Kelly Ripa, TV cohost, wife and mom of three, opens up about parenthood, happiness and how she juggles it all in the September issue of First magazine. In this one-on-one interview, Kelly chats about family life with husband, Mark Consuelos, and her three children, Michael, 11, Lola, 7, and Joaquin, 5. She also discusses her support of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF), and her self-care routines that help her keep it all together.
On the importance of having some alone time: “I try to run everyday in the park. It’s crucial to know who you are and how you feel. I find that I’m a better wife and mom if I take a half hour for myself every day. It can feel selfish, but it makes a big difference. If you don’t do it, you’ll feel overwhelmed and resentful. You want people to feel they can count on you. I feel they can when I take care of myself.”
On her hectic, yet happy family life: “Marriage and having kids really agrees with us. Mark helps with homework, while I’ll do a baking project for school. We look at each other and think, if our friends could see us now, they wouldn’t believe what we’ve become! We really enjoy what our life has developed into. I try to do it all, and I don’t do any of it particularly well. But at least I try. Sometimes the cookies get burnt, but what are you going to do?”
On her favorite rainy day activities with the kids: “With my daughter, we’re really into fairy house. They’re lots of fun. You gather sticks, weeds, toothpicks, seashells and any other materials you have lying around, and you build a house for a fairy. People actually build them and leave them in the woods. You can stumble upon them if you know where to look. The boys aren’t so much into organized rainy-day activities. They’re more into bartering for video game time—I’ll take out the trash if you let me have 10 minutes of video game time. We also do a lot of tie-dye outside in the garage.”
On her passion and support of the OCRF: “I lost a friend to ovarian cancer, so that’s very close to me. When I do Super Saturday (an annual event Kelly cohosts to help raise money for the OCRF) and see an ovarian cancer survivor and she says, ‘Thank you for doing this. Maybe my daughter won’t have to know what ovarian cancer is’— that’s why I do it. If my job can improve someone’s quality of life, that gives me great satisfaction.”
On her well-rounded upbringing: “My mother was way ahead of herself in terms of creative expression. Mom thought it was important for us to have music and dance lessons. There were times when I told her that I wasn’t going to have time to do all my homework, and she would say, ‘Well, I think it’s more important that you’re well-rounded.’ She definitely struck the right balance.”