Check out some of Denise‘s tips for moms everywhere:
On listening to the music: “Nick was the most precocious musically. At age three, he wandered around the house, asking, ‘Do you hear that? Do you hear the music?’ Then heÃ¢â¬â¢d burst out with some song.”
On staying connected with her four boys: “DonÃ¢â¬â¢t stop sending messages. Kids need to know you love them. I even buy cards for the boys when theyÃ¢â¬â¢re on the road. Two weeks ago I came home to a bouquet of flowers and a card from Joe. All he wanted to say was: ‘I love you, Mom.’ It made my day. In our house you can never say ‘I love you’ too much.”
On her favorite song: “One of my favorites of the boysÃ¢â¬â¢ songs is called ‘Pushing Me Away.’ Every time they do it in concert, I get choked up because it speaks to one of my weaknesses as a mom. IÃ¢â¬â¢m passionate and strong-willedÃ¢â¬âmy Italian blood again. I want to be front and center in my kidsÃ¢â¬â¢ lives. I have opinions about everything.”
On being the mom: “YouÃ¢â¬â¢re not the best friend. YouÃ¢â¬â¢re the mom. Set limits and an example. Anyone can be a friend. Only the mom can be the mom. Sometimes thatÃ¢â¬â¢s difficult.”
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