What do Kelly Rutherford, Julianne Moore and Jill Zarin all have in common? The busy moms all confess to having a little help caring for their children.
For Gossip Girl's Rutherford — mom to 3-year-old Hermes and 14-month-old Helena — good parenting starts with keeping her home in order using eco-friendly products.
"I only use natural, non-toxic cleaning supplies in my home. Those are a lifesaver," the actress, 41, tells UsMagazine.com. "It's just so important to make sure your children are safe. So many people don't realize these hidden dangers that are in their homes. There's really no need to have those hazards on your list."
But according to Moore, 49, the smartest thing she's ever done is keep her two kids well-fed while traveling on the road.
"You know those mozzarella string cheese sticks? I try to carry those. Kids love those, crackers, pretzels and carrots," the Kids Are All Right actress tells Us. "I try to have all of that for the times when they're hungry — and they can get hungry really fast!"
Moore isn't the only one who likes to plan ahead. Real Housewives of New York City's Zarin also likes to be extra-prepared when it comes to raising her 17-year-old daughter Alyson.
"I have an emergency kit in my pocketbook at all times that has a band-aid, a little Neosporin, two Tylenols and some antiseptic," Zarin, 46, tells Us. "And you know what? I can't tell you how many times I've needed it."
But Denise Richards — who shares custody of daughters Sam, 6, and Lola, 5, with ex Charlie Sheen — says the most important thing she's done for her girls is to keep their schedule organized.
"I always make sure we have dinner the same time, pretty much every night. We have a home-cooked meal every night," Richards, 39, tells Us. "And they go to bed at the same time. To keep them on a good schedule, I find, is a lifesaver."
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