What's your favorite thing to do with your son, Henry?
Mostly, I just like hanging out with him. We go to the farmers market together or on a long beach walk most weekends. I also love being on airplanes with him as he is a funny, relaxed traveling companion, and he loves to chat up the flight attendants!
How does Henry feel about having a famous mom?
I already see how protective he is of me around the paparazzi. This is a vile thing to have to witness, as no 6-year-old should feel like they have to protect their parent from anything. It's really the only place he gets to see what "fame" means because we live a super normal life otherwise.
September is the most popular birthday month, which includes Henry's. How did you celebrate his birthday?
We had superheroes come over to the house (a fantastic company called Swordplay LA fixed it up). There was a Sponge Bob cake and a Ninja Turtle piñata. It was very loud and fun.
Can you describe your parenting style in one word?
What's the best parenting advice you've ever received?
No does not mean yes eventually.
What's the first word that pops into your head when we say "mom"?
Which mom duties are you best/worst at?
I am the worst at getting up at the crack of dawn and sitting in traffic driving him to school, and I am the best at creating fun things to do out of nothing!
Since your "About a Boy" character, Fiona, is also a single mother of a boy, do you see any similarities between the series and your real life?
It is a HUGE challenge being a single parent; the thing I share with the character on my show is the knowledge that parenting is not black and white and that you have to accept help from a lot of different places.
How do you balance your time between work and home? Do you have any tips for working moms?
The idea that there is a hard and fast way of balancing work and home is erroneous. The best I can make out: you just have to be really flexible mentally, and when you're with your kids, even if it isn't for as long as you'd like, be really, really present with them—not on the phone/computer/tablet.
How did you get involved with the Children's Claritin® and KaBOOM! project, and why do you think it's so important?
As a mom, I like to work with groups that are helping and encouraging children. I teamed up with Children's Claritin to help spread the word about their partnership with national non-profit organization KaBOOM!, which helps kids get the active play they need by bringing innovative play spaces to communities in need. All you have to do is visit www.ClaritinVoteForPlaySpaces.com before Sept. 26, 2014 and vote for one of 12 finalist community organizations. The four communities with the most votes will receive Imagination Playground equipment—mobile play sets comprised of oversized, foam blocks that create an accessible, creative place for kids to play and just be kids.