Part of me didn't want to like "The Naked Mom". I knew Brooke Burke as the host of Dancing With the Stars, as well as a media mogul with a website - ModernMom - and a ridiculously high number of Twitter followers (1,775,785 as of this writing, though she is still uninterested in selling her tweets as some celebs do.)
Some of my favourite points:
Brooke asserts that there is no such thing as "balance", which I totally agree with (and have heard from several of my Momterview subjects). No parts of your life can get your attention equally, all the time, so don't even try.
She makes no attempt to maintain an illusion of perfection. If she did, she wouldn't use phrases like "setting out to stitch together a family from the tatters of my failed marriage" or "I'm convinced every Brady in the Bunch had to be smoking crack." In fact, she speaks candidly about her first marriage and subsequent divorce, shared custody, and the effects on her family.
From "The Naked Mom", I learned that performing on Dancing With The Stars is more physically and emotionally challenging than I ever would have thought. Sure, sure, no one is forcing these Stars to participate, and yes, they are getting paid, but the determination to push through challenge and pain is an important lesson, even if it is for the sake of entertainment. Brooke shares lots of behind-the-scenes stories and trials, both as a competitor and now as cohost of the show. (Though the woman's instincts aren't exactly bang on. When Dancing With The Stars was first in development, her response was "Hell, no, this will never work in America!" In case you live under a rock, DWTS is consistently the number one show in the U.S.)
DWTS Cohosts Brooke Burke and Tom Bergeron
I also found it amusing that Brooke's so-called diet "cheat" days sound pretty much like a regular day for me (a bagel WITH butter...a burger...AND a treat from Cinnabon! Wild!)
Despite a couple of these "yeah, we're not really the same" anecdotes, there are other times when Brooke really does "bare all", so to speak, like when she shares her worst mommy moment (forgetting her daughter in the car after running in to Starbucks and sitting down to enjoy a coffee with friends). You'll have to read the book to see how horribly embarrassing the situation turned out to be. Don't we all have one of "those" moments, the recollection of which still makes us cringe?
Brooke with her four (yes, FOUR!) children
David and Brooke
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