"Believer. Wife. Mommy. Passionate Dual Citizen." That's how Ayesha Curry labels herself on Instagram. But she's so much more. The mom of Riley, 5, and Ryan, 2, is a Food Network show host, cookbook author, and wife of NBA superstar Steph Curry, and recently she added another title to her list: co-founder of Cheeky Kids. (The brand's new Cheeky Kids Mealtime collection launches at Target on July 23rd.) The multi-tasking master shared her tips with us on how to travel with young kids, make cooking low-stress, and empower little ones to give back.
Parents: What summer plans are you and your family looking forward to?
Ayesha Curry: Just being able to spend quality time with one another is amazing! We always have family members visiting during the summer, so a good old-fashioned family cookout by the pool is always happening. We love it.
You travel a lot with your kids. What are your top tips for getting through long trips with little hiccups?
Bring lots of healthy snack options! I love the Cheeky Kids Mealtime reusable sandwich bags and Cheeky Kids insulated lunch bags. They come in bright colors and are a breeze to wash after use. We also create fun packs with our kids' favorite toys and activities to pull out and play with wherever we are. And always pack an extra outfit or two! Accidents happen, and it's always good to be prepared.
Cooking with kids can seem like a huge feat, but we know you love to cook as a family. What are some ways you get your kids involved in the kitchen without it getting stressful?
Remember that every mess can be cleaned up! Give them small tasks that make them feel included and help build their confidence in the kitchen. It can be something as simple as tearing lettuce for a salad or mixing the pancake batter!
How are you teaching your kids to help the world and people who might not have as much?
I try not to put out more than what we need. And once something is gone, my girls have to wait until it's time to be replaced. It teaches them conservation, to use less, and appreciate what they have. And whether it's being grateful for having clean clothes, food, or water, we always teach them to thank God for all of our blessings and to always be thankful.
What's one thing that you learned as a kid that you want to pass on to your own daughters?
To always follow your dreams, no matter how big or small.
Your and Steph's relationship is what we call #goals. What are some ways you make it a priority when you also have two little girls?
Balance! We try and have as much family time as we can. But we also make sure to take those moments and spend quality one-on-one time with just the two of us.
We can tell you're raising two strong independent girls. What are some things you tell them that is teaching them that they can do anything?
My parents were very encouraging towards me as a child. I remember feeling powerful and that life had no ceiling. I try to encourage my girls through my actions as a mom and as a business woman. The world is yours for the taking. You just have to work for it.