Mom-of-two Marcia Cross graces the cover of Scholastic Parent & Child‘s November issue and reveals her plans for life post-Desperate Housewives: “I’m looking forward to being a classroom mom,” says the mother of 4-year-old twin girls Eden and Savannah. The actress also opens up about returning to her psychology training “to be an advocate for issues surrounding mental health,” and her favorite family traditions.
On life after Desperate Housewives: “Since my girls will be in kindergarten next year, I’m happy that I’ll have more time to be there for them when they make the transition. I’m looking forward to being a classroom mom! The place where I did my clinical training (Cross hold a masters in psychology) contacted me about possibly helping them. I’ll see what capacity they’re talking about. I would love to be an advocate for issues surrounding mental health.”
On teaching her girls the importance of giving back: “As the girls get older, I’m excited to take them out to help. There are so many things I’ll be able to do with them–like, for several years my husband and I have been going to a downtown women’s shelter, where we give out Thanksgiving dinner. To me that’s what makes life rich and fulfilling–helping others by giving, and having gratitude.”
On the challenges of motherhood: “People are always surprised because my character on the show seems perfect, she has it all together, and I’m the opposite. I struggle like every other mother, and I’m constantly trying to figure out how to do it better or to cut myself some slack when something’s not exactly right.”
On raising twins: “Though twins, they’re completely different! One of them recently started karate…the other is into dance. You have to be open to the different directions to take.”
Continue reading the interview with Marcia at Scholastic Parent & Child…