Being that she's married to NBA superstar Stephen Curry and has shot to culinary fame in the past few years, it's amazing that cookbook author and Food Network show host Ayesha Curry has time for anything. So, how the heck does she manage to consistently spend quality time with her daughters, 4-year-old Riley and 1-year-old Ryan? (Spoiler alert: She's got a super down-to-earth life philosophy and she isn't afraid to ask for help.)
Her daughter Riley may have captured our hearts when she went viral during an NBA press conference a few years ago, but it's Ayesha—and all of her adorable Instagram posts—who we're crushing hard on.
Here are 12 reasons we've got a big-time obsession with Ayesha Curry. (Be our BFF? Please?!)
1. She's not afraid to admit she doesn't have it all figured out.
After Ayesha and husband Stephen Curry were criticized for allowing their then-2-year-old daughter Riley to attend an NBA press conference, Ayesha didn't go on the defense too hard. In a piece she wrote for Time, the mom-of-two said, "My husband and I are, after all, two young parents in our twenties with a 2-year-old daughter, Riley, and another child on the way. We're just trying to figure it all out." Aren't we all, Ayesha?
2. Her kids come first.
In that same piece, Ayesha admits that, while Riley's appearance at the press conference was an of-the-moment decision—and while some didn't approve—she still thinks it was the right move. "Stephen attends practice every day, and gives his all during the games on an almost-nightly basis," she wrote. "When that's over, all he wants is to see his family, and on the day of that press conference, our daughter wanted to be with her father. I thought it was beautiful for him not to push his daddy duties to the bottom of the list just because all eyes were on him. I believe you should let your children be children, and don't be afraid to be a parent, regardless of who's watching."
3. She (hilariously) appreciates how simple life was before kids.
Like most moms, now that she has kids, Ayesha now realizes just how luxurious life was when she was childless. Children of course bring an immeasurable amount of joy to their parents' lives, but man! They require a lot of work. "The amount of stuff you get done in a day is insane," the cookbook author told Parents. "Like, what were we doing with our time before kids? I feel like I should have invented something. Also, it's an event to get all four of us out of the house at once. When we get in the car and we've brought everything and everybody has socks on, it's like a dream come true." Word.
4. She likes sharing adorable photos of her kids online—but she's thoughtful about it.
Anyone with kids pretty much thinks everything their children do is Instagram-worthy—and Ayesha and Stephen are no exception.
One look through their social feeds and it's obvious that their children are the center of their world. But! They exercise caution, and consult each other before posting. "We'll just show each other a photo and ask, 'Should I post this?' We know we're in a different situation than most people, but we want to share stuff that's meaningful and not have to be guarded," Ayesha admits. "But there is a balance. We keep certain moments to ourselves, so it's a memory just for us."
5. She's realistic about young kids doing their "chores."
Yes, it's important to try to instill responsibility at a young age. And yes, that Land of Nod chore chart is adorable. But, like Ayesha says, let's see what it looks like at the end of the week. Baby steps.
6. She keeps it real on the 'gram.
While it's easy to make it seem like everything is under control and amazing on Instagram with a single picture, Ayesha lets her fans know that underneath every gorgeous photo is a regular ol' family. Yaaas.
7. She may be rich and famous, but she's not that different from the rest of us.
Ayesha may be married to an MVP NBA player and author her own cookbooks, but she's still relatable as heck. "At the end of the day, I'm just a mom, trying to keep everything together," she told Rachael Ray last year. Oh boy, do we feel you.
8. Even she can't stop the power of a tantrum.
Every parent of a toddler or preschooler knows tantrums are sometimes unavoidable—and celeb moms are no different. "Riley and ice queen! Sooo nothing is ever perfect. Exhibit A we had an absolute meltdown pre show due to my girl growing at the speed of light!" Ayesha confessed to fans on social media. "Her leotard was wayyyyyyy to tight and irritating her. I had to find a pair of scissors at the restaurant a cut the leotard. Said leotard would then not stay in the skirt and my poor baby looked like she was wearing a crop top. Aweeeeesome. And I forgot to put Deodorant on. Real life stuff right here." Ayesha could have easily left this caption off of this photo in favor of a heart emoji. But she didn't. And that's why we love her.
9. She doesn't need to be a hero.
As moms, we want to do it all. But that's rarely a good idea, because while you may look like you have it all together, deep down you'll be more stressed out than ever. Ayesha gets this and has finally gotten over the "do everything myself" syndrome so many mothers suffer from. "I think I'm still trying to figure out that balance, because it is so fresh and new," the foodie told Elite Daily. "But the biggest thing that I had to learn was that I was very prideful about my motherhood; I wanted to take on everything by myself. I realize that it really does take a village, and so, whenever I can have a helping hand, I can. And that kind of presents peace of mind for everybody and for both the kids, so I'm not stressed out all the time." Hear that, mamas?
10. She tries to be all zen, but that's not always the case.
"That's the biggest thing for me is not to let the small things [get to me]," she said. "Mind you, they do get to me often, but trying to remind myself not to let it get to me I think is the biggest thing." See? The struggle is real for everyone.
11. She makes sure bubbles are on set when the kids are there.
Ayesha, will you be our mom?
12. The mom guilt is real, even for her.
Whether you work full time or are just going out for the night with your friends, it's hard to avoid #momguilt when you've got kids at home. But take solace in the fact that a seemingly perfect mom like Ayesha deals with it too.