Cindy Crawford has graced the covers of more than 600 magazines, written books, starred in exercise videos and movies, launched a signature fragrance and skincare line, and has been a spokesperson for numerous brands. Now, she is partnering with Swiffer to launch the Amazing Women of the Year campaign, in which consumers can log on to amazingwomenoftheyear.com and nominate someone they think is an inspiring and a positive influence on her family and community, in the hopes that they'll win $5,000 for a charity of their choice. Even with this jam-packed resume, the job this supermodel considers most rewarding is becoming mom to son Presley, 6, and daughter Kaia, 4.
"I always knew I wanted to have children. When I met my husband, Rande, I thought, 'This is the guy.' When you are getting ready to become a mom, being in love with someone just isn't enough. You need to think about whether he would be a good parent and raise your children with similar beliefs."
"I believe that at least 70 percent of parenting goes to the mother. In our house, I'm the one who knows about all the school stuff, helps with the homework, organizes the play dates, and remembers the birthday parties. As we speak, I'm baking cupcakes for my son's class."
"I like to work. The self-esteem and satisfaction that I get from working makes me a better person, which makes me a better mom. I feel lucky because I have the luxury of working only one or two days a week. But having children has made me consider offers differently. I'm now a lot more choosy about the work I do. For instance, I probably wouldn't do Playboy again because I have a 6-year-old who might get teased about it."
"Preschool was hard for me because the kids don't have to go. I didn't want to send my 3-year-old to preschool when the time came, but there was no one for him to play with because all of his friends were going, so I started him at three days a week. At preschool, you hang out for a while. You walk them in, read a book, get them settled. That long goodbye is torturous on everybody. Sometimes, the kids will get sad and then you feel like a jerk forcing them to go and it really breaks your heart. Then the kid is having anxiety because he isn't sure exactly when you are going to go. You are tortured because they look at you and tell you not to go. It was difficult."
"It's important for moms to have alone time. However, that's the first thing that goes on a busy day. Fortunately for me, because of my job, I have to find the time to do it. At least that's the way my mind sees it. I have to exercise to be able to fit the clothes and book the jobs. But I try to steal other moments. Sometimes I get up very early in the morning and enjoy a quiet house and cup of tea before the craziness begins. Other times, I'll take a quick walk on the beach. You can find peace in a few minutes."
Carrie Bell is a writer in Los Angeles, California.
Originally published in American Baby magazine, March 2006.