Not a Regular Mom, But a Cool Mom: Why Mindy Kaling Is the Best, Most Hilarious Parent Ever
The star, who turns 41 today, welcomed daughter Katherine Swati on December 15, 2017
She's Team Mom Forever
After having lost her own mother to pancreatic cancer in January 2012, Kaling celebrated Mother's Day 2020 by "sending a little extra love today to all of the moms, and to anyone who may be missing theirs right now."
"It’s nice how through my daughter, I am able to experience memories with my own mom," she sweetly added.
She's Still a Kid at Heart
To celebrate reaching 5 million followers on Instagram, the star posed in a treehouse while wearing a crown to commemorate the milestone.
She Knows All the Mom Tricks
Katherine is already one smart cookie. Kaling went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to share a little bit about her baby girl's tough negotiating skills, and how she's basically Tony Soprano in training.
Her & Katherine Are a Match Made in Heaven
The star loves matching with her baby girl!
How cute are these fruit and veggie pajamas?!
Matching Christmas Jammies Are a Must
Santa is sure to leave lots of presents for baby Katherine while she's matching with mommy.
She's Evolved From Not Being a 'Kid Person At All'
“It’s really profound and strange. I was not a kid person at all,” Kaling revealed during an appearance on The Late Show. “I was the person, if you had a baby at a party, I would go up to them and shake their hand and be like, ‘Hello.’ So I didn’t know [or] understand how to be around babies.”
“I was on planes [and] when babies would cry, I would be mad at the families,” she admitted, adding that everything changed after welcoming daughter Katherine. “Now I’m like, ‘Let them cry, let them do whatever they want. They can sit on me and poop if they want.’ Now I know more.”
She Goes With the Flow
“It’s so unknown to me,” Kaling said in a preview for her Today interview before having daughter Katherine. “I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s out of my hands,’ which is kind of a fun feeling.”
She'll Teach Katherine to be Confident, No Matter What
"If you got it flaunt it, if you don't got it, flaunt it," she tweeted back in 2014.
She Understands that Having a Cool Career Takes Dedication
And we can only expect her child to inherit the comedian's strong work ethic. "A lot of people ask how to get to where I am, and the single biggest thing, which is not profound, is that I work like a dog. And I work seven days a week. I have done that since forever," Kaling told Teen Vogue in 2014. "I can't stress that enough. It's a tedious thing to be successful and people, especially girls, don't necessarily think that. They think it's getting someone to do your hair and makeup, and showing up to events."
She Will Embark on Foodie Adventures With Her Daughter …
… and turn her into a passionate foodie — much like herself. "I feel the same way about clothes as I do about food. I want everything," she told Vogue in 2014.
She Has a Great Role Model in Her Late Mom
"I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn't seem to encompass enough when I use it about her," Kaling told Rolling Stone in 2013, speaking of her mom, who passed away a year earlier. "She was the love of my life."
She Understands the Struggle of Being a Teenager
"Teenage girls, please don't worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete," the actress wrote in her book, Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). "Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I've noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also a big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it's so wonderfully fair."
Her Style is Flawless
You just know she has an arsenal of fashion knowledge to impart on her daughter. We're already looking forward to their red carpet debut.
She Has the Perfect Life Motto We Should All Adopt
"'Why the f—k not me?' should be your motto," she tweeted in 2014. BRB, as we print out, frame and mail Kaling's perfect quote to the Louvre.