Tori Spelling: “I’m Scared Of Screwing Up My Kids”

In honor of Halloween – her “fave holiday,” she reveals – Tori Spelling, her husband Dean McDermott and their adorable kids Liam, 4, and Stella, 3, get all dressed up for the October issue of Parenting magazine. In the interview, the reality star mom-of-two (very soon to be three!) opens up about motherhood, from her own worries and fears to her very hands-on approach – and explains why she longs for the days of dirty diapers!

On her Mommy fears: “I’m scared of screwing up my kids. You want your kids to be the best kids they can be, and you try to give them all the support, love, education, and information they need, so they’re prepared when they go out into the world. I thought that once we were out of the baby stage, parenting would be a breeze. But it’s an even bigger challenge now that Liam and Stella are older. They understand things. You just feel at every turn like, whoa, am I making the right decisions, setting the right boundaries?”

On missing the diaper days: “I never thought I would, but I do. That’s when you know you’re ready for more children. It’s kind of a sad day for me when we’re out of diapers. With each milestone, I’m so proud, but it’s another indication that my kids are growing up. The other day, a woman was looking so longingly at Stella. Her kid was 13 or 14, trying on big clothes. I had to walk away because I got all teary-eyed. I’m getting teary-eyed telling you this now. I’m not the best diaper-changer in the house, though. Dean is.”

On Mommy guilt: “There are days when I struggle with wanting to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom, and feeling guilty about that because I work. There’s this one mom at school who’ll be like, ‘Oh, we’re having this playdate or whatever, can you come?’ Recently, when I said I couldn’t, she said, ‘Oh, you never go to anything.’ That hit me really hard.”

On doing her own grocery shopping: “When I’m at the store, people will come over and say to me, ‘You do your own marketing?’ And when I’m on Twitter and Facebook, I see comments that say, ‘Oh my gosh, you really do take care of your kids!’ But who else would take care of my kids? It’s funny, the perception people have of people who are in Hollywood. I don’t have any friends in Tinseltown, so I don’t know what it’s like with other families. As for ours, of course I have people who help us out, but the chores we do on our own are the things that kind of ground us.”

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  • Anonymous

    Love, love, love her!

  • Anonymous

    Geez you are doing wrong everytime they are on a realty show with you. Keep the kids out of it. Their are plenty of Hollywood A-listers that have kids that you never see. Don’t shop at the trendiest spots or complain about the paps when the paps help to keep you name out their. Its what you signed up for once you decided to show the world everything about your life. Give me a break Tori ! Also think long and hard about wat you will say to your kids about your world win romance and the day you meet Dean. That will have some explaining to do .

  • AV

    Wauw, how cute is Liam 🙂 I love tori and the family.

  • Anonymous

    Well we already know her son has a potty mouth…

  • Anonymous

    I love Tori-I’ve read both of Tori’s first books-really enjoy watching her show on Oxygen. can’t wait to see if this new baby is a boy or girl!

  • Anonymous9

    If you’re worried about it, then stop pimping them out on a reality show and using them for photo shoots. That’s not how you raise well-adjusted, normal kids. There, problem solved. Now all you have to do is figure out a new career that doesn’t revolve around them.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot stand this woman

  • Anonymous

    She does too have friends in Hollywood. She’s in the Hollywood Mom’s Club (I think that’s what it’s called) a group of celebrity moms who get together once a month to have dinner and talk about their kids.

    I have no idea why she’s pretending to not be friends with any of those people.

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  • Anonymous

    “i’m scared of screwing up my kids” – but i’m still going to pimp them out and let them make all kinds of money for me, regardless of what it does to their psyche to be so young and already have a damn entourage.

    this woman is still sad that she never made it that big past her 90210 days. she wanted to be julia roberts. but she has the talent of someone employed to rub julia roberts feet.

    if she really wants to NOT screw up her kids (further than what she already has) she needs to pull them out of the media – and let them be normal. SHE can still be in the media if she wants, but she doesn’t have to live in LA, shop on robertson, go to press events with her children, etc.

  • Anonymous

    probably shouldn’t take pictures like this then.

  • Anonymous

    Her kids aren’t even on her new wedding show…

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