Lisa Rinna says daughters, husband are her "favorite people"

01/18/2008 at 03:37 PM ET

Rinna When it comes to spending time with her kids, Lisa Rinna tells ModernMom that its quality that matters — not quantity.  The 44-year-old mom to Delilah Belle, 9, and Amelia Gray, 6 has a lot going on, between her clothing boutique Belle Gray, her rejuvenated career following an appearance on Dancing With The Stars and a happy 10-year marriage to actor Harry Hamlin.  When her professional commitments keep her from her family, Lisa admits that she’d rather be with them, but she says she believes in doing everything "100%."

I am in the moment.  When I am with the children, I am WITH them.  They know that and they feel that.  When you’re with the kids, you should really pay attention — and not think about the grocery list or anything else.  Or, when I am working, I am really doing that.

You don’t have to spend 24-hours a day with your kids, nor would they want you to.  It’s all about the quality of the time you do spend.  Give them the right attention and they feel loved and listened to.

Nobody is better at giving that kind of attention than Harry, according to Lisa. 

The other day, the girls were playing hair salon, and Harry was the client. He had rubber bands in his hair – can you just picture that? He will sit there for hours. He is so patient. I learn from him. 

Whether its playing hair salon or going to the beach, Lisa says that the opportunities for fun with her family are seemingly endless now that the girls are getting older.

The girls are at a really fun age.  There are no more diapers or sippy cups.  We had eight years of that and that’s a long time.  We are now in that place where we can go anywhere.  We can go to the movie together.  It’s so much fun.  They are funny and they have their own points of view.  They are my favorite people.  I like being with them and Harry more than anybody else. 

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Jade on

I hear this all the time and it never makes sense. If you want to do your career “100%” then you don’t have anything else going on for you. Same with raising kids and having a family. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a lot of activities going on in one’s life, but it’s clearly a balancing act and you sacrifice – either time with your kids, husband or wife, time on the job, whatever. It’s kind of a feel-good statement to say that quantity is more important than quality and that you can do everything “100%” but I don’t think it’s an honest statement.

Allison on

I totally agree with Jade.

emmasmom on

One of these girls was in riding camp with my daughter and I was surprised to see the dad there for drop off and pick-up instead of the usual nanny. He was even there to video tape his daughter riding. I thought that was cool. Unfortunately, that daughter was very mean to my own kid and treated her like she was beneath her. I hope she grows out of it. I’ve felt resentful ever since that camp experience and have often wondered if celeb kids are mean like that because they’re used to being handed off all of the time to “the help.”

On the other hand, the dad seemed very hands on. Kids can be mean no matter what their background so probably the celeb stuff has nothing to do with it.

AnIntelligentMind on

Jane, I couldn’t agree more and you put it very well.

gabriella on

I like lisa, when she was on soaptalk, she would mention her girls a lot and harry too, she seems nice too.

Emily on

Jade: Her statements made perfect sense to me. She was saying that when she’s with her kids she’s giving 100% and when she’s at work she’s giving 100% – meaning that wherever she is she’s focusing totally on that thing. I see no contradiction in her statements.

gabriella on

That’s exactly how I saw it too Emily

Mari on

Harry Hamlin also has a son with Ursula Andress. The son (I think his name is Dimitri) was born in 1980 – the same year as my son (which is why I remember). Ursula was over 40 at the time and Harry Hamlin was about 30.

grbubbles on

Picture what? Harry sitting for hours playing hair salon client with his daughters and having rubber bands in his hair? Time of his life reveling having fun while kids are at that age, simply delightful! They can grow up fast, but parents will always remember the time and fun when they were small!

Like the other fans, I am also one who misses Soaptalk eagerly awaiting Lisa mention about her babies and her husband!