Brooke Burke Charvet is definitely a pro at juggling, and I’m not talking circus. Not only is she a mother to her four beautiful children Neriah, 11, Sierra, 9, Rain, 5, and Shaya, 3 but she also headlines one of television’s highest-rated programs Dancing with the Stars, has penned a book called The Naked Mom due out February 1st and recently married her partner David Charvet. The busy mom openes up to More.com and discusses her children, her marriage and life in her forties.
Brooke – who wed her partner David Charvet last year – claims that she and David had always felt like a married couple, even before they actually tied the knot.
“We always felt married,” she admits. “We did things a little backwards. We built our home, had our kids and then embarked on the world’s longest engagement. We had planned a vacation to our favorite spot and destination, St. Bart’s, and just decided to do it.”
When it comes to raising her children all together, Brooke admits there are some challenges but for the most part, it is a great set-up.
“It is hard, and it’s ongoing,” Brooke reveals about her blended family. “I am very lucky that I have a great relationship with my ex-husband. [But] my two older children have really welcomed their younger siblings into the family with open arms, and it’s just so special. Any child from a divorce and a mixed custody arrangement can be put in a tough situation. Divorce is forever for children.”
“One of the things that comes up a lot in children who have two homes is, ‘I want to go to my dad’s.” Brooke continues. “Everything’s better over there.’ ”
When it comes to her eldest girls, there are certain things that Brooke forbids as a mom.
“I don’t allow my nine-year-old and my 11-year-old to go onto YouTube and surf the Internet,” she says. “I explain to them that it’s not their fault, but dangerous things can pop up when mistakes are made.”
But when it comes to her professional responsibilities, Brooke makes sure they don’t interfere with her motherly duties at home.
“DWTS is on two nights a week. Because it’s a live program, it’s not one of those 15-hour-gig commitments. I am home almost every night. I also drive my kids to school, even on show day.”
Brooke turned 40 in September and although some women cringe at the thought of turning 40, Brooke has decided to embrace it.
“I don’t really like the sound of 40…but for me, life is getting better.” she says. “I know myself better, I am more comfortable in my own skin, and I am more mature than when I was a kid….Honestly, 40 is good.”