Melissa Joan Hart, of Sabrina the Teenage Witch fame, sat down with Babble and shared her thoughts on the differences and similarities between acting and parenting. The mom-of-two talked about her own experiences bringing up boys – Mason, 4, and Brady, 2 – with her husband, Mark Wilkerson, and how they have affected her new role on Melissa & Joey.
On how her family influences her acting on new show: “It’s a completely different set of parenting problems. In real life, my kids are four and two years old, but in the show, my “kids” are teens. [But] my family has taught me a lot: that family comes first and you have to have your priorities straight. I’m close with my mom and I had many, many siblings. Also, I’m now closer with my father — we used to be more distant — and I have a husband who taught me not to be concerned about making everybody happy. Family has determined everything for me.
But on the show, my character is more self-centered. She’s a fish out of water trying to raise teenagers and occasionally makes bad decisions, so I have to go against what I learned at home. My character doesn’t have children, a husband, or a mother who’s in her life, so I have to take what I know and do the opposite.
On her parenting philosophy: “Being consistent is the most important thing, whether it’s potty training or breastfeeding, nap schedules or discipline. It’s the best way to hit home with your kids what it is you really want them to pick up.”
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