Motherhood is all about balance: Balancing work and kids, balancing being a wife and a mother, balancing loving your children and wishing they’d stop driving you completely crazy!
In PEOPLE’s latest Mom Talk video, celebrity moms open up about the times when they thought their kids might make them lose it — an all-too-familiar feeling for moms everywhere.
” ‘Mama. Mama. Mama.’ That can make you want to go insane,” Molly Sims shares.
But that’s the least of her worries. “My son Brooks, who’s 3, came in and his chin was cut open. Eight stitches, plastic surgeon,” she recalls. “But at the same time all this was going down, [my daughter Scarlett] was, like, screaming at the top of her lungs and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I turned to my husband and I’m like, ‘Holy s—! What are we gonna do!’ “
Soleil Moon Frye shares that she thought she would have the kind of kids who never fought … and was quickly proven wrong.
New mom Haylie Duff hasn’t had to deal with warring siblings yet — she just gave birth to her first child, daughter Ryan in May — but she was introduced early on to the unsolvable mystery of what makes a baby start and stop crying.
“In the first three weeks that I brought Ryan home with me, there was an afternoon where she just cried and cried and cried and would not stop,” Duff remembers. “I rocked her, I bounced her on the ball, I walked around the house, I took her on a walk in the neighborhood.”
Nothing worked until “my best girlfriend Ashley came over to the house and for whatever reason she decided to stop crying when Ashley held her. That’s probably the moment that I remember that I … thought I was about to just die,” Duff says.
And Garcelle Beauvais found that even when her kids are driving her up the wall, they can still surprise her.
“One time Jaid was just all over the place: He wouldn’t listen, we’re trying to eat, [his twin brother] Jax is cracking him up,” she says. “So I was really firm with him and I said, ‘You have to stop. We’re eating.’ And he looked at me and he goes, ‘Mom?’ and I go, ‘Yeah?’ He goes, ‘Was your mom mean to you, too?’ “
“And I was just like, ‘Oh my God!’ ” Beauvais recalls with a surprised laugh.
— Andrea Park