Mom-of-three Kelly Ripa graces the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. In the interview the multi-tasking host of Live With Regis & Kelly gives a glimpse into her hectic days and the happy home life she shares with her longtime love Mark Consuelos and their beautiful kids Michael, 13, Lola, 9, and Joaquin, 7.
She describes the chaos of the before-school morning routine, saying it’s “a swirling vortex of administrative child care. Mark and I have coffee and the kids have breakfast. Then we are scrambling — remembering playdates, filling out permission slips, everything we didn’t do the night before.”
Though she has fun with her kids, Kelly can be a strict mom too: “We love them no matter what, but no means no.” An example? When she had to lay down the law over her daughter Lola’s fashion indecision.
“She’d change school clothes 14 times; it was interfering with the morning ritual,” Kelly explains. “so now she picks out two options the night before, and we put a lock on the closet door.” If Lola has a change of heart the next day, she’s out of luck. “You picked it out last night, and I don’t see what happened since then that these no longer are good options,” Kelly tells her. “Put one on.”
At the end of the day, when everyone is home from school and work, they all meet in the kitchen to eat supper as a family.
“Sometimes it’s 6:30, sometimes 7:30, sometimes it’s going to be pizza or takeout. It’s important to have that time together as a family. We have some very deep conversations. Mark and I are from the generation where children were seen and not heard, but my kids have great insights and their own opinions about everything.”
After 15 years together, her love for her very handsome husband Mark Consuelos hasn’t waned.
“I think about my husband in the middle of the day because I love him and I can’t wait to see him,” she gushes. “He is my best friend. Nobody knows me the way he knows me. We’ve seen each other in an Avatar, ‘I see you’ way.”
Their inspiration comes from their own parents: “Together our parents have been married for almost 100 years. We’re all swans; we mate for life,” she shares.
It’s a busy life, but Kelly insists she’s not all that different from other moms who are juggling both career and kids.
“I’m like any working mom. When I’m at work, I’m remembering what I forgot to do for the kids, and when I’m with the kids, I’m remembering what I forgot to do at work.”