By peoplestaff225
Updated July 07, 2008 03:30 PM

For Army Wives actress Catherine Bell, the art of balancing motherhood and career is something she’s "always striving to do better." The 39-year-old mom tells OK! that by making her 5-year-old daughter Gemma "a priority," their time spent together is "not so much about the quantity, but the quality." To that end, Catherine says that when she’s working a long day, her husband Adam Beason will bring Gemma to the set, and if her work day unexpectedly ends early she’ll "pick [Gemma] up from school" and the twosome "will have a cupcake together." Catherine revealed that she and Adam — who waited nearly a decade into their marriage before becoming parents — "go back and forth" on the idea of making Gemma a big sister. She said,

The best part of being a mom, Catherine said, are the "really cool" spontaneous expressions of affection from her daughter, whom she describes as "so sweet and loving." "It’s fun to watch her grow and get her own ideas and opinions," Catherine added.

Source: OK!; Photo by BauerGriffin.