Creating Kristin’s board the night before her interview made us very overwhelmed. She is the mother to a 21 year old boy, a 17 year old girl (heading to college) and *almost* two year old twins. She is also the stepmother to two teenage girls.
Just reading that should make any and everyone overwhelmed.
We walked into the clean and organized house and were met with calm, sweet kids. We are sure this isn’t always the case, but they definitely put on a show for us! After the interview Kristin’s older children were able to join as well. We sat there talking with the family and through it all you could tell that all four kids look up to their mom. The amount of love that they have for her is also overwhelming. It was really a joy to see.
Kristin is superwoman. She is the type of person who takes care of others’ needs before her own and she so desperately deserves the mom of fame title.
What is the best piece of advice you were given about motherhood? Did you take it? Would you give that piece of advice to someone else?
My grandma once said, “enjoy all of the little precious moments because the time goes by fast”. I can truly tell other mothers that this is a very accurate statement.
I do give this [advice] to new parents. I always say even when times are fast and you’re going, “gosh I can’t wait for these kids to get out of this stage and grow up” remember that they will one day be older and then you will be wishing that they were little again. I find being both the mom of an older set of kids and a younger set of kids that I definitely appreciate the younger stage more than I did as a first-time mom. Because when you’re a new mom you’re frazzled with just being a new mom.
How is motherhood different than you imagined it would be?
I always knew I wanted to be a mom. It’s challenging, but it’s a good challenge. I think the rewards that you receive from being a mom are just priceless. I was a mother at a young age. I had my first son when I had just turned 20. I guess the expectation was I didn’t want my children to ever grow up questioning whether or not they were loved.
What are your three strengths when it comes to motherhood?
Being a good communicator and a good listener at all stages
Describe a time where you were completely overwhelmed as a mother.
Many stages of overwhelmed! Lack of sleep, of course, will be overwhelming. I could go through [all of the] stages just because I’ve been there once before; the first time they get a boo-boo or get hurt, the first time you get a call from the school that your kid fell on the playground and had a broken arm, the broken hearts, the disappointment in doing an audition they didn’t get.
I think there’s different stages of overwhelming but you breathe, you persevere, you get through, you know it’s not the worst thing ever. When it comes to a mother’s love no matter what the situation, no matter how overwhelming, you will survive and come out stronger.
Is there anything you feel that you have lost about yourself since becoming a mother? What have you gained?
Sanity at times [laugh]. No. I mean, again being a young mom I could say, “gosh I gave up doing things that 20 or 21 year olds did”, but in reality whatever party I missed attending didn’t really have a comparison to what I was doing. I can’t say I have regrets.
[I have gained] everything. I don’t think there’s anything better than having little humans become bigger humans looking at you for advice, for reassurance. I just think that that love you share between a mom and a child is just the best. I have also gained a sense of purpose. I have four precious angels that give me every reason to keep doing all that I do on a daily basis.
What do you want your child(ren) to learn from you?
I’d like them to learn to live their best life. Be kind. Don’t ever settle. Know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Just know that they were loved and cared for.
What are some of the differences in motherhood from then (with your older children) until now (with your twins)?
Cooler baby items now versus the mid—90s [laughs].
I think in this stage, of them being toddlers, I am more present as far as soaking in everything than the first time around. It goes by so fast that I think there’s some moments that probably have escaped my mind because you’re tired, you’re not really appreciating that specific time. I think you tend to slow down a little bit because I have a better understanding of how quickly time goes by.