Four kids, two TV shows, one very happy marriage: It's a lot to juggle, but here's how the model mom does it all without stressing.
On trying to do it all:
"Keeping it all together as a modern woman means multitasking, especially when you work," she says. "I think you always need to try your best, but at the same time you can only do what you can do, and you don't need to beat yourself up about it. I'm not white-picket-fence perfect."
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"Family comes first. You're the only thing they have."
"I was a good kid," Klum recalls. "My parents laid rules out for me, and I followed them." Her mother gave her one rule she has never forgotten: "Don't rely on anybody," Klum says. "I saw that you have to work to get what you want."
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On keeping her marriage alive:
"We may be parents, but we can still make time to be a couple," she says. "We'll go shopping together. The kids think that's the most boring thing on the planet." "We like to have fun with each other," she says, this time in a sexy purr. "We do have four kids."
On having a large family:
"Every time I left the hospital with a big smile on my face and a baby in my arms, I said to the nurse, 'I'll be back next year!' " she giggles.
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How Klum feeds her family:
The health-conscious Klum is vigilant about everything that goes into her kids' mouths. She insists on home cooking with fresh ingredients, nothing nuked in a microwave (except for her Starbucks when it gets cold), and everything as organic as possible. At her previous house, Klum tended a garden with lettuce, squash, beans, potatoes, and herbs. "That's pretty Good Housekeeping right there," she boasts, "and it was nice for the kids to see that they could actually grow and eat their own things."
"When you are a fit and healthy person to begin with, you most likely go back to what you were before," she says.Klum says that aside from hitting the blacktop when she's in New York City filming Project Runway - "I ran 120 miles in seven weeks" - she doesn't really have a fitness regime. She gets plenty of exercise running around, swimming, and getting on the trampoline with her kids.
-Photo by Robert Erdmann
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