Tracy Moore is the well-known host of Cityline, Canada’s longest running daytime series of its kind. She’s also the mother of two adorable toddlers, Sidney and Eva Simone, a wife, a great supporter of fundraisers and charity events and an avid exerciser!
With so much on her plate, how does Tracy manage to balance everything? I had a chance to ask Tracy how she finds the right balance.
Being the host of Cityline as well as a mom and a wife, among many roles, how do you manage to keep a balance in your life?
I’ve given up on balance and that’s been liberating. These days I’m quite content with my messy life. When I have to work or host an event, my husband is (thank the Lord!) there to parent. I’m lucky to have amazing mommy hours (8-2pm Monday to Friday) and some flexibility in my schedule. But my husband and I decided when I got this gig that he would be the parent staying home with sick children and doing school/daycare pick up and drop-offs. Bless that man!
Being the host of a popular show puts you in the spotlight. How does being in the spotlight impact you and your family?
It means my kids catch me talking to lots of strangers while grocery shopping. I love Canadians though because we’ve got to be the most polite people on the planet. Everyone is so respectful and truly gracious about not including my kids in pictures we take together. Other than that, the kids don’t notice much. They do know that “Tracy Moore who hosts Cityline” may look like their mom, but they prefer the Tracy Moore who wears Joe Fresh flannel pj’s and a makeup-free face.
How did becoming a mom change your life?
Oh in every way possible. The kids are pretty much my top consideration before almost everything. I work out around their schedule. I worry about their illnesses. I can’t hug my husband without one trying to squeeze in between us. They’ve also showed me that I do have a confrontational side. It only comes out when I have to protect them.
What kinds of things do you do together as a family?
We sing, read books, play Lego, eat and do puzzles together. We also shower together on occasion (don’t call child protection please!) We are a super tight-knit family and the love is palpable. Except of course when my three year old has peed on every fabric in the house. Then the love is a bit harder to feel. I have a lot of no-cost games I play with my kids while Lio prepares our meals. One of them is giving “dizzies”. This is EXACTLY as it sounds. The kids throw a blanket on their head and I spin them around in circles in my arms until we both collapse on the sofa. Don’t knock it. This can add up to a half hour of good, clean fun!
What’s the hardest thing about being a parent?
In the beginning it was the sleep deprivation. It’s devastating, debilitating and totally unacceptable. How can a human being function on 2 hour sleep intervals?! The answer is: they can’t! Now that they sleep the toughest thing is being able to deal with all of their “play with me!” demands and also finding time to talk to my husband. And I’m not using talk as a euphemism for something else here. I actually want to TALK to him. You know, have a conversation without being interrupted to break up a 6-alarm sibling scuffle. Date nights help but I was used to talking to Lio every day, anytime I needed to. Now it’s tougher to get that in.
What’s the most rewarding thing about being a parent?
The list goes on for miles. I see myself in my kids (totally narcissistic but true) and I think that’s cool. I also don’t see myself in them and that’s cool too. They say obvious and profound things often. They encourage me to keep being silly. They make me laugh constantly. They make me cry when I think of ever losing them. They make me feel more humanity then I ever thought possible for people the world over. They make me want to get up every day and do my best to set a good example.
If you ever manage to get ‘me’ time, what do you do?
Read. I read like I eat dessert – fast and feverishly. I also like to work-out in any free time I have and spend time talking with (you guessed it) Lio.
With life being so busy, how do you and your husband manage to keep a strong, healthy relationship?
We’re pretty honest with each other about how we’re feeling and that helps keep communication open. We also lean on each other quite a bit for advice and support. I think we fight fair and that’s important. We’re also aware that we’ll never be the kind of couple who share a brain – so I respect his need for alone time and he respects mine.
What’s one piece of parenting advice you can give readers?
Be forgiving with yourself. There’s no right answer on how to parent so just do your best. When I screw up with my kids I apologize to them. I think it’s great to teach them that people make mistakes and that’s ok. It’s how you handle your mistakes that count.
You can catch Tracy on Cityline, weekdays at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on City. This year Cityline celebrates its 30th anniversary. To find out more about Tracy you can visit Cityline.ca and you can check out her blog, Behind The Scenes.