Is baby Hank Baskett hitting the so-called Terrible 2s? Mom Kendra Wilkinson admits that with her gorgeous little guy set to celebrate his 2nd birthday next week he’s become a bit more challenging. In an interview with OK! the reality star mom shares her no-fail discipline trick, and also reveals her family-focused resolution for the year ahead.
On tips for new moms: “Oh, my God, I have a list full of things! And every single day is a new thing I’ve learned that I want to tell everybody. Right now, I’m at the discipline stage with Hank Jr., and it’s really, really hard because he’s turning 2. He’s getting grumpy a little bit and fussy. I learned yelling and screaming while he’s yelling and screaming only causes more stress in the room and chaos. I’ve learned to talk with him and guide him, teaching him why he’s doing things, why he has to put his diaper on; I have to explain. They might not know word for word what you’re saying, but what’s coming out of your mouth is so important for them to hear. They need guidance. The discipline part is hard. My little trick is to just talk with him, and if he doesn’t settle down then I take away his favorite things in the world, which are his cars. I’ll be like, ‘Mama’s gonna take your cars,’ and he’ll do whatever I want.”
On her Dancing with the Stars stint: “I will always thank Dancing With the Stars for bringing me back to reality kind of, help me embrace my sexy side again. Because after pregnancy, and right after giving birth, I lost myself for a while. I started to fall into the “dressing like a mom” category. I thought that was the way to be. It’s like, I’m going to be a robot and dress like a conservative. I started feeling like I was lost. And then, thanks to DWTS, which came at the perfect time, I got to get into little cute clothes again. I got to dance around. I got to show my body more again. It gave me this new motivation and drive, and I still have that. It helped me; it pushed me. DWTS opened this new door for me. It’s great.”
On baby #2: “It would be night and day. I didn’t know what to expect having baby Hank. I didn’t do my research. I had to do everything on the spot. But this new one, oh, yeah, our second baby, it will be so different.”
On looking ahead to 2012: “My resolution is being a better person. My husband and son are the most amazing people. I know I’m a good person, but I want to get back to the basics. I love my family!”