Heidi Klum on Teaching Her Kids Empathy

The supermodel's life may be #blessed, but this mom of four knows what's really important.

Heidi Klum may have just dropped a cool $10 million on prosthetics and wigs in order to clone herself five times over for her epic 2K16 Halloween costume, but when it comes to raising her kids, the 43-year-old mom-of-four is decidedly more down to earth.

The Project Runway host recently explained to People that despite her supermodel status and all the trappings that come along with it, she is determined to instill in her kids the importance of things like appreciation, philanthropy, humility, and empathy. And it all starts, she says, with communication.

"We talk every night," she explained. "We have dinner every night at 6 o'clock. We cook every night. We sit around the table every night, or for breakfast, [and] for me, that old-fashioned, sitting around and talking about your day I think is very important."

We just love the image of Klum in the kitchen chatting up daughters Lou, 7, and Leni, 12, and sons Johan, 9, and Henry, 11, while she's busy, say, whipping up a batch of her famous sauerkraut soup. But in between dropping details on all the fabulous costume fittings and red carpet events that punctuate her #blessed life, the grateful mama—who assists the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, providing HIV prevention and treatment for women, children, and families—is careful to educate her crew about the not-so-glittery ways she is trying to make the world a better place.

"When I go to the Children's Hospital, I tell them what I saw there," she explained. "They are very heartfelt, [but] of course, they don't know what it's like."

Which is why when her kids start whining, Klum doesn't hesitate to set them straight. "I tell them, "This is not something to be crying about," she explained. "I tell them about the children that I see at the hospital that cannot go home. "It's Christmas and you're at home. And you have all these presents. And they're in the hospital and they can't go anywhere.'"

Well done, Mama!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.

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