Actress, reality star, and influencer Jacqie Rivera, best known for NBC Universo’s The Riveras and I Love Jenni, is one of our favorite famous moms. The mega-popular Mexican-American star has a massive 1.5 million followers on Instagram to boot, too! And, of course, she is mom to four beautiful children.
We sent Jacqie 10 parenting questions to get a sense of what her life with kids is like, both day-to-day and overall. Read her answers below.
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What is the best parenting advice you ever received and from who?
Don’t compare your parenting style to anyone else’s because everyone’s circumstances are different. Best advice ever from my mom, Jenni Rivera.
What’s the one thing you wish you knew before becoming a mom but didn’t?
I wish I knew more about myself, things I needed to work on, so that I could have taught them better. I became a mom quite young, so I kind of grew up and learned along with my kids.
Describe the best day you’ve ever had as a mom.
Having a family vacation in Mammoth; it was the first time they got to experience the snow.
What are your mom must-haves, both for your kids and for yourself?
Mom must-haves for myself are: music time in the car, coffee, nap time (for both me and kids) and meetings by myself in the pantry. Must have for kids are: nap time, sunny day in the pool, unlimited snacks, and have I said nap time?
What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever been mom-shamed for?
For not being with my kids 24 hours a day because I work. Especially because my type of work is not a 9-5 type of job.
Who is the first person you turn to for parenting advice?
God mostly, but also my mom friends.
How do you practice self-care?
Bath time, crying when I need to, reading, and, in severe cases, chocolate.
How has the quarantine affected your family?
It shifted our normal way of living but it has been eye-opening to reevaluate our home life and rebuild a stronger foundation in my relationship with each of my kids. I have learned to listen to what they are saying, and what they don’t know how to express. It has also made me value quality time with just the kids and me, not having to rely on electronics. Going back to the basics of enjoying conversation, going on walks, riding bikes, and just being more involved with one another.
What stage of parenting (infant, toddler, teen, etc.) is your favorite?
Toddler because you can see them trying to figure out who they are, their fearlessness, their childlike innocence.
Share the general outline of your day as a mom.
Wake up with my newborn at 6:30 a.m. to feed him and change his diaper. By 7 a.m., I get up and try to get mom-ready as best that I can for the day. Breakfast by 8 a.m. Homeschool time for 2 of them while trying to keep my 4-year-old entertained and keep my newborn fed. We try and do lunchtime by 1 p.m. Playtime by 3 p.m. There is a lot of teaching and having kids apologize to each other in between. We go on a walk or bike ride. We try and do dinner by 6 p.m. and of course they want a snack right before bedtime. Bath time and then tucked in bed by 9 p.m.
Matt is a writer, editor, and content strategist currently based in Washington state. He has worked as a managing editor for the iconic I Can Has Cheezburger, Celebuzz (a SpinMedia site), and now Mamas Uncut. He also acted as the Social Media Director for CafeMom.
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