Melissa Explains It All: Melissa Joan Hart on Motherhood and Balance

Most moms would agree that a million dollars is more attainable than balance. None of us have perfect balance in our lives, including celebrities. I recently had the chance to chat with Melissa Joan Hart, and the Melissa and Joey star shared some of her struggles and tips for making life with kids easier.

Q: You’re a mom of three and your youngest is only 10 months. How have you been able to slim down so quickly?

A: Morning workouts are great for me because my day hasn’t gotten in the way yet. I try to dedicate 1 hour to fitness in the morning, or I make my workouts a social experience. I like to take spinning classes with friends. I’m working on my fitness while spending time with people that I love. Nutrisystem has also really helped me stay on top of my diet.

Q: How have you been able to balance work and motherhood?

A: I used to leave the boys in Connecticut while I traveled to LA for work. We wanted them to have a grounded home base. That was pretty hard, so now we all travel together. They can come on set and see me work.

Q: What advice can you give to moms who are struggling to find work-life balance?

A: Get a calendar. My calendar is my best friend. And always prioritize. Once work is done, it’s family time, and then friends, in that order. And, like I mentioned earlier, you can combine friends and workout time.

Q: How did you approach labor and delivery? Did you have a birth plan for each of your children?

A: I did have a plan for each. I wanted to avoid drugs each time, but it wasn’t always possible. It’s great to plan, but I realized that sometimes you just have to let go and forgive yourself. The most important thing is that the baby is healthy.

Q: As a mother of three, what is the one thing you can’t live without?

A: I hate to admit it, but my iPad. It’s really helped in the car, at dinners, and on planes with the baby.

Q: Is the baby sleeping in a nursery on his own yet?

A: Oh yeah. He’s a big boy and he gets to sleep in his nursery on his own. We’re actually redoing the room for him. We chose chalkboard paint from the Disney Paints line, so he’ll be able to draw on his walls! I love that it’s non-toxic and safe for him. They even have glow-in-the-dark paint, which is really cool.

Q: You have a new book coming out this fall, Melissa Explains it All. Is there anything that moms can look forward to?

A: Yes. I’m very excited about the book. There’s a whole chapter on motherhood. It’s my true story of all of my different worlds (motherhood, work, marriage) colliding.

Q: You have three beautiful boys. Do you think you’ll try for a girl?

A: Doing a little girl’s hair is a scary thought. No girls for me.

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