Make no mistake: this interview with Sarah Palin is not a political statement nor even a reflection of my politics. However, one of my (many) obsessions is no matter what may divide us, one thing often unites us: Motherhood.
While at a party for NBC last night to celebrate the network’s upcoming fall lineup, Sarah Palin was poolside with the rest of us at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, side by side with her husband Todd Palin, who was there to promote his new show, Stars Earn Stripes, where celebrities will “execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises.”
Though I couldn’t resist the chance to talk with Sarah Palin, who, like me, is a mother of five, I was told immediately by one of her handlers that the 2008 Republican Party Vice President nominee is not doing interviews. As I was about to walk away, Sarah looked at my badge that read “Breezy Mama,” looked at me and I explained I wanted to talk about being a mom and she said, “We like mom stuff!”
In fact you can listen to the audio of the whole interview with this mom of Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig below. Prefer to read it? Here’s what went down:
Sarah: How old are your kids?
8, 6, 4 and 19 month old twins.
Sarah: Wow… that’s impressive.
So, I need your advice. What can I expect?
Sarah: Enjoy every single moment. It sounds cliché but it’s so true that they grow up so quickly. Our oldest is 23 – he is deployed in Afghanistan right now, a 21 year old, 17 year old, 11 year old and 4 year old. So we have the benefit of being able to experience with our little ones, anew… fresh… knowing… a lot of what they will be going through… in their older years, so we so appreciate every day of the young childhood years because we know it goes so quickly. But every stage is wonderful, enjoyable. And it may seem like a lot of work right now, but… it’s worth it!
Do the older kids help with the younger ones?
Sarah: They help out so well. We are very, very blessed to have a very large and supportive family, especially with the older siblings helping out with the little ones. We have five generations out there in Alaska, family members helping out.
Oh, that’s nice!
Sarah: It’s really nice.
That whole, “It Takes a Village…” Tell me about the teenage years… am I in for it?
Todd: How old are they?
Sarah: She’s got five little ones.
Yes, I have five and the oldest is 8.
Todd: Five under 8?
Yeah, 8 and under.
Sarah: With twins!
Todd: Well, I think you’ve gotten over the hump already.
Todd: As far as being so busy, five kids under 8 years old… that’s incredible.
So you think the teenage years I’ll be okay?
Sarah: It’s…it’s exciting and teenagers keep you young… keep you plugged in to what’s going on in our culture.
Literally plugged in…
Sarah: Yes, literally. No, I can’t even pick a favorite stage or year of the kid’s lives. It’s all been amazing and enjoyable.
Todd: Just enjoy it. It all happens so fast, it’s unbelievable.
I can’t believe I have an 8 year old already!
So, is it fun to see Todd on TV?
Sarah: It’s a blast. I love the fact that it’s his gig… it’s not me, it’s about Todd. And more importantly, it’s about a very worthy cause. It’s about honoring our military troops and our first responders – those who fight to protect us and our freedoms.
How does your son feel about it?
Todd: He encouraged me, he was behind me and he told me that in the chow hall in Iraq when the special opps walk through, everyone just stops. They have that much respect for these individuals. He encouraged me to hang out with these guys and compete with them.
Sarah: I do remember one night though that Todd came back from one tough day on set and he said, “Oh man. I hope this doesn’t air over in Afghanistan. I hope Track doesn’t see this.”
[Laughs]. I was wondering if he gave you any grief about it.
Sarah: In a good way.
Todd: It’s all positive and Track is 23 years old. We drive snow machines together, we hunt together, we do a lot of things together… we’re always a little bit competitive.
Todd: So he said, “Okay, we’ll see how you do on this one pops.”
Stars Earn Stripes Premiers August 13 on NBC 8/7c.
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