Heidi Klum Talks Motherhood
Heidi Klum on family life with her kids and her husband, Seal.
By Cortney Pellettieri
Good Housekeeping: What's the best part of your day?
Heidi Klum: When the kids [Leni, 6; Henry, 5; Johan, 4; and Lou, 1] say, "I love you."
GH: What object do you treasure the most?
HK: My family photo albums. I have tons. From all our beautiful "weddings" (my husband, Seal, and I do a vow renewal each year) to our children's birthday parties, all the photos are organized and bound in leather albums. It's so old-fashioned and nice. They are really special keepsakes.
GH: In your home, what is there always time for?
HK: Kisses, hugs, giggles, making a mess, 6 P.M. dinners. In other words, a full and affectionate family life.
GH: What's on your nightstand right now?
HK: Pictures of the kids, our wedding photo, and the book The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. On my husband's side is one of the first photos we took together when we met.
GH: What's a date night for you and your husband like?
HK: Snuggling in bed and watching a movie together, because I wind up falling asleep in the kids' rooms when I put them to bed. If we do go out, I like to dress up, do my makeup, and wear something sexy for him.
GH: What would your husband say your best quality is?
HK: I'm his best friend, I listen, and I'm by his side, no matter what.
GH: And your worst?
HK: I'm not that patient sometimes. I'm like a rocket - I go a hundred miles per hour.
GH: What's one beauty product you can't live without?
HK: Does a toothbrush count? I like a clean mouth.
GH: Any parenting rules you swear by?
HK: Many, but "Listen to your parents" - that's an über-important one.
GH: Any parenting rules you break?
HK: Sometimes the kids can sit in the living room with plates on their laps to eat and watch TV, but that's very rare.
GH: Do you want to have more kids?
HK: Four is a lot of children. Now we're complete; we look around the table and feel like there's no one missing. Everyone who is supposed to be around the table is there.
GH: What's the hardest part about having four kids?
HK: Making sure you give each one the time, love, and attention he or she needs. We have to remember that even Johan, who goes through life so easily, still needs just as much attention as everyone else.
Originally published on February 8, 2011