Not only is Christina Applegate a working mom on TV in her hit comedy Up All Night, but she's one in real life!
Does that make her a method actor…? Ha!
Anyway, she's doing this cool thing with People where she's been writing mommy tips for them, blog-style. Her latest one is about being a working mom. (Shame on People for adding to her work! LOLz!)
Find something you love to do with your daughter
Finding something you can bond with your daughter over is completely priceless. You learn so much about her when you spend quality time together and the act of doing something together that you both enjoy brings you closer than ever. It’s also a great opportunity to create a life lesson.
Right now, Sadie and I are building an urban garden, filled with vegetables. I love this idea because it feeds Sadie’s interest while teaching her healthy eating habits and gives her an introduction to sustainable living. Would you believe it? She loves kale!
Build a support system
It can be easy to forget that you are not alone when you have so much on your plate. Building your own support system gives you a shoulder to lean on when it comes to all the things that come with raising a child. It’s great to surround yourself with like-minded people — or people you trust to be involved in your every day life.
In my case, I’m incredibly lucky because in addition to my family and close friends, so many of us on the set of Up All Night have kids around the same age. We even have a playroom on set!
The ongoing juggling act and the power of distraction
The main point of a successful juggling act is to not drop the ball, no matter how many balls there are up in the air! When it comes to Sadie, I have found that distracting her with something engaging is a much more efficient way to get her to switch gears, as opposed to just telling her “no” or “stop.” She’d much rather discover something new than be told to stop doing something. To be honest, I would too!
I love being a busy mom. Every day I feel enriched by everything that’s going on in my life. And it goes without saying that Sadie is my favorite part.
Such fab advice!
We're sure busy moms out there will just LOVE to know all this!
Good luck with the show — and give Sadie a BIG hug for us!
[Image via WENN.]