CNN's morning anchor Soledad O'Brien says living the news '- from covering Hurricane Katrina to the 2004 tsunami '- has made her a more grateful mom. "It keeps everything in perspective," she says. "You can't have four healthy children and complain about your life."
For this mother of four kids under age six '- Sophia, five; Cecilia, four; and 20-month-old twin sons Charlie and Jackson '- life is certainly fast-paced. In fact, Soledad squeezed this interview in from a cab while taking her kids to the pediatrician! Read on for her take on the ins and outs of being a working mom today, overscheduling kids, her advice for managing multiples and why she doesn't even try to stay balanced.
Who inspires you as a mom?
A million people. I'm really lucky that my job takes me every day to meet people who inspire me. Just last week, I was presenting at a Big Brother/Big Sister event in New York, and I met a 16-year-old whose son is the same age as mine. She's positive, she's funny, she's cute '- and she's determined to learn from her mistakes. It's impossible not to be inspired by that.
What's the best parenting advice you've ever received or given?
Probably from my sister Maria, who has eight kids. She told me that things come in stages and to believe in "This, too, shall pass." It's really easy to be stressed in the moment, but you have to step back and realize it's not you; it's just the terrible twos. You can't get too worried about one stage.
Tell us about your involvement with March of Dimes. Did you experience premature birth?