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When the CBS This Morning cohost gets quality time with twins Grace and Henry, 6, and daughter Riley, 5, there's one rule: No iPhone!
Q. Who has been the most fun to interview?
A. Shaquille O'Neal. He had us laughing the entire time, and then lifted each of us off the floor—even Charlie Rose, who's a pretty big guy himself!
Q. What advice do you have for women with working-mom guilt?
A. Delegate! I've struggled with the feeling that I have to do everything myself so that all is perfect. We're supposed to be CEOs at home, so we need to empower the people around us to help out, including our kids.
Q. Does that mean you put yours to work?
A. Oh, yeah! They make their beds, dress themselves, pack their school bags, set the table and clear their plates. Unfortunately, they're not old enough to mow the lawn.
Q. Any special family holiday traditions?
A. My husband, Geoff—who's a chef with six restaurants—prepares a big Christmas brunch buffet with kielbasa, smoked salmon and a waffle-making station. His latest obsession is bacon, so this year should be extra delicious.
Q. How do you rate yourself in the kitchen?
A. I make the cupcakes and sandwiches and a great tomato sauce. But Geoff's the family cook and I like it that way.
Q. You've admitted you're not above bribing your kids. Spill!
A. Ice cream is a huge motivator, and I tell them at dinner that they can't have any unless they finish their vegetables. Parenting experts tell you not to bribe, but it works!
Q. If you could be BFFs with any celeb, who would you choose?
A. Oh, definitely Bradley Cooper. He seems to be living the life. He was two years behind me at Georgetown University. My college girlfriends and I keep asking ourselves, "How did we miss him?"
Written by Patty Adams Martinez
Originally published in the December 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.