Melissa Joan Hart Talks Motherhood

On wanting more kids: “Since I was little, I knew that I wanted to have children. I’m the oldest of eight kids, and I have always liked the idea of a big family. I love my siblings, and I loved growing up with all of them. Having a big family has always been very important to me, and I would hate for my kids to not be able to experience that. Mark and I would like to have more eventually.”

On losing the baby weight: “I wasn’t in any hurry to lose the pregnancy weight. I did lose it, but only once I put my mind to it. I am lucky to have really good genes; my mom is super-skinny after having all of us. I found that after having Mason, as soon as I stopped breastfeeding it was easier to drop the extra pounds. When you’re trying to feed your kids healthy food, you take better care of yourself. After I had Brady, I began eating healthier right away. I was also chasing around a very active 2-year-old, which meant constant calorie burning.”

On her husband Mark being “the perfect dad”: “He carries 60 percent of the workload when he is not on the road with the band (Course of Nature). He’s up in the morning with Mason, and I’m up all night with Brady. He makes breakfast in the morning – he’s the cook; I don’t cook. He gives Mason his baths, and he even takes care of the dogs. He is the perfect dad. I didn’t know there were dads like that out there.”

On the long road to potty training: “I first bought Mason a potty when he was 1 and I was trying to plan ahead. My idea was to start off having him sit on it while he was watching TV. He did this for a little bit, but then he lost interest. I put it away for a while. Then one day when he was around 2, I was cleaning the bathroom and pulled it out. He was like, ‘Potty, potty, potty.’ He was so excited. So I figured it was time to start trying. And he went on it the first time! I thought, My kid is brilliant, and this is the easiest thing ever. But that didn’t last. I approach each week with a new outlook because I have learned that what worked for him yesterday may not work for him today. Every day is a challenge – one day I think we have it handled, and then the next day there is a road bump.”

On trusting her instincts: “Right after I had Mason, I felt overwhelmed. My mom told me to listen to myself. She said, ‘You have really good instincts.’ I think I cried. She kept telling me to just trust myself. And actually my doctor said the same thing to me recently. I think as parents we have this instinct, and if we just listen to it, we will know the right thing to do.”

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  • Tiff

    Those boys are seriously beyond adorable!!!!

  • gia

    “I am lucky to have really good genes; my mom is super-skinny after having all of us”….This is going to sound mean, but I dont want it too, I am just weirded out by her comment….
    I would have never thought this about her…she has never looked even thin to me, when I think of someone with good genes I think of someone with a fabulous looking, slender body like Nicole Kidman or Rebecca Romijn.

  • sam

    maybe she means that it was easy for her to drop the weight. she CLEARLY didn’t say that her body is perfect.

  • sam

    and rebecca and nicole are tall which helps them keep there bodies slim and slender. go figure..

  • Rinoa

    Being tall definitely makes looking thin easier!

  • gia

    Yeah, I think I was just confused because she mentioned good genes then she said this: “I did lose it, but only once I put my mind to it”…That would apply to anyone, good genes or not…I always thought when people mentioned having good genes it would mean it would be easier for them & they wouldnt have to really put their mind to it…she also mentions she lost more weight after stopping breast feeding…I dont have any kids, so I am not sure if it applies to everyone, but I always thought women lost more weight while breastfeeding…Guess its different for everyone.

  • monica

    Me puso feliz saber q los comentarios de la muerte de Melissa no eran reales. Mi hija y yo somos sus fans. Monica de Argentina.

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