Sheinelle Jones, co-host of NBC News's 3rd Hour of Today and a mom of three, told us all about how she balances work life and home life.

January 05, 2021
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Sheinelle Jones, co-host of NBC News's 3rd Hour of Today and a mom of three, knows her own momming aptitudes—and accepts that matching up socks is not one of them."

"I meet so many people on Today and often wonder how their upbringing contributed to their success," says Jones. That sparked her "Through Mom's Eyes" video series on Today.com, in which Jones interviews mothers of celebs, including Shaquille O'Neal and Serena and Venus Williams. We asked Jones all about her parenting style, from her favorite moments to her motherhood kryptonite.

My parenting superpower

I'm pretty fun and spontaneous, and I genuinely have a good time with my kids.

My kryptonite

Organizing. I wish I were a whiz at mastering my kids’ schedules—Kayin, 11, and twins Clara and Uche, 8—along with my own: nightly meal planning, grocery shopping, laundry, all of that stuff. But I stink. Still, my kids are happy, and so am I.

Best part of working mornings

I typically get to finish my day fairly early, when most people are just starting their lunch break. In normal times, I can pick up my kids from school.

Worst part of working mornings

I struggle to stay awake past 8 p.m. My husband stopped asking me to watch a movie on a Friday night long ago. He’d look over at me and I’d be asleep! Quite often, I go to bed before my children.

Meal I make that the fam loves

Believe it or not, my sautéed kale and chickpeas is a megahit in my house. My kids could eat it every day.

Meal I tried that the fam rejected

I see commercials with moms cooking awesome meals in a slow cooker, so I figured I’d give that a try. One night I made some kind of chicken stew with salsa in a slow cooker. I thought it was so good! I ended up being the only one who would eat it. My twins don’t like their food to “touch,” which makes any casserole impossible.

What I love to do with the kids

Have a dance party, cranking up music and just having a ball.

What I hate to do with the kids

If a fairy godmother could grant me one duty that I’d never have to do again, it’d be folding clothes. And doing dishes.

At least I have this down

I have learned how to compartmentalize pretty well. When I’m with my kids, I’m all in. When I’m working during the show, I’m all in. I’m focused on what’s in front of me.

What I’m still trying to figure out

More meals that all three of my kids will eat. Between food allergies and picky eating, it is a challenge. I generally make different dishes for everybody, which is crazy. I’m working on it.

Best and worst trait the kids got from me

I remember my mom telling me to stop talking so much. Now, three kids of my own later, I guess they’re all just like me! (LOL!) The good news is, perhaps they can turn it into a career, like their mom did.

This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's February 2021 issue as “The Highs and Lows with Sheinelle Jones.” Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here

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