When Brooke Burke began dating David Charvet, she was already a mom of two daughters. Their relationship produced two more children. Now that the family is officially blended – Brooke and David were married in August – she admits that mixing two households isn’t exactly Brady Bunch-simple.
“Having a blended family is a challenge,” the Dancing With the Stars co-host tells Fitness magazine in its January issue. “Two of my children are with their father part of the week, so when they come home they want me all to themselves. Then my other two children, who have had me all to themselves, suddenly have to share, and that can make them very needy.”
Kids being kids, a fair amount of sibling rivalry occurs among the youngsters – Neriah, 11, Sierra, 9, Heaven, 4, and Shaya, 3. “There is a lot of action in my household, and sometimes I’m a referee all day long!” says the busy mom.
So how does she maintain her energy and composure in the midst of the chaos?
Plenty of z’s. The new Mrs. Charvet says she tries to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep a night, despite Heaven and Shaya’s routine of sneaking into her bed in the middle of the night. “I think that sleep deprivation is a bad thing for a woman,” Brooke says, “not only for her skin and eyes, but also for her mood, memory, metabolism, energy and sex drive.”
Rest is so high on their priority list that Brooke and David sometimes take “sleepcations,” getaways where they just stay in a hotel room and snooze.
Not being sleep-deprived no doubt helps Brooke cope with the other challenges of motherhood – such as the thanklessness of the job.
“Nobody ever says, ‘Thanks for getting up early and making me that lunch, Mom. I enjoyed what was in my lunchbox today,” she says. “So when I do hear that from my kids, it feels really good. Maybe that’s why I treat the people I work with well.”
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