Bethenny Frankel loves being a mom … even if she gets a little strict now and then.
Among the many pearls of parenting wisdom shared was the Skinnygirl mogul‘s admission that she considers herself “a fairly strict parent.”
“I don’t negotiate with terrorists,” jokes Frankel, 46. “I’m liberal and I like to spoil, but I lay down the hammer when it’s time.”
“Kids are like dogs,” she adds. “They have to know where the wee-wee pad is. ‘This is where you pee and this is where you don’t pee.’ “
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“My daughter’s extremely strong-willed and sassy and funny, and likes to beat a joke into the ground,” she says. “Which makes me realize that’s my kid.”
Frankel also raves about the thing that gives her the most pride. “I’m proud that I don’t have a nanny and that when I am with my daughter, I’m 100 percent with her,” Frankel says.
“So when I work, I work. And when I’m with my child, I’m with my child,” she explains. “I spend a lot of intense time alone with my kid.”
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“I know there’s no perfect parent, and I’m very involved and very present,” she says. “I love it. If you love something, you’ll be good at it.”
Frankel adds, “So I love being a mother more than anything in the world, and I think what you put into your kids, you get out. And I’m seeing that that really is true. “
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