The moment you become a parent, thousands of things in your life change. But the big one, the one most parents lament well into their kids’ lives is sleep. Or, more specifically, the lack of sleep that comes with a newborn, a toddler and sometimes even a kid.
We should all take a page out of Jennifer Lopez’s book it seems. The singer and actress became a mother seven years ago with the arrival of her twins Max and Emme, with her now ex-husband, Marc Anthony.
And despite her busy schedule of touring and acting (her new television series, Shades of Blue premieres soon), JLo says she always gets enough sleep.
How? She’s made it her kids’ job to make sure she’s well rested.
“I’m busy, and they know it. And they know part of their job is helping me get sleep.”
Gosh, is it really that easy?
She goes on to explain, “If I’m sleeping in, they’re very quiet, like ‘Mummy needs to sleep! She worked late last night!’ We’re a team. Becoming a mum makes you stronger but also more gentle, especially with yourself—and that changes everything.”
But it’s a two-way street in the Lopez house. When she is working away from home, Lopez carves out time every afternoon to FaceTime with her kids. And on those late nights, when she comes home and the kids are already in bed, she takes a quick picture of herself beside their bed—“It’s so they know I was there.”