Vanessa Lachey: 'All working moms and dads are superheroes'
By CHELSEA HUANG
Even though Vanessa Lachey makes it look easy on social media, the star and mother of two admits juggling work and parenting can be tough.
"I believe all working moms and dads are superheroes," she said.
Lachey welcomed daughter Brooklyn in February, and though she definitely has her hands full with Camden, 3, and her new addition, the hard-working mama has no plans to slow down in any aspect of her life.
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Since Lachey didn't have "a lot of motherly, female influence" growing up, she's adamant about being a strong role model for her kids.
"That's why I still want to be a working mother, and still do my best to be a good wife and a good friend, because at the end of the day, no matter what Brooklyn reads in a magazine or what she sees on TV or what she sees in a comic book, Mommy is her biggest superhero, even if it's subconscious," she said.
It doesn't take long to notice that for the mother of two, it's all about family. That actress has taken on scores of roles in her lifetime, from Miss Teen USA 1998 to a lead role in upcoming NBC show "Truth Be Told" -- but it's clear the actress is most enamored with being a mother.
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With her own busy schedule and her husband Nick's newest business venture, opening a bar with brother Drew in Cincinnati, Lachey makes sure that her kids understand why family time can be inconsistent.
"I just really try my best to think about everything I say, think about everything I do and try to explain everything. When I go to work, I say, 'Camden, Mommy's going to work, but I'll be back tonight, and we're going to have dinner together as a family.' When Nick flies away, we say, 'Daddy's gotta go to New York, Daddy's working really hard for our family.' So he understands why we're leaving."
It seems she might not have to worry, though. The star revealed that the 3-year-old is already helping out with 8-month-old Brooklyn.
"Camden's been really good. He brings her bottles. He shares his toys, and he says to me, 'It makes baby sister happy.' How could that not melt your heart?"
Even though a newborn can be a handful, Lachey makes sure to spend some quality time with her little boy. Camden's recent obsession is superheroes -- and while he has inherited a love for "Daddy's favorite" crusader Captain America (the adorable tot has taken to calling himself "Camden America"), Lachey recently introduced him to Popsicle's Flavor Force, the brand's first-ever comic book in partnership with Marvel.
"I had his undivided attention, and I was like this is really cool that I can take a moment and share this with my 3-year-old son. I had a crazy day, I had a crazy week because of my new show, so it was nice to sit back and shut everything out and read with him and hang out."
Even though Camden is obsessed with all things "daddy" -- from Nick's favorite superhero to his favorite foods -- Lachey admits she has a weakness when it comes to giving in to the little one.
"There's been a couple of times when Nick's been like, "Aw, you're a sucker!" I am! He's my boy ... You can spoil Brooklyn when she's three. But for now, I'm gonna do it," she teased.
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