Q. Give us a "Reese, she's just like us!" sort of mommy moment.
A. My kids dress up my Oscar. It wears different things depending on the weather.
I took Ava to a Carrie Underwood concert, and she said, "Mom, I really appreciate you taking me to the concert, but will you please not embarrass me in front of Carrie Underwood by singing because she's a real singer and you're just, like, a movie singer." Realizing you're not anything special to the kids is always a great sort of reminder that you're just a regular person. A regular embarrassing old mom. You know?
Not until Ava was about 7 did I really feel like, "Okay, I'll admit it, I'm kind of a good mom." I read to my kids every night. My son gobbles up the books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and my daughter loves everything by Gail Carson Levine. I love to sing around the house and in the car, but my daughter hates it.
Originally published in the March 2009 issue of Parents magazine.