TV host and actress Kelly Ripa is no stranger to “mom guilt,” trying to balance her busy work schedule with her responsibilities at home with her three children – Michael, 14, Lola, 10, and Joaquin, 8. But for Kelly, dealing with that guilt has become a lot easier now that she’s lowered her expectations.
“Guilt for me is something that I still struggle with. I always feel guilty,” says Ripa. “I think every working mother does have that guilt about failing in some way. But the way I’ve learned to sort of balance it is just by knowing that I’m going to fail everybody a little bit every day.
“Nobody’s going to get hurt. So I just have to sort of relieve myself of feeling the pressure to do everything perfectly every day.”
Another big help? Staying organized, which is something that Kelly learned from hubby Mark Consuelos.
“We have consistency in our schedule. And I have to credit my husband with this, because…he’s always been extraordinarily organized, and he’s really taught me how to simplify my life through organization,” says Ripa. “My children and myself, we know what to expect every day. On Monday, this is the schedule. On Tuesday, this happens. And I think that they benefit from knowing what to expect when they get home.”
As for the notion of adding more children to their family now that things are so consistent, Kelly admits that she’d love to have another baby, but jokes that the only way that’s going to happen is if one shows up on their doorstep.
Ripa is currently busy planning a virtual sleepover with Electrolux to raise money and awareness for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month; an issue that’s close to her heart (both Ripa and Consuelos’ mothers overcame battles with cancer).
For more on her campaign, check out Kelly-Confidential.com.