Mom tips! Brooke Burke-Charvet is busy raising her four kids and working, but she always makes sure to take time to talk to them to help create smart kids.
“I don’t want my children to grow up naive,” the Poise spokeswoman tells Us Weekly. "I want them to be innocent, but not naive, so we talk about everything and I’m so lucky that we have that relationship. I want to have that close relationship, not a friendship. I think that’s dangerous with parenting, but closeness is super important.”
The former Dancing With the Stars cohost makes sure to have conversations with her kids about everything from bullying to social media.
“I think it’s really important for them to know what they would do in certain situations and to role-play that,” she explains.
To ensure that her family is enjoying each other’s company in the moment, Burke-Charvet limits their time spent on social media.
"I kind of make the kids take a little tech break too from time to time because life is a picture right now in this generation. We’re so disconnected and socially connected. Everything is a picture and it’s not even a real picture. It’s like a filtered image of what really just happened.”
As for her husband, David Charvet — and balancing their relationship of 10 years with an already crazy schedule — she says they try to have a date night once a week.
“It’s sort of wishful thinking,” she says. “Sometimes just having the intention is enough and it might be a double date, it might be a romantic dinner at home when the kids are sleeping. It’s hard, and we’re both so busy in our lives, and our morning starts so early with just life, and kids and school, but I think that it’s really important.”
"I think that marriage needs to be equally as important as children and raising a family, and that it's easy to get into that comfort zone, so I need to make sure my husband is as important as my kids."
Also important is the former dancer and model’s body, and making sure no health issues keep her from living life to the fullest.
“I try to embrace change and really understand my body, no matter what it is, whether it was my thyroid cancer, or light bladder leakage,” the 44-year-old says. “One of the reasons why I partnered with Poise was to bring sort of a lightheartedness to this subject matter. A lot of women are doing nothing, they’re using period pads, they’re not talking about it, and they’re skipping moments in their life because they’re too worried about little accidents.”