stop fighting?" (She has six toddlers!) and "How do I save money on diapers?" (SIX toddlers!).

Maybe we can convince her to sign up one day, but with two sets of twins ages 12 and 10 and 4-year-old sextuplets, as well as a disabled child with cerebral palsy -- not to mention her busy TV schedule -- I'm guessing this stay-at-home mom doesn't have a lot of "me" time. She did manage to steal a few minutes to answer these 6 Questions About Motherhood, though, and for that I thank her!


What is the most important lesson that motherhood has taught you? 
Motherhood has taught me how to be completely unselfish. Once you experience the unconditional love between a mother and child, your direction in life changes. You no longer come first, and amazingly enough, you don't mind.

You don't mind giving them the last bite of whatever it is that you are enjoying, and you don't mind standing in the sweltering sun praying for him to catch that fly ball because their happiness is your happiness and nothing in life seems better then these precious little moments.

How has the state of the world today affected your view of motherhood? Has it changed the type of mom you are?

All politics aside, children need us more than ever today. The way of the world right now is the Internet. It's a source of good and evil and our children need our guidance. They need the right role models and the help to make the right choices when they venture into the cyber-unknown. I try to monitor their time on the computer, and when they have a question, I am always available to answer.

What's the best part of being a mom?
For me, the best part of being a mom is the quiet down times. I love to snuggle with my children. I love to hug and kiss them. I love to count their fingers and toes. I love to smell their hair. Give me a rainy day, some warm children, a book that I can read to them and you have heaven on earth.
What is the most important parenting lesson you learned from your own mother?
My parents have a saying that I believe is the best advice for any new parent: "When they are at their least unlovable is when they most need to be loved". 

How do you plan to spend Mother's Day this year?  
I plan on attending church with my family then having a nice quiet brunch with my mother, father, Eric and the children.

What is your greatest wish for your children?
That they grow up to be happy, healthy, well adjusted, productive adults. I hope they find joy in life and I hope they love being a parent as much as I do.

++ Betty is extra cautious of the Internet, and I can't blame her. Do you let your toddlers play games or explore cyberspace? Why or why not?

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